We are a nation and a world desperate for men and women of God to lead. Today you begin or continue that journey. As Joshua directed the people of Israel I also direct you, “Choose this day who you will serve.” As leaders in this modern world we can be tempted to follow the latest fad or chase after money, fame or power. Will you serve those idols or will you choose to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?
Read Nehemiah chapter 6
The theme of chapter 6 Dealing with External Opposition
Once we are careful to take care of our backyards and cleanse our own lives, those of our families and our churches. The enemy now has something to fear. Until that point he had no concerns. You were without power because the chains of sin and apathy were holding you down. With the shackles of sin you are unable to live in the power of the Holy Spirit. But we dealt with all of that. We are living a life that honors God, now we can impact our community.
This does not mean that our lives are suddenly easy. On the contrary, we have awakened our sleeping enemy, Satan.
This enemy that we think so little of, thinks of us constantly. He stews and is agitated because you are made in the image of God. Since he cannot really hurt God, he considers you the next best option. Satan is subtle and sneaky. Much of what he leads us toward might actually be good things. He likes to trick us into losing our testimony.
My friends you are to live a victorious life embedded in Christ Jesus. Listen for His voice. We live in a very loud world, that is why it is critical to train your mind to recognize His voice. In this world you will encounter false prophets and charlatans at every turn. Open your ears to the voice of God.
In verse 2 notice that Nehemiah knew what was going on. How in the world did he pull that off?
First, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is out and about and is aware of the schemes of the enemy and wants to open our mind to the information. Nehemiah had trained himself to hear from God.
Second he had experience. Think about this. He was a cup bearer to the king. His job was to taste the food and wine to make sure the king was not being poisoned. It was in his best interest to pay attention to what was going on around him. Who are the ones likely to be wolves in sheep’s clothing? Failure to do so would likely have ended Nehemiah’s life.
The lesson for us to examine the fruit of the false prophets, what is going on in their lives? Are they honoring God, living according to the commandments, can you trust them?
Nehemiah will not be distracted. Hold fast to your God given mission. Take time to consider the areas where compromise is possible and where it is not. Decide today when there is no pressure. Don’t wait until the issue is before you. Take a stand before the battle comes.