Sometimes I stop and think, “WHY am I here?? WHAT am I really doing??”Â Then God reminds me.
Recently I’ve been spending time with Nehemiah. Several things have caught my attention there, but one isÂ “REMEMBER AND FIGHT”.
When Nehemiah heard of the walls destruction he wept, he mourned, and he interceded. His prayer in the first chapter is filled with “we” not “they”.Â He identified himself with those who had survived captivity.
God placed rebuilding the wall on Nehemiah’s heart, even though he was far away and in an unlikely position to do anything about it. Nehemiah could have just prayed and fasted. Nehemiah could have just turned to the King for help. And he did,Â but he also went to encourage them to actually rebuild.
Sometimes I lose my servant’s heart. I get wrapped up in my feelings, my situations, my _____ (fill in the blank). But God didn’t put Ukraine on my heart to just sit, weep and mourn. He sent me to help build.
And He hasn’t placed you wherever you are to just sit. Whatever your passions are, He hasn’t placed those inside of you only for dreaming.
REMEMBER AND FIGHT
“Do not be afraid of them.Â REMEMBER the Lord, great and awesome,Â AND FIGHT for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.” Nehemiah 4:14 (emphasis mine)
“…with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.
” Nehemiah 4:17
We must remember the Lord, who is great and awesome. With Him all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
We must also remember the things God has placed on our hearts. For some of us it has been a while and life gets in the way. Sometimes we lose focus and sometimes we just forget. This is one reason I think journaling is so important, and I admit I’ve even been slacking on that this year.
When we remember the Lord, whom we serve and we remember the things He has laid on our heart then we forget to fear. It is then that we find the boldness to step out in faith.
We have to fight for those God has placed in our lives. It isn’t a physical fightÂ (Ephesians 6:12), but we are most certainly in a battle and our weapons are already provided by God if we have clothed ourselves properlyÂ (Ephesians 6:10-20).
If you knew someone was planning to harm your family or your property, chances are pretty high that you would make whatever preparations necessary to ensure their safety, to protect them. Why don’t we do the same spiritually?
It is no secret that we have an adversary (1 Peter 5:8). We need to be fighting for our families, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and our nation. I know I am thankful for those in my life that fought for me.
Who has God placed in your life that you can intercede on their behalf?
What dream has God placed in your heart that needs fighting for?
God has recently reminded me of who He is, who I am in Him, and why I am here. What are you remembering and who/what are you fighting for?