I absolutely enjoy reading the books of Nehemiah and Ezra.Â They are filled with wisdom and revelation for Kingdom assignments, especiallyÂ buildingÂ projects. Â Your assignment could be to construct places of worship, community centers, orphanages, faith-based foundations and organizations, homes or whatever God has instructed you to build. Â Your special project may very well be â€œbuildingâ€ peopleâ€™sÂ lives, which is so desperately needed in this hour. Â For example, spiritual building is also referred to inÂ Ephesians 4:11-16. Â Whatever the assignment God has entrusted to you, these historical books are packed with insight to help you build and overcome the opposition you will face in the process.
In this particular post, I want to focus on the book of Nehemiah. Recently, I read Chapter 4 again and came away with this insight:
There will always be an opponent. Â Before starting the building process, knowÂ opposition is inevitable. Â Nehemiah teaches us how to handle it. When our enemies are in close proximity, it may be more intimidating than if they were at a distance.Â Sometimes we become fearful and discouraged because of their ridicule and threats.
â€˜Take note of this advice gleaned from Nehemiah:
- Do not allow their threats to coward you down.
- Do not be afraid of them! Instead â€œprayâ€ throughout the entire process.Â Prayer will keep you focused on your assignment and not the threats and mocking from your opponents.
- Pray â€œboldâ€ prayers such as Nehemiah prayed,Â â€œMay their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land. Do not ignore their guilt. Do not blot out their sins, for they have provoked you to anger here in front of the buildersâ€, Nehemiah 4:5. Remember you are praying against the diabolical assignments of the enemy, Satan.
This is the time to fight spiritually, of course. Please understand I am not advocating physical violence, although the temptation to throw a few good punches will come to mind. That is why you must be prayerful and stay focused on what God has ordained.Â If God assigns the task, He is well able to work through you to complete it. Your success is contingent upon your obedience to Him. I repeat, this is the time to fight. Why? God has given the approval to complete the workâ€¦finish your assignment.
Those working with you may become weary, fearful and weak. Some of your workers may murmur and complain because of the workload, but mainly because of the opposition from the enemy.Â Â Nevertheless, as the leader assigned to oversee the project, you must do the following:
- Remain in position to assess the situation
- Stay focused on the assignment
- Remind the workers of our all-powerful, great and glorious Lord
- Strategize and organize them to fight to the finish.
- Encourage and motivate them to fight and continue working.Â
Notice what Nehemiah said,Â â€œFight for your brothers, your sons and daughters, your wives, and your homesâ€, Nehemiah 4:14. Â YourÂ assignment is not all about you. Â It involves the plan and purposes of God, not only your immediate family, but others as well as future generations. Â However, the greatest opposition we’re facing today is for the family! Â Today is a good day to start fighting for, not against, your family. As Nehemiah said, “Fight for your brothers, your sons and daughters, your wives, and your homes! The enemy wants to kill, steal and destroy the natural family and the spiritual family. Â But I encourage you to “build” up the family and stand strong in the Lord and the power of Â His might. Â Don’t allow the enemy to use you as his agent to oppose (kill, steal and destroy) God’s plan.
Stand! Â Do not be afraid to fight!