Pastor W. F. Kumuyi

DCLM Daily Manna 1 February 2022 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Finishing Against Odds

 

TOPIC: The Weapon Of Fear 


TEXT: Nehemiah 6:15-19 (KJV)


15 So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.


16 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.


17 Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came unto them.


18 For there were many in Judah sworn unto him, because he was the son in law of Shechaniah the son of Arah; and his son Johanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah.


19 Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear.


KEY VERSE: “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 God.” – (Nehemiah 6:16)


MESSAGE:


There is an abundance of unfinished and abandoned projects in every sphere of life. For each of these projects, there is at least a reason for the abandonment. One frequent reason is opposition from other people who do not want the project to see the light of day.


One historic civil project that was bound to be an abandoned project was the reconstruction of the walls of Jerusalem after Judah’s protracted Babylonian captivity. This project spearheaded and supervised by Nehemiah, suffered incredible oppositions from the enemies of Judah at that time, notably, Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem. These men and their cohorts deployed ridicule, intimidation, confrontation, false accusation and insidiousness to halt the project. They failed. This is because Nehemiah and his team relied on divine support. They displayed uncommon commitment, unity, focus and consecration.


Many noble projects have either been scuttled at conception stage or abandoned midway because of the fear of enemies or opposers. In some cases, it is the crippling fear of failure that has kept some people from executing their God-given project. In the case of Nehemiah, he had every excuse not to actualise the God-given vision. But his vision trumped all his fears.


It may well be that God has laid something in your heart for you to execute – evangelism, Christian service, humanitarian project, career vision or other personal project – that has been stalled by fear. Take a cue from Nehemiah and his team. Prayerfully get started. In no time and to the glory of God, it shall be completed.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Abandoned project is not a good Christian testimony.


THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Deuteronomy 1-3


DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

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