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NEHEMIAH 6 : 15

Nehemiah’s burden and effort helped the people of
Jerusalem to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem just in
fifty two days.

But have you noticed the way the opposition grew?

STAGE 1: (NEHEMIAH 2 : 10)

Nehemiah reached Jerusalem but didn’t share his plans
to anyone. But even then the enemies felt disturbed by
his presence.
At this stage, there were only two enemies mentioned;
Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite.
Just two!

STAGE 2: (NEHEMIAH 2 :19)

At this stage, Nehemiah convincingly shared his plan to
the people of Jerusalem and got their support.
But see the number of enemies!

Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite
and Geshem the Arab!
It increased from two to three!

STAGE 3: (NEHEMIAH 4 : 7)

Here we see the work moving in the right direction,
but the opposition also becoming very strong!
Not just some individuals but some more people
groups were also becoming their enemies!
Sanballat and Tobiah;
The arabs, the Ammonites and the Ashdodites.
Two individuals and three people groups!

STAGE 4: (NEHEMIAH 6 : 1)
When the work was almost over, again the enemies
schemed and manipulated;
But at this stage, Nehemiah was not even able to list
out the enemies and hence simply mentions
‘Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem and the rest of our enemies’!

Dear friend,
Got confused with the pointed attacks from all directions?
If you have a vision, surely this will happen!
Just because you got a vision and a support group, never
assume your mission will not have any hindrance!

Just because you prayed well and enough,
don’t try to work in a casual manner;
Remember, Nehemiah prayed for months
before starting his mission!

Expect attacks at every stage!
Be alert and be prepared!

Don’t get discouraged by seeing the size of the enemy;
If you are alert, they can’t stop your work!
If Nehemiah could complete the work in the right time,
we also can finish our projects on time!

Read the Book of Nehemiah and notice how he handles
the challenges!

Yes, to be forewarned is to be forearmed;
Be bold and smart!
The battle belongs to the LORD!


….. …. DO NOT FEAR, FOR THOSE WHO ARE WITH
US ARE MORE THAN THOSE WHO ARE WITH THEM.
( 2 KINGS 6 : 16 )

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SLEEPING SAVIOR

MATTHEW 8: 23 – 27, MARK 4: 35 -40, LUKE 8: 22 – 25

JESUS slept;
Even when a windstorm came down, HE slept;
Even when the waves beat into the boat, HE slept;
Even when the boat was already filling, HE slept;
Even when the disciples were in jeopardy, HE slept;
The Savior sleeping?
Difficult to accept; Difficult to understand;

But we have to accept the basic facts!
Whether you are a disciple or not, sometimes you may
have to face the storms in your life.

Whether you are in the will of GOD, like Paul, or away
from the will of GOD, like Jonah, in your journey storms
may come.
The political storm, the economical storm, the relational
storm, the cultural storm and the natural storm threaten
a believer and an unbeliever in the same way.
Till this world passes away, till the new earth comes, the
naturally occurring things will be there.

Then, in what way our faith and HIS presence matter?

Dear friend, read that portion carefully!

First of all, JESUS only initiated that journey!.
Not just HE initiated, HE also clearly stated the destination
of the journey; to the other side of the lake!.
In addition, He assured His presence ‘ Let us go to ‘!.

In fact, by the way HE slept, HE indirectly illustrates the
way a person of faith, moving in the will of GOD with the
assurance of HIS presence is expected to behave!

If HE is sleeping, it simply means that HIS intervention
is not at all needed to reach the destination.
What HE told will surely come to pass!
HIS spoken WORD and HIS Presence,
No storm has the power to stop them!
Remember, if it is a real danger, even if you are not calling
HIM, HE will swiftly come and gather you under HIS wings!

But our problem is actually because of our assumptions!

We assume, every storm is here to destroy us;
We assume, silence of GOD as absence of GOD;
We assume, Heavenly promises can be disturbed by
the earthly storms;
We assume, calming the storms is more important than
using the storms to declare and grow in faith;

See JESUS’ response!
He never asked ‘ How could the storm come?’ or
appreciated ‘Thanks, in the right time you cried, we
all escaped’ or even consoled ‘it won’t happen again’!

But HE certified them ‘men of little faith’ and questioned
them ‘where is your faith?’.

Facing a storm?
Fear not; Check who initiated your project; Check HIS
promises about your project; Check HIS presence in
your project; yes, whatever may be your project!

If GOD is silent in your storm, understand, this is a minor
storm and won’t have any impact; just relax in HIM!

Remember, your SAVIOR is IMMANUEL too.


FOR HE SPOKE, AND IT WAS DONE,
HE COMMANDED, AND IT STOOD FAST.
(PSALM 33 : 9 )

DREAM TEAM

MARK 2 : 5

JESUS saw their faith and healed the paralytic brought by
them. Is it not strange?
The paralytic got forgiveness and healing because of a team!
Who are they? Their name or native place?
Their relationship with the paralytic?
Who took the initiative and lead?
When obstacles came who encouraged them to ‘press on’?
Who gave the idea of uncovering the roof?
Was it not difficult to carry the paralytic to the rooftop?
How did they manage to remove tiles without disturbing
the meeting?
Did they know that JESUS knew about their faith?

So many unanswered questions, but about the team
we know some things;
1. They had a burden for the healing of that paralytic.
2. They got the information about ‘the move of GOD’.
3. They had unwavering faith on JESUS.
4. They were sharp enough to use the opportunity.
5. They were ready to carry the extra burden because
of their vision.
6. The closed paths were not strong enough to disturb
their unity and their faith.
7. They considered the closed paths as the reminders
to them to look up.
8. They knew that ‘out of the box thinking’ is also a tool
in the ‘inbox of faith’.
9. They knew how to balance their vision and themselves
even on the rooftop.
10.They were careful enough to carry the vision up to
their upper bound and then wise enough to let it
down at JESUS’ feet.

Don’t search the textbooks to know the definition of
” DREAM TEAM “.
Just observe these four men; their faith and perseverance!

See how GOD honored their faith!
Their vision: healing for one man;
GOD’s plan : forgiving and healing that person and using this situation to teach the most important truth to the mankind
‘THE SON OF MAN HAS POWER ON EARTH TO FORGIVE SINS’.

Dear friend, the Church history may have well known heroes
again and again but the unknown DREAM TEAMs are actually
keeping the flame burning and the light signing vibrantly by
their dedication, devotion, diligence and determination!

Do you think your vision, of bringing only one paralytic close
to JESUS, is not worth?
Do you compare your team and your vision with that of the
‘spiritual superstars’?
Remember, JESUS saw their faith!
JESUS knows your strength, desire, vision and faith.
Cheer up, He knows how to make it big!

RESPECT YOUR VISION!
RESPECT YOUR TEAM!
THE REST WILL BE HIS STORY AND HISTORY!


FOR AS WE HAVE MANY MEMBERS IN ONE BODY, BUT ALL
THE MEMBERS DO NOT HAVE THE SAME FUNCTION,SO WE,
BEING MANY, ARE ONE BODY IN CHRIST, AND INDIVIDUALLY MEMBERS OF ONE ANOTHER. (ROMANS 12 : 3 & 4 )

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