Leadership in midst of struggles

Nehemiah 6:3 “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?”
This is from an episode in Nehemiah’s drive to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Sanballat was an enemy of Israel and did not want to see the walls completed. It was to his benefit that the Israelites remain weak and defenseless. So Sanballat began a campaign to intimidate Nehemiah and those in Jerusalem working on the wall. At this point Sanballat’s scheme was to draw Nehemiah away from the construction, so they could harm him. Nehemiah realized what Sanballat was up to and responds…“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.”
Here’s a couple takeaways about the battles we face.
1) Focus on task you want to accomplish. Dwelling too long on the negative, the problems with people, or those that don’t like your project only weakens you. Efficiency drops, energy is down. You good you could accomplish can get lost in a sea of depression.
2) Who’s in your stands? Are your nemesis in your stands yelling at you like Sanballat did to Nehemiah? Get them out of your stands and put in the folks that are for you: the Lord, your family, those you want to help.
3) Replace the tape in your head. The phrases that are replayed over and over in your head by your Sanballats need to be turned off. Put the new phrase in place. “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.” You’ll need to repeat this often. “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.” Our own frailties cause us to dwell on these hurtful thoughts. “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.” Even the Evil One would desire to crush under the weight of this struggle. “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.”
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