Curt Landry Ministries places great importance on the five-fold ministry. The intercessory prayer, the worship, the preaching and teaching, the administration and the organization… every part of it is important to answering the call. We are each like spokes in a wheel. If a wheel is balanced it will roll down the road smoothly. If it is not, it will wear out and collapse.
“Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me… Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.’”—Nehemiah 4:18, 20
Obedience is fundamental…
It is no accident that those who regularly attend House of David (in-house or online) are often healthier and more financially prosperous than those who are not. It is true… obedience is better than sacrifice.
We must each make a choice that when the trumpet blasts that we are going to respond! Believe me, everything is going to try and get you off schedule, but you need to make a choice to answer the call.
“At the same time I also said to the people, ‘Let each man and his servant stay at night in Jerusalem, that they may be our guard by night and a working party by day.’ So neither I, my brethren, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me took off our clothes, except that everyone took them off for washing.”—Nehemiah 4:22-23
If we look closely at Nehemiah’s story, we see that the only reason they stopped to change their clothing was for Shabbat. During this time of intense warfare, I would put on Yeshua and the full armor of God, and I’d keep it on. Day and night, and I would be watchful. This isn’t to make you paranoid, but so that you understand that one hit from the enemy can be very expensive, both in time and money.
“‘Restore now to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also a hundredth of the money and the grain, the new wine and the oil, that you have charged them.’ So they said, ‘We will restore it, and will require nothing from them; we will do as you say.’ Then I called the priests, and required an oath from them that they would do according to this promise.”—Nehemiah 5:11-12
Nehemiah realized that before he arrived that there was usury amongst the people. He was bringing financial restoration by requiring the people to begin keeping the feasts and the offerings of God correctly.
The Body of Christ will need to reconnect with their Jewish roots in order to operate in the Kingdom economy necessary during this end-time season of time. We will need to understand the importance of bringing tithes and feast offerings so that we can continue to support ourselves, rather than take the mark of the beast.
There must be an economy restored. If we give when God tells us to give, we make our yes, be yes, and chose to be fair and honest with people… then we will prosper.
“Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it (though at that time I had not hung the doors in the gates), that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, ‘Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono.’ But they thought to do me harm. So I sent messengers to them, saying, ‘I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?’ But they sent me this message four times, and I answered them in the same manner. Then Sanballat sent his servant to me as before, the fifth time, with an open letter in his hand.”—Nehemiah 6:1-5
I’ll explain it this way. When we start to spiritually and financially prosper, we will have people who want to draft off of your success. This is another tactic of Sanballat and Tobiah. They were trying to stop Nehemiah beforehand, but once they saw him prosper they decided to try and ride the wave of success with him.
Do not meet with Sanballat and Tobiah, and say, “I’m just going to have lunch and pray for them…” I’m telling you again… Do not meet with them. Please, do not give me excuses. I am warning you again… DO NOT MEET WITH THEM! Otherwise you have just wasted your efforts.
Unfortunately I’ve watched this go down time and again. Believers who are well on their way to experiencing breakthrough meet with these two characters and immediately lose their vision. They receive a ticket to the bottom of the mountain they just finished climbing… Do NOT do it!
If you are not sure who Sanballat and Tobiah are, I recommend that you be in prayer regarding this! You know the behavior. They aren’t interested in your call. They are not interested in your God. They are only interested in controlling you!
The key question is this… Why waste your time? How many texts, emails, Facebook messages, etc. do you have to waste your time with? I don’t want to engage in these timewasters unless the Lord instructs me to connect. I do not have time to waste from the work that I’m doing for His Kingdom. You may say this is egotistical, but I know that I will stand before the Lord one day… and because of that, I WILL get my job done.
Nehemiah knew that he was responsible to the king who had paid for the entire thing.
When you are on assignment, you must stay focused! Isn’t it amazing that it took Nehemiah so long to understand that these men were not sent from the Lord? We experience this sometimes as well in our Christian culture, where everyone has a ‘word from the Lord.’
How much time do we waste going off-track with crazy words? I know exactly what we are called to do. The vision is clear. It is on tablets. Why? Because what we are doing is in the Book.
Could it be that many people who want to speak into your life are there for one purpose only… to draft off or your success?
“Then I perceived that God had not sent him at all, but that he pronounced this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. For this reason he was hired, that I should be afraid and act that way and sin, so that they might have cause for an evil report, that they might reproach me. My God, remember Tobiah and Sanballat, according to these their works, and the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who would have made me afraid.”—Nehemiah 6:12-14
We must make a choice in our lives that these false prophets are going to come into our lives, but regardless, we are not stopping. We will not come down from the work that God has called us to do.
The enemy and the false prophets are after your testimony…
Your testimony is your birthright and your provision. It is in the DNA of your life. You are getting ready to birth your destiny. Do not let someone abort that.
“Then it was, when the wall was built and I had hung the doors, when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed, that I gave the charge of Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the leader of the citadel, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many.”—Nehemiah 7:1-2
We are going to sing unto the Lord a new song. There is a new spiritual government that is coming—those who will not compromise. They will rise up. They will be a remnant. It is coming and we want to be a part of it.
“Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded Israel.”—Nehemiah 8:1
“Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’ So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, ‘Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.’ And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoice greatly, because they understood the words that were declared to them.”—Nehemiah 8:10-12
We are going to see the most powerful Fall Feasts in our congregation in our history.
“So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun until that day the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very great gladness.”—Nehemiah 8:17
“Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, and with dust on their heads. Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.”—Nehemiah 9:1-2
“So I contended with the rulers, and said, ‘Why is the house of God forsaken?’ And I gathered them together and set them in their place… Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for its services!”—Nehemiah 13:11, 14
This is our prayer…
Father God, I haven’t been perfect. I am not finished yet, but Lord, do not forget my good deeds. Lord forgive me when I have cursed and have come against the Sanballats and Tobiahs. Lord I say, “Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood and the covenant of the priesthood and the Levites. Thus I cleansed them of everything pagan. I also assigned duties to the priests and the Levites, each to his service, and to bringing the wood offering and the firstfruits at appointed times. Remember me, O my God, for good!” (see Nehemiah 13:29-31).
Lord, as I continue to rebuild the walls in my own life, I stop and choose to let you fix the problems all around me. Forgive me for having my hands on these distractions. I choose not to use manipulation, like so many want to do. Lord, reveal the attacks on my focus and time that are trying get me off my wall and my assignment. Thank you, Lord, for warning me in advance that the attack is coming, and I will not fall for the trick of the enemy, because I choose to surrender and to surrender all. In Yeshua’s Name—Amen!
In a time when our cultures, including the Church, want to become more liberal, it is imperative that we maintain our course. It is our job to call the remnant back to the Feasts of the Lord—back to understanding the importance of the Jewish roots of the faith.
Nehemiah wasn’t perfect, but once he said that he would rebuild what was important to God… then God rebuilt him.
Please Click Here to read Part 1 of Rebuilding Your Life.