Summary: When I think about those words the first thing that comes to mind is the scripture in 1st Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not
“A man determined”
District Elder M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
Nehemiah 6:15-16 “So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth [day] of [the month] Elul, in fifty and two days. And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard [thereof], and all the heathen that [were] about us saw [these things], they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God”.
A man determined. When I was given this topic to speak upon I tried to figure out which person in the Bible to talk about and there are many, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, David, John the Baptist, Paul and a multitude of others could be talked about for this message, but has I began going through the Word of God something about Nehemiah just stood out and captured my attention.
Now we all understand that the Bible is a mirror that shows us what we are, how we are to be living, where we should be going, and so forth. But when we look at a particular aspect of the Word of God and a certain situation that literally is exactly what you are going through at the current time, it does something special to you down on the inside. This particular part of history that Nehemiah is living is so similar to what I am going through right now and have been going through for over the past year that it seems like almost my life. I am not saying I am anything special, but when you read the word of God you truly realize that this thing that you are going through, you are not the first one to go through it and it gives you awesome encouragement in knowing that if God did it for them guess what He is going to do it for me also.
Determined/Determination:- According to the dictionary is resolute, staunch, settled, resolved.
Synonyms:- inflexible, unwavering, unmovable, steadfast.
When I think about those words the first thing that comes to mind is the scripture in 1st Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord”. I want to encourage you to be determined, unmovable, unwavering, and steadfast in the work that you are doing for the Lord because your labor is not in vain.
I want to start this message off by asking a few questions and these questions are one that will cause you to look within yourself and truly cause you to inspect yourself. The Bible says in 1st Corinthians 11:28 “Let every man examine himself…” So the question that I am going to ask you the answers lie with you and no-one else can answer the questions for you because only you know you like you do.
1. Am I willing to live my life for Christ regardless of the cost, regardless of what obstacles may come at me, and regardless of the opposition that I will face from friends, family, and enemies.
2. Are you willing to live the life God has in store for you by putting behind you the old ways, old habits, and comfort zones striving toward the destiny that God has for you.