One Biblical story that paints such a clear image of what building in the face of opposition looks like is the story of Nehemiah. It describes one man’s account of the challenges that arise when building a “God-dream”. Nehemiah was a prophet of God and a man of great stature. On a trip to Jerusalem, his heart was burdened upon seeing the 150-year ruins of a wall in the city. Nehemiah could not stand to see these city wall ruins without doing something; he decided to BUILD. God dropped a purpose in Nehemiah’s heart and without question he began the building process.
Some of you have left your dreams, hopes, goals, and visions in ruins. If God has laid any divine idea in your heart or given you a dream or vision for your life, I want to encourage you that it’s time to build. Here are three key themes you need to know if/when you start building your dream:
One: Build Anyways
Before Nehemiah could restore the city walls of Jerusalem, He needed to get permission from the King, which he did. Nehemiah risked his life to inform the King that He wanted to rebuild the city walls. Just like God gave Nehemiah favor with the King, He will give you favor with man once you start to action on the vision that He has given you. “A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.” Proverbs 18:16.
God will never give you a vision without giving you provision. Some men got word that Nehemiah and his crew were rebuilding the city walls and they were not pleased. “When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.” ◄ Nehemiah 2:10 ►. There are going to be some individuals that may not be pleased to see you walking in purpose and rebuilding your life; you have to keep moving forward anyways. The presence of haters often indicates you are moving in the right direction. Don’t let the naysayers stop you from moving forward in your purpose, trust God and trust the plan for your life. These men ridiculed and taunted Nehemiah and his building crew the entire time they built.The presence of haters often indicates you are moving in the right direction. Click To Tweet
“If you are doing the will of God, you will have enemies, haters, doubters, and naysayers; do His will anyway.”
If you expect that everyone is going to understand and be on-board with your “God-vision”, you are unfortunately disillusioned. There are things that God is going to call you to do that you may look crazy to man doing; do it anyways. Nehemiah knew that his purpose was going to arouse opposition but this did not stop him from building.
Do it anyways
Two: Build in Silence
“I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.” Nehemiah 2:12.
Everything God tells you to do, shouldn’t be shared with everyone. I am not telling you to keep everything to yourself but rather be wise about who you share your plans and dreams with. Here are the two questions I ask myself before sharing my dreams with someone:
- Are they going to hold me accountable to my plans?
- Are they going to help me accomplish said tasks?
If you cannot answer a strong “yes” to these questions, you should really think twice about sharing your plans with that individual.
Because Nehemiah knew that this project would arouse opposition, he took action to ensure what He did was in secrecy. He hired a few men to go with him and he only took one animal for travel. This leads me to my next point.
Three: Everyone and Everything Can’t Go with You
Whew, did I have to learn this the hard way. There were things that God called me to start and rebuild but He called me to do them. Instead of relying on God to build with me, I tried to bring people along; bad idea. I was too afraid to go after my dreams on my own; it took me years to realize that I was never alone because God was always with me. God, in His sovereignty, eventually removed the people out of the plans He had for me.
There are going to be some places you need to go alone. There are going to be some ideas that you need to action alone. “Fear not for He is always with you…” – Isaiah 41:10-13
Some things have to go…
There are some things you’ve been carrying that need to be left behind: unforgiveness, resentment, envy, and strife. You can’t successfully build with the weight of these things. Nehemiah knew these things and every tactic he implemented, while rebuilding, were deemed necessary. The things he left behind and the distractions he avoided made him successfully in rebuilding. He knew that the opposition would arise to try and distract him from his purpose and minimize his potential. The people laughed at Nehemiah and they questioned his purpose as he built. What separates Nehemiah from a lot of us is that He didn’t let go of his vision. Within 52 days, Nehemiah completed the restoration of the walls of Jerusalem.
The purpose of this message is to encourage you to pick up where you left off and build. After being questioned, mocked, and ridiculed, Nehemiah continued to build. No plot, no plan, no hater, or naysayer was able to get Nehemiah off the wall. In verse 20 *add chapter** Nehemiah says: I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.”
How reassuring is it to know that God will make you a success in EVERYTHING He has called you to do even in the face of opposition. Don’t worry about how you will get the resources, connections, and time to do what God has called you to do just be diligent over the purpose He’s called you for.
It’s time to build.
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