Rebuilding the Walls
Week 3 Get Rid of Distractions and Praise God
Many hardships and perplexing circumstances confront the righteous, But the Lord rescues him from them all. — Psalm 34:19
As soon as Nehemiah set arrived at his hometown to rebuild the walls, here comes Sanballot the Horonite and Tobiah Ammonite, his enemies. When they heard of Nehemiah’s interest to look after the People of Israel, they were agitated and angry. How typical! Here you begin to address your inner infrastructure by taking note of your condition, you weep, pray and fast to the God of Heaven, He hears your complaint, and His generous hand is upon you so that you have His possessions as you rebuild your wall and now your enemies show up.
The Sanballots and the Tobiahs’s are right on time believe it or not. They are on the heels of your faith in God. Every time you begin something good for yourself or others, there will always be distractions whether they come in the form of things or people. Expect them! You have pushed through this far to be where you are with the faith and favor of God—the King.
Arise today as you hear God’s answer to you just like He answered Jehoshaphat through Jahaziel in 2 Chronicles 20:14-20.
14 the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there—Jahaziel (son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah the Levite, who was one of the sons of Asaph).
15 “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem, and you, O king Jehoshaphat!” he exclaimed. “The Lord says, ‘Don’t be afraid! Don’t be paralyzed by this mighty army! For the battle is not yours, but God’s! 16 Tomorrow, go down and attack them! You will find them coming up the slopes of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 But you will not need to fight! Take your places; stand quietly and see the incredible rescue operation God will perform for you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem! Don’t be afraid or discouraged! Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!’”
18 Then King Jehoshaphat fell to the ground with his face to the earth, and all the people of Judah and the people of Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the Lord. 19 Then the Levites of the Kohath clan and the Korah clan stood to praise the Lord God of Israel with songs of praise that rang out strong and clear.
20 Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way, Jehoshaphat stopped and called them to attention. “Listen to me, O people of Judah and Jerusalem,” he said. “Believe in the Lord, your God, and you shall have success! Believe his prophets and everything will be all right!”
Like Nehemiah and Jehoshaphat, you will get reports and distracting news that the “ites” are coming against you, and fear may arise. Push past all the distractions and put praise unto God between you and them and rebuild your walls anyhow. Don’t allow their tension to bring you to a place contention again. You are about God’s mission to rebuild and restore the ruined places in your life.
Let this simple repentance prayer of Nehemiah be yours and keep on praising God as He is rebuilding your walls, “Listen to my prayer oh God, I am not trying to impress you. I repent for treating You like dirt. I have ignored You and haven’t followed Your commands. Nor have I respected Your decisions for my life. My inner walls are broken, and I need You. I’ m returning to you today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
What, then, shall you say in response to these distractions? I have heard from the Spirit of God. I will not need to fight! I will take my place; stand quietly and see the incredible rescue operation God will perform for me. I will not be afraid or discouraged! I will go out tomorrow, for the Lord is with me! --2 Chronicles 20:17
Next Step: Get rid of distractions and praise God. Continue to fast at least one meal this week and pray to God and listen to His responses. Join The Sunday Shift next week live on Facebook for week four, “Come Let’s Get Started.”
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