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Set Yourself Up For Success

December 15, 2008

Set Yourself Up For Success

Heaven´s-gate-in-OberbergNehemiah 2:7-8, “I also said to him, ‘If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah?  And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the royal park, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?’ And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests.”

So Nehemiah has just found out that the walls of Jerusalem have been torn apart and the result of this is that Nehemiah has been torn apart.  To say the least he was distraught. In chapter 1 we find him weeping, mourning, fasting, and praying.  I don’t know about you but I haven’t been that torn about anything lately.  Later we see that he doesn’t turn this into a lasting pity party but that he takes action.

Nehemiah is about to start a leadership campaign that could cost him his life.  He decides that the wall needs to be rebuilt but in order for this to happen he needs to approach the king.  Keep in mind that the king was not Jewish.  One day, while Nehemiah was giving the king his drink, the king asked Nehemiah, “Why does you face look so sad when you are not ill?”  From here we can see that Nehemiah has two choices.  He can either not tell the king what is making him so sad or he can take the brave step forward and let him know.  Nehemiah chooses the latter.

Nehemiah knew he needed the kings assistance in order to have a successful mission.  What did the king do?  He granted Nehemiah’s request.  Why?  Because the gracious hand of God was upon Nehemiah.

What do you need to do today, this week, month or year that requires somebody else’s assistance in order for you to have success?  I believe that God wants my wife and I to go to the mission field full-time.  We can’t do this on our own.  We need people to pray for us and we need financial assistance.  We need God’s favor.  What do you need help with?  Like Nehemiah be smart.  He must have planned what he needed before the king asked him because he already knew what he needed.  He was specific.  When asking for assistance be specific so that you can accomplish your mission.  Ask the right people to help you.  If God has given you a burden and you follow Nehemiah’s examples of brave leadership how could you fail?

Recap:

1. Listen.  What has God put on your heart?

2. Pray

3. Plan.  What is it you will need to accomplish the mission?

4. Pray

5. Ask. The right people.

6. Pray

7. Thank God when He provides.

8. Praise

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