How to Accomplish Great Things (Part 4)

‘…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) 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) 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 God’s Word says to you when your enemies have
finished talking that matters.

‘[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

Now that’s the winning attitude.

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