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Over the past few weeks, we have talked firstly about recognizing that we are different. The Lord choses who He will, based on His standards, not ours. We talked about that once we are chosen and are given our assignment, we must do it His way. The way everyone else does it, just won’t work for us. So, as we complete each task, “how would we define our success?” I’d like to suggest that this question may be a tad premature. I believe a better question would be, as you move forward, “do you have a destination in mind”?
We know that although the Holy Spirit will lead us and direct us towards our ultimate goal, He will not give us all the details. Therefore, it’s alright for us to have a vision or a dream, or something that we’ve always wanted to accomplish. Or is it that you can see where you want to go, but it seems that everything keeps getting in your way? May I suggest that once we see our destination and we are determined to get our destination, we may face obstacles…
I’m reminded of the story of Nehemiah. The Lord called Nehemiah to leave his position in the palace to go rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. But when he got Jerusalem, he was met with opposition from all sides. However, he would not back down.
19 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab heard of our plan, they scoffed contemptuously. “What are you doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” they asked. 20 [He] replied, “The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall.Nehemiah 2:19,20 NLT
We must understand that there will be people that just won’t be on our side. You will have to read the whole story, but no matter what came against Nehemiah, he would just tell the Lord about it.
3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was standing beside him, remarked, “That stone wall would collapse if even a fox walked along the top of it!” 4 Then [he] prayed, “Hear us, our God, for we are being mocked. May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land! 5 Do not ignore their guilt. Do not blot out their sins, for they have provoked you to anger here in front of[c] the builders.”Nehemiah 4:3,4 NLT
Remember, this is the Lord’s work, not ours. Now, we don’t want any harm to come against our naysayers, we cannot allow them to stand in our way. We must know who’s side we are on and who’s on our side!
The Apostle Paul says it this way:
30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?Romans 8:30,31
It’s Always very important to take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying…