“Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious,
and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14
Nehemiah finds himself in a pickle. As Nehemiah knew that God told him to rebuild the wall, he was coming upon much opposition from his enemies. Nehemiah’s enemies, Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites were furious that the walls were being rebuilt. In looking over the situation, Nehemiah called together the people and stated Nehemiah 4:14.
Have you ever had opposition? Have you ever been in a situation where it seems as if there is no way out? Do you find yourself being opposed as you try to live for Jesus and encourage your kids to do the same? May we take the encouragement from Nehemiah and place it in our situation.
•Don’t be Afraid of the Enemy
Yes, the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, but he has no hand on your heart as a believer. Don’t allow him to steal your joy. We have to believe the words of God found in the Bible rather than the lies of Satan. So stand on this,
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who LOVE GOD and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28
The prerequisite though is loving God!
•Remember the Lord, Who is Great and Glorious
“The Spirit who lives in you is GREATER than the spirit who lives in the world.” 1 John 4:4
Sometimes we believe Satan is more powerful than God though his Son, Jesus, saved us. Check out Psalm 107!
•Fight for Your Family
You may think there is no hope in the salvation of your kids or spouse. Many times we just hope they get it and we hope they get it byattending church. But we have to physically and prayerfully fight for them. A great example of this is a lady in our church named Kaye.I have never seen a lady fight more for the salvation of her kids and grandkids than her. Is it exhausting? Does she want to give up alot of the time? Does she wonder if it’s worth it? Does she get any accolades? I am sure she has experienced all of these things, but toher the salvation of her kids and grandkids is worth the fight.
Where do you start in fighting for your family?
It starts on your knees in prayer. If you need help, a great place to learn how to pray is to talk with Carolyn Dobson or Cherry Fisher who serve as leaders on our Prayer Team here at Foundation Church. They also pray every Sunday morning here at church, and you can join us on the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm to pray as well. These ladies will come alongside and help.
Don’t just attend church. What resources/ministries are there to help you in this fight? If you need to allow Jesus to fix the brokennessin you, check out Celebrate Recovery or get plugged into a LifeGroup. If you need encouragement in the parent battle, join us at the Deuteronomy Project on Wednesday nights to be encouraged and challenged with other parents who are on the same parenting journey.
Follow Jesus. In Luke 9:23, it says,
“If you want to follow me, you must deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me.”
Does your family have an accurate picture of who Jesus is in your life? Are there things that need to be deleted from your life in order to follow Jesus? The Scriptures say we are ambassadors for Christ. God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ whenwe plead,
“Come back to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20
Praying in the Gap for You!