Nehemiah was called to build a wall for the people and the city. We are called to build life for the people and the city. More Life is in the exciting beginning stages of an expansion project but this project is about so much MORE than a building. It is about increasing our ability to build life! In this devotional we you will discover what it means to me a “Life Builder”.

Day 14: God Prospers the Plans of Doers

Nehemiah did more than complain about a problem. He did more than pray. Nehemiah acted. With courage, Nehemiah spoke to the king. Not satisfied with, “Someone else will do it,” Nehemiah boldly made his request to the king. While we all doubt God sometimes, it is... read more

Day 13: Arise and Build

People respond to the “why.” What God has called you to is most likely larger than you. You will need help. Nehemiah told the people what God had said, and some people got involved, and some didn’t. The ones who identified as builders DID SOMETHING! They strengthened... read more

Day 12: Stay Focused on the “Why”

Nehemiah takes three more days to size things up in Jerusalem before he speaks to the officials, the priests, and the nobles. When he does speak, he doesn’t speak only concerning “how” and “what.” He talks about “why.” We live in a world, like Nehemiah, filled... read more

Day 11: Opposition Begins

Not everyone is going to be excited when you take the initiative. Sanballat (who will show up several times during the project) was the leader of the criticizers and distractors. His purpose was to create fear. Some people fear ever stepping out for the LORD because... read more

Day 10: Five Qualities of Initiators

WOW! You have made it to day 10. Your reward? The shortest devotional to date on the 52-day journey. Five Qualities of Initiators: Know what they want. Push themselves to act. Take more risks. Make mistakes. Go with their gut.   Read Nehemiah... read more

Day 9: Take Initiative

Nehemiah couldn’t imagine standing still when he heard of the broken walls. He had to act. Of all the things we should avoid, complacency should be near the top of the list. What enables us to initiate? A knowing. Something in your heart/gut that prompts you to... read more

Day 8: Timing

What caused Nehemiah to wait? I don’t know for sure, but he might have been waiting on several things. Here are a few things that my waiting has been centered around: Ownership of the burden and vision A foundation of prayer to be laid Readiness with a plan Trust to... read more

Day 7: Positioned Perfectly

Nehemiah saw something that broke his heart in December and prayed about it until April. He prayed and waited. Then it happened. At just the right moment, Nehemiah was able to speak with the king. The king opened doors and provided the resources Nehemiah desperately... read more

Day 6: Pray for the Favor of God

Nehemiah prayed for favor.  Never forget that God’s favor is upon all His children at all times; even in the seemingly darkest moments. The Psalmist prayed “Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame” (Psalm 86:17). How true this... read more

Day 5: Pray the Promises of God

Nehemiah prayed the promises of God. He remembers the promises given by God to Moses, His servant, and prays accordingly so that he and the other exiled people could go back to their homeland. Part of our prayer times should involve claiming, trusting and speaking out... read more

Day 4: Focus on the Greatness of God

Nehemiah focused on the greatness of the One he was praying to. He identifies his God with the terms, ‘God of Heaven,’ ‘great’ and ‘awesome,’ and as the One ‘who keeps His covenant of love.’ Understanding who his God was, moved Nehemiah to immediate... read more

Day 2: What Breaks Your Heart?

What Breaks Your Heart? Nehemiah was brokenhearted, but he didn’t tackle the problem immediately. Why? He first needed to bring his burden before the Lord. Consider this: What are you burdened about? Look around. What breaks your heart? What has God put in front of... read more

Day 1: Some Walls Are Good

An ancient city without a wall was wide open to be plundered by enemies. A city’s walls helped to protect people and their households. Walls provided security. Nehemiah was grieved when he heard that the wall of Jerusalem was “broken down.” Often today we talk about... read more