In Nehemiah 4:14-15, we read, “And I looked and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not afraid of them: remember the LORD, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses. And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to naught, that we returned all of us unto the wall, everyone unto his work.”
A Psychological Cure: Resolve Our Success
We need to say, “I will, by the grace of God, succeed.” That’s not positive thinking; I’m talking about faith. First, you remember the Lord when you say this. Then, you say, “I have victory in Jesus.”
If you’re discouraged today, hear me: it’s always too soon to quit. Don’t give in, and don’t give up. Why? Remember what’s at stake. Nehemiah said, “Be not ye afraid of them: remember the LORD, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” In other words, he said, “Yes, the situation looks bleak, your enemies are laughing, and the hounds of hell are marching. But remember the Lord! Let’s stand up for our families, our children, and our homes.” As a result, the people went right back to the task, and Satan’s plan failed.
Nehemiah said, “We’re going to do it!” So they kept on building, and they finished the wall. Don’t try to make yourself “feel” encouraged. You will never “feel” your way into a work, but you can work your way into a feeling. Just get yourself back to the job!
Get some rest. It may be as simple as this. Change your diet; get some exercise; resign from being the sovereign of the universe. Let God have the throne back. “He gives His beloved sleep” (Psalm 127:2). This deals with fatigue.
Then, give yourself some think-time and say, “What am I doing? Am I doing a right thing the wrong way? Do I need to reorganize my life, as I get these stones out of all of this rubbish that surrounds my life?”
Next, put your eyes on the Lord; remember God. You cannot look into the face of God and harbor fear in your heart at the same time. “God has not given us the spirit of fear” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Finally, say, “By the grace of God, I will not give up, and I will not give in. God did not call me to fail.” The Bible says, “Thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:14).