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Nehemiah’s enemy, under the disguise of an ally, encouraged Nehemiah to quit constructing the wall, a work that the Lord had ordained Nehemiah to do.

Immediately Nehemiah refused. And he refused to listen the next four times the enemy tried to reason with him to quit. 

Nehemiah’s response can speak straight to your soul if you have found yourself on the verge of giving up. Here is what he said: “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?”

In other words: “I’m about the Lord’s business. I have no time to be conversing with the enemy.”

You know what the Lord has called you to. You know what He has placed in your life. Be bold and longsuffering in following after it. Don’t be deterred by the enemy. 

Scripture taken from:

Nehemiah 6:1-4

Army of God

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II Timothy 4:7

Nehemiah 4:12-23

Nehemiah led a group of workers to rebuild the walls of the city. They worked with a tool in one hand, a weapon in the other.

They did this because there were people threatening to overtake them. They realized that a battle was very likely.

But they chose not to retreat. They pressed on.

As Christians we need to realize that our adversary is looking to devour us. Within that same realization should come peace knowing that no one has the power to overcome us. There is never an acceptable reason to lay down our weapon and quit fighting the good fight. In Jesus we will always prevail.

I encourage you to be on guard. Be wary of what is taking place around you. Be vigilant. And continue to walk in victory.

Determined Workers

Hebrews 13:21

Nehemiah 4:1-6

God’s people were determined to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Their desire to see the wall rebuilt was great…a burden that had been given by The Lord.

It was a good thing that The Lord was leading them. That they were fixed on seeing His will accomplished. That getting the wall rebuilt was their entire focus.

Because they had scoffers. People ridiculed them for what they were doing. God’s people became a laughingstock for neighboring countries.

But they worked through the harsh words because they knew that their actions served a purpose: to glorify God.

As we work for The Lord we may face opposition. We might meet others that are determined to see us fail. But remember that The Lord has put the fire in you to see His will accomplished. Keep working to glorify God in all that you do.

Testify

Psalm 66:16

Nehemiah looked upon the ruins of Jerusalem.

He thought back on how The Lord had put a burden on his heart for his home country, Jerusalem. He thought about how the king he was working for had graciously provided time off, men and horses, and even timber for him to accomplish his plan. He was able to look back and see God’s hand in all of it.

Then Nehemiah told the men that was with him all about it. He told them about God giving him a burden…about God preparing the heart of the king…about God providing for his endeavor.

He told them what God had done for him.

After hearing Nehemiah’s testimony the men were inspired to work. They said “let us rise up and build”.

The Israelites rebuilt the city walls.

Your testimony can be a powerful form of encouragement. Give God the glory. Tell others what He has done for you. Trust Jesus to use it to draw others to Him.

Through Thick and Thin

I Thessalonians 5:14

Nehemiah, King Artaxerxes’ butler, was an Israelite. One day as he worked in the palace word came to him that his people’s city, Jerusalem was lying in waste. Nehemiah’s heart broke for his people. He cried out to God, begging Him to restore to the people their land. He asked The Lord to use him for the rebuilding of the city.

King Artaxerxes granted Nehemiah permission to return to his homeland. As Nehemiah rode into view of Jerusalem he saw for himself the broken down wall, the gates on fire, the city in ruins.

He went to the people and told them that God had sent him and that it was time to rebuild. The people responded: “let us rise up and build”.

The wall that had laid in ruin was restored in only fifty-two days.

The encouraging word from a man of God had inspired the people to get out of the mess they were living in. Nehemiah’s leadership and example strengthened them as they restored the walls.

We can be that person who God calls on to be an encouragement to someone else. To help lead someone out of a hard time. To be an example. Talk to The Lord about it. Rely on Him for direction. Allow Him to use you.

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