3 Tactics For Strengthening the Spiritual Walls In Your Life

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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The book of Nehemiah is a story of a man who is called by God to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls of the city. He shares this calling with the Persian king, Artaxerxes, and is given the king's full blessing and authority. When we come to chapter 6, the job is almost complete. The last thing to do is to set the doors. This brings fierce opposition from an influential man from a neighboring territory who knows that if Nehemiah is successful in completing this project, he stands to lose his power and influence in this region.

This story has significant and prophetic implications for us today. The walls represent those things in our life that we set in place to strengthen and protect our relationship with God. These include things like daily prayer and bible study, fellowship and networking with other believers, worship, and Godly lifestyle habits. We all from time to time neglect these walls, let our guard down, or simply ignore them altogether. It is then that we realize that the enemy has been taking advantage of that and has been exerting his influence over us, and sometimes outright attacking us. The challenge is that once we realize that our walls have been breached, we have to get to work to rebuild them back to proper order.

Like Nehemiah, when you make the decision to address areas in your life that are affecting your relationship with God, you will face opposition from your enemy, the devil. He knows that if you repair these areas he will lose territory that he has stolen, influence that he has exerted, and authority that he has assumed. There are three basic tactics he uses, just like Nehemiah's enemy used against him. There are also three tactics Nehemiah used against his enemy to thwart the attack.

#1 - He will try to reason with you. (v. 2 - 4)

His ultimate goal is to get you to make a truce or worse, compromise with him. Don't do it! It is a trap and just an attempt to get you to let your guard down. Once you compromise with the enemy, you have given him authority over you that he will surely use against you later. When the enemy tries to get you to talk, do what Nehemiah did: Keep working!


#2 - He will try to intimidate you. (5 - 9)

Sanballat brought a copy of a letter that he sent to the king stating accusing Nehemiah of plotting a revolt against him. His tactic was to get Nehemiah to believe that he no longer had the king's favor. This is Satan's favorite tactic against us. He knows that once we begin to even question whether God approves of us, then he has gained the upper hand. Of course Nehemiah knows this simply is a lie and he stands firm on what he knows is true: I have the King's favor! When the enemy tries to convince you that God is not for you, do what Nehemiah did: Keep praying! The more we truly understand that we have God's favor upon us, the stronger we become because, as Paul says in Romans 8:31, if God is for us then tell me who can be against us?


#3 - He will use people on the inside against you. (v. 10 - 13)

Nehemiah encounters a man by the name of Shemaiah who has been hunkered down in his house. His advice is to go to the temple for a while, lock all the doors, and fast and pray. Sounds like a Godly plan right? But Nehemiah knew that is not what God told him to do. God had instructed him to keep working and stand his ground. You see, the enemy will trick seemingly spiritual people around us to make us think that God is telling us to do something different. But just because someone claims to have heard from God, that doesn't mean they have. This is why it is important that we are able to discern all the voices that are around us when we are under attack. We must know the difference between God's voice and the enemy's voice, man's voice, and even our own voice. When the enemy is trying to use people against you, do what Nehemiah did: Keep listening to God!

Nehemiah was successful and finished the job. Verse 15 tells us that the wall was completed and the doors were hung. The next verse says, "When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of God." If you are under attack because of the decision to strengthen the spiritual walls in your life, be a Nehemiah and keep working, keep praying, and keep listening to God. The result? Your enemy will be griped with fear and lose his self-confidence and God's manifest presence and power will be re-established in your life.
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