Last Friday, I wrote about God's ability to qualify you when He calls you. But with that calling comes quite a bit of change. Sometimes God calls us to be ruthless in severing any ties that could hinder you from qualifying as He wants you and I to get caught up in the things of Him. Many times we get caught up in the little things when we need to get focused on what God is focused on.
Someone who understood what spiritual tenacity is all about was Nehemiah. The Bible says God put in Nehemiah's heart to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah examined the walls one night, which had been burned previously in 568 B.C. by the Babylonians. The city of Jerusalem was in ruins and was no longer protected, but God pricked Nehemiah's heart to change that. When Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem all heard about Nehemiah's plans, they mocked him and ridiculed him. Nehemiah 2:19 quotes them as saying, "What is this you are doing?" These men were trying to get Nehemiah's focus off what God wanted him to do. In verse 20, Nehemiah responded, "The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding."
Your enemy is anyone or anything that causes you to break your focus on what God has called you to do; those who the devil has planted in your life to insult your vision. Anything or anything that has the ability to keep your attention off what God has for you has mastered you. Conversely, a friend is anyone who helps keep you focused on what God has called you to do. Remember, Satan hates a loud voice for God.