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Free Christian Ebooks: How to Do Great Things for God


How To Do Great Things For God

If God placed something great in your heart for you to do and you are feeling overwhelmed because of the challenges that are trying to stop you from accomplishing that purpose of God for your life, follow these steps and emulate Nehemiah because he fulfilled God's purpose for his life by rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem since that was What God had placed in his heart to do in Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:12):

Pray

Nehemiah Was fasting and praying before God. (Nehemiah 1:4)

Therefore pray and as you do so, pray to confess sins and pray the promises of God.

1. Pray to Confess Sins
Nehemiah prayed and confessed The sins that we the children of Israel have sinned against You. My ancestors and I have sinned against You for we have been corrupt and broken Your commandments. (Nehemiah 1:6-7)

Therefore pray and ask God to forgive you for your sins so that you can have a clean slate as you start doing what He has called you to do since you will need His help for the Bible tells us that The Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save you, or His ear heavy that He cannot hear you. But your iniquities have separated you from your God and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:1-2)

2. Pray the Promises of God
Nehemiah prayed, Remember O Lord Your Word which You gave Moses saying that if we return to You and keep Your commandments You will gather us from where You scattered us because of our sins. (Nehemiah 1:8-9)

Therefore as you pray remind God of the promises in His Word that pertain to your situation. 


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Fast

Nehemiah Was fasting and praying before God. (Nehemiah 1:4) 

Therefore combine your prayers with fasting before you begin doing what God has called you to do. 

Ensure that you also fast and pray whenever you encounter challenges as you try to fulfill your purpose because some problems can only be solved by combining prayer with fasting for Jesus said, This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17:21) 

The type of fasting that you can do is based on God's leading and your experience with fasting. For example, if you have never fasted, consult your doctor and then miss lunch one day and spend that time praying. 

If you are more experienced with fasting, you can do an Esther Fast by not eating food or drinking water for 3 days. (Esther 4:16)  You can also do a Daniel Fast by not eating meat or desserts and not drinking wine for 3 weeks. (Daniel 10:2-3)

In addition to abstaining from food you should also help the less fortunate and not publicize your fast.


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A.S.K.
Nehemiah asked the king for leave of absence from his job as a cupbearer so that he could Go to Judah and rebuild it.

He also asked for letters for the governors of the regions he would have to pass through to get to Judah.

Nehemiah also asked for a letter for Asaph who was the custodian of the king's forests so that he would be given wood for the rebuilding process. (Nehemiah 2:5-8)

Therefore plan how you will do what God has asked you to do by writing down the things you need and then schedule time to A.S.K. - ask for assistance, seek for help and knock on the doors that you need to be opened so that you can get the things you need since we are told Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7)


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Know There Will Be Opposition

After Nehemiah motivated the people and they agreed to begin rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:18), their enemies heard of their plans and they immediately begun to oppose them. (Nehemiah 2:19)

These enemies begun to attack the Israelites and they harassed them in numerous days during the entire time they spent rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.

Therefore understand that once you step up and start doing something great for God, the enemy will also step up and start trying to stop you through various means. For example, the enemy may:

1. Ridicule You
The enemy may ridicule you and mock your plan.

In Nehemiah's case their enemies Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem Laughed and ridiculed them. (Nehemiah 2:19) 

Sanballat also became extremely furious when he heard that the rebuilding of the wall had begun and he mocked the Jews by asking, "What are these weak Jews doing? Will they strengthen themselves? Will they finish building the wall in one day? Will they make building stones from the burnt rubble?" (Nehemiah 4:1-2) 

2. Create Confusion
The enemy may try to create confusion so that you are not able to proceed methodically and complete what God has called you to do.

In Nehemiah's case Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, the Ashdodite conspired to attack Jerusalem and cause confusion (Nehemiah 4:7-8) when they heard that Nehemiah and the Israelites were proceeding well with rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem.

Therefore if you find that you are beset with confusion as you go about doing what God has called you to do, understand that the confusion is an attack from the enemy because God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. (1 Corinthians 14:33) 

3. Accuse You Falsely
The enemy may try to accuse you falsely of things you have not done because He is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

In Nehemiah's case his enemy Sanballat sent him an open letter in which he quoted rumors and another of Nehemia said that Nehemiah and the Jews were planning to rebel from the King and the reason they were rebuilding the walls was so that Nehemiah could be their king. Sanballat also said that Nehemiah had appointed prophets to declare him the king in Jerusalem.

Sanballat then threatened to report these matters to the king even though he called the sources of his information rumors, and urged Nehemiah to come and meet him so that they would talk. (Nehemiah 6:5-7)

Therefore do not be surprised if your enemies start peddling rumors  or reporting false things about you.

Do not also be surprised if they threaten or actually bring charges against you for things you have not done.

4. Try To Make You Afraid
The enemy may try to make you afraid since fear will paralyze you and stop you from completing what God has called you to do.

In Nehemiah's case, Sanballat sent him an open letter falsely accusing them of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem so that they could rebel against the king. The aim of his letter was to make them afraid of the repercussions of being accused of planning a rebellion so that they would stop rebuilding the walls. (Nehemiah 6:9)

5. Try To Make You Sin
When the enemy sees that his plans to stop you from doing the work God has called you to do have failed, he tries to make you sin so that you can hinder your own progress.

In Nehemiah's case it was Shemaiah who urged him to meet him inside the Holy Place in the Temple at night by telling him that people were coming to kill Nehemiah. His aim was to make Nehemiah afraid so that he could act that way and sin. (Nehemiah 6:10-13)


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Respond Appropriately

When the enemies of Nehemiah and the Israelites tried to stop them from rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah responded appropriately to their opposition by doing the following:

1. Confessing Your Trust in God
Nehemiah expressed his trust in God by telling his enemies that, "The God of heaven Himself will give us success and so we His servants, will arise and build." (Nehemiah 2:20)

Therefore if your enemies tell you that you are too inexperienced, unqualified, old or whatever to do what God has placed in your heart for you to do (Nehemiah 2:12) respond to them by telling them that God Himself will give you success.  


2. Pray to God
Nehemiah prayed saying, "Listen O our God because we are despised and turn the reproach of our enemies on their own heads. Do not forgive their sins. " (Nehemiah 4:4-5)

Nehemiah also prayed when Tobiah and Sanballat hired Shemaiah to falsely prophecy and lie to him that men were coming to kill him and advice him to go into the Temple to hide by saying, My God remember Tobiah and Sanballat because of their evils works and the prophetess Noadiah and all the other prophets who wanted to make me afraid. (Nehemiah 6:14) 

Therefore pray and ask God to remember the people who are causing problems in your life since by asking God to remember them, you can delete them from your mind and focus on doing what He has called you to do instead of focusing on them.


3. Wear Your Spiritual Armor
Nehemiah arranged the people with their family members with their Swords, spears and bows. (Nehemiah 4:13)

He also ensured that Every builder worked on the wall while his sword was girded on his side. (Nehemiah 4:18)

Therefore as you work on what God has called you to do ensure that you are wearing your spiritual armor all the time. Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand in the evil day, and having done all, to continue standing. (Ephesians 6:13) 

To wear your spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:14-17) do the following:
1. Helmet of Salvation - Get saved by saying with your mouth that "Jesus is Lord" and believing in your heart that when He died for our sins God raised him from the dead. (Romans 10:9) 
2. Breastplate of righteousness - Do the right thing in the sight of God all the time.
3. Belt of truth - Speak the truth all the time.
4. Shoes of the Gospel - Read the Bible each day. 
5. Shield of faith - Believe God and the Bible.
6. Spiritual Sword - Speak the Word of God over your situation.


4. Encourage Yourself
Nehemiah encouraged the Israelites by telling them, Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord your God, great and awesome and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses. (Nehemiah 4:14)

He also reminded them that, "Our God will fight for us." (Nehemiah 4:20)

Therefore if your enemies are trying to discourage you by harassing you with different types of problems, encourage yourself.

Encourage yourself even if you have no one to encourage you like David who Encouraged himself in the Lord. (1 Samuel 30:6)

To encourage yourself, speak fear-fighting Scriptures to remind yourself of the greatness and awesomeness of God Who is with you and Who will fight for you. 



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Work

Nehemiah and the Israelites were able to finish rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem in the midst of all their problems because they had A mind to work. (Nehemiah 4:6)

Therefore focus your mind on completing the job that God has placed in your heart for you to do and avoid people and situations that leave you mentally fatigued.

In addition, focus your physical strength on getting the job done and avoid engaging in activities that waste your energy and leave you physically fatigued.



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