If you’ve taken at least one step toward fulfilling your purpose, you’ve probably become keenly aware of the fact that you have at least one enemy in this world (if not more than one). For those of us who just want to serve God and get on with our destiny, this can be discouraging, but I have a word of wisdom for you: don’t let gossip or other distractions take you off course even for one minute.
Though our battles are not flesh and blood, one of the ways people can come against you is by spreading gossip and rumors in an attempt to discredit you, tear you down and destroy you. It’s not a good feeling to be on the receiving end of vicious rumors. And if you’ve ever tried confronting someone about it, you quickly realize you’re getting nowhere because they lie, deny and even make things worse afterwards. When Nehemiah was attempting to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem – no small task by the way – he dealt with people like this who were trying to take him away from his purpose. Instead of being distracted from the vision God had given him, Nehemiah determined in his head and heart to keep on keeping on. His response was simple: “Why should the work stop while I leave it and come DOWN to you?”
The best thing you can do is pray for the people who come against you, bless them (this doesn’t have to mean they’re invited for Sunday afternoon tea at your house) and continue to focus on what God has called you to do. Anyone who is called to do anything for God will experience this kind of attack sooner or later (hopefully later). As you seek God for wisdom and discernment, you will have the grace and strength to deal with it, set the necessary boundaries and keep moving forward.