Then the people of the land tried to discourage the people of Judah. They troubled them in building, and hired counselors against them to frustrate their purpose all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia. In the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem. Ezra 4:4-6 NKJV
When you have a chance, go and meditate over the Book of Ezra. Here we have the inevitable reaction of the devil and his demons, through people, that don’t want us to excel, succeed and above all, do the Work of God.
The moment God inspire a person/people to do something that will exalt Him, the devil is swift to get involved. Here he used the Samaritan (after there help was respectfully declined by the Israelites) to discourage, frustrate, persecute, slander and consequently cease the building of the Second Temple of God for about 16 years.
How does that apply to us nowadays?
Every time God inspires us with a dream, how quickly does the devil bombard us with many words and thoughts of doubts? He use friends, family, celebrities, feelings, science, the media etc… to discourage us; he usually does this right at the beginning stage of the process to effectively kill the dream before it has even begun. What’s more of a shame is when we have actually started but we give up due to the hurdles placed before us by satan.
Understand this: there will always be hurdles in you way to reach your destination. Successful people didn’t become a success by not having hurdles in front of them; they became a success by overcoming them.
Didn’t the second temple get built eventually and God’s prophecy and purpose get fulfilled in the end?
Here I am to appeal to your reason, your intelligence and above all your faith:
- Is God ever wrong?
- Do you really think He is capable of making mistakes?
- Did He give you this dream just for fun and for you to just think about it but not take actions?
Remember what He spoke through Wise King Solomon & the Apostle Paul:
Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8 NLT;
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT
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God Bless You
In 2018, make it a good habit to meditated on these God inspired posts, there’s 294 to choose from, including this one. Here’s a few: The Bible – The Treasure On Your Desk || The ONLY Way To Know God Personally || God’s Dream Through You Is Big! || The Size Of The Creator || The Power Is Yours || Intelligent Faith Explained – Part 1 || A Successful Christian vs A Defeated Believer