BEWARE OF DISTRACTIONS
THE WORLD THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL WILL ALWAYS BE TRYING TO DISTRACT US FROM THE WORK OF GOD.
IN THE BOOK OF NEHEMIAH
NEHEMIAH GETS WORD THAT THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM HAVE BEEN TORN DOWN AND THE CITY BURNED.
HE WEPT AND MOURNED FOR DAYS. HE FASTED AND HE PRAYED. HE CRIED OUT TO GOD HE REMINDED GOD OF HIS WORD TO MOSES.
HE REMINDED HIM OF WHO THE PEOPLE WERE.
They are Your servants and Your people whom You redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand. 11 O Lord, I beseech You, may Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to revere Your name, and make Your servant successful today and grant him compassion before this man.”
Now I was the cupbearer to the king.
THEN NEHEMIAH WENT BEFORE THE KING.
So the king said to me, “Why is your face sad though you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of heart.” Then I was very much afraid. 3 I said to the king, “ Let the king live forever. Why should my face not be sad when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies desolate and its gates have been consumed by fire?” 4 Then the king said to me, “What would you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 I said to the king, “If it please the king, and if your servant has found favor before you, send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”
SO NEHEMIAH BEGAN HIS MISSION TO BUILD.
When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about it, it was very displeasing to them that someone had come to seek the welfare of the sons of Israel.
THE WORK BEGAN.
But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard it, they MOCKED us and despised us and said, “What is this thing you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?”
Now when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repair of the walls of Jerusalem went on, and that the breaches began to be closed, they were very angry.
8 All of them conspired together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause a disturbance in it.
Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with ONE HAND DO THE WORK and the OTHER HOLDING A WEAPON. 18 As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while the trumpeter stood near me. 19 I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated on the wall far from one another.
The Enemy’s Plot
1 Now when it was reported to Sanballat, Tobiah, to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall, and that no breach remained in it, although at that time I had not set up the doors in the gates, 2 then Sanballat and Geshem sent a message to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together at Chephirim in the plain of Ono.” But they were planning to harm me.
4 They sent messages to me four times in this manner, and I answered them in the same way. 5 Then Sanballat sent his servant to me in the same manner a fifth time with an open letter in his hand.
SANBALLAT AND TOBIAH CAME TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO TRY TO STOP THE WORK OF NEHEMIAH.
: something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention
: something that amuses or entertains you so that you do not think about problems, work, etc.
: a state in which you are very annoyed or upset
IT IS VITAL THAT WE STAY AWARE OF THE TACTICS OF THE ENEMY, STAY ON GUARD AGAINST DISTRACTIONS AND CRY OUT TO GOD.
Give heed to me and answer me;
I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted,
3 Because of the voice of the enemy,
Because of the pressure of the wicked;
For they bring down trouble upon me
And in anger they bear a grudge against me.
WHEN WE HAVE SET OUR HEARTS TO BUILD FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD WE CAN BE SURE THAT THE ENEMY IS GOING TO BE TRYING TO DISTRACT.
THEY CAME TO NEHEMIAH A FIFTH TIME TO DISTRACT AND FRIGHTEN HIM.
“For all of them were trying to frighten us, thinking, "They will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done." But now, O God, strengthen my hands.”
DISTRACTIONS WILL COME BUT,
LETS ANSWER OUR ENEMIES THE WAY NEHEMIAH DID.
20 So I answered them and said to them, “ The God of heaven will give us success; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no portion, right or memorial in Jerusalem.”
So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”
THE WALL WAS COMPLETED IN JUST 52 DAYS AND NEHEMIAH’S ENEMIES LOST CONFIDENCE.
“So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of the month Elul, in fifty-two days.”
16 “When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.”
LETS LET THE ENEMY KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE DISRUPTED OR DISTRACTED FROM DOING WHAT OUR GOD HAS CALLED US TO DO AND THAT
WE WILL ARISE AND BUILD
WE WILL BUILD WITH ONE HAND AND FIGHT WITH THE OTHER.
AND OUR GOD WILL GIVE US SUCCESS!!!!!!!