Recently, I shared a word called Rebuilding Your Life, where I took an in-depth look at the life of Nehemiah and the restoration of the wall and fortifications of ancient Israel. His life’s work stands as an example to us all.
Join me as I share some of the notes from this message here…
Nehemiah is a picture of an incredible man of God—a true leader. Some of his exemplary character traits include:
- He was one who fasted and prayed
- He was powerful
- He was eloquent
- He was inspirational
- He had administrative skills
- He was confident in his purpose and did not work outside of it
- He was decisive
- He was quickly responsive to problems
- He was a man of self-sacrifice whose focus was on his hometown and on his people
There will be times when we will have to cut certain people out of our lives because their influence brings confusion and delays that keep us from answering our call.
This extremely practical teaching will help Believers develop their lives into the fullness of what God had intended.
Here is the key…
When I was a young man, before I met the Lord, I was a very successful businessman. I didn’t go to business school to learn, but the Lord gave me the amazing gift and ability to financially succeed in business, nonetheless. As an example, that gift eventually brought in profits of well over 7 million dollars through one business transaction alone.
How did I get there without any training? I studied the greatest business leaders of the day. I read their books and attended events where they were speaking. I was focused. That was it.
When I became a Believer I was shocked at what I read in the Word of God. I thought, “My gosh! These heathens stole God’s stuff!” As I began to serve the Lord, I understood that if I took God’s principles and applied them, while also walking in righteousness, I would in turn reap a life more abundant than I could ever think or imagine. I’ve spent the last 26 years fine-tuning this revelation, and I can tell you today that it does work!
You see… if our vision and purpose is not for the Kingdom, we will not gain Kingdom finances. When our purpose aligns with God’s, and as we are faithful, He provides the finances that allow us to bring His Kingdom onto this earth.
Still, there are many who I have challenged in the past, who have this same understanding… but unfortunately who still struggle. Why is that? Most of the time, it is because they spend their time with people who do not share their same vision, or are not at the same level of understanding.
We must seek out wise advisors who have already experienced breakthrough in the areas that remain a struggle for us. Just as in my own life, as a young businessman, the Believer must seek out those who are advanced in their callings and purposes to help point the way towards success.
Understanding this, let’s look at the life of Nehemiah…
He was well taken care of—he had a very plush life as the cupbearer to the Babylonian King. He had no need to worry about what was happening back in Jerusalem.
“…that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, ‘The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.’”—Nehemiah 1:2-3
Nehemiah was hearing an accurate word regarding the condition of the city of his people. This news was extremely upsetting to him and was a reproach against his God.
I’m like this at times, too. I get very upset when Believers blame God for their bad choices—when they besmirch His good name to cover for their bad behavior.
Just like Nehemiah, we must rise up and address the issues of the day… We must stand up for our God!
“So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said: ‘I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned.’”—Nehemiah 1:4-6
We see here that Nehemiah gets the burden. He understood that this was a generational sin issue in his people, and that repentance was necessary.
“We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’ Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand. O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.’ For I was the king’s cupbearer.”—Nehemiah 1:7-11
What set Nehemiah apart was that he understood that everything must be done through a place of prayer. So many do not understand that soulish burdens create soulish ministries—ultimately creating soulish fruit. On the other hand, when something is birthed in the spirit it will beget fruit from the spirit. We need to go to the Lord during this time and ask Him for a burden for what we are called to do. Then we can let the burden birth the activity.
“Then the king said to me, ‘What do you request?’ So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, ‘If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.’ Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), ‘How long will your journey be? And when will you return?’ So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time. Furthermore I said to the king, ‘If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah.’”—Nehemiah 2:4-7
Nehemiah did not start the process without going before the King first. Many times, as Believers, we will start a project first, and then seek the blessing of those in authority. It doesn’t work like that. Before you start something, you should go to the authority first and ask them to pray for you and your vision.
What happens when you align yourself with the leaders first is that they will pray into it from the beginning, thus gaining revelation and insight from the Lord that will bring you wisdom and instruction for success. This is exactly what Nehemiah was doing. He lived a life under the authority of the Lord.
Nehemiah had an anointing for a certain time. He had the king’s favor and he was sent…
“When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of it, they were deeply disturbed that a man had come to seek the well-being of the children of Israel.”—Nehemiah 2:10
Some things need to be kept private. It is imperative that we protect our vision until it can grow to a size that cannot be stopped with the words of naysayers.
Sanballat means, hatred in secret, and Tobiah means, the Lord is good. Here is the lesson… I have always found concerning my enemies that there will always be one religious person, and then there is the faker who hates you in secret and is jealous (their whole job is to try and take you out).
Empowering the weak and needy is always opposed by those who want to control them. That’s why a religious spirit does not like the message of Israel, or the Holy Spirit. You see, when you bring the revelation of blessing the nation of Israel together with the Holy Spirit, people will prosper. And when they prosper, they can no longer be controlled. If the Body of Christ understood this principle they no longer would need their denomination as a crutch.
Real leadership should lead by example so that others will see and want to follow. Leaders should never look to control, but to empower.
It is an honor when you have an opportunity to encounter a higher authority in the spiritual realm… one who comes into your life for the season you are in.
“But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, ‘What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?’ Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, ‘Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.’”— Nehemiah 4:1-3
It is so important to protect your words and vision from the Sanballats and the Tobiahs. Do not share everything that you have or what you plan to do with it.
It is also important that we know to cancel negative word curses over our lives. If you do not know how to cancel words like these, they can have major consequences on your future.
We do this by forgiving hurtful words and by forgiving the people who speak them. We cover them by the blood of Jesus, and we ask Him to cleanse us from their effects.
Words are so powerful. It is highly important that we personally protect our vision with good words, so that our purpose can be fulfilled. We cannot speak evil words over someone else and then expect God to fix our problems.
“Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity! Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before You; for they have provoked You to anger before the builders. So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.”—Nehemiah 4:4-6
That is the key to our ministry. Where would the One New Man message be if fifteen years ago Curt Landry Ministries would not have cancelled the words that originally came against us?
If you don’t battle for your purpose and your vision, no one else will…
Curt Landry Ministiries is a God thing… God did it. It was birthed because of the poor condition of the orphaned / Hellenized Church culture that does nothing for the Kingdom. When we reconnect the Church to their Jewish roots, and graft them back into their inheritance they begin to walk in destiny and purpose—leaving a legacy and walking in signs and wonders. The great commission can then be answered… AND, most importantly, will allow for the return of Messiah, Yeshua.
Like Nehemiah, I was a modern-day king’s cupbearer. I lived a good life before I got saved. But when I received the revelation that if we do not stand as a voice for the nation of Israel, and that there could be another Holocaust, it truly motivated me to lay down my life for the Kingdom. When I see anti-Semitism rising in the world today, I know that I made a right choice when I said, “Lord, make me a voice!”
“Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry, and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.”—Nehemiah 4:7-9
You must understand that we are on a spiritual journey. Many have stood in the gap through prayer, pouring spiritual mortar into places that that needed to be fortified.
So now that we are in a season of promotion, the enemy is becoming uneasy because we are making progress. We must understand that more success is coming because of this progress, and we need to know how to deal with that.
We must purpose to set watch over our callings. When we stand in covenant together, we commit to watch over God’s divine purposes for each of our lives—collectively praying together as we answer the call—thus breaking through all that has held us back from moving forward.
We cannot allow distraction to take away our watch time!
“And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work. So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah.”—Nehemiah 4:15-16
Let’s take a stand in this same way right now through prayer…
Father God, in the name of Yeshua, we know and understand that the antichrist, anti-Semitic, Jezebel, Queen of Heaven, witchcraft spirit is going to come after us to try and destroy that which you have imparted. Now that we know it, according to Your Word, we decree and declare, and make it known into the atmosphere as we release warring angels from the throne room of God, Michael the arch angel, and the heavenly hosts of Israel, to destroy all the spirits of Sanballat and Tobiah—all the works of the enemy trying to destroy the work of the Kingdom of God in our lives.
We thank you that we have authority to cancel the assignment from the pit of hell to kill, steal, and destroy our own lives. We plead the blood of Yeshua over our lives and declare that these walls will be rebuilt. Our wall will be refinished. Our gates WILL BE rehung. We will prosper and we will dwell safely in our Jerusalem. In Yeshua’s name!
Be sure to watch for Part 2 of Rebuilding Your Life here on the Curt Landry Ministries blog page.