Faith is the purchasing power

We have to understand as Christians that we are constantly in a spiritual battle. Now, this should not get us upset or worried or shak...

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We have to understand as Christians that we are constantly in a spiritual battle. Now, this should not get us upset or worried or shake our faith because the reason for the battle is because we possess something that the enemy is threatened by. This is a fixed fight and we already won: that is the good news.

This post is not about convincing you to win (because you already did), but to present the tool box on how to battle effectively. We already know the weapons that we have as Christians; The Word, prayer, fasting etc. but it is quite imperative that we also talk about strategy.

In Nehemiah chapter 2, Nehemiah was facing a situation whereby the city had been burnt, the walls had been turned down and he comes upon the scene and feels God has given him an assignment to rebuild the walls. The Jews had attempted this for over 90 years. Nehemiah showed us how to rebuild and come into a place of restoration and enter a season of increase. And when he began to engage the people and activate them towards this purpose, the enemy got aggravated. But he shows us how to handle the enemy.

Verses 17-28 of Nehemiah chapter 2 says: Then I said to them, “You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.” And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king's words that he had spoken to me.

So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work.

But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?”

So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.

Just like many of us, Nehemiah had a plan. He had a plan to rebuild that which had been broken down with a step by step systematic plan of action. Success is not a secret. Nobody just wakes up and becomes successful. It is a system. The bible says if I speak the word, I do the word, I meditate on the word, then I make my way prosperous (Joshua 1:8). James 2:17 also says: Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. So, whatever God has told us will come to pass by faith but, first, we have to put some action to it.

So, Nehemiah assesses the degree of the ruins and assembles the people to strategies and begin the process of rebuilding. After this, he contacted the king and told him “we can do this because the hand of the Lord is upon us.”

Now, from our text we saw that the enemy did not get aggravated until the people got to work. The enemy will leave you alone until you actively move towards your purpose for God. The fact that we are in a battle is really a hidden blessing. It means you are a threat to the kingdom of darkness, you carry something that is a scare to the enemy. The enemy does not mind you dreaming, he minds you doing. He minds you being a part of something that is bigger than you; the plan of God.

Mark 4:15 makes us to understand that the moment we receive the word of God and start acting on it, that is when we will face opposition. The moment we receive the word of God, Satan comes for it because the word births faith (Romans 10:17) and he doesn’t want you having it. So, the moment you hear a word from God and you begin to move in that direction, you don’t have to have money or people or all those things to make the word come to pass. All you have to have is faith.

Nehemiah didn’t have all the resources, he didn’t have an army or a government. He had people who said YES to the call of Christ. When you begin to say YES to the calls of Christ, things begin to work out.

The strategies of Nehemiah:

  1. He said, “you see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire.” Nehemiah didn’t have to lie about the situation. He saw it in perspective and told his team the truth. When we are faced with difficult situations in our lives, we should be true to ourselves and do a thorough analysis of the situation. Faith is not denying a problem, it is accepting its presence and being fully assured that God will bring us out of it.

  2. He said, “Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.” He painted a picture of a desirable future to his team. He made the current situation less desirable. After he understood the bad situation, he stopped dwelling on it and moved on to a solution. In Genesis chapter 1, at creation, God did not complain about the darkness in verse 2, He spoke His expectation in verse 3: “Let there be light.” Have and speak the faith for a breakthrough. God is not glorified with us being broke, with us being sick, with us being dejected and broken, and we have to get a tenacity inside of us that says anything that is not in alignment with the divine will and my rightful inheritance under the law of grace, I rebuke it right now. I am making a decision not to live with it because Christ already freed me from it.

We have to “build the wall” that God has commanded us to build. In us doing that we put an end to the miserable condition that gives the adversary an occasion to reproach us. If God is our healer and He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, and the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, we have every right under the authority of the power of God to rebuke every covenant made with death, hell, sickness and the grave. To rebuke every covenant that is in line with disease, sickness, generational curses and poverty. We are not supposed to live in impoverished conditions spiritually, physically, financially, and even mentally.

Faith works wonders.



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Faith is the purchasing power
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