Pastor Tim Romero
Nehemiah 4:13–14 (ESV): 14 And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes."
Our enemy works tirelessly to inhibit the work of God mostly through fear. He'll attack us in all kinds of ways including physically through our health, financial through our livelihood, relational through our most valued relationships. We must never succumb to the fear of the enemy but cloth ourselves in the armor of God and keep on mission with the work set before us. Stay suited up and trust the Lord!
When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem he remained quiet for three days and observed the land. No one knew what he was doing at this time but God was giving him a plan to rebuild the walls of the city. So after three days he rallied the people and they began to restore the wall one rock at a time. What a reminder of Jesus in the grave. No one knew what He was doing but on the third day He rose from the dead bringing the plan of restoration and reconciliation to our world.
When the Samaritan official Sanballat and Tobias (both Jews) heard about this they began to laugh and scorn at the thought. They sowed doubt in the hearts of the people by saying, "will you rebel against the king of Persia?" The enemy was using those who should have been supporting the work to discourage it! They had no idea Artaxerxes had given Nehemiah the authority to do such.
So the people worked in unison by clan and rebuilt their respective section of the wall and gates. The people had a "mind" to work (Neh 4:6). Then further opposition was raised by the Samaritans, Ammonites and the Ashdodites and the people were struck with fear. Nehemiah boldly reminded them of the God they serve and the cause they were fighting for. So they resumed and the people worked with one hand while holding a weapon in the other.
The enemy will constantly oppose the work of God. He will use mockery, scorn and even threats of physical harm but none of these things will move the man who is suited up in the armor of God and whose eyes are stayed on Him. He will trusting in God and continue on with the work set before him because he understands the cause, the work is a matter of eternity. If you are discouraged and fearful today, get your eyes back on the Lord and get suited up in the armor of God (Eph 6:10-20). He has not given us a spirit of fear! God is for you so who can be against you. Don't let threats from the enemy keep you from doing what the Lord is calling you to do! Pick up the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) and the shield of faith and all the rest and get back to work, amen?
Father, thank You for being so awesome. There is none like You, no one can stand in Your way. Forgive us for allowing the enemy and his threats to become bigger than You in our eyes at times. Restore our faith and remind us of all the battles You have fought and won on our behalf. Help us to keep our eyes on You and remained suited up in Your armor. Remove any fear or doubt in our hearts now and help us to complete the work You have put before us in Jesus name, amen!