NEHEMIAH 6

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Nehemiah 6

DON'T QUIT!

 

Edison did not quit on the development of electric light bulb.

Bell did not quit on the development of the telephone.

Fulton did not quit on the development of the steamboat.

The Wright Brothers did not quit on development of the airplane.

 

Each of these was ultimately successful because they did not quit!

If Satan can get you to quit your work, he will!

He certainly worked hard to get Nehemiah away from completing the building of the wall around Jerusalem. Notice three tools that Satan tried to use.

 

DISTRACTION Vss. 1-4

 

DISTORTION Vss. 5-9

 

DECEPTION Vss. 10-14

 

Conclusion: Nehemiah did not quit in spite of  Satan's efforts.

The end result was a completed wall in 52 days time. Vs. 15

The enemies of Israel were discouraged. Vs. 16

But, the enemies of Israel did not quit. Vss. 17-19

 

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Nehemiah 6

FAITHFUL UNTO COMPLETION

 

One of the great qualities of God is His faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

 

One of the great qualities of Jesus' disciples is faithfulness. 1

Corinthians 4:2, Revelation 2:10.

 

Nehemiah's enemies would make some final efforts to defeat the completion of

the building project in Jerusalem. They did not want the walls rebuilt.

Nehemiah and those who worked with him were faithful until the job was done.

 

INVITATION EXTENDED Vss. 1-4

 

Sanbalat, Tobiah, Geshem and others tried to distract Nehemiah by trying to

get him to leave the work and meet with them. Nehemiah realized that they

meant to cause harm. His answer is classic and one we can give to those who

would divert our attention from God's assigned tasks. He said, "I am doing a

great work, so that I cannot come down." (Vs. 3)

 

SLANDER THREATENED Vss. 5-9

 

They were still trying to get Nehemiah to meet with them. They spoke of a

rumor that would go to the king, and cause the king to think Nehemiah and

Jerusalem were rebelling. They were trying to frighten the people, but

Nehemiah relied on the Lord for strength.

 

FEAR ENCOURAGED Vss. 10-14

 

Shemaiah was hired to cause Nehemiah to hide himself in fear.

Nehemiah stood firm, trusting God, and also perceived that God had not sent

him. Still other prophets (probably false) tried to put Nehemiah in fear.

 

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED Vss. 15-16

 

Because of the faithfulness of Nehemiah and others the walls were completed

in record time. Nehemiah's enemies realized that God had helped him and the Israelites.

 

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