‘…Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other.’ Nehemiah 4:17
Do you know how Nehemiah’s team rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem? With a sword in one hand and a trowel in the other. Why is that significant? Because even though God gives you the plan, the chances are you’ll have to fight for it. Not everyone wants you to succeed.
In fact, some will do everything they can to stop you. That’s when you must constantly remind yourself that God gave you the plan, that He’s on your side, and that if you’re willing to persevere, you’ll win. God guarantees it! Listen to what Nehemiah’s enemies said about him: ‘It is reported…you are about to become their king and have even appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem: “There is a king in Judah!” Now this report will get back to the king…’ (Nehemiah 6:6-7 NIV).
Nehemiah had to overcome threats and intimidation. He wrote: ‘…They were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it to go down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:2-3 NIV). Every minute devoted to your critics is time stolen from your God-given assignment. Don’t step down to their level! It’s not what your enemies say that matters; it’s what you say to yourself when your enemies have finished talking. ‘[Nehemiah] answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success…but as for you, you will have no share in Jerusalem or any claim…to it” (Nehemiah 2:20 NIV). Now that’s the winning attitude.
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