Nehemiah 6–How Low Will They Go

As Nehemiah was finishing up the wall, his enemies tried once again to stop him.  They sent him several invitations to meet them as a trap–he ignored them. They sent scathing reviews and claims of treason to scare him, he laughed at them. Finally, they hired one of God’s prophets to scare him into thinking he would die unless he quit–but, God let Nehemiah know it was not from Him.  So, despite all the fanfare and intrigue, Nehemiah continued and finished the walls and gates in 52 days.  He left all that tried to stop him in God’s hands and he focused on his mission.
 
In our lives, it is easy to get distracted by the trials and treatment of our enemy.  Life can try to take us down, but it is our job to stand firm and focus on our mission.  When we do that, the enemy loses his power over us and we can see God at work helping us to complete all that He has for us to do.  We can never give up, never give in and never lose sight that God is in charge. Then, Like Nehemiah, We can see God’s mighty hand do amazing things and smile knowing the enemy will not win again!!!
 
God Bless You

When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it—though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates— Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages[a] on the plain of Ono.”

But they were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.

Then, the fifth time, Sanballat sent his aide to me with the same message, and in his hand was an unsealed letter in which was written:

“It is reported among the nations—and Geshem[b] says it is true—that you and the Jews are plotting to revolt, and therefore you are building the wall. Moreover, according to these reports you are about to become their king and have even appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem: ‘There is a king in Judah!’ Now this report will get back to the king; so come, let us meet together.”

I sent him this reply: “Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head.”

They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.”

But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”

10 One day I went to the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was shut in at his home. He said, “Let us meet in the house of God, inside the temple, and let us close the temple doors, because men are coming to kill you—by night they are coming to kill you.”

11 But I said, “Should a man like me run away? Or should someone like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!” 12 I realized that God had not sent him, but that he had prophesied against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13 He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me.

14 Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, my God, because of what they have done; remember also the prophet Noadiah and how she and the rest of the prophets have been trying to intimidate me. 15 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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