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The Battle of Building (5 of 13)
Nehemiah 4:17-18 teaches: They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.
It is most interesting to note that when the wall of Jerusalem was built, the people had an instrument of war in one hand and an instrument for building in the other. May we find that as we build, not only buildings, but ourselves in Christian character and discipline, that we need, not only to have the instrument of construction, but an instrument of destruction as well. We must have the kind of people who know how to be aggressive in the battle for Christ, and who have a weapon of war against the forces of darkness.
Usually the sports personality who excels is the one who puts in the long hours of additional practice. The one who makes the A in school is the one who burns the midnight oil and makes the effort. The one who achieves is almost always the person who pays an extra price for that achievement. It is so in every walk of life. Struggle almost inevitably comes before success.
A doctor comes out of a room and the family eagerly looks into his eyes, and he says, "Your dad is putting up a good fight." Why was their dad putting up a good fight? He was struggling so he might live and maintain himself. In every walk of life where there is battle, where there is struggle, and where there is effort, there is a goal of achievement, a desire to overcome mediocrity, and to reach the area of excellence. In every sphere of life that is true.
A man once told me that he wrestled seven hours to catch one fish. Yet, I have seen people go into a bait shop, buy a small net, and scoop up a half-dozen fish. It all depends on what you are after. The man wrestled seven hours for a m ...
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