We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Jacob Reed.
Nehemiah 6: 15-16
15 So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. 16 And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.
Finished. Conquered. Accomplished. One of the best and most sought-after feelings in life is to complete what we set out to do.
What makes it so sweet to finish a task or see a dream become reality? It’s because, for the dreamer, it’s not just some random happening. The realization of a dream is seeing the seed you planted become full-grown, deeply rooted, and ALIVE. Undoubtedly, it’s made sweeter by every setback, and all resistance that is faced along the way.
Nehemiah had a dream, planted in his heart by God, to see the walls of Jerusalem standing again after they had been reduced to rubble. His first step? Fasting. He did this as we all should, to solidify his calling and clarify his vision. So, when he stepped out of fasting and being with God. He knew exactly what to do, who to talk to, and how to act to make his big dream a reality. There were setbacks, resistance from inside and outside the walls, but he persevered to the end.
Perseverance can be summed up in one phrase – “Do it again”. When resources run out when hope looks to be lost when hell itself comes against what God planted in your heart and you want to stop pushing “Do it again.” Wake up to bad news and take that next step of faith anyway!
Perseverance is obedience to your pain. It’s possible to obey your way to deeper faith. Stay obedient. “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6 NLT
You have a dream, a purpose that at the right moment will be alive. God put it there. He will water it with each step of perseverance, and you will see it Finished, Conquered, Accomplished.
Father God, I ask that you would garden the dreams you’ve planted in my heart. I commit to wake up today and “do it again”, IT being exactly what you ask me to do. No more, no less. I know if it’s from you it will come true. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Write down exactly what it is you’ve been called to do. Pray and fast however God leads you. Take one step after another in obedience, even obedience to your pain.
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