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Overcoming Opposition to the Vision

by Tereciah on January 30, 2014

Overcoming Opposition to the Vision

Overcoming Opposition to the Vision

by Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?” Nehemiah, 4:1-2

When God has called you to make a change in society, impact lives or placed a desire in your heart, not everyone will want to accept your assignment.

I’ve often read Nehemiah 4 and wondered why Sanballat and his associates were against the wall being rebuilt around the city of Jerusalem.  Why did they have so much anger, and evil intentions towards Nehemiah for rebuilding a simple wall?

Sanballat and his cronies had been running roughshod over the Israelites and doing whatever they pleased. There was no one in authority within in the Israelite nation willing to lead.  I am sure in the years the walls had been destroyed there had been talk of rebuilding it, but no one ever accomplished it.

Sanballat was plundering the Israelites in resources, people, and in finances.  He and those in his group were profiting from the misfortune of the Israelites.  The Israelites were like sheep; a nation without a shepherd or a secure sheep pen.

One man with a simple desire, empowered by faith, guided by the Spirit and approved by God.  One man with a yearning in his heart; one man that decided to trust God.

Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln, and Barack Obama – they all had a dream and a desire to create a change; to impact lives.  And they did.  But they didn’t do it without opposition, threats, or disappointments.

Those you are called to, need you to help them rebuild their walls. Rebuild from shame to honor; from despair to hope; from unforgiveness to love; from ignorance to knowledge and from to pauper to prince.  You too can be a Nehemiah.  You too can allow God to use your heart desire to create a change and impact lives around you.  You too, have dreams and desires; visions God has already approved you for.  All you have to do is step out, in faith. 

There will be those that will bring opposition against you when they realize they are no longer able to control you or inflict evil on those you are called to impact.  They will say all manner of things against you to hurt, harm, or destroy your character or find ways to strategize your demise.

Don’t give up!  God took a simple man – a cup bearer – with no skills, and gave him favor.  He guided him to fulfill his heart’s desire and He can do the same for you!

Be Blessed!

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