MFM Daily Devotional 28 September 2023
TOPIC: Lessons from The Life of Nehemiah (IV)
The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES: One with God is majority.
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY
I decree upon your life that every good project you lay your hands upon shall be duly completed, in the name of Jesus.
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Nehemiah 4
PRAISE AND WORSHIP: Take praise and worship songs as led by the Holy Spirit.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Isaiah 61 – 62; John 3 – 4
MFM Daily Devotional 28 September 2023 MESSAGE
Nehemiah maturely handled opposition and managed the crisis situations around him. His resilience in the face of opposition and absolute trust in God made his fellow countrymen to believe in him and to follow him. His enemies, Sanballat Tobiah and Geschem, the Arabian, didn’t want him to succeed. How did Nehemiah counter them? He didn’t waste time talking to or, contesting with them in words or in action, but went to God in prayer at each time of their manifestation (Neh. 4.9, 14-15, 20). On their invitations, he could discern their evil intentions and simply responded with, “I am doing a good work.” This means, “I don’t have the time for irrelevant things. I can’t leave this work to attend to frivolities.” He completed the work and they had no portion in it as it was spoken (Neh. 2:20).
A social reformer, he restored order to the community (Neh. 5:1-12). He never extorted the poor, neither used his positional authority to manipulate the people. He made Ezra the Scribe, to read out the Book of the Law and the Commandments of the Lord which many never heard of, as a result of the falling away of their fathers to follow other gods. He resolved the problem of inter-tribal marriages. The people heard the words of God and they humbly confessed their sins and repented of them (Neh. 8-9).
Nehemiah was no doubt a godly role model, a man with unique and all-round leadership abilities, worthy of emulation. An exemplary planner and a patriot, he was persistent in prayer and persevered through hard times. He understood 1Pet. 5:8, Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom to devour.”
Do you want to go far in sustainable leadership? Learn from Nehemiah. Do you seek to succeed in your undertakings soaked in prayers? Learn from Nehemiah. Above all, he was a man of integrity and stood for righteousness. He stood for the truth and was contented with little. All through the book of Nehemiah, he had a clean slate, no had records! He was a positive-minded person. He stood with God and God stood for him. He can do the same for you, if only you will be obedient and humble.
MFM Daily Devotional 28 September 2023 PRAYER POINTS
1. O God, strengthen my hands to do a good work for Your Kingdom, in the name of Jesus.
2. Enemies of my divine accomplishments, fall down and die, in the name of Jesus.
3. Power for divine vigilance and watchfulness against the roaming adversary, possess me by fire, in the name of Jesus.
4. O Lord, draw me closer to You and increase my prayer fire, in the name of Jesus.
5. Spirit of excellence in leadership, come upon me now, in the name of Jesus.
6. Help me, Lord, to live a life of positive and godly impact on others, in the name of Jesus.
7. Lord Jesus, make a worthy example to others, in the name of Jesus.