Pursuing Purpose with Passion
Pursuing Purpose with Passion
Is the preserve of those know
The real reason for their being.
And would not budge or compromise.
They would sell all they have
And buy the whole field.
They will spend and be spent
To achieve their goal and dream.
Nothing is impossible to them
They will climb any mountain
Go through any valley or alley.
Nothing can stop or deter them
Nehemiah encountered a barrage of opposition soon after he embarked on the purpose of his life- the rebuilding of the broken down wall of Jerusalem. Despite the initial favour he received from the king who gave him supplies, permission to go and even armed guards men to ensure there was no one on the way to stop him, he met with fierce attacks back home.
There Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem and others who should know better, mocked, ridiculed and discouraged his mission. But Nehemiah was undaunted, defiant and focused. Fortunately he had a few people who were similarly minded and were willing to work. At one point it was so risky that they held weapons with one hand and built with the other. They also prayed alongside and God protected them as they made progress upon progress.
6 Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, [Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it (though at that time I had not hung the doors in the gates), 2 that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together [c]among the villages in the plain of Ono.” But they thought to do me harm.
3 So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?”
4 But they sent me this message four times, and I answered them in the same manner.
When their enemies saw that they were dogged, unrelenting and importunate, they deployed the tactic of distraction. They pretended that they were supportive and called Nehemiah to a summit where they could discuss issues and the way forward. However Nehemiah saw through their sinister ploy and declined in no uncertain terms.
He was invited to the Valley of Ono but Nehemiah emphatically said, “Oh No! I have an important work to do and why should I leave it hanging and come for a summit.” In other words, he told them point blank, “I am pregnant and my water is about to go burst. How can I be so foolish to attend a summit at such a critical time?”
When that tactic failed, they resorted to blackmail saying that Nehemiah was planning and insurrection and wanted to make himself King. Nehemiah dismissed it as a fantasy and remained focused until he was able to finish rebuilding the wall in a record fifty-two days.
Yes, the wall was completed!
This is a lesson for us all, because we all have a purpose in life, a reason for our being. First you need to identify what it is that God created you for.
Secondly, you need to understand that God has made all provision for the completion of that vision or purpose. You may need to locate it and “download it” or pray it into manifestation.
Thirdly you need to prepare to embark on your purpose. You need to start from where you are and use what you have to make a start.
Fourthly, you need to know that every purpose, vision or assignment will be opposed or meet with challenges. This is not the time to doubt your vision or purpose. Know that you are not the first to be opposed. In fact let the opposition be a fuel to your fire. Be immovable and unconquerable and indomitable. Press on for the mark of the prize of the high calling. Pursue your purpose with passion until you finish with finesse.
The Wall Completed
15 So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. 16 And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God.
RHAPSODY OF REALITIES, SUNDAY 28TH AUGUST 2022.
Be CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).
As a child of God, you have a calling to lead and blaze new trails in music and arts, agriculture, education, organization, administration, products and services, etc. Yes, that’s God’s plan. And one of the beautiful and amazing benefits of having the Holy Spirit in your life is that He makes you creative and innovative. He opens your eyes to see what others don’t see and your ears to hear what others don’t hear. He anoints your eyes to see the right things, and your mind to understand and conceive lofty ideas.
That’s the kind of man David was. The power of God came on him when Samuel the prophet anointed him to become king of Israel, and he turned out to be a marvel in his day. When he faced Goliath of Gath, he came into the battlefront with something new; he came with an innovation.
David’s weapons weren’t sophisticated; they were simple, but markedly different from what was expected. The sling he used wasn’t new to the Jews. In fact, as you read the Bible, you’ll find others who could use those weapons better than David. But none of them thought that a sling and some smooth stones would be enough to defeat Goliath. Only David thought it would, through God.
That’s innovation; thinking differently; thinking through God’s ability. That’s what God expects from you. Our theme verse says you were “…created in Christ Jesus unto good works….” Hallelujah! We were created to be ingenious, to think new, and to think fresh. What God tells you to do may not be as sophisticated as the tools and strategies others are deploying, but rest assured that it will win. He’s the extraordinary strategist.
He can guide you to come up with something new from something old, from an existing idea. Take advantage of the person, power and ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life. He’s your advantage. He causes you to see, think, say and do things at a superior and supernatural level. His ideas are unbeatable and the best; they win all the time. Hallelujah!
The Holy Spirit has brought the glory of God into my life, giving me guidance and direction; He makes me creative and innovative. He’s filled me with supernatural ability to do things beyond the ordinary; I see value where others don’t; I bring new things into this world. I have insight into mysteries and secrets through the Holy Spirit. Glory to God!
Exodus 30:1-5 And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: [of] shittim wood shalt thou make it. A cubit [shall be] the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be: and two cubits [shall be] the height thereof: the horns thereof [shall be] of the same. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about. And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make [it]; and they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal. And thou shalt make the staves [of] shittim wood, and overlay them with gold.
Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert.
Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: 1 Corinthians 12 & Psalms 146-150
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Colossians 4:1-9 & Jeremiah 14
PRAYER OF SALVATION
We trust you have been blessed by this devotional. We invite you to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life by praying thus:
“O Lord God, I believe with all my heart in Jesus Christ,Son of the living God. I believe He died for me a nd God raised Him from the dead. I believe He’s alive today. I confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life from this day. Through Him and in His Name, I have eternal life; I’m born again. Thank you Lord, for saving my soul! I’m now a child of God. Hallelujah!”
YOU’RE NOW A CHILD OF THE MOST HIGH GOD. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF HIS NEW CREATION GLORYYY