Weapons of Mass Distraction- Part 4
How To Defeat Them
Text: Nehemiah 6:15-19
Introduction: “So the wall was built in 52 days” What a powerful statement this is. In spite of the weapons of mass distraction that were thrown at them (Fear, Slander, Ridicule, Debt, and Compromise)… the people of God could not be hindered from the task God had given them.
Our text this morning also records for us another powerful and incredibly encouraging statement- “so the enemy was much cast down in his own eyes”. This of course was the result of their failure to disrupt the work of God.
We need leaders and Christians like Nehemiah today. Wouldn’t it be great if instead of Christians and churches being discouraged… the enemies would become discouraged by our success and dedication.
As we leave this first part of the book which focuses on the building of the wall and before we begin the second part of the book which focuses on life inside the wall… Let’s review how Nehemiah discouraged the enemy (the world, the flesh and the devil) and won the victory and how we can do the same.
I. He Would Not Be Selfish (chs. 1, 5) He had compassion for his people
Matthew 16:24,25- We are to deny self, take up our Cross, and follow Jesus
Nehemiah left a comfortable life in the king’s palace.
Nehemiah forsook a comfortable wage in leading the people.
II. He Would Not Be Scared (2:3; 6:9) He had confidence in his God
Nehemiah did not allow threats and intimidation to stop him
Romans 8:31- If God be for us who can be against us
III. He Would Not Be Side-tracked (4:17; 6:3) He would not compromise in his mission
He would negotiate with those who wanted to destroy the work
He led the people to work with one hand on the trowel and one on a sword
IV. He Would Not Be Sinful (6:13) He would not be corrupt in his ways
Sin comes in many forms and the enemy attempted to coerce Nehemiah into disobeying God’s Word by making him false promises
Sin promises pleasure but it is only temporary
Sin claims to be harmless but results in death
V. He Would Not Be Silent (2:3,5,7, 17, 20) He had courage in the face of danger
Nehemiah spoke up when he needed to but never unnecessarily
The enemy tries to bully, threaten, slander, and ridicule us into silence
We must have the courage to “speak the truth in love”
VI. He Would Not Be Seduced (6:17-19) He was committed ot separation from unbelievers in God’s Work
2 Corinthians 6:14-17- What do the righteous have in common with the unrighteous? What fellowship does light have with darkness?
“So the wall was built in 52 days and the enemy was much cast down in his own eyes”