We can learn important lessons about leadership, tenacity, and faith from Nehemiah's tale.
The fortifications of Jerusalem were something Nehemiah, an Israelite man of God, desired. It took him 52 days to rebuild the wall, and he did it with consistency, a fighting spirit to carry out God's designs, and a lot of dedication. 
 The Incarnates of Nehemiah have many of the same traits of character and spirit as Nehemiah did. 
Here are some important takeaways from Nehemiah;

1. Prayer and Faith. 

Nehemiah prayed to the Lord, confident that despite Sanballat and Tobiah's schemes, God could still grant him victory in finishing what he had begun.

Nehemiah 1:11

[11]O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's cupbearer.

There were many enemies nearby who had wanted the work of the Living God to fail, so he had to present his vision to the Lord. The Lord, through Nehemiah's faith, granted him his desire.

Nehemiah 4:1-9

[1]But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews.

[2]And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?

[3]Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall.

[4]Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:

[5]And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

[6]So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

[7]But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,

[8]And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

[9]Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

In some cases, your enemies may not even live in your community or work with you, but out of jealousy, they may oppose your efforts and band together forces to undermine the Lord's work that you are carrying out. 

However, for Nehemiah incarnates, they pray to the Lord for success, deliverance, and favor to continue their works. Many people do not want to see us succeed in our lives, ministries, marriages, academic pursuits, workplaces, businesses, or spiritual lives, among other things.  
We cannot do without prayer and faith because they are both essential components.

2. They Have Vision and Plans 

Nehemiah had a clear idea of what needed to be done and created a thorough plan to carry it out. He inspected the walls and inspired the people to cooperate. "Come, let us repair Jerusalem's wall, and we will no longer be ashamed" (Nehemiah 2:17). 

You need a vision for your ministry, a vision to solve issues you see going on in your church or at work, and you need to organize people to work productively. Every Incarnate of Nehemiah has a vision and plans to solve a problem. A boss is someone who spots issues and makes progress.
 Many people have become leaders today because they saw problems and worked to solve them; they are now founders, world recognized icons, billionaires, and well regarded people. 

They dislike it when God is mocked, so they will do everything in their power to elevate the name of the Lord, to make the name of the Lord shine brightly.

3. Perseverance and Determination. 

Nehemiah persisted in his mission and stayed adamant that the work be completed in the face of all the obstacles and setbacks. He gave his own people more strength by encouraging them to work harder, to enjoy what they were doing, to figure it out, and to grow much stronger in spite of everything that was happening.

 Nehemiah 4:14

[14]And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.

4. Leadership and Humility. 

Nehemiah was a leader who led with a great deal of humility and compassion. He put the needs of his people first; he wasn't self-centered, he wasn't demanding, he wasn't authoritarian, he wasn't evil at heart, and he didn't burden his own people; rather, all of his plans were made with a sincere heart and humility, making sure that the people are helped. 

He paid attention to his people's worries.

Nehemiah 5:15

[15]But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.

They will not become burdensome, they will not lure you for you money as Apostle Paul said.

2 Corinthians 11:9

[9]And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.

5. They celebrate  success and show gratitude.

The day the wall was rebuilt was a day of celebration for NEHEMIAH and his people. He joined them in their joy because, alas, their hopes had been realized, worked out and their labors had not gone in waste.

Nehemiah 8:10

[10]Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

6. They Perceive Evil.

As a leader you must be able to discern, it is one of the most important things. 

Nehemiah 6:1-14

[1]Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)

[2]That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.

[3]And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?

[4]Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner.

[5]Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand;

[6]Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these words.

[7]And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together.

[8]Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart.

[9]For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.

[10]Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.

[11]And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.

[12]And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

[13]Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me.

[14]My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.

NEHEMIAH had the discernment to recognize that these prophets are not from God and are only acting to weaken their resolve to continue erecting barriers. 

As a leader, you must exercise a great deal of discernment; otherwise, Satan and his Incarnates will give you false information and prevent you from carrying out God's work. 

They have the power to instill fear in your spirit and to judge you, but they are not of God.

You must cultivate these behaviors of Nehemiah, you must become such a great leader to help fulfill the plans of God. God bless you!

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