“In one way or another, most of us will spend some or much of the next year trying to rebuild something. The good news is . . . it’s never too late for a new beginning.”


Destruction. Conflict. Tense relationships. Broken families. Troubled finances. A disappointing career.

When trouble surrounds, it’s hard to know where to begin. We want to change but don’t know how. We become so stuck that we don’t even realize there is a way out.

Twenty-five hundred years ago, Nehemiah wept and mourned at the realization that his homeland, Jerusalem, lay in ruins. Later, he led the effort that rebuilt the city’s broken-down wall and gave the people a fresh start. O. S. Hawkin’s The Nehemiah Code examines this ordinary man’s life and his extraordinary determination to rebuild Jerusalem’s wall of protection.

Follow Nehemiah's example and start rebuilding right now.

If you have ever found yourself slogging through the bitter dregs of broken dreams, The Nehemiah Code will resonate with your soul.

This practical guide will equip you to:


Make an Honest Evaluation

Identify With the Need

Take Personal Responsibility

Move Out of Your Comfort Zone


Start With Your Goal in Mind

Seize Your Opportunities

Make a Careful Analysis of Your Situation

Motivate Your People to Get off Dead Center

Stay on Track


Set Clear Objectives With Specific Tasks

Pick the Right Person for the Right Job

Be an Example

Hold People Accountable

Give a Genuine Pat on the Back


Deal With Conflicts Head-On

Make Proper Adjustments

Keep Doing What Is Right

Rally the Troops


There Is a Time to Back Off

There Is a Time to Stand Up

There Is a Time to Give In

There Is a Time to Reach Out


Stay Off the Side Streets: Keep Focused

Stay Off the Sidelines: Keep Faithful

O.S. Hawkins is president of GuideStone Financial Resources and is the author of more than thirty books.

O.S. Hawkins is president of GuideStone Financial Resources and is the author of more than thirty books.

Remember your coach is Christ Himself. He is coaching you up, encouraging you to deal with conflict head-on, guiding you to make some necessary and proper adjustments, and strengthening you to keep on doing what is right. He is rallying the troops around you, and you and I are on His team.


R. Albert Mohler Jr, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“True devotion to Christ draws us into the Bible and increases our love for the Word of God. That's what makes the Code series so powerful. Deeply biblical, relevant, and faithful--this series will greatly bless you, your friends, and your church.”
– R. Albert Mohler Jr, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship

“Too many devotionals are long on the thoughts of men and short on the wisdom of God. I endorse the entire Code series of devotionals from my friend O. S. Hawkins because they start with Scripture and keep the focus on the Lord.”
– Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship

Michael Youssef, senior pastor, Church of the Apostles, Atlanta, Georgia

“In my forty-five years in ministry, I have never seen a more desperate need for truly biblically wise counsel. Unfortunately, most of the books available are man-centered, which do not even provide temporary help. That is why I am so thankful that Dr. O. S. Hawkins penned the Code series. The questions that are asked in the Bible are the questions everyone is asking, and thank God the Code series gives us truly sustaining and uplifting answers. This book is a must for everyone. Read and reread it, and be eternally blessed.”
– Dr. Michael Youssef, senior pastor, Church of the Apostles, Atlanta, Georgia

Anyone, anywhere, who becomes serious about rebuilding can expect to meet with opposition...


There are times when it comes from without. Some Sanballat or Tobiah will rise up against us as they did against Nehemiah. There are other times when the opposition may well up from within our own ranks. Like Nehemiah, we may find that some of our fiercest opposition may actually come from someone who has been on our team. . . . It’s how we deal with the opposition—opposition that will surely come—that will largely determine the success or failure of our own rebuilding projects.

Nehemiah followed four key principles that enabled him to keep moving forward, complete the job, and reach the goal God had set before him:

First, Nehemiah shows us how important it is to deal with conflict head-on. He didn’t ignore it and hope it would just go away. Neither can we turn a blind eye to opposition. Nor can we turn around, run the other way, and expect to see the goal of rebuilding accomplished. We must deal with opposition head-on.

Second, Nehemiah made some proper adjustments. There was still a considerable amount of rubbish on and around the broken wall that needed to be removed and hauled away. Any attempt to rebuild the wall on a foundation as shabby as rubbish would only mean that the wall would one day crumble again. From time to time, in our own rebuilding experience, it is necessary for us to call a timeout and make some adjustments to our game plan.

Third, Nehemiah was an overcomer. Once he had dealt with his opposition head-on and made some proper adjustments to his plan, he overcame obstacles by continuing to do the right thing. He watched, and he worked. With a trowel in one hand and a sword in the other, he continued his rebuilding process, always keeping a keen eye out for any opposition. He never let the opposition deter him from his task ahead. He kept doing what was right.

Finally, Nehemiah rallied his troops. He knew how important his team’s morale was in the rebuilding process. He not only got started with his goal in mind, but now, well into the journey, he continues to work to keep his team focused on that goal.

Rebuilders all finish strong, and in doing so, they prove…it’s never too late for a new beginning!

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