Nehemiah 3:15-5:13 / 1 Corinthians 7:25-40 / Psalm 32:1-11 / Proverbs 21:5-7

Standout verse:Nehemiah 4:7-9, 17“Now it happened that when Sanballat and Tobiah heard the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed that they became very angry and all of them conspired together to attack Jerusalem and create confusion.  Nevertheless, we made our prayer to our God and because of them, we set a watch against them day and night.

(V. 17) Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction and with the other they held a weapon.”

Powerful imagery.  When the enemies of the Jews who were living on the outskirts of Judah (Sanballot and Tobiah) heard God’s people were setting about to rebuild the wall, they instantly became threatened and went on the attack to stop the building process.  They used verbal insults and intimidation and threatened to attack. As the gaps in the walls became smaller and smaller (due to the people’s diligent work) the threats increased.  Therefore, Nehemiah instructed the people to continue with their work with building tools in one hand and a weapon in the other so they could go on “offence” and fight if attacked.  Wow.

Satan loves to created confusion and he does his best to get us to listen as he verbally insults and degrades us, and attempts to steal our hope.  He becomes especially threatened when we are growing closer to the Lord (when the “gaps’ begin to close).  He can’t stand it when we have spiritual breakthrough and will do all he can to intimidate and stop us from doing the things the Lord has called us to.

RATHER THAN FEAR, WE MUST SIMPLY REALIZE SATAN’S TACTICS AND SET OUR MINDS LIKE FLINT!  If we are Christians and we are doing the will of our Heavenly Father, we need to stand firm on the FACTS that “no weapon formed against us shall prosper”, and “greater is He that is in us than he who is in the world”.  Based on that awesome truth, we can continue to grow closer to the Lord and do those things He’s calling us to do without fear of getting taken out.  We simply need to continue to walk forward with Him inspired, expectant, and confidant, firmly gripping the “Sword of the Spirit”, ready to slay any threat, lie or intimidation that would try to stop our progress!