MFM Daily Devotional 26 September 2023
TOPIC: Lessons from The Life of Nehemiah (II)
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES: When a man is divinely favoured, there is little or nothing that the adversary can do to stop his progress.
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY
Your mockers shall be disgraced and put to unending shame, in the name of Jesus.
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Nehemiah 2:1-8
2 And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence.
2 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,
3 And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?
4 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.
5 And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it.
6 And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
7 Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah;
8 And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP: Take praise and worship songs as led by the Holy Spirit.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Isaiah 57 – 58; Luke 23 – 24
MFM Daily Devotional 26 September 2023 MESSAGE
All through the entire book of Nehemiah, you can see a man who is fervent in prayer and put God first in all things. What a leader, a team player with a healthy mind and spirit, a people’s lover, considerate and compassionate!
Nehemiah led the people to work against all oppositions and demonstrated absolute commitment by identifying with the people in service (Neh. 4:23). He wasn’t a boss that called shots from a distance. He demonstrated his passion for the work and saw that the poor were no longer being subjected to usury by the nobles. At the end, he led a great social and spiritual reformation. He touched the lives of people across board. He was a great influencer.
Nehemiah’s diligence in service to God and to man is enviable. He had a great vision, which he presented first before God, and later before the king, so that he could be granted time to go and fulfil his calling. The king trusted him so much that he granted him time, and also gave him letters to those that would be of assistance to him in various ways.
A discreet and wise man, Nehemiah did not noise about his intentions. Rather, he did a one-man survey of the walls at night. Thereafter, he shared the vision with others. Because he had prayed to God, men yielded their hearts willingly to work with him.
Are you a leader, but you don’t have the healthy spirit like Nehemiah? You risk changing hands or working in an unhealthy atmosphere. No wonder, it was easy for Nehemiah to complete the work without much hindrance.
Nehemiah laboured with the people. He identified with their labour and discomfort. At a time, he didn’t change his outfits for days, just like other men. He was a servant-leader indeed, just like Jesus! This humble man refused to feed on the extravagant table prepared for him. He lovingly shared with others under the atmosphere of love and compassion (Neh. 5:14-19). If you want to succeed as a leader, you should emulate Nehemiah’s kind of team spirit, a discreet and wise person. To be an achiever, wisdom and diligence cannot be underplayed.
MFM Daily Devotional 26 September 2023 PRAYER POINTS
1. Opposition of darkness against my breakthroughs, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
2. Powers that do not want me to finish strong, die, in the name of Jesus.
3. O God, arise and surround me with good people, in the name of Jesus.
4. Arrows of fear and failure assigned against my divine fulfilment, backfire by fire, in the name of Jesus.
5. Let the joy of my enemies turn to sorrow, in the name of Jesus.
6. Whether my enemies like it or not, I shall finish well and finish strong, in the name of Jesus.
7. Divine boldness, envelop me, in the name of Jesus.