God calls us to STAY COMMITTED

Commitment comes before anything else in a Christian’s life. Because Nehemiah had it and drew it out of others, the people finished the wall in 52 days, despite many adversities.

We see in Nehemiah 6 that Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem and the rest of Nehemiah’s enemies  tried to attack him when they heard that he wall had been rebuilt.. They sent him letters through which they indicated that it was made known unto them that Nehemiah himself wanted to overtake them and become the king. Of course, they were blinded by the scales covering their eyes, and unable to recognise the good work of God and the favour of God in Nehemiah’s life against them.

Nevertheless, Neheemiah did not succumb to these accusations, some may have gotten angry and aggressive att he enemies and may have even given them what they asked for, but Nehemiah, the man of God stood grounded in his faith and trust in the Almighty who guided him through the entire rebuilding process. He did not give up like of us may have done. He did not get fed-up with the enemies, but again he called upon GOD.

CONTINUAL PRAYER IS NECESSARY FOR CHRISTIANS TO STAY COMMITTED

So in verse 9, Nehemiah calls upon God again in prayer: 9For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.

He asked God for strength in his hard times knowing that God is the supplier of all strength. These is seen throughout the entire Bible. Here are some examples of verses which speak about the strength of the Almighty.

Job 12:13 With God are wisdom and strength; he has counsel and understanding.

Psa 65:6  By your strength you established the mountains; you are girded with might.

Psa 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

We must come to the place where we know that God is our strength and shield and nothing that our enemies or the world hurl at us will not work, once we trust in His love and His greatness.

ENEMIES CONTINUE TO ATTACK

The enemies continued to attacked. This time around they sent a false prophet who told Nehemiah that he should go with him into the house of God and hide so that the enemies couldn’t attack him.

Nehemiah being a man who walked with God and was guided by Him perceived that this was a false prophet.

When we walk with God very often God gives us certain spiritual gifts by His Holy Spirit which would allow us to perceive the enemy form afar.

Nehemiah 6:12-14

12And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

13Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me.

14My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.

Again in verse 14, Nehemiah prays again and turns over the works of his enemies to God. God will deal with our battles  and or enemies. We just need to trust in Him in everything we do and continually seek his guidance in Prayer just as Nehemiah did.

Here are some notes from John Maxwell. Leaders who complete a task possess at least four characteristics:

  1. A compelling purpose: They make a great commitment to a great cause
  2. A clear perspective: They don’t let fear cloud their view of the future
  3. A continual prayer: They pray about everything and gain God’s favour
  4. A courageous persistence: They move ahead despite the odds
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Commitment: How to Beat Your Problems

One of the great teats of leadership is how you handle opposition. Nehemiah faced the usual tactics of the opposition: ridicule (Neh 4:1-3), resistance (4:7-8); and rumour (4:11-12). Nehemiah modeled the right response to all three of these challenges. He…

  1. Relied on God (4:4-5)
  2. Respected the opposition (4:9)
  3. Reinforced his weak points (4:13)
  4. Reassured the people (4:14)
  5. Refused to quit (4:15)
  6. Renewed the people’s strength continually (4:16-23).

While Nehemiah 4 concerns problems from without, chapter 5 deals with problems from within – disputes about food, property and taxes.

Persistence is the ultimate gauge of our Christian life; the secret is to outlast our critics. Nehemiah tauht us this lesson by staying committed to his ultimate calling

Adapted from John Maxwell’s Leadership bible (p.600)