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Finish the Course

  
Nehemiah’s enemy, under the disguise of an ally, encouraged Nehemiah to quit constructing the wall, a work that the Lord had ordained Nehemiah to do.

Immediately Nehemiah refused. And he refused to listen the next four times the enemy tried to reason with him to quit. 

Nehemiah’s response can speak straight to your soul if you have found yourself on the verge of giving up. Here is what he said: “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?”

In other words: “I’m about the Lord’s business. I have no time to be conversing with the enemy.”

You know what the Lord has called you to. You know what He has placed in your life. Be bold and longsuffering in following after it. Don’t be deterred by the enemy. 

Scripture taken from:

Nehemiah 6:1-4

Don’t Quit



Nehemiah sat on top of the wall working for the Lord. Along came the enemies, coaxing him to come down.

“I am doing a great work. Why should I stop to come meet with you?”
He recognized the enemy. He knew their intent. He denied them and kept on with the work of the Lord.
Christian, God has called you to a great work. Don’t allow the enemy to persuade you to stop. 

Years Later

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I remember praying Take My Life by Chris Tomlin as my husband and I traveled home with our firstborn seven years ago.

I wanted nothing more in my life than for her to live completely for Jesus. In fact, mine and my husband’s verse is 3 John 4: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

You can imagine how we felt when she accepted Jesus as her personal Savior a couple of years ago.

We were overwhelmed. And very thankful to our Jesus. He gave us exactly what we had been asking Him to do for years.

We’re praying for our youngest children to accept Christ when He calls them.

But until then we will go on praising and thanking Jesus for the opportunity to come before Him on His throne.

And for answered prayers, no matter how long it takes.

Let your requests be made known to God. He’s wanting to bless you.

Faithful Servant

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David looked out over the sheep that he had just saved from the bear and the lion. True, only he and his family would be directly affected by the victory, but they would all be grateful.

Now David stood on top of the giant, Goliath. God’s children, an entire nation, had been saved from slavery. David had once again taken care of the enemy.

Why had God chosen David to save his people from the giant? I’m guessing it was because he proved himself faithful when he saved his family’s flock of sheep.

After all, The Lord says “he that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much”.

Are you showing your faithfulness to The Lord in the work he has blessed you with now? He’s preparing you. Keep pressing on.

Luke 16:10

I Samuel 17:34-37

Foot Race

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Peter and John took off in a sprint to get to the tomb of our risen savior. They wanted to see the empty sepulcher for themselves.

And it’s recorded that John outran Peter. (To me this is comical. I can relate to Peter. I’ve never been known as a fast runner.)

But John’s arrival at the tomb first didn’t mean that Peter lost. It just tells us that he arrived later.

Which made me recall what my great-grandmother said at her son’s, my Pappaw’s funeral: “He just ran faster than me. I’ll be there soon.”

When you’re in a race to see Christ it doesn’t matter when you cross the finish line. You have won. Be grateful to be on his team.

Run the race set before you with patience.

John 20:1-4

Man on a Mission

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Gideon was a man on a mission. His goal: to slay the two kings of Midian.

He went to the Succoths for support. He was denied.

He then asked for help from Penuel. Again he was turned away.

It seemed that doom lurked in Gideon’s future.

But God prevailed.

Gideon was able to single-handedly destroy the kings in spite of the lack of support from those around him.

Are you going forward with a vision that The Lord has given you even though you’re being faced with naysayers along the way?

I encourage you to keep pressing on because God is the one that gives the end results. And that as long as he is on your side you’ll prevail.

Psalm 118:8

Judges 8:4-21

All The Way

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“Da!”

My two year old gets so excited when he finishes his prayer that the end is the “da” part of “ta-da”.

He might as well slide across the room and throw his hands in the air as he says it.

My six year old on the other hand says “where’s your ‘amen’?

Apparently she likes closure. Follow-through.

How many times do we get caught up in the excitement of serving The Lord but when the fanfare is over we just want to give up?

The Lord appreciates “follow-through” too. Complete the task He has given you. See it to the end. Don’t stop just because it isn’t as new and as exciting to you as it once was.

Psalm 37:5

The Battle Field

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Proverbs 18:19

The man stood in solitude.

A familiar noise filled the air. He looked to find the source of it. On the horizon he saw an army of people coming toward him.

In disgust he turned his back on them and walked away.

These were the people that had wronged him. They were the ones that had made him feel unimportant, useless, unintelligent and unloved.

“Why would they be coming at me again?” he wondered. “I want nothing to do with them.”

A hush fell over the crowd that was pursuing him. He turned to look.

The Captain appeared from within their midst. He was walking toward him.

Immediately the man recognized Him.

“I’m coming to you in love, on their behalf, for your good. They’ve repented for the way they’ve treated you. They’re sorry for the way they’ve made you feel. They are seeking you’re forgiveness.”

The man stood speechless. It had been years since he had been wronged. For years he had been ignoring their plea of repentance. He had never even given it consideration.

Until now.

Now, as the captain spoke, something within him gave way. The man felt the bars he had put up begin to crumble. Finally the bitterness began to subside. Relief started to trickle over him as forgiveness filled his heart.

He was tired of denying these people. Tired of refusing the plea from their captain. Sick of the burden that had taken an ugly toll on his life.

He could stand it no longer.

The man fell into step with The Captain and went to meet the army in love.

Reconciliation had been won. Both sides were declared victorious.

And so goes the battle for an offended brother.

The bible teaches that an offended brother is harder to be won than a strong city.

But upsets happen all the time.

Keep praying. Keep consulting The Captain, our Lord, on their behalf. Ask others to join you in the fight for their soul. And let Jesus lead the battle.

Endurance

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Paul traveled many miles in the name of Jesus. On these trips he was mocked, persecuted, beaten and imprisoned. Eventually he died as a martyr for our Lord.

He never quit running the race. He just kept going. He kept relying on the strength of God.

Keep living for Jesus. He’ll see you through to the end.

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