Dealing with enemies

So after yesterday’s little decision, (if you haven’t read it yet i suggest you go back before reading today’s) I was reading Nehemiah during my quiet time and I came across a few verses I absolutely loved. Nehemiah was in a great position of leadership and he had enemies who wished on him his demise. In fact they even tried to trick him into his own downfall. But He stood strong and completed what he started in the face of his enemies. If you want to accomplish any God-given dream of yours I’d suggest following Nehemiah’s example.

1. Pray

4:4 Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn their taunts upon their own heads, and give them for a prey in a land of their captivity.

2. Don’t be caught of guard

4:9 But because of them we made our prayer to our God and set a watch against them day and night.

3. Do not underestimate your enemies

4:11 And our enemies said, They will not know or see till we come into their midst and kill them and stop the work.

4. Prepare for a surprise attack, it does no good to know something’s coming if you’re not ready to fight it

4:17 Those who built the wall and those who bore burdens loaded themselves so that everyone worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other hand,

5. Don’t let the enemy trick you into your own self destruction

Nehemiah 6:1-16  When Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall and that there were no more breaks in it—even though I hadn’t yet installed the gates— Sanballat and Geshem sent this message: “Come and meet with us at Kephirim in the valley of Ono.” I knew they were scheming to hurt me so I sent messengers back with this: “I’m doing a great work; I can’t come down. Why should the work come to a standstill just so I can come down to see you?” Four times they sent this message and four times I gave them my answer. The fifth time—same messenger, same message—Sanballat sent an unsealed letter with this message: “The word is out among the nations—and Geshem says it’s true— that you and the Jews are planning to rebel. That’s why you are rebuilding the wall. The word is that you want to be king and that you have appointed prophets to announce in Jerusalem, ‘There’s a king in Judah!’ The king is going to be told all this—don’t you think we should sit down and have a talk?” I sent him back this: “There’s nothing to what you’re saying. You’ve made it all up.” They were trying to intimidate us into quitting. They thought, “They’ll give up; they’ll never finish it.” I prayed, “Give me strength.” Then I met secretly with Shemaiah son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, at his house. He said: Let’s meet at the house of God, inside The Temple; Let’s find safety behind locked doors because they’re coming to kill you, Yes, coming by night to kill you. I said, “Why would a man like me run for cover? And why would a man like me use The Temple as a hideout? I won’t do it.” I sensed that God hadn’t sent this man. The so-called prophecy he spoke to me was the work of Tobiah and Sanballat; they had hired him. He had been hired to scare me off—trick me—a layman, into desecrating The Temple and ruining my good reputation so they could accuse me. “O my God, don’t let Tobiah and Sanballat get by with all the mischief they’ve done. And the same goes for the prophetess Noadiah and the other prophets who have been trying to undermine my confidence.” The wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul. It had taken fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard the news and all the surrounding nations saw it, our enemies totally lost their nerve. They knew that God was behind this work.

Don’t ever think something is impossible, with God all things are possible. Don’t let your enemies discourage you but instead let them be signs of your success. Don’t get worn out, don’t give up, don’t be tricked. Follow Nehemiah’s example. With God on your side you can accomplish ANYTHING.

Live long and prosper, Tori Lynn.

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One thought on “Dealing with enemies

  1. Kyle Chatley says:

    Hey, great writing, and great job! =]
    Keep it up.
    I forgot to tell you when I was home last, but some time ago (several months) I saw your forum link somewhere on facebook and read a few entries, and I’m very impressed with it, Keep heeding to Gods call in your life, and you’re right, if God is for you WHO (in their right mind) can be against you!?
    -Kyle

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