How to Accomplish Great Things – Part 3
O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king. Nehemiah 1:11
You must ask God for the plan. Why? Because the only plan He will bless is the one He gives you. Every good idea isn’t necessarily a God-idea. The Bible says, ‘Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails’ (Proverbs 19:21). How will you know your plan lines up with God’s plan, especially when you encounter obstacles and opposition? In two ways: 1) A fire will burn within you. Jeremiah said, ‘…His word is in my heart like a fire…shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot’ (Jeremiah 20:9). When God places a burning desire within you, He will enable you to rise above the adverse circumstances that surround you. You’ll find yourself drawn, driven, directed, and dedicated. You may not always be able to explain it to others, but you’ll know deep inside that you are in the will of God. 2) God will show you the right path to take.‘… along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them’ (Isaiah 42:16). Note the words ‘unfamiliar paths…darkness…rough places’, but don’t be thrown or discouraged by them. Instead, expect them! The Psalmist said, ‘The Lord will work out His plans for my life—for Your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever…’ (Psalms 138:8). And the Psalmists God is your God—He hasn’t changed one iota!
Heavenly Father, make clear Your Plans, Your Path for Your will to be done in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
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How to Accomplish Great Things – Part 2
and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it.” Nehemiah 2:5
Pray for favor with the right people. When you study the lives of successful people, you’ll find they had vision, patience, determination, character and talent. And you’ll also find one more thing at work—favor. There are some closed doors that will open when you approach them in faith, and there are other doors that’ll open only with help from the right people. That’s when you need favor! Alex Haley, the author of Roots, had a picture in his office. It was of a turtle sitting on top of an eight-foot-high fencepost, and the caption read, ‘You can be sure he didn’t get up there by himself’! Nehemiah needed an army to protect him, and resources to enable him to build. So he prayed, then went to the one man who could provide what he needed: the king. He said, ‘If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it.’ And the king did. There’s an important lesson here: when your heart is set on promoting God’s kingdom, He will give you ‘kingdom connections’. But be careful; your help may not always come via the people you expect, agree with, or even like. God used a heathen king to help Nehemiah, and He used a penniless widow to feed the prophet Elijah. Don’t dictate to God who He can and cannot use. Just pray for favor, expect it, and accept it with thanks in whatever form He sends it.
Heavenly Father, I pray for Your favor in guiding and directing me today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
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How to Accomplish Great Things – Part 1
When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Nehemiah 1:4
In spite of impossible odds and implacable enemies, Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in just fifty-two days. It was an incredible accomplishment! And he wasn’t even a builder; he was a waiter in the palace of King Artaxerxes, a heathen monarch. Robert Goddard says, ‘It’s difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.’ So before you say, ‘It can’t be done,’ or ‘I don’t have the qualifications,’ examine Nehemiah’s story. The first lesson we learn is: you must find a need that moves you. ‘They said to me… “The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned…fasted and prayed before…God…’ (vv. 3-4). And what did Nehemiah fast and pray for? ‘…Give your servant success…’ (v. 11). When you find a need that moves you to tears and causes you to say, ‘Something must be done about this!’ the chances are that God’s calling you to do something about it. You may be a leader like Nehemiah, or you may simply be like one of the followers who helped him. Either way, when God stirs your heart about a need, He’s calling you to get involved and take action. If you’re willing to say ‘Yes!’, He will place the resources of heaven at your disposal. When your heart says, ‘This is what I was born to do,’ you may have found your life’s vision.
Heavenly Father, help me really know that all things are possible because of You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
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Give God the ‘First-Fruits’ Of Your Time
For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD, there in the land the entire house of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them. There I will require your offerings and your choice gifts, along with all your holy sacrifices. Ezekiel 20:40
In the Old Testament, the first part of the harvest was to be offered to God in gratitude. So when God says, ‘…I require…the first-fruits and the choicest of your contributions…,’ it means instead of fitting Him into your agenda you must put Him at the top. Notice: He wants your ‘first-fruits’, not your leftovers. One Bible teacher put it like this: ‘I’ve trained myself to start each day by giving God the first-fruits of my time. I’ve realized that I’m not going to get through the day peacefully if I don’t…So, each morning I get coffee, and usually while still in my pajamas, I spend as much time with God as I need to in order to feel I can behave properly and walk in the Fruit of the Spirit throughout the day. I’ve learned to use the best part of my day to give God the best part of my heart.’Giving God the first moments of the morning helps keep my priorities straight for the rest of the day.’ Don’t use this gift of time with God to meditate on your problems…set your heart as the Psalmist did: ‘…I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, “You are my God. My times are in Your hands’’’ (Psalms 31:14-15). Note the words ‘my times are in Your hands….’ Each day will bring times of joy, times of testing, times of challenge, and times of temptation. That’s why you need to pray …..
Lord, each hour of this day I’m depending on You. Let my words, my attitudes, my decisions, and my actions bring glory to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
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How God Works – Part 2
Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. Acts 3:7
A few important observations: 1) Peter allowed God to change his plans.‘ …Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon’ (v. 1). Is prayer important? Yes, it’s all-important! But you can get so caught up in church activities that you walk past hurting people sitting on the church’s doorstep. You must be sensitive to people’s needs, available to God, and willing to change your plans at a moment’s notice. 2) Peter used the name that’s bigger than any problem. ‘…In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk’ (v. 6). And he did! Paul writes, ‘…At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow…every tongue confess that Jesus…is Lord…’ (Philippians 2:10-11). You say, ‘What’s in a name?’ In this case—everything! At the name of Jesus hell trembles, sin is forgiven, sickness is healed and stubborn habits broken. 3) Peter did more than pray; he extended a helping hand.‘ Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk.’ Today you’re surrounded by people who need help to get back on their feet spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially. Reach out in love and lift them! They don’t need you to spend the rest of your life supporting them. They just need a hand up—and an introduction to the One who’s able and waiting to meet their need. God used Peter to bring deliverance to this man, and He will use you too. But you have to be ready.
Heavenly Father, give me Your eyes to see the needs of the people that You place in my path today, and give them a hand up. In Jesus’ Name, Amen