Part of Nehemiah’s prayer consists of confessing the sins. It is in his confession that Nehemiah teaches us something about sin that will surely change our perspective of sin.

Nehemiah tells us this is how he prayed to the God of Heaven.

Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses. Nehemiah 1:5-8


In this confession, Nehemiah says to God:

I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. Nehemiah 1:6


Sin, he says, is against God!


This perspective changes how we should view sin. Mankind would rather think of sin as a right to do what you like to do or something to enjoy. But according to this passage, which is supported by thousands of passages, sin is ultimately against God.


David cried to God for forgiveness after the prophet Nathan confronted him. In his prayer he said:

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned
 and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict
 and justified when you judge. Psalm 51:3-4


Did you catch that? Here it is.

Against you, you only, have I sinned
 and done what is evil in your sight.


David and Nehemiah understood that sin is ultimately an offense against God.



  1. What keeps you away from sin? Is it the fear of the consequences or the fear for offending God your father? Psychologists tell us that young girls who are very close to their fathers tend to keep themselves away from trouble for fear of offending their dads. This should be the same motivation for believers to stay away from sin for fear of offending their father in Heaven.
  2. Next time you are tempted to sin, ask yourself this question: How can I commit this sin and offend my Heavenly father who takes care of me daily? This will change your perspective on sin.
  3. This is why Scripture tells us:

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30

  1. How does this lesson apply to you today?
    1. Have you been entertaining sin in your life?
    2. Are you drifting toward sinful lifestyles?
    3. Is it possible that you have chosen to please someone else by committing sin while endangering your relationship with your heavenly father?
    4. I am sure you do not want to offend your father in Heaven.
    5. Therefore, run away from sin!

I confess the sins we Israelites,

 Including myself and my father’s family,

 Have committed against you. 

Nehemiah 1:6


I Believe


Read: Nehemiah 1:5-11

Marked: 1:6

Pastor Shadrack [email protected]

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