What obstacles stand between the dream and the blessing? I heard this question posed by Pastor Brian Biggers in a message about Nehemiah. God placed a dream inside of Nehemiah to rebuild the wall and the city of Jerusalem, but there were many obstacles to him attaining this blessing. (Nehemiah 2:12) The enemies of the blessing were— discouragement (chapter 4), conflict (5:1), critics (6:3), fear of pain (6:9), and distraction (6:3).
Do these enemies sound familiar?
His obstacles were much like ours, but—do we overcome them as he did? When people suck the air out of our soul, do we allow them to stick around and drag us down? Do we allow false accusations to make us bitter and useless? Does the fear of pain paralyze us into inaction? Or instead, do we stay busy and focused, draw closer to God, and persevere—like Nehemiah did?
When we think and act like Nehemiah—God WILL close the gap between the dream and the blessing.
When the wall was finished, everyone—even the enemies of God—knew GOD built it. The Bible says, “all the nations around us were afraid and they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.” (6:16) In fact, God moved so powerfully, that their enemies even helped them pay for the blessing! Nehemiah asked King Artaxerxes for a letter of credit and instead, the King gave him the credit card to the lumber yard. The Bible says, ‘the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.” (2:8)
When God is the maker of our blessing, He multiplies the work of our hands.
To live the dream God has placed in our life, we must recognize the four players in our life—God, us, the devil, and others. But—there is only ONE who is ALWAYS on our side—and it’s NOT us!
When we recognize that God is the greatest hero of our blessing, like Nehemiah our heart is filled with Divine courage. He said, “Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” (4:14)
Pastor Biggers summed up his message with the “gospel according to Rocky.” He said, “A ‘loser’ is a winner who quit right before he won. A ‘winner’ is a loser who would not quit gettin back up no matter how many times he got knocked on his butt.”
God is going to win. We bridge the gap between the dream and the blessing when we live like God is greater than the obstacles.
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