Yesterday, I shared the first part of a series from the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was responsible for rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. You and I have to often rebuilding the Walls of our life as they have been destroyed by addiction, divorce, and the hatefulness of others. We will continue to look at Nehemiah and draw principles from his situation that are applicable.
- Expect haters (2:1-10). Verse 10 talks about how Sanballat and Tobiah hated the fact that someone cared enough to rebuild the walls. As you are trying to rebuild, you WILL have negative people who may not even know you but will try to stop you.
- Accurately assess the situation (2:11-16). Don’t try to make it prettier than it is or downplay it. That game is old. Be a big boy/girl and call it for what it is! Don’t pass the blame or play the victim! Own up to the problem!
- Take action (2:17-20). The only way you and I will take action is to be sick of the way things are. We have to hate our current situation. Moreso, we have to face that God doesn’t want us in our current situation. It displeases Him, and He wants us strong and in His will. They did not want to dishonor God, so they rolled up their sleeves and went to work.
You will have opposition. There is no way around it. The road to recovery and rebuilding can take all you’ve got. You just have to hate your current situation so much that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to reach your goal.
While this may seem impossible, I want to leave you with another song that I believe will stir up courage and determination within you.