"A steadfast heart does not stray from the path" -Wayne Gerald Trotman 

"There is a rumour among the surrounding nation, and Geshem tells me it is true, that you and the Jews are planning to rebel and that is why you are building the wall, plan to be their have appointed prophets in Jerusalem to proclaim about you." (Nehemiah 6:4,5,7ff)

The Luganda proverb, "Tewewaana ng'okyali Ku lugendo;" is interpreted as: "you are not home and dry until the anchor is set and the vessel has steadied in the dock" is applicable here. The wall was almost complete, and the efforts of Sanballat and Tobiah to stop its construction had failed. So they hatched a new approach, this time centering the attacks on Nehemiah's character. They crafted rumours, deceit, and false reports that were intended to disorganize him into putting his reputation both in the eyes of the King of the Persian Empire and his people painting him as a self-seeker. 

The truth is that personal attacks hurt, and more so when the same is unjustified, it is easy to disorganize the good intentions into losing hope. 

In every noble work, we execute we can never fail to face unjustified opposing forces directed toward our character especially when we have succeeded in executing the project perfectly.  

In all we do, let us follow Nehemiah's example by trusting God to accomplish the task and overlooking unjustified insults. The unique character of Nehemiah can be used as a perfect sword to tame all likely opposing forces: Nehemiah prayed for strength. He showed tremendous determination and character to remain steadfast in his responsibility. It is a tested creed when we pray to God for strength, he always answers. 

When Nehemiah was attacked personally, he declined to give in to fear or withdraw in any way. He gathered his courage by praying for new mercy from God.  

Again as the led in any related capacity, we should always be reminded that our leaders are targets of attacks. Make it a practice to pray for them. Request God to give them strength to stand against personal attacks and temptation. When our leaders fail we also fail! They need God-given courage to overcome the spirit of fear, despair, and diversion. 

Prayer Today: Eternal Rock of Ages, help me to remain steadfast and firm in all my faith so that I can be crowned in heaven. Empower me through your holy spirit to be diligent and keep your testimony until the end. When the end comes, let me receive a warm welcome in heaven, and let me partake in your holy banquette. Help me to remain consistent with you throughout the days of my life. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray, Amen. 

Albert Collins Kyeyune