“Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies found out that I had finished rebuilding the wall and that no gaps remained—though we had not yet set up the doors in the gates. (2) So Sanballat and Geshem sent a message asking me to meet them at one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But I realized they were plotting to harm me, (3) so I replied by sending this message to them: “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?” (4) Four times they sent the same message, and each time I gave the same reply. (5) The fifth time, Sanballat’s servant came with an open letter in his hand, (6) and this is what it said: “There is a rumor among the surrounding nations, and Geshem tells me it is true, that you and the Jews are planning to rebel and that is why you are building the wall. According to his reports, you plan to be their king. (7) He also reports that you have appointed prophets in Jerusalem to proclaim about you, ‘Look! There is a king in Judah!’ “You can be very sure that this report will get back to the king, so I suggest that you come and talk it over with me.” (8) I replied, “There is no truth in any part of your story. You are making up the whole thing.” (9) They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination.” (Nehemiah 6:1-9, NLT)
I know I have posted this in the past but as I was reading through Nehemiah I felt to post it again. I believe many of you can benefit from this. You’ve got too much to do to be distracted, God Bless!
Nehemiah was engaged in a work that was ordained of God. He was doing a work that he was called of God to do. There were those that opposed him because of jealousy, fear, anger and who knows what else. They took it upon themselves to try to stop the work of Nehemiah which in turn would stop the work of God. Notice how Nehemiah responded.
He first of all had discernment. “But I realized they were plotting to harm me.” He knew the motive behind those opposing him. Second, he stood his ground. Once he discerned what the motive was, he didn’t fall into the trap. “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?” Notice that it says four times they sent the same message and each time he gave the same reply. After they tried four times they took it a step further, to step five, by saying there was a rumor with all kinds of reports. Nehemiah replied with, “There is no truth in any part of your story. You are making up the whole thing.” He had discernment, he had wisdom, and he knew that what he was doing was God’s will.
I like verse 9; “They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination.” Nehemiah had a fire to do God’s will and opposition only added fuel to the fire. What’s my point? When you’re called by God to do something opposition will come. The enemy will use whatever and whoever he can to try to stop your progress. He may use circumstances in your life. He may use people that oppose you out of jealousy, fear or anger. You have to stay focused and be determined not to let anything get in your way. You have to, first of all, have discernment like Nehemiah did. When something comes up that seems to halt what God is doing through you, you must be able to discern what that is and say: “I realize this thing or these individuals are plotting to harm me.” Second, you must be willing to stand your ground as Nehemiah did. “I’m engaged in a great work, why should I stop doing what I’m doing and focus on this circumstance?” That’s what the enemy does, he tries to pull your focus from what you’re doing. His ultimate goal is to get you to give up but if he can at least pull your focus for a season, the work will at least slow down. Nehemiah’s enemies didn’t try it once but 5 times!
The enemy won’t give up on stopping you after the first time, he’ll try several times. That’s why you have to know what you’re doing is ordained of God and that you have the authority, not the devil. Finally, discern the lies of the enemy. When the devil sends rumors and false reports tell them, “There is no truth in any part of your story. You are making up the whole thing.” Know who you are in Christ, know what the Bible says about the circumstance and let the enemy know that’s he’s a liar. Finally, have the verse 9 attitude; “They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination.” The enemy tries to intimidate you, he tries to discourage you and stop the work. Don’t give up, continue the work with even greater determination.
See, the enemy will continue to try to stop you until you make him realize that everything he’s doing is just adding fuel to the fire. The more he tries to stop you, the harder you plow ahead. Don’t give up, you’re giving into the devil’s schemes if you do. Instead, plow ahead with even more determination and let the devil know he’s messing with the wrong person. Stay focused!