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Seeds of the Kingdom

Finishing the task

by Jill Southern

4 February 2009

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After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed.
Nehemiah 7:1, NIV

Lessons from Nehemiah - Day 6

At last the work was completed in 52 days! What an amazing achievement. When the enemies heard about it they were afraid because they realised that the work had been done with the help of God (Nehemiah 6:16).

Even the enemies knew that this wasn’t just a natural work but a supernatural one. The key to this fantastic accomplishment was prayer. Seven times in this book we read that Nehemiah prayed to God.

Secondly Nehemiah planned very carefully. A vision will stay a dream unless there’s a workable plan. Thirdly Nehemiah protected and encouraged his workers, always pointing them to God’s power and might.

Finally he was steadfast, committed to finish the task. Nehemiah was focused on completion and was not distracted by the enemy’s schemes. We have to be completer/finishers - not just enthusiastic starters. Even when the going gets extremely tough, we have to fight on to complete the work God has given us to do.

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help me to learn the biblical principles from Nehemiah and help me to apply them in my work and service for you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jill Southern is the founder of Ellel Ministries Pierrepont and directed the work for 21 years. She has recently stood down from that role but still teaches on the NETS programme and has the passion to train and equip God`s people to fully walk in their destiny and calling. She is the Regional Director for Ellel Ministries International in South East Asia and China and is also on the Executive Leadership of the ministry.


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