Intentional Determination (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 105)
Nehemiah 6:9 (NLT)
They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination.
A powerful life is one that has a positive impact on the lives of other people. In order to live such a life, we must act on the purpose God has given to us. Instead of waiting for a perfect time or someday in the future to arrive, when we take action, we show our determination to fulfill God’s good plan for us in the world. Though people may try to intimidate us and get us to quit, we don’t give in to that; we continue on anyway.
When Nehemiah was building the wall, he faced a great deal of opposition from the enemy. He could have fallen to their discouragement, but he chose to fight that negative energy by intentionally determined to finish the task before him. The opportunities and possibilities before us are so vast that they leave very little time for us to yield to discouragement. God wants us to take action and continue in that action until we arrive at the place He has set for us.
To make the most of the time and energy we have been given and to have a great impact upon the people we encounter, we must be completely committed and intentionally determined to live out God’s good plan for us. We can’t be unenthusiastic and indifferent. Determination requires that we get interested in the good will and plan of God. True commitment demands that we go all the way in our service and sacrifice.
Jesus was committed and determined in everything He did. People may try to discourage you and the devil may try to defeat you, but you have Christ living in you, and with Him, nothing is impossible. Are you intentionally determined to live out God’s good plan for your life? Are you impacting the people around you not just with words, but with actions and attitudes? Every day is an opportunity to fulfill God’s plan for your life. Ask Him for grace and strength to do it and He will give it to you.
“There are no ‘if’s’ in God’s world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety – let us pray that we may always know it!”
— Corrie ten Boom