This morning we finished by saying that our lives are staged in some easier times and some more difficult ones. The easy parts are good, but they do not last forever. The tougher ones might make us stop. The walls cannot be stopped in the middle of the way.
In the beginning of a project things might tend to be lighter and easier. We see it in this scripture. Those men got together to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. They were very excited at first. The beginning was good. Then they started to get tired and discouraged. The more they built the more rubble there was. As they saw the rubble they got more discouraged.
When we edify something it consists not only of constructing things, but also of throwing things away. It is time to stop building and start cleaning up. Throw the rubble away. Let God clean your life.
Sometimes we say “I cannot go on. It is impossible to continue. So many problems, so many difficult circumstances.”
That is the time when we are confronted and either go on or stop and become mediocre.
Confrontations come so that we can identify the enemies and what is good or bad. What has to be thrown away or keep.
Jesus was confronted in the wilderness.
We remember the temptation Jesus went through and we understand it had little to do with bread or angels, but the aim was to prevent Jesus from accomplishing God’s purpose for his life. That was the devil’s aim: to steal God’s aim from Jesus.
Jesus was confronted by the Pharisees. They were always trying to catch Jesus in something which they would use to accuse Jesus.
Peter did it too.
When we decide to dedicate our lives to God, confrontation comes.
Something comes in order to steal God’s purpose from your life.
Evil forces fight against us so that we do not do God’s will.
We are tempted to stay where we are and sit stil comfortably.
When Sanballath heard of what the people of Israel was doing, that they were rebuilding the temple, there he comes to stop them.
When you decide to rebuild your family, your household, or you want to become a man of God and a woman of God, then attacks will come.
If you please God the devil will get angry.
When you want to accomplish God’s will, demons will be stirred up.
The more you get under God’s presence and wings the more protected you are.
All the enemies got together to stop the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem.
“They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.”
There is a plot being held to stop God’s purposes to happen in our lives.
Why is Jesus excellent?
Because he healed the sick?
Because he preached will?
Because he was good?
No, he was excellent because he accomplished the will of God, the purpose God had for His life.
The spirit of Sanballath was always trying to make Jesus give up on his calling.
What does this spirit do?
* He tells you that you are weak and unable to do what God has told you to do.
“What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?”
We all know we have limitations and weaknesses. We are weak, but God strengthens us.
The devil does not have the right to say it to us. The Lord is our strength.
We are unable, but God enables us.
We sin, but the devil has no right to tell me my sins. I confess my sins to God and He forgives me. God can call me a sinner, not the devil.
* This spirit of Sanballath also puts doubt in your heart.
“Will you be able to finish the job?”
Do not let the devil place doubt in your heart.
What God started in our lives and in the lives of our families He shall finish.
* The spirit of Sanbalath also shakes our motivations.
We also remember when evil men go to the king to say that the Israelites were building “that evil and rebellious city” God did not like it.
“The king should know that the people who came up to us from you have gone to Jerusalem and are rebuilding that rebellious and wicked city. They are restoring the walls and repairing the foundations.” Ezra 4:12
Those people were trying to convince the king that Jerusalem was rebellious and bad. They might have been evil and rebellious, but God did not want anybody to accuse His people of anything. God would deal with them.
They also said that Jerusalem would stop paying taxes. A lie.
The kings of the world do not want you to be free.
* The spirit of Sanbalath also judges us and reminds us of our past sins.
We remember Ana, who was praying so that God would give her a child, and the priest thought she was drunk. What a bad thing. It was not true.
Do not be emotionally isolated.
God wants us to quit a mediocre life and have a life of excellence.
The devil attacks minds and places a spirit of mediocrity there.
People start questioning things. Not that they cannot do it. They can. However, questioning cannot hinder God’s spirit form working in our midst.
Let us not stop in the middle of the way.
I want to finish things.
Come, Lord, in the most special way and speak unto us.
Rebuke all spirit of mediocrity and lead us into a life of excellence.
We want a new version of ourselves.
Teach us to throw away the rubble.
We rebuke the accusation of the enemy and all influence of evil.
We are weak, but we are strengthened in you.
We are nothing, but the devil has nothing to do in us.
We might live under pressure, but the walls will not stop in the middle of the way.
The gaps will be closed.
Lift families that are strengthened in you.
Families that know the reason why they were called by you and what they were called for.
Exalt God’s name.
God strengthens you now.
God, perform the impossible in us now.
Message preached in the New Life Church
Sunday evening – June 14, 2015
Niterói, Rio de Janeiro
May God richly bless you
Marcos Paiva, Pastor and MD