SCRIPTURE: NEHEMIAH 2:17
“But now I said to them, ‘You know very well what trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire. Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!’”
Have you ever wanted to share a dream, but were afraid that people would think you were crazy? Many of us feel that way. We feel like God is asking us to do something great, but we are afraid to talk about it. There is something intimidating when talking about what God is asking you to do by faith. When you speak it out, it begins to become real to you. It is one thing to think it, and it’s is another to speak it out.
Nehemiah must have felt the same way. He has received all that he needs to get the job done, but now is the time to start speaking it out and telling the people the plan. This must have been a scary time for Nehemiah. Thought of self-doubt must have been swarming through his head, but he chose to speak out the dream. At some point in this faith journey, you will need to do the same. There will come a time when you need to speak out what God is telling you in prayer and with the right group of people. That group may be your family or people in your Life Group; either way, make sure you share with people who will build up your faith, not tear it down. Speak out the dreams God has given you; declare them today. You never know how much your words could encourage someone else in their faith journey.
Speak out loud in prayer the things God has placed in your heart. Take a moment and ask, “Who do I need to bring along in this journey with me?” If you are married, begin to speak out to your spouse what God has put in your heart for The Story Initiative. Use your words to stir up faith in yourself and those around you.
“Jesus, I am asking you to give me the boldness to speak out what you have put in my heart. Please bring me the right people to share with, those who will build up my faith. Jesus I love you today.”