SCRIPTURES: Nehemiah 4:1-23
BOTTOM LINE: Nehemiah shows us a great process when facing opposition: 1) Pray FIRST; 2) Continue to put our hearts towards the work and mission of God; 3) Keep a vigilant eye on the enemy; 4) Focus on our Sovereign God who is all knowing and all powerful.
QUESTION: Are we ready to face opposition when we’re walking w/ God? It’s coming …
Just because we’re walking w/ God and living our lives as a part of God’s Plan and Mission in the world does not mean that we will not face opposition along the way. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite. In fact, the more we’re available and being used by God in this world, the more opposition we can expect.
So … one of the most helpful things is to know the weapons and tools Satan often uses to create chaos and distraction in our lives, and we see 6 of those here in Nehemiah 4:
1. THE ANGER OF OTHERS AGAINST US
2. MOCKERY & SARCASM
3. THREATS & INTIMIDATION
4. DISCOURAGEMENT & EXHAUSTION
These are just some of the tools and weapons the Enemy uses to oppose the Work of God in and thru the lives of the People of God . Satan doesn’t want to see God’s Work advancing physically … in building and rebuilding of God’s Kingdom … And he doesn’t want to see God’s Work advancing individually in the lives and hearts of God’s People.
APPLICATION: So … how do we respond? Nehemiah and God’s people give us 4 great responses:
- They lifted their voices in Prayer
- They put their hearts into the work
- They kept their eyes on the enemy in vigilance
- They kept their minds focused on God