I think the title for this hub should be called "Against all Odds" because so many today including myself are being tested by all the trials and pressures of the world around us.
We as children of God are supposed to be an influence to our environment and not allow our environment to influence us but when is enough not enough?
The enemy of our souls tries to attack us on two sides.
One of the ways he does this is to use others to launch an outside attack with the intent to discredit our ability to lead and cause those God placed under us to see us as being weak and unfit for the job or calling on our life.
The People Had A Mind To Work
In this setting with Nehemiah, we find one reporting to him that fatigue is setting in and the strength of the workers is giving out.
When we get tired the enemy loves to get our eyes on all the rubble and piles of debris to get us discouraged and lose sight of our goal.
Does not Hebrews 12 tell us to get rid of anything that would hinder or entangle us?
In this setting with Nehemiah, I cannot find where the enemy launched an attack.
They tried in vain to get the leader Nehemiah to come down to a secret meeting that they might ambush him but he refused to come down stating that he was working on a great work.
We do find that Nehemiah prayed for divine guidance and help and instructed the people that they needed to respect the Lord's position, rest in his protection and reflect back on his provision to sustain the work.
The Bottom line is that we need to trust God more than our emotions.
Our emotions can play games on us and get us thinking wrong.
The attacks on our faith will make us into a humble servant of God and cause us to apply the truth of God's word in mightier ways.
They will make us men and women of God that will appreciate and better understand spiritual truths and the real cosmic battle that is going on around us.
Our real enemy is not our brother and sister but that fallen angel Satan known as the tempter, deceiver, and accuser of the brethren.
When we take Kingdom priorities serious, the enemy will stir people to raise against us to try to stop us and block the word of God from going forth.
I am familiar with a ministry in the process of regrouping and restructuring its foundation walls and constitution. This ministry is using as its format the character of the great Nehemiah and his task to rebuild the wall in Jerusalem that had been torn down by conquering armies.
This ministry is studying the sincerity of Nehemiah and his work to rebuild the wall as its motto to regroup and train its ministers.
We see the opposition rising up thru the governor of that land trying to mislead the cause by mocking and calling the workers feeble which means (withered).
He did this by asking could they build a wall that would withstand a mighty army with stones that were old and outdated.
The enemy stated that a fox could tear down their wall trying to cause discouragement among the workers?
FACT: The workers were in hostile territory and were surrounded by their enemies and were in constant fear of being ambushed.
The pressures on the outside were trying to work their way on the inside that they might cause problems among the workers.
Does this sound like our enemy who's main strategy is to divide and conquer. His plan and strategy has always been one to cause confusion and trick us into thinking and talking like him that we will become discouraged and give up.
Jerry W. Hulse Trucker Evangelist
Now that we know who the enemy is and what the battle is about, do you think it would be wise to test the spirit before we give someone a word from God?
Here are three questions to get us started
1. Does it build up
2. Does it tear down
3. Does it cause confusion
Bottom Line: Anybody can tear down but are we willing to use discernment and offer our hand willingly to the work of God for the up building of his kingdom?
Nehemiah considered the work a great work and against all opposition finished the work for he stated that the people had a mind to work.