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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lined Up Against You

"When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about his, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites" (Nehemiah 2:10).

In my late twenties, I was asked to do something that I was for sure I wasn't able to do, ready to do, or experienced to do.  I was asked to leave being a youth pastor, which was a job I loved, to apply at a church for the position of senior pastor.  I was only 29!  I had never done this before.  I prayed, and believed that this was what God had called my family to do.  I soon realized, as the process was drawing to an end, that not everyone was excited as I had grown to be.  On the day the congregation voted by an overwhelming majority on whether to extend to me an offer, more than a dozen people stood up and walked out.  Several more left in the months to follow.  As discouraging as that initially was, I began to realize that my purpose was bigger than the opinions of other people.  God had called me.  I had answered.  I also began to realize how much greater it is to focus on those that are with you than those that are against you.

Nehemiah had been given permission to go and rebuild the broken walls of a destroyed and desolate people.  But, there were dissenters who were greatly disturbed and distressed at seeing this people of God being restored.  When God is doing something to restore His people to the purpose and calling they were created for, the enemy is threatened.  He wants people to believe that they can never rise from the ashes.  But Nehemiah knew that God was the great rebuilder, refresher, redeemer, and restorerer!

Don't get discouraged when you face opposition, or when it feels as though people are lining up against you.  Not everyone will get excited about what God wants to do through you.  The enemy will use people, good people, even "church people" to try to discourage you or to deter you.  Stay focused on HE who has called you and rejoice that the power of God in your live has made the devil a bit uneasy!!

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