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Read Nehemiah 2:11-20. “We shall send to the moon 240,000 miles away, a giant rocket, more than 300 feet tall on an untried mission to an unknown celestial body, and then return it safely to Earth. … We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard”. So announced President John F. Kennedy more than sixty years ago. Many said it could never be done. But they were proved wrong.

What happens if you listen to the negative naysayers in your life? The ones who tell you God’s vision can never be achieved? If Nehemiah had given in to the opposition of Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem the Arab, then Jerusalem’s walls would never have been rebuilt, and God’s vision would have been thwarted.

Sometimes, we can be paralysed by other people’s opinions. But Future Builders understand that in fulfilling God’s vision, the only voice that matters is his. His opinion is the most important. He can keep you on track rather than sidetracked.

So ask him to help you see with faith and not fear. Then listen for his still, small voice that will calm your fears and ensure you fulfil his purpose for your life.


Think about the following:

•          Has anyone ever sidetracked you from fulfilling God’s vision in your life? What have you learned from that experience?

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Rob Westwood-Payne

Hi - I'm Rob. I'm married to Gail and we have a handsome, cheeky cocker spaniel called Harley. I am a Christian leader, pastor and preacher. I am a Salvation Army officer leading a congregation in the south of England. I am a leadership and discipleship blogger and daily devotional podcast host.