August 29, 2017

Week 3—Deepen Internal Values

Nehemiah 4:9

If you have a personal relationship with Christ and try to accomplish anything for him in this life, you will most definitely have opposition from the enemy. Nehemiah knew this fact all too well. Opposition seemed be waiting around every corner. In this particular instance, the Ammonites and the men of Ashdod were hindering God’s Kingdom work as Nehemiah was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. What was Nehemiah’s first response? Prayer!

Nehemiah was expectant that God would protect them and bring justice to those who were trying to thwart their efforts to rebuild. He was also watchful and made sure guards were posted on the wall to squelch any rebellious efforts. This is a great example for us to follow. When we face opposition, we have several options. We can run from it, dodge it (or go around it), try to work out a compromise, or we can meet it head on and work through it with God’s help. Nehemiah shows us how to pray expectantly for God to deliver us from the opposition of the enemy while keeping a watchful eye so we don’t fall prey to his traps.

What opposition are you facing today? While remaining watchful, take a moment to pray expectantly for God to move like only he can in order to bring resolution for his glory.

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