Friday, 26 September 2014

BEWARE OF NEGATIVE PEOPLE

TEXT: NEHEMIAH 4:1-3
“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!”
It is not everybody around you that wants you successful, while some are positive in their words and actions about your visions, some people won’t be happy that you are doing something great. These people that are never happy about other people’s achievement are called negative people. They are those that never see anything good in what other people are doing; they are haughty scorners that look at the good work that the lord has committed in your hands with contempt. Their words never encourages! All they have in their mouth is negative words that can pull people down and destroy people’s destiny. Negative people never applaud or appreciate any good thing; they are proud and full of envy. Once they see somebody doing any good thing; they develop envy and hatred for the person.
There are some negative people waiting to laugh you to scorn, but as the lord lives they will wait in vain in Jesus’ name. Amen. Sanballat and Tobiah the Ammonite were angry with Nehemiah and his people for rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem, with ridicule and sarcasm they said the good work that these strong and able men did wholeheartedly could be fallen by a mere Fox! This comment would have been able to cause Nehemiah and his helpers to give up on building the wall, but thank God for the spirit of “we must accompany our mission through Christ” that they had. Nehemiah ignored their negative comment; he prayed to God and they continued their good work. He did not lose focus on what he wanted to achieve, he refused to pay attention negative people around him, rather he gave his full attention to finishing the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem.
Consequently, if you want to accomplish your mission on earth, you must learn how to make advancement in the face of opposition. You must comprehend that negative comments and people will arise as long as you are doing something outstanding. Like Nehemiah did; learn to ignore all negative people and remarks around you, and let your focus be on God and His assistance towards the accomplishment of your purpose. Friends may become your enemies because of your vision, societal opposition may arise, humiliation, all sort of difficulties and pressure will erupt to derail you from your vision. The likes of Sanballat and Tobiah are still here on the earth, and Satan is ready to use them to provoke, frustrate and discourage us. Never throw in the towel in the midst of opposition, do not forget that “greater is He that is in you than he that is the world”. Pray to God and He will frustrate the plan of the enemies. May you finish well in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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