STEP UP AND STAND GUARD

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steveNehemiah 4:6-14: At last the wall was completed to half its height around the entire city, for the people had worked with enthusiasm. 7 But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites heard that the work was going ahead and that the gaps in the wall of Jerusalem were being repaired, they were furious. 8 They all made plans to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw us into confusion. 9 But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves. 10 Then the people of Judah began to complain, “The workers are getting tired, and there is so much rubble to be moved. We will never be able to build the wall by ourselves.” 11 Meanwhile, our enemies were saying, “Before they know what’s happening, we will swoop down on them and kill them and end their work.” 12 The Jews who lived near the enemy came and told us again and again, “They will come from all directions and attack us!” 13 So I placed armed guards behind the lowest parts of the wall in the exposed areas. I stationed the people to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears, and bows. 14 Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the nobles and the rest of the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!”

I’ve always loved Nehemiah and the example he is to us of his willingness to do what he’s called to do and his never give up attitude. If you’ve never read all of Nehemiah I encourage you to do so. Here you have Nehemiah rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem and all of these different men helping him rebuild the wall. We can learn a lot from Nehemiah when it comes to building walls around our families and our destiny in order to protect from the enemy coming in. It’s not a one person job; we are to work together to help each other build the walls around our cities, towns, and communities. It’s our responsibility, as Christians, to be awake and aware of what’s going on around us so that we can do our part to fight the spiritual fight we’ve been given and to fight it together. A verse that caught my eye that I didn’t include above was verse 28 of chapter 3: “Above the Horse Gate, the priests repaired the wall. Each one repaired the section immediately across from his own house.” They were all working together to build this wall to protect the city but each one took the responsibility of repairing the section immediately across from his own house.

As we do our part in our communities it’s important that our first priority is our own house. It’s up to me and my wife to build and repair the wall that’s surrounds our home. I can’t blame my neighbor for not protecting my house. I can’t blame my Pastor for not protecting my home. It’s not up to them, it’s up to us. Yes, they play a part as we work together but ultimately my family, my home, is my responsibility.

Getting back to the passage above, as they were working at repairing gaps and in the wall the enemy that had tried to stop the work got word that it wasn’t stopped and became furious. Verse 8 tells us that when they heard this they made plans to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw them into confusion. That’s just how satan works in our lives. When he tries to stop us and we don’t give up it makes him furious and he makes plans to throw us into a state of confusion. I think fear and confusion is satan’s to biggest tools that he uses to keep Christians from moving forward. The next verse tells us that they prayed to God and guarded the city day and night. Take a look at verses 10-12. “Then the people of Judah began to complain, “The workers are getting tired, and there is so much rubble to be moved. We will never be able to build the wall by ourselves.” 11 Meanwhile, our enemies were saying, “Before they know what’s happening, we will swoop down on them and kill them and end their work. 12 The Jews who lived near the enemy came and told us again and again, “They will come from all directions and attack us!”
This is how the enemy works. Even though the city was guarded there were some that began to get tired and fearful and they began to doubt the work being done. This is where verses 13 and 14 come into play: “So I placed armed guards behind the lowest parts of the wall in the exposed areas. I stationed the people to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears, and bows. 14 Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the nobles and the rest of the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!”

When those that surround us who are fighting the same fight we are become weary and they begin to get fearful and doubt the work that’s being done and they’re ready to give up we must step in to help guard and protect. This is where you intercessors come in to be stationed to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears, and bows. This is where the spiritually mature and the leaders come in and say, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!”

It’s time to step up; you have people surrounding you who are tired, discouraged, fearful, and confused in the midst of their wall building. The enemy has come in to try and stop their work and we must step up and stand guard by their family and let the enemy know that the work will continue, the wall will be built, and we will be victorious!

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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