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Breaking Free from Lesser Things

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

“I am doing a great work…” (Neh. 6:3)

There are many people who meander through life as though it were a flea market, browsing the bins for the deal of a lifetime, but only coming home with someone else’s junk. Others are a bit more like the crazy rabbit in Alice’s Wonderland, always on the go for something that is always somewhere else; and never getting there.

Some people sit in the stands and watch others play the game, and reassure themselves that they could do that if they wanted to. Others see a great opportunity of some kind, and console themselves with a reflective sigh, “I should do that.” But, of course they never do. And then there are those who wistfully say, “I would do that,” hinting by their tone that it’s somebody else’s fault if they don’t.

Could do, should do, and would do never do. The only thing that works is when you find the thing that you must do.

God uses the inner pull of that upward call to free you from the gravity of lesser things. There is a resolute power inherent to any great work, and once you become involved in such an enterprise, you are virtually unstoppable.

Nehemiah undertook the great challenge of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, and was constantly opposed by enemies who sought his ruin.

First they tried ridicule; it didn’t work. Then they made overt threats of hostility; it was, as they say, water off a duck’s back to Nehemiah. Next they attempted covert sabotage; but he foiled their plot. Nothing fazed him. Finally they tried the diplomatic approach, seeking some sort of compromise. Nehemiah’s answer stands to this day as one of the greatest closers in any conflict:

“I am doing a great work,” he said, “Why should the work stop while I come down to you?”

Nehemiah’s passion for answering the upward call, minimized the effects of those who were always seeking to drag him down to their level. They lost; he won. The same will be true of you.

The words of this old hymn say it best-

“I am resolved no longer to linger,by the world’s delight;that are higher, things that are nobler,have allured my sight.

I am resolved to enter the kingdom,the paths of sin;may oppose me, foes may beset me;I will enter in.

I am resolved, and who will go with me?, friends, without the Bible, led by the Spirit,’ll walk the heavenly way.”

God bless you, Pastor Mike

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DEFIANTVEGAN 12/13/2012 8:31PM

    So true Pastor so many don't hear the calling. I've tried to search to see what is God desire for me sometimes I either miss the calling or I just don't know what is my expertise. Should there be one?

Do I just go with the flow and someday is it that I'm not giving my 100% and I don't know. I've had many ideas of what would be a great thing to do in my Christian walk but never seek it out I get intimidated and I back off because of no experience or feel others do it better.

Thanks Pastor for pointing this out many I think fall in this area.


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CHRIS3874 11/30/2012 9:53PM

    Too true - I can recall at the nursing station where my Dad was (after he got too sick from Alzheimer's) had a saying " The person who says a thing cannot be done should not stand in the way of the person doing it ."

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SANDRA2BSKINNY 11/30/2012 2:07PM

    Loved it and keep speaking the word.

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BOVEY63 11/29/2012 7:08PM

    So very true. Thank you once again for your words Pastor!

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    Thank you Pastor/Brother Mike ... I need to be more like Nehemiah and get done what He has called me to do.
I like the hymn that you used there.
God bless,

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FLMOMX2 11/29/2012 4:48PM

    Keeping our on on God's goals is the way to go!!!

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KAYDE53 11/29/2012 2:32PM

    Keep our eyes on the prize which is the kingdom of Heaven! What work we could accomplish if we would all be like Nehemiah and not let anyone or anything drag us down or divert us!! Amen!!

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YELLOW09RED 11/29/2012 12:04PM

    Thank you and God Bless you,
hugs & smiles,

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SURRENDER21 11/29/2012 11:49AM

    Thank you! just what I needed to hear. God bless.

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DMSPEER93 11/29/2012 8:07AM

    Thank you for the truths you share!

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MARYBETH4884 11/29/2012 6:22AM

    Thanks for the reminder! Have a blessed day!

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NDTEACHER1 11/28/2012 10:10PM

    Love your blogs! They are exactly what I need.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/28/2012 10:10PM

    With open heart and open mind, we can achieve what HE has called us to do. We're never alone in trying to reach our goals either. HE is always by our side or carrying us.

thanks for a very wonderful blog.

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VISUALLYRICS 11/28/2012 10:06PM

    ....:::love that old hymn!:::.... emoticon Thanks be to God for the inner pull of that upward call!! He called, I answered and have never been the same since!
emoticon emoticon Praising Him because I cannot help it....with worship and awe! emoticon

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GARDENSFORLIFE 11/28/2012 9:50PM

    emoticon emoticon Great Blog!
What a beautiful blog!
God Bless You!
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SANDRALEET 11/28/2012 9:31PM

    Keep doing the job that God gave you in love kindness and the way of Jesus Let it grow in the person and give it water ever now and then.Not pushy bossy dictator like . We tell and plant the seed Then let God bo the work

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CASTIRONLADY 11/28/2012 9:19PM

    Amen! May you keep spreading God's work!

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