Summary: Rise up by faith, build, and reposition yourself, you will see success. Yes, you are going to receive it this year – Pressed down, shaken together, running over, arise and build. Reposition yourself. Your best is yet to come.
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Arise and Build
We have come to the final moments of 2013. It has been a great year in terms of God’s faithfulness and favour. God is good and his mercies endure forever.
We are seeing this moment because God was in control in 2013. Yes, down to the smallest details of your life had been guided by God. Some of you may be sitting here with regrets but it is time to get over it and receive 2014 by faith.
It is easy to step into the New Year crawling with the experiences of the previous year, focused on what did not work out, on who hurt us, on the mistakes we made. If only if would have got that breakthrough, if only that opportunity had come to pass, if only I got that promotion it would have been great. But as long as you are living in regrets, focused on the failures of the past, it is going to keep you from the bright future God has in store in 2014.
You got to let go of what did not work out, let go the hurts and pains, let go of your disappointments and your failures, take valuable lessons of 2013 and move forward to 2014. You cannot do anything about 2013 but you can do something about 2014. You may have had an unfair past but let it not stop you from a successful 2014. Do not let the disappointments of 2013 steal your blessings of 2014. God has plans to prosper you, plans for success and give you abundant life. So how do we have that success and future in 2014? Arise and build.
This passage is found in the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was burdened with the broken walls around Jerusalem. The circumstances were beyond Nehemiah’s capacity. He prayed and fasted. God changed the mind of the Babylonian king who sent Nehemiah to Jerusalem with funds to rebuild the walls. I do not know the burden you are sitting here with but I believe the God of Nehemiah is our God. He is going to shower his favour upon you. What seemed impossible for you in 2013, what seemed difficult is going to be made simple because God is going to open the doors for you.
Nehemiah and his people started rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem. They had the funds they needed, God was with them, and the work of the wall started with great enthusiasm. Soon there arose opposition to the building of the wall. Nehemiah 2:19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us. “What is this you are doing?” they asked. “Are you rebelling against the king?”
When you do something there will always be people to oppose you, there will be people to put your dreams down, to talk against and mock you. The people who were building the walls were soon discouraged, I suppose some went back home, some are sitting in the ground. Everyone is discouraged and their enthusiasm is gone.
As I minister to you tonight, I sense in my heart that for many of you 2013 was a year of battles. You struggled a lot, your faith was tested, your plans did not materialize, now you are all tired, lost your enthusiasm. God is telling, “No it is time to wake up, I am going to do a new thing for you.” If there is opposition it does not mean that God’s plan will not materialize. If people are against you does not mean that my words will not come to pass. If winter is too cold does not mean that summer is not coming. I can see that shift in your life by faith. See what Nehemiah said to his enemies.
Nehemiah 2:20 Nehemiah answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding (will arise and build), but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.”`
The solution Nehemiah found to overcome his situation was to arise and build. I do not know what difficulty you faced this year, I do not know where you were defeated by the enemy. That does not mean that we will not achieve God’s promises. Arise and build. You are God’s chosen one. God is on your side, you have the promise to succeed. God has already given us the victory but we need to arise and build.
God’s destiny will surely come to pass. Nothing has stopped God’s plan for your life. The relationship that did not work out, the business plans that failed, the loved one that went away did not stop God’s plans for you.