Preoccupied with purpose

Life can be distracting. In fact, if the enemy cannot defeat you, he will settle for distracting you from your divine assignment.

He tried to do this to a man of God from the Old Testament named Nehemiah, and he'll try to do the same to us. An adversary was attempting to taunt and distract Nehemiah from rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. We can learn a lot from Nehemiah's answer. He didn't react out of fear and anxiety; he responded in faith and clarity of focus....

"I am doing a great work and I cannot come down to you."

"Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer." (Nehemiah 6:3-4)

The same power that caused Nehemiah to become preoccupied with his purpose is available to each of us today. We must learn to not lower ourselves to the taunts of our adversaries.

You can always tell the size of a man's identity by the size of the problem it takes to discourage him or break his focus.