SUMMARY: Not intimidated
OVERVIEW: Nehemiah’s enemies try to distract him from his task, but he would not allow it. Israel persevered, and they completed the wall in 52 days.
BIG IDEA: Stay focused on what God has called you to do.
KEY VERSE: Nehemiah 6:8–9 (Nehemiah responds to his enemies)
I replied, “There is no truth in any part of your story. You are making up the whole thing.” 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.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I am always at work in and around you. Look for me. Listen to my instructions. I am only one voice amidst many that call to you. Numerous voices will cry out. Some will be loud, and others will be creative. Mine will be a still, small voice. Despite the chaos and noise and sounds swirling around you, when you listen, you will discern what I am saying and how I am leading.
Expect others to discourage and distract you. The enemy does not want you to follow me or to equip others to do the same. Prepare for them to intimidate, entice, or even hurt you. But when you follow me, no one will defeat you. Things may not go the way you imagine, but follow me every step of the way, and I will build my kingdom and accomplish my will. Stand firm and be faithful. Encourage others in the same way. Do not be intimidated but be strong through my Spirit.
Keep your eyes on Jesus and ignore the threats or distractions from the enemy. Pray for your work and for your enemies, too.