January 22, 2016

Read Nehemiah 4:14

 
Not only was Nehemiah deeply moved by his brother’s report on the state of Jerusalem, its people and its wall, he was mentally and physically moved. God stirred a vision for specific action in Nehemiah. If napkins or scratch pads existed in 500 BC, Nehemiah likely began jotting down a plan to accomplish the vision God gave him for rebuilding Jerusalem’s wall.
 
He needed to submit his “Leave Request” from the king’s palace - check. He also needed permission from the king to travel through other territories – check. He needed building supplies (and people) to achieve God’s vision – check.  He needed to quickly, quietly survey the situation – check.  He needed opposition – check.
 
Wait, what?! He needed opposition? Whether or not he needed it, Nehemiah faced it:  snide remarks, bullying, opposition and attacks at the lowest points of the wall. But, he had this vision from God. And if we’re honest with ourselves, and I think that’s a key component to following God consistently, we know we’re following God’s lead when we face opposition. The Enemy doesn’t want us to succeed in carrying out God’s plan. He wants us to fail at the lowest points, highest points, and in-between points of loving others, being patient, being hopeful.
 
So, when you find yourself along the wall, fighting off the opposition, trust God’s word shared by Nehemiah …  “Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”


Beginning 2016 with Prayer

Miracle 6: Healing the Blind – Overcoming Darkness

Read John 9
Just as Jesus bought the man which was blind out of darkness, He can remove spiritual darkness and cause us to see the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray God will lift the darkness over your family, friends, church, neighborhood, workplace, city and nation. Jesus is the light of the world.