Unmasking The Evil Behind The spirit of Discouragement
What discouraging words! You’ve heard it daily coming from various sources, “ You are not good enough! Your brother is better than you! You are not the correct gender, race, colour! Only if you were educated…” The list is endless and even more hurtful as you think about it, yet it will never go away just because you have decided to make something of your life; especially in trying to rebuild it. If I am talking about you, please join me on a journey into the diaries of Nehemiah.
The story of Nehemiah and his godly concern for the broken walls ofJerusalemduringJudah’s exile toBabylon, is one of the most moving in the Bible. What touches one the most about this account, is its relevance to us today and its implications to our christian walk
The foremost lesson from this book, is the reality of challenge one enters into when they attempt to rebuild, either their marriage, christian walk, business, career; with the biggest question realy being – WHAT OR WHERE TO START AFTER A SETBACK?
Building something new is always far easier than rebuilding, because of the following facts:
- THE REMOVAL OF RUBBLE (EMOTIONAL, SPIRITUAL, SOCIAL, CULTURAL RUBBLE!),
- THE RENEWAL OF COMMITMENT,
- RESTORATION OF FAITH, COURAGE AND HOPE, AND
- DEALING WITH OPPOSITION (THOSE WHO LAUGH, DOUBT, THREATEN, SABOTAGE…),
are very discouraging
You see, the enemy doesn’t go on holiday when you begin to rebuild your life, with the result that many believers would rather get another wife/husband than fix their marriage; would rather look for another job, go to another country/church than fix broken relationships, trust, hope, faith or love
Before we quote the Foundational Scripture, please consider the following quotes from Nehemiah’s diary:
Nehemiah 2:10 “When they heard this, they were disturbed”
Nehemiah 2:19 They mocked and ridiculed, “What are you doing?”
4:1 When Sanballat heard we were rebuilding, he was angry and greatly incensed He ridiculed.
4:3 “If even a fox climbs over what you are building, it would break down your wall”
4:7,8 They plotted together to come and fight against us and stir up trouble against us.
I advise that you read the entire book in order to gain perspective into this wonderful story. I will quote from:
1 And it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall he was angry: and being moved exceedingly he scoffed at the Jews. 2 And said before his brethren, and the multitude of the Samaritans: What are the silly Jews doing? Will the Gentiles let them alone? Will they sacrifice and make an end in a day? Are they able to raise stones out of the heaps of the rubbish, which are burnt? 3 Tobias also the Ammonite who was by him said: What are they building? If a fox should climb on it, it would break their stone wall down. 4 Hear thou our God, for we are despised: turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them to be despised in a land of captivity. 5 Cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thy face, because they have mocked thy builders. 6 So we built the wall, and joined it all together unto the half thereof: and the heart of the people was excited to work. 7 And it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobias, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Azotians heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and the breaches began to be closed, that they were exceedingly angry. 8 And they all assembled themselves together, to come, and to fight against Jerusalem, and to prepare ambushes. 9 And we prayed to our God, and set watchmen upon the wall day and night against them. 10 And Judah said: The strength of the bearer of burdens is decayed, and the rubbish is very much, and we shall not be able to build the wall. 11 And our enemies said: Let them not know, nor understand, till we come in the midst of them, and kill them, and cause the work to cease. 12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews that dwelt by them came and told us ten times, out of all the places from whence they came to us, 13 I set the people in the place behind the wall round about in order, with their swords, and spears, and bows. 14 And I looked and rose up: and I said to the chief men and the magistrates, and to the rest of the common people: be not afraid of them. Remember the Lord who is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, and your wives, and your houses. (Please log in tomorrow to learn about how to rebuilt in the midst of opposition)
Shimmy C. Kotu
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