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ACTIVE DECISIONS OVERCOME CHALLENGES – Nehemiah

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Faith In God Delivers Us From Challenges

(Passage: Nehemiah 4)

You can’t completely escape challenges in this world, but be sure you will overcome if you are a child of God.

Believers must have confidence in God that we serve. We must make efforts through prayer and fasting to stop our opponents, and not allow them to keep us down. We serve God who has all the powers to take control of any situation.

Of course, a Christian should not fold hands in idleness and still expect to have victory. We have to bravely think and act.

Children of God must not hesitate to take any action as it honors God and necessary to confront our challenges. As we take the step, we must have the assurance that God is on our side to earn us victory.

Let’s learn from the Bible men who took courage to forge ahead in spite of the challenges they faced:

Two rebel leaders in the Bible, Sanballat and Tobiah challenged Nehemiah who wanted to glorify God by rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem (A ruined city once dedicated to God’s honor).

Sanballat and Tobiah did all they could to stop the rebuild efforts, but they failed.

Part of the effort from Sanballat and Tobiah includes mockery and false accusations. None of those efforts stuck, because Nehemiah and his people prayed and were determined to do the will of God.

The scripture reported how Sanballat and Tobiah attacked Nehemiah and his men on the mission to repair Jerusalem’s wall:

“But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?” Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall” (Nehemiah 4:1-3).

No Opposition Can Derail God’s Children In Their Decisions

Nehemiah and his men summon the courage to keep working for God. They were determined not to yield to enemies’ pressure. (Of course, expect they also prayed!)

Nehemiah and his men prayed and acted against their enemies; they stood to defend themselves, and they had good success.

Nehemiah said in his prayers:

“Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity! Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before you; for they have provoked you to anger before the builders…

Therefore I (Nehemiah) Positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses” (Nehemiah 4:4-5; Nehemiah 4:13-14).

Trust In God and You Shall Conquer Every Challenge

Be prepared: Christian opposition like Sanballat and Tobiah will sometimes come around to frustrate the efforts of God’s children. We must be prepared not to let them succeed.

The enemies may mount oppositions that are not limited to physical and spiritual assault; their ultimate goal is to make God’s children compromise their stand with God. But will they win? No, they won’t win if we are prayerful and are determined in our positive decisions.

The more we prepare, the better our victory will become. The enemies don’t encourage good ventures. They are all out for evil, so we must be prayerful and sensitive.

Be sensitive not to allow your enemies to fulfill their mission. Identify the enemies’ scheme, be prayerful, and make a godly tactical decision to stop them.


Ask God for the grace to trust him and he will surely help you overcome any dire situation.

Pray For God’s Grace To Make Proactive Decisions.

Dear God, I trust in you and I pray that you will give me the grace and wisdom to appropriately relate to issues of life. Help me to have the wisdom and strength needed to overcome any challenge that enemies may want to bring my way.

Please frustrate anyone who may want to stop my efforts in serving you. Let the generation of Sanballat and Tobiah be defeated in my life!

I receive your grace to remain confident so that I can continue to serve you in Spirit and in truth, as you required.

Please keep me victorious always, and let me ever testify to your goodness. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: Active Decisions Overcome Challenges

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Jesus prayer life and teaching

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In the past few posts, we have discussed who Jesus is and have examined his early life. So far we have learned of how he has powers to perform miracles, provided we obey. But in this series, we are going to be talking about another key aspect of his life – his prayer life.

Ideas used in this post are excerpted from the book “Who Was Jesus, Really?”

Jesus had the habit of performing miracles and doing good. But that’s not all there is to him. He also has a strong prayer life.

Every now and then, Jesus would slip away from his busy life and disciples to a mountain to pray. But the apostles weren’t stupid. They noticed it and asked him about it. They also asked him to teach them how to pray. Jesus’ reply reveals all we need to include in our prayers daily.

This particular prayer pattern was termed “Our Lord’s prayer” and it points out that the most important thing to do when praying is to give thanks to God.

He also asks us to be forgiving if we want God to answer our own prayers too. The Book “Who Was Jesus, Really?” clearly shows that we also can ask God for anything we want as long it is within his will and we believe he will do it for us.

Prayer + Consistency = Answer

Jesus also taught that we should always pray and not faint. This means that it is not enough to just ask God for anything, we must also be consistent in our prayer and we must not relent even if it seems like no answer is forthcoming.

Jesus wants us to be consistent in our faith and not give up. There are times that we miss the answer to our prayer because we aren’t sensitive enough.

Sometimes He sends something different from what we were expecting. Keep your eyes peeled when it seems like God is not paying attention; he is. He might be answering in a different way.

God answers prayers, but sometimes he may choose not to give us the answers as soon as we ask him because he wants to stretch our faith and confidence in his word. Therefore, we need to pray until we see the results.

Sometimes we need to pour out our heart unto Him just like Hannah did in the bible. She prayed until nothing was coming out of her lips. If we need to go to this length to have our prayers answered, we must.

Of course, there are other lessons to be learned from our Lord’s Prayer. The seventh chapter of the book discusses it all in detail.

Join us in our next post as we unveil more lessons from the life of Jesus Christ.

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