“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down,Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you? Nehemiah 6:3.
In life, when you have nothing doing, anybody can just call you and make use of your time for you. TIME IS VALUABLE. Between now and December 2019, set a goal and let’s pursue THIS ONE THING..
Nehemiah was just like Moses who lived in a palace comfortably as a cup bearer in Persia but was a slave. One day when he heard that the wall of Jerusalem was broken he sought permission from the king to go and help his people rebuild it. He lived comfortably but there was THIS ONE THING he wanted to do even letting go of his comfort. Sometimes you will have to sacrifice to pursue THIS ONE THING.
Nehemiah 4:1-5 When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “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?”
Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones! Sanballat ,Tobiah,Geshem and the rest of the enemies ridiculed and mocked them but Nehemiah said a prayer.
“Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders”
In your pursuit of THIS ONE THING, there are those who may mock you, undermine you and or fight you, just focus on Jesus, pray for His leading and go for that ONE THING.
Now after the wall was successfully built, they sent a message to Nehemiah to sort of dine with him. As you work on this ONE THING, take not of those who tried to stop you, laugh at you and said nothing good will come out of you because a time is coming, they will come around pretending to be in support of you.
In Nehemiah chapter 6, the enemies set up a date with Nehemiah but he said in verse 2″ Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.”But they were scheming to harm me. Nehemiah 6:2.
Like Nehemiah, there is this one thing you must pursue, a project, a goal, an assignment, a business, ministry, relationship with Jesus, education, trade etc but it will demand you letting go of certain comfort because of THIS ONE THING.
One day I tried to encourage a beautiful young lady not to depend on men for money and end up sleeping with just anybody just because she feels she needs help and that to her seemed her only way of getting immediate help. Trust me, she is not a bad person and it’s not like she is dating different guys but she feels she has to have someone to get money. Every effort I made seemed futile, she justified her reasons and had this to say about me.”Bro. Ernest, you don’t understand because you live in America so you have no idea what I am going through and how I survive to take care of my mother and siblings.”
You see, to an extent she has a good reason but ONE THING she didn’t know is what I may be going through also. Sometimes people see you and because you may not project what is eating into you, they may think everything is okay for you but there is THIS ONE THING that makes you cry day and night. THIS ONE THING you want God to do for you and this THIS ONE THING you want God to take out of your life. This ONE HABIT, ONE RELATIONSHIP, ONE GOAL, ONE PROJECT, ONE THIS – ONE THAT, upon the many things, there is THIS ONE THING that God must touch.
One day a young rich ruler came to Jesus and asked Him how he can go to heaven. For anybody to ask such a question, it means they believe in Jesus and know there is judgement that awaits. So Jesus referred to the commandments.”You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother”.
“All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.. LUKE 18:20-21..
So by default you would think that just by obeying and heeding to the commandments, anybody can just go to heaven as per Jesus’ response, but Jesus thus said great job but “there is THIS ONE THING you lack”. Jesus then instructed him to ” Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
But the man was reluctant because he valued his wealth and held on to it at the expense of his entry to heaven. Many times we hold on to certain things, they may be valuable but can hinder our relationship with the Lord. He loved Jesus and desired to follow him and be in heaven but THIS ONE THING (wealth) was a hindrance. Now get this, it is not God’s plan that we become poor, His plan is to prosper us and be in good health, all Jesus was asking of him was to be benevolent. There is THIS ONE THING you value and cherish but Jesus is telling you to share with those who are in need. The rich man in the parable of Lazarus did not really do anything bad but failing to share what he had with the poor. It is not always about money, it could be a knowledge, an idea, habit, project, relationship or anything else that you can effect to be a blessing to someone. Another young boy told Jesus sometime that let me go and bury my father first and come, he wants to follow Jesus but needed time out.There is this one decision to take now.
Apostle Paul had some successes but in Philippians 3:12-15 he said THIS ONE THING he does is to forget about the PAST and pursue the perfect will of God.
Forget about your past successes and failure, don’t let it eat into your head or undermine you. Just have THIS ONE THING and the greatest ONE THING IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS. Go for it, work on it and see you there.
Please join our fasting as we are running back to the father for “THIS ONE THING”. There is one healing, one miracle, one open door, one connection, one pursuit, one project, THIS ONE THING you must embark on to break you through in life.
It may be going back to school, starting the relationship afresh, setting up a goal and pursuing it, beginning a project and focus on it, THIS ONE THING
Please read Psalm 27:1-4.
1) Ask Jesus to be your shield, strength and guide
2) Pray for the spirit of boldness and discernment to pursue this one thing
3) Write down what you want God to do for you and out of them choose THIS ONE THING that you uphold. Something that must happen even if you have to sacrifice relationships.
Prayerfully present it to the Lord
4) Write down things you want God to take out of your life and choose THIS ONE THING and prayerfully tell God.
5) Pray like David that THIS ONE THING you also desire is a stronger RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD AND HIS TEMPLE.
BY PASTOR ERNEST A. BOATENG OF JESUS CENTEREDD MINISTRY.