Letting Go of What Doesn’t Build Us Up

I answered, “We are servants of the God who rules from heaven, and he will make our work succeed. So we will start rebuilding Jerusalem, but you have no right to any of its property, because you have had no part in its history.”

(Nehemiah 2:20 CEV)

If I were to summarize the Old Testament Book of Nehemiah, I would say that it’s a story about rebuilding a broken city and broken lives. Following the Babylonian exile, Nehemiah, a high official in the Persian court, is granted permission by King Artaxerxes I to return to rebuild and re-establish Jerusalem. As he proceeds to rebuild his beloved city, Nehemiah encounters opposition and threats by the armies of Samaria, the Ammonites and the Ashdodites, the enemies of the Jews. So Nehemiah positions guards to defend against the constant threat of those who opposed their efforts. I love Nehemiah’s response to those who were trying to tear the Jews down physically, mentally and emotionally, “We will start rebuilding Jerusalem, but you have no right to any of its property, because you have had no part in its history.”

The Bible exhorts us to associate with those who build us up spiritually, mentally and emotionally (Hebrews 10:24-25). So when someone isn’t building us up, in fact, they’re deliberately trying to tear us down, we’re to do what Nehemiah did and not give them the right to take part in our history. This year, let’s surround ourselves by those whose purpose is to build us up and distance ourselves from those who slow and tear us down. We will never get God’s work done, if we allow ourselves to be surrounded by negativity and drama. If it’s not contributing to your growth, let it go.

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Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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