Studies in Nehemiah

Nehemiah 6:1-9 Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it (though at that time I had not hung the doors in the gates),  that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono.” But they thought to do me harm.  So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?”  But they sent me this message four times, and I answered them in the same manner.  …….. 9 For they all were trying to make us afraid, saying, “Their hands will be weakened in the work, and it will not be done.” Now, therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.

When the enemy had tried everything to stop the work of the Lord, he had one last weapon—compromise.  He wants to get you to compromise your faith, your prayer life, reading the Word.  He wants you to come down from the holy mountain down to the plain of mediocrity.  The enemies plan is to steal your joy, kill all hope, and destroy your faith.  When that happens, we need  to respond with an emphatic ‘No.’  Even if you lose friends, even family, always take the high ground.

Psalm 24:3-6  3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place?  4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.  5 He shall receive a blessing from the LORD, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.  6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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