New Beginnings Devotional – Week 3
Leading Your Life Through Lockdown Losses
In this series, we have been looking at the leadership of Nehemiah who lead Israel to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
The role of Nehemiah was in many ways an expression of the finished work of God’s restoration of all men through Jesus, revealed and completed in the New Testament. Just as Jesus would bring restoration once and for all, Nehemiah would bring restoration of the walls to Jerusalem.
You and I now live in that completed work of restoration through Christ, meaning that we don’t need a Nehemiah to lead us, because through Christ’s spirit in us, we can lead ourselves.
Read Nehemiah 6:1-16.
Consistency means doing what is required right “now” to achieve a better outcome in the future. Consistency is repetition. John Maxwell says, “Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day, lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.” Anthony Robbins says: “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”
From the time Nehemiah arrived in Jerusalem he was faced with persistent opposition. We must consistently “re-frame” our thinking about the opposition and see it as an opportunity for something to be developed in us.
Nehemiah identifies his enemies by name.
It’s so important in this season of rebuilding that we identify who or what our enemies are? Lust, instant gratification, pride, hurry, addictions, toxic relationships, fear, doubt, worry, self-will, etc.
We cannot resist what we do not recognise.
Four times Nehemiah’s enemies sent him deceitful messages attempting to get him to meet with them. They were trying to lure him into a dangerous situation, because they didn’t want the work to continue. Each time he replied with a “No”. When our enemies are persistent, we win by remaining consistent.
Then Nehemiah’s enemies hired a false prophet who told him that his enemies were coming to kill him at night. They were trying to frighten him, so that he would run and hide inside the temple which was only permissible for priests!
Using fear tactics, they were trying to get him to compromise, hoping he would sin, so that they could discredit him and stop the work. Nehemiah responded: “Should someone in my position run from danger? Should someone in my position enter the Temple to save his life? No, I won’t do it!” Our enemies will do the same to make us fail and fall. We must filter these messages.
Spurgeon says, “Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right.” We must test our thoughts and the invitations we receive using the Word of God as our measuring stick (see 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22).
Nehemiah prayed, then expressed his faith by action.
And in this midst of all that was happening Nehemiah prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.” Nehemiah was a prayerfully practical man and was able to complete the wall and put the doors on in just 52 days. His consistency and commitment to the work assisted him in achieving his goal, with Gods help.
- What areas of your life do you need to discern more in this season, before deciding to make an impulsive decision? e.g. in your finances? words spoken to others? your marriage? addictions? future relationships?
- What do you have to consistently say “no” to in this season in order to get to where God wants to take you?
- Are there areas of your life where you are allowing compromise that is killing your consistency?
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