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“The king asked, “Well, how can I help you? “With a prayer to the God of heaven, 5 I replied, “If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.” (Nehemiah 2:4-5, NLT)

Over the next few days I’m going to share with you the word the Lord has given me for 2017. I’m going to break it out in three separate sections so that you can focus on each one and it’s not so much to read at once. At some point, I will send out the word in its entirety in one post.

The title of this word, as a whole, is: “2017: A Time to Build, A Time of Fruitfulness, and A Time to Completely Annihilate the Enemy.”
Today I want to focus on “A Time to Build.” The Lord spoke this part to me as I was studying Nehemiah. Nehemiah is one of my favorite people in the Bible to study. I’ve studied that book many times and written about it several times. It seems like every time I study it; the Lord reveals something new to me.

In a nutshell, Nehemiah, felt called to go back to his hometown and help rebuild the walls that had been destroyed. He did not have to do this. Nehemiah was a cup bearer to the king and probably lived a comfortable lifestyle, yet, he was willing to give that up to do God’s will. Throughout his time there, he came against opposition from the enemy with great determination, he encouraged the people to come together and fight for their families and each other, he encouraged them to have each other’s back as they built the wall, he put aside his own desires to become a great leader in this project.

You are entering a season, or a time, or building. I released a word for 2016 at the beginning of this year about 2016 being a year of taking action. As you have taken action in some things in this year, 2017 is bringing a year to start building. This may require some structuring and re-structuring of yourself. Your time, your resources, and your energy. When Nehemiah got word about his hometown he quickly shifted his focus and had to re-structure his life. Here are some questions I heard the Lord ask for this year. Are you willing to give up your comfort and your own agenda to step into God’s will? Are you willing to see a need and jump in to help? Are you determined enough to discern the enemy and his tactics and keep building? Will you fight for each other, will you fight for your family? Will you protect your brothers and sisters and have their back so they can build their wall?

2017 is going to be a time to build that will require us to evaluate and restructure our lives to step into what the Lord has for each of us. Are you ready and are you willing?

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

One Response to "2017: A TIME TO BUILD"

  1. Cynthia Parkhill Posted on December 22, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Thank you for this wonderful word ! I am so lifted by this message of encouragement & hope ! The challenge within is a Calling that I’ve been listening for … 💕. Affirming

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