Madison Christian Church

Devotional – June 23, 2014

How do you handle discouragement when pursuing a dream the Lord has laid on your heart?  I love and admire Nehemiah.  He believed God laid it upon his heart to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.   In Nehemiah 4 we read of character named Sanballat who  ridiculed the Jews with Nehemiah.  He said (I’m paraphrasing him), “What do they think they’re doing?!  Do they really believe they can bring life back to this place from this pile of rubble?”  His partner in discouragement Tobiah said, “This wall is so pathetic that if a fox jumped on it – it would come crashing down.”

Then in verses 10 he faced opposition from his fellow Jews.  Then in vs. 11,12 he faced it from enemies.  So be like Nehemiah.  If God has laid a dream on your heart and you run into a dead end…keep going!  Don’t give up. Pray how Nehemiah prayed in verses 4,5 (not the nicest prayer but he turned to God and relied on His power).

Isn’t it wonderful to have an idea for how you can advance God’s kingdom only to have someone or a couple of people say, “You’re crazy.  This is a train wreck waiting to happen.”?

If you’re facing trouble – it means you’re doing something right.  Of the seven churches in Asia Minor in Revelation 2 & 3 to which Jesus had John send a letter, there were only two churches who were not receiving any kind of opposition – Sardis and Laodicea.   These were also the only two churches Jesus described as dead or lukewarm.  Satan will not cause trouble for a self-satisfied church content to simply maintain.

All of us need to examine our hearts.  Are we dreamers for God or are we dream crushers?