Nehemiah, Sarah Barry
OVERCOMING OPPOSITION AND THREATS
Passage: Nehemiah 4:1~14
Key verse: 14
1. We prayed and posted a guard (1-9)
The Jews' enemies harassed and ridiculed them. Instead of being afraid, Nehemiah prayed to God to deal with their enemies. Regaining their focus, the Jews gave their hearts to rebuild the wall halfway. Then, their enemies redoubled their efforts to give them trouble. Following Nehemiah's lead, the people prayed and posted a guard. Opposition is very discouraging. We must pray and be on guard.
2. Remember the Lord is great and fight! (10-14)
The workers' strength was gone, the enemies hotly opposed them, and the most vulnerable became deeply afraid. Nehemiah tightened security and created a community watch. He inspired the people not to be afraid, trust the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for their families! When we are weakest, Satan strikes hardest. We need faith and a fighting spirit to overcome!
Prayer: Lord, help me to pray, trust in you, and be on guard when Satan attacks.
One Word: Pray, trust in God, and be on guard!