“When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence (they were humiliated and became very discouraged) because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God” (Hen 6:16)
Since we started to build the house of God we experienced similar attacks just like we see in the Book of Nehemiah. These are the common patterns the devil uses to attack God’s servants, especially as they build the house of God. What is the devil’s strategy? What are his agents trying to do?
“Come, let us meet together in one of the villages…But they were scheming to harm me” (Neh 6:2)
They come like friends. Behind the smiles, greetings, flatter and gifts, they want to win your confidence; they want to come closer to you. That friendly position shall be used later as a platform for betrayal. Four times they tried this strategy but God helped Nehemiah see their intent and each time he refused their invitation.
*Slander, lies and blackmailing
“According to these reports you are about to become their king and have even appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem: ‘There is a king in Judah!’ Now this report will get back to the king; so come, let us meet together.” (Neh 6, 7)
The enemies accused Nehemiah of rebellion and encouraging false prophecies. These were fabricated imaginary lies. Again, Nehemiah saw the truth and rejected their lies.
“Let us meet in the house of God, inside the temple, and let us close the temple doors, because men are coming to kill you—by night they are coming to kill you.” (Neh 6:10)
The enemies of God wanted Nehemiah to abandon God’s work, run and hide in the temple, to protect his life. Nehemiah discerned that all these were lies and that ‘God did not send him’. Again he rejected them. He also prayed that his hands remain strong so that the work of God will go on. To the glory of God, in spite of all this opposition, the building of the wall around Jerusalem was completed in just 52 days (Neh 6:15)
Nehemiah’s prayer is a good one for all of us who do ministry:
“Now Lord, strengthen my hands” (Neh 6:9)
In Hebrew the word strengthen means to have courage, to help the weak, to repair the damage, to bind and to conquer the enemy. It means to become an established man of God. The word ‘hand’ is a symbol of power, resources and sense of direction. It also means to have a fellowship, to do ministry and to serve God.
Let’s pray: “Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for Your presence in my life, my home and my church. I thank You for the privilege of serving You, for the gift to be called to do ministry. I thank You for your protection over me as I am Your servant. I thank You for discouraging and confusing my enemies so that they go away. Please Lord, strengthen my hands! Gove the courage to be a soldier for You! Use my hands to touch others in Your name, so that healings and deliverance will manifest. Thank You for keeping me focused and humble, strong and zealous for Your name. Thank You for blessing the work of my hands! Thank You for sending Your angels to help and protect me! I know that I am not alone! I know that this mighty success is the proof of Your favor and help. To You alone be all the glory! In Jesus name I pray, Amen!”
In Christ I declare:
God is with me!
God has blessed the work of my hands!
God has blessed my ministry!
God has blessed my church and my pastors!
Our enemies are discouraged, afraid and humiliated! They shall have no peace until they repent of their evil!
No doubt at all: We shall complete God’s House and enter in! For this is the will of God!
To the glory of the Lamb who seats on the Throne!
In Jesus name