Opposition and Being ALL IN!
- The people were discouraged because of opposition. 4:1-3, 7-8,11
- The people were discouraged because they were exhausted. 4:10a
- The people were discouraged because the work seemed overwhelming. 4:10b
- The people were discouraged because of the message from their neighbors. 4:12
- Nehemiah prayed to the Lord in response to the threats of the enemy. 4:4-5,9a
- Nehemiah praised the people for working with all their heart. 4:6
- Nehemiah developed a protection plan for the faithful as they rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. 4:9b,13-14a,16-18,21-22
- Nehemiah reminded the faithful of the character of God in order to encourage them while accomplishing the plan of God.
- God is a righteous judge. 4:4-5
- God is great. 4:14b
- God is awesome. 4:14b
- God is our defender. 4:15,20b
- Nehemiah and his men set the example for the people by tirelessly working to protect the faithful. 4:23
You are encouraged to continue in the work of God when you …
- Pray for God to deal justly with the opposition.
- Focus on the character of God.
- Follow a godly and courageous leader.
- Join with others who are faithfully engaged in the work.
Main Idea: You are able to faithfully continue in the work of God and overcome discouragement when you trust the character of God.