When we look at the story of the rebuilding of the wall, we see that the Israelites were full of fatigue & frustration. Many times our biggest battles have nothing to do with the size of the battle but the state of our hearts. The root of our discouragement is the fear of failure. Nehemiah 4:10 says, "Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, "The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall." The Israelites believed that failure was inevitable & it affected their attitude & perspective. How we handle failure in our lives is vital to our future success. When you fail, do you blame others or have a pity party? We need to fail forward by learning from our mistakes & problems. They are only temporary, success is in your future! The #1 issue that causes discouragement is fear. Nehemiah 4:11-12 states, " 11 Also our enemies said, "Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work."12 Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, "Wherever you turn, they will attack us." Fear produces anxiety, fatigue, frustration & a sense of impending failure. You'll notice in the story that their was a group that came & spread fear to the workers. They were negative people. Negative people & negative speech will always keep you from the promises of God because it takes away your faith. You may need to choose some new friends today! Make a decision right now that you are not going to be full of fear because of your current circumstance. The Message paraphrase of Romans 8:15-17, "This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what's coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we're certainly going to go through the good times with him!" Be encouraged!
Isn’t it time to move forward into the life that God has for you? This weekend we begin a 30 day challenge that will forever change your mind and your life! You will never have a positive life with a negative mind. Negative thoughts disrupt God’s plan, and will steal your joy, peace and contentment in life. Over the next 30 days you will learn how to overcome negative thinking so that you can experience God’s goodness in every area of your life! Here’s how you can be a part of this life-changing experience. 1. Be a part of our church each week! Join us live (Christiana or Coatesville) or online (www.freedomlife.tv) during this series for Bible based messages that will help you keep moving forward in your faith! 2. We're encouraging each person to wear a rubber band on their wrist. Why? Well, the rubber band will serve as a visible and physical reminder for you to learn to patrol & control your thoughts. Pausing and considering the implications of n