We are a nation and a world desperate for men and women of God to lead. Today you begin or continue that journey. As Joshua directed the people of Israel I also direct you, “Choose this day who you will serve.” As leaders in this modern world we can be tempted to follow the latest fad or chase after money, fame or power. Will you serve those idols or will you choose to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?
Read Nehemiah chapter 6
The theme of chapter 6 Dealing with External Opposition
Spiritual attacks are the benchmark of success!
One of the benchmarks of success is having a wise, noble inner circle. Choose carefully who you invite into your most intimate circle. Jesus invited John, James and Peter into special training sessions. He allowed them to see Him in intimate moments with the Father. In the Garden they were closest to Him as He prayed for relief from the agony. Notice He did not invite Judas into those special moments. This is a lesson that many leaders need to learn regularly. Caesar had his Brutus.
You are a man or woman of God who is seeking to accomplish great things for the Kingdom of God. Our enemy has a stake in keeping the status quo. He will work to infiltrate your inner circle with others who appear to be noble servants of the King but are really there to distract you. They may even lead you into sin. Choose your inner circle carefully.
How did Nehemiah recognize the treachery before him? The same answer is what we can do. First invite the Holy Spirit to guide you. He knows what is best. Do not ignore His direction. It does not always make sense in our own understanding but He knows more than we do. Secondly, Nehemiah knew himself. Know yourself and what your real needs are.
Victory! The wall is completed in just 52 days! This is a feat that even with all of today’s technology and equipment would be incredible. When a task seems most impossible that is when we know that it was God who pulled it all off. When He gives you a task that seems impossible than you should feel honored. He has chosen to reveal Himself to you in a miraculous way. The lesson here is to aim high. Experience God’s victory. Live a life that is filled with God sized visions.
Right after a time of victory and the celebrations have died down you will experience a letdown. You will feel the quiet as a heavy blanket. This is where the enemy likes to come into play. He may stoke your pride and try to convince you that you did it. He might try to tempt you with sin as a reward. My noble brothers and sisters stay alert!