Keep Going: Don't Give the Devil the Satisfaction
The phrase - keep going - is a reference to how no matter how distracting the negativity may be and how much praying you do, you need to continue to obey God's will for your life. Don't give the devil the satisfaction of your quitting.
A key idea in this series of devotionals, "When the 'Haters' Come," based on Nehemiah 4:7-14, is that "We should counter negativity with prayerful work."
In this devotional, let's focus on how important it is for you to keep going. In addition to our praying, we should keep on working. Nehemiah did not simply get excited about the greatness and awesomeness of God. He worked and urged those around him to keep going.
He urged his people to work and fight for their families and communities. Every believer should be able to see that in times like these, we need to keep on working.
We need to work in our churches. Too few people are getting saved. Too few people are growing to be strong disciples. Worship is too dry. It is a sad day, when churchgoers show more excitement for a football game than they do in worship service.
There is also work to do in our families. There is too much "shacking" (i.e., living together without marriage). There are too many who are unequally yoked (see II Cor. 6:14). There is too little effort given to keeping the fire burning in our marriages. There are too many divorces.
And then there are too many children being abused. There are too many children falling behind in school. There are too many children growing up without moral and spiritual guidance. And then too many of our extended families are falling by the way side.
Not only is there work to do in our churches and families, but there is so much work to do in our communities. There are too many Black men in jail and too few in college and trade schools. There are too many Black women who are victimized by abuse, HIV/Aids, and depression.
There are too many senior citizens who are running out of money before they are running out of time. Violence, drugs, and crime rates are still too high. We must agree that as important as prayer is, we must also work.
Are you still working?
How would you grade your continuing to work on doing God's will in your family, on your job, in your church, in your community, and with your discipleship?
What are you going to do to improve?
Great and awesome God, I praise You for being such an awesome God who has a marvelous plan for Your people. I thank You for saving me and allowing me to be numbered among Your people. I thank You for allowing me to be among those who You have called to do great things.
I confess that I have not always done my best to discern and obey Your will for my life. I pray that You would forgive me for this and my many others sins, in the name of Jesus. Please help me to work even harder at making progress in carrying out Your will for my life.
Help me stay focused, even when "haters" come into my life. Help me to keep going with doing your will. I thank You, in the name or your Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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