Summary: Staying the course…finishing well…in a word, persevering Is the revolution still on? in YOUR home—marriage/kids? At your workplace? Is integrity still worth defending? Is hope still worth holding onto?
Mission from God
might not be out there… might be right in front of you (parent blended family)
might not be BIG… out there…
Nehemiah has been our guide—and Favor With Kings our simple tool—to explore what I believe is true for all of us:
You have a mission from God that MOTIVATES you and MATTERS to someone else.
• Cultivate conviction
• Pray for favor
• Plan for opportunity
• Cast vision
• Keep people the priority
Today: Staying the course…finishing well…in a word, persevering
Is the revolution still on?
in YOUR home—marriage/kids? At your workplace? Is integrity still worth defending? Is hope still worth holding onto?
When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it—though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates— 2 Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.”
There always an Ono
Momentum… almost done… then
the plan doesn’t seem to working
someone else is in your way
the job gets complicated—isn’t what you thought
can’t shake the voices in your head
Sometimes you don’t know that you’re almost done…
the solution is just out of sight
the breakthrough is right round the bend
things are coming together, but then… ONO!
But they were scheming to harm me; 3 so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.
Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” 4 Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer. Nehemiah 6:1-4
Can’t stop, won’t stop
“I’m not going down to your level”
there will always be someone pulling you down
there will always be voices inviting you to settle
Might have to resist the temptation 4 times
YOU SAY: “I’m carrying on a great project, I cannot go down”
“I’m serving people”
“There is a revolution at hand…this is my part in it…”
“I’m not done yet”
I’ve been inspired by bad news… I’ve cultivated conviction with lots of prayer and maybe even fasting… I’ve got my few that I do listen to…you’re NOT those people, you’re scheming to harm me… and I can’t afford to come down
“Cannot go DOWN"
Down to someone's level
Down to compromising the vision
Down to caring what people think
Down to settling for incomplete
Sometimes you should stop something. How do you know?
Run TO something
Not FROM something
sometimes the decision is made for you—God closes door, opens new one
some are serial project starters—but if God is in it…
Maybe you need a pause: rest… breathe… keep priorities straight