Church leader, read the first six chapters in the Book of Nehemiah. You must understand that the Kingdom work you are doing is of utmost
importance! Jesus has specifically called you to your ‘place on the wall’ and you cannot afford to allow anyone or anything to distract you from the work
of your calling. If you have been in the ministry for very long, you have already faced opposition, accusation, criticism, and perhaps even persecution
from people outside the Body of Christ as well as from brothers and sisters in Christ. Please remember this:
No one but you is anointed by Jesus to do what you do.
Jesus has blessed you and empowered you by His Spirit with a special anointing that is necessary to accomplish His work in your sphere of ministry,
so nothing must be allowed to hinder you or to stop you from His vision through you. Nehemiah understood how important his leadership was to the
overall project of rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem; that is why he would not stop his assignment to discuss things with his detractors. You too
must understand your importance.
The natural reaction each of us has is to respond to our detractors when we are assailed by them. Everything in us wants to make sure everyone
knows we are diligent servants of the Lord Jesus and we are doing His will and fulfilling His plan for our lives and for our church or ministry. This is
why ministers tend to stop their work of the ministry when they are attacked, not realizing that evil spirits are assigned to them with the hellish intent
of disrupting and even stopping the plan of God. You must not allow this to happen. A good rule of thumb is this:
Never glorify the critic by receiving his criticism. Glorify Jesus by rising above it.
This single-minded focus takes training to develop. It is a discipline that may take a battle or two for you to finally realize that responding to a fool is
futile. (Proverbs 23:9) I know this fact well from years ago when false accusations were leveled against me and it split our church; many of our family
members broke fellowship with us. It devastated me and my wife and those whose hearts were genuinely knitted together with ours. For about three
weeks I scurried around trying desperately to mend the fences and encourage the sheep to come home trying hard to protect them from those who
had been sent to disturb them and devour them. I wanted them to know the truth. In many of them the lie prevailed and my efforts were in vain. After
the smoke cleared I realized that for the most part I had neglected the sheep that remained with us in an effort to go after those who left. This mistake
taught me a valuable lesson. Can you see why I want you to learn this lesson before you encounter such a horrible attack?
Take the time right now to resolve within yourself that you will not leave your post to deal with naysayers. Make a genuine and heart-felt commitment
to God that no matter what, you will remain on the wall and you will remain focused and resolute to your calling. If you will do this now, when your trial
happens, you will not be shaken, you will remain steadfast, and you will triumph over it. I rejoice with you ahead of time and declare your victory! Don’t
come down from the wall!
“So I sent messengers to them, saying, ‘I am doing a
great work so that I cannot come down. Why should the
work cease while I leave it and go down to you?’”
Matthew 10:16-26, Matthew 13:57, John 10:10, I Corinthians 15:58,
II Corinthians 2:14, Ephesians 6:10-18, Hebrews 12:27-28, I John 2:18-21
|Don't Come Down From The Wall
by Bishop Randy Barnett