Nehemiah: Day 9

I cannot go down

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Today's Text: Nehemiah 6:1-14

Text: Nehemiah 6:1-14

I thought I knew all about determination in my life. Earning that degree. Passing that Bar. Getting that job. Birthing that child (after 32 hours and a defunct epidural. Sorry, but it bears mentioning).

Sure, things weren’t easy, and it was a lot of hard work. But the only true barrier between me and my goals was myself, my fears and my weariness. I had friends and family encouraging me. No one tried to stand in my way.

But then again, I wasn’t doing the Lord’s work. I wasn’t building or even reinforcing His kingdom; I was setting bricks in my own wall.

You see, it’s when we are taking on the tasks that He has called us to do that others, namely the Enemy, will work against us. And just when our task is about complete – just when we can see the fruits of our labor at hand – they’ll try to distract us. They’ll threaten us.  They’ll discredit us.

And we should all be as steadfast as Nehemiah in our response.

“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.”  (Nehemiah 6:3)

Though you scheme against me.

“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.”

Though you threaten to harm me.

“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.”

Though you accuse me of doing His work for my own glory.

“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.”

I thought I knew all about determination. But Nehemiah shows us true determination.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV)

Because you are carrying on a great project and you cannot go down.

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  • Kasey Summers

    STAND FIRM. In Christ! He is our Anchor!! Un-moveable! Firm foundation. Glorious purpose to bring honor to our God!

  • An important message today about standing firm in The Lord – Lord help me to stand firm when doubt and fear surface!

  • A incredible reminder that the enemy attacks to distract us from His work…..no attack….working on our own agenda? Praying about this message today – thank you SRT for all that you do!

  • Melissa Dennis

    That’s so rich. Oh how we can be tempted away from His Work! I think now so many of the pulls away from the work, as women in our culture, are to do [this] so you can measure up, appear like [so and so] because they are good enough…and there our eyes can be lifted from our prize, Jesus Christ. I have found comparison and self-determination to try and measure up leads quickly to the shattering of our personal kingdoms. But when we fix our eyes back to the unchanging circumstance of the Cross of Christ and his atoning work, THERE I find reason to not “come down.” There it’s not about my kingdom anymore.

    So good to read this morning!

  • Elizabeth

    An awesome reminder!!!

  • Kellie C.

    Woke up this a.m. With many fears. This was perfect timing

  • Brittany

    This message is hitting so close to home. Thank you.

  • How was getting that degree, passing the bar, getting that job and birthing that baby NOT God's work? How are these every day things that people do not considered God's work? I'm sure there were times you wanted to quit, or not go to work, or were super scared about the baby, (the Enemy) – but you carried on – you did the hard work God called you to do – you completed your section of the wall.

    • Margaret Ann

      I totally agree! That’s what I was thinking as I read this. The things we are called to everyday in faithfulness are definitely God’s work if we are a child of God.

  • T Thomas

    Thank you to all the ladies that commented on being a stay at home mom and your labor being mainly within the home or family oriented . It feels good to know that you’re not alone in your thoughts and feelings. The lockscreen verse really hit home for me. I always pray that when I become frustrated by dishes or any other chores that he blesses the work of my hands, mind, body, and spirit and that I labor in love. I want our home to be a safe haven and not a battleground. Whether we work outside the home or stay at home, “we are carrying on a great project and cannot come down.” I see “work” in an entirely different way now. I get discouraged at times because like Sarah mentioned above I was in school for certification while pregnant with my first child and I was determined to get into this line of work after she was born. Then when my husband and I decided that I would stay home, I’m not working in the field I went to school for. “Building bricks on my own wall.” Whether I get to work in the field ever, it only matters that I’m doing what He has set out for me to do whether inside or outside the home. “I thought I knew all about determination.”

  • AnnaLee,

    Try looking on ebible’s website and also another link for what Christians want to know: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/10-fasting-tips-a-christian-guide/

    You can search around on the website for other topic on fasting. I pray it helps!

  • What an example of keeping the eyes on the prize! How often I lose sight of my goal and start questioning my motives. One try is all it takes too. Let alone four! How clearly Nehemiah saw what he was working on and that it war the right thing too. I pray for such clarity in my life. So be able to cut through all the unneccessary worries, doubts, questions, naysayers, etc. and see that what I am doing is right and it is going to glorify the Lord.

    However I can't help but think that maybe that is a good test as well, ask yourself when doubt crawls inside your head, whether what you are doing will do just that – glorify Him? I can say from my part, not all I do seems to be worth taking such a stand for. Can doubt be God's hint that something we are doing is not right?

  • lovehimso

    "I have been setting bricks in my own wall" I have done this for years without any thought. How many times have I had plans that I begged God to bless? Ha! That has been the biggest joke ever. How many times have I not asked for His direction? Like a tiny mouse in a big maze trying desperately to find a way out. As I look back at all the years, I feel like Solomon. Help me Father to dedicate my life to your work. I pray that the desires of my heart will "happen" along the way. Not my plans, Lord but yours.

  • jaustin35

    I know I haven't shared much in a long time but I felt the need to share how excited I am in this study of Nehimiah!!!!! Tonight talking about not coming down because he is doing a great work reminds me of Andy Stanley's sermon on this part of Nehimiah and he said that Nehimiah said; "I am doing a great work and I can not come down!!" May this be said of all of us even me may we not come down from our work that God has given to us until it is completly down to God's liking……… God, please give me determination (like Nehiamiah had as he was rebuilding the wall) for the things you want me to accomplish for your Kingdom. Thank you….. Amen!!!!

  • Praise The Lord! Exactly what I needed today! <3

  • mlcarter94

    Wow! He just never gives up! I am really enjoying this Nehemiah guy. He is what I want to be and how to act in every situation. I really needed to read this right now. Thank you.

  • When God speaks…he SPEAKS!! This was a very timely word.

  • Steph_Lilac

    What I grasped most from these scriptures on Nehemiah was the enemy tries to use anyone to try and make his diabolical plan come to pass. I'm always on guard and anticipating attacks from the enemy. This anticipation does not make me anxious or worried but simply prepared. Nehemiah is the prime example of how we should handle opposition.

  • Kelsey Eberth

    In contrast to what most of you have said, I’m feeling discouraged from this passage? Not in the promises that it speaks of, but of what I am doing into own life. What am I doing for the kingdom? Is it all my own wall? What SHOULD I be doing? I’m a wife, a first time mama of a toddler, a part time teacher, a friend, a daughter. I teach, cook, clean, play, love. But where is my Kingdom work? Is this the life I’m supposed to be living? But where do I take away? Where do I add? WHAT do I add. There are trials and hardships, sure. But are they attacks from the enemy because I am working for The Lord, or part of normal life? Praying for wisdom and contentment of soul through this passage.

    • journeyingwithhim

      My perspective is that everything we do can be kingdom work if we hand it the Lord. There doesn't have to be a distinction between "kingdom work" and "my own life." Everything can be kingdom work if done in a spirit of surrender, i.e. "Lord, help use me in my daughter's life today to teach her to know and love you." "Lord, today I entrust my time of teaching to you. Please help me show your love and patience to our students." Being a wife, mama, part time worker, etc doesn't feel as "kingdomy" as being a missionary but HE USES EVERYTHING.

  • Kelsey Eberth

    In contrast to what most of you have said, I’m feeling discouraged from this passage? Not in the promises that it speaks of, but of what I am doing into own life. What am I doing for the kingdom? Is it all my own wall? What SHOULD I be doing? I’m a wife, a first time mama of a toddler, a part time teacher, a friend, a daughter. I teach, cook, clean, play, love. But where is my Kingdom work? Is this the life I’m supposed to be living? But where do I take away? Where do I add? WHAT do I add. Praying for wisdom and contentment of soul through this passage.

  • Gema Muniz

    Wow! Nehemiah is such a great man a great example for others. He has taught us that if we have a communion with God, if we seek him first before doing anything he will allow us to be successful. Go and do the good work, encourage others, work together, don't neglect the other things God has given you, and don't allow others to discourage you. Such a great teaching. Thanks SRT!

  • I just started reading the bible within the past month or so and have been looking for a great bible study…. and, i must say this is the perfect one! you ladies have taught me to look deeper into the bible than just what is on the surface. this is my first plan that I have become involved in, and I'm hooked! Nehemiah is an extraordinary man, truly. The Lord will always have our backs if we are following out his plan.

    • Whitney Conard

      I've been reading the Bible ever since I was a little girl, and I'm getting so much out of this study, too! I don't think I've ever studied Nehemiah before – every day, I feel God is speaking directly to me through the verses studied.

  • talesofbeautyforashes

    I am in a place right now, where I just am not sure what IS the work that God is doing in my life? I'm a stay at home mama. I'm not some missionary in the world. I'm not a leader in my church. I am leading my children, building relationships with neighbors. But is that my work? It doesn't seem as glamorous as building a wall! Haha

    • whitneyconard

      I was about to type just the same thing. Ironically, I'm living overseas right now in Cambodia with my husband. He works for an NGO providing clean water. We just had a baby this February, so now I'm staying home with him. And sometimes I think, what the heck am I doing?!? I'm not involved in any ministry outside the home (except my blogging). I worked as a nurse with a missionary doctor before. And I just feel sometimes like what I do doesn't have value? But today's study reminded me that in this season of life, being a homemaker, a wife, and a mother ARE the work of the Lord, the work he wants me to do for HIS glory. I get discouraged easily, because it's the same thing every day – cooking, cleaning, feeding the baby, and repeat. But I'm also reading a book by Gloria Furman called Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home that is challenging me to see my daily life in the home as His work.

      Hard, but good! I'm glad to find someone else in the same situation as me. :)

      Whitney @ Journey Mercies http://www.journey-mercies.com

    • LoveTheLordYourGod

      These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9 HCSB)

      But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:14, 15 HCSB)

      I am also a stay at home mom of one great, amazing, awesome, brilliant little boy. I know at times you can feel as if what you do does not matter, but since you are with your children everyday, you have an amazing opportunity to instill these beliefs into them. You are creating God-fearing believers. And although you may not be a missionary, they could be. Although you are not a leader in church, they could be.
      The way you "train up your child" could literally change hundreds of lives. Think of the person that told Billy Graham about Jesus, you never hear about him, but the outcome of his preaching, (that converted Billy), has changed hundreds upon hundreds of peoples lives.

      Hope this helps/makes sense. :)

    • CarrieLynne31

      Being a stay-at-home mama is definitely a calling. I have six kids and early on in being a mom, I used to struggle with these same thoughts. I didn't think it was enough. . Well, there is good news! Being a mom is a GREAT calling and you are in a sense, a missionary to your own children. I wrote about this subject not long ago on my blog: http://unspeakablejoymovement.blogspot.com/2014/0

  • I'm typing this before I go and read all your guys' comments, so I may come back and add to it. Wow… I think I need to be a lot more aware of the enemy's schemes in my own life right now. Can I ask for prayer and guidance? And if you girls feel called, counsel would be appreciated. I've given my eating habits (how, when, where, why, what I eat) over to the Lord, and alongside that, I've asked him to work in me through fasting as well (showing me how to, when to, what to fast). The enemy is definitely trying to veer me off course with this, and I'm confused as to whether I'm being unfaithful/disbelieving or if I'm standing firm. You see, I've felt myself slipping a bit. Sleeping in when I should be bible studying, not quite gleaning as much as I once did from the Lord's word, and I want to get closer to Him through fasting; so aside from fasting snacks/sweets for something the Lord called me to pray over, I've also asked Him today (and a few days before in the past few weeks) to show me if I should fast or not. My family has gotten concerned, as it's become me fasting all food for a whole day many days of the week… it doesn't bother me anymore, and my body can endure hunger for a lot longer than before, but I know it's not healthy to do that. so I've asked him what else to fast, but I can't think of anything else to fast (I don't watch much TV, not on any social networks, etc). I'm just frazzled!– my family tells me to eat, and I know I need to take care of myself, but I also feel like the Lord is working in me through fasting, so I shouldn't give it all up. I'm not going to give up the sweets/snacks since those are definitely a luxury, but if I feel he's telling me to not eat anything a full day, is that biblical? I'm so caught between thinking it's the Lord growing me and it's the enemy taking advantage of such a thing to make me stop fasting for what God's called me to!
    Again, prayer is needed here for clarity and the TRUE truth. I've been waivering a lot, and I know the Lord has called me to the sweet/snacks fasting, but everything else is foggy and fickle. Thank you girls! You guys are such an encouragement and source of insight to me! Have a blessed day.

    • CarrieLynne31

      Wow, that is a tough one. I'm new to the fasting thing and never did it growing up. So I don't have much to offer in the way of ideas of what other kinds of things you can fast from. I will be praying for you AnnaLee that you figure all of this out. I will pray God gives you direction in where He wants you to go with all of this. Hugs!!!

    • Trudy

      I’m just getting ready to start the Daniel Fast. Fruits, veggies, whole grain only. And only water to drink. It’s a hard thing knowing when to listen to the wisdom of those you love and when not to. Three years ago God was very, very clear in calling me to leave a lucrative, secular job in order to lead a ministry. Strong Christian friends told me it couldn’t be God because how would I pay my bills and feed my children. One friend told me I was being selfish. But my husband and I made the leap and God has blessed the decision over and over in miraculous ways. My friends have since come around to realizing it was truly God’s call and they have seen Him provide for our family in so many ways so He has gotten the glory from it all.

  • Staying determined to read the word and pray daily. Sometimes I get caught up that i'm being legalistic but its what I need to do in order to be strengthened for the day. Thank you for sharing this truth!

  • This was very timely, considering the scripture verses my husband left for me to read this morning:

    "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, to that when the day or evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." Ephesians 6:12-18

    Amen! What a wonderful truth from Paul, on how to withstand forces of evil, the way Nehemiah did!

  • ofDustandWonder

    I've definitely felt distracted and pulled away in my current season of life. Recently it's been emotional and relational in nature, specifically with friends who have hurt me or broken my trust. It's very hard to have to question the motives and advice of the people around us, but Nehemiah had to question the words of prophets for crying out loud! And really, if prophets can be corrupt or incorrect (and they can– 2 Peter 2 is a good mention of that) then so can people we love. Not that we should distrust people out of the blue, but that we should meditate on God's word and carry it in our hearts to compare with the words of others. God also gave Nehemiah clear vision and Discernment to know who intended him harm. Letting my thoughts marinate in that today.

    I want to echo what Carrie Lynn said above about getting on our knees before God. A couple of mornings ago I did just that, I felt so disillusioned and weighed down by the rejection and hurt that I've recently sustained and the general pain of feeling misrepresented. I know who I am, God knows who I am, so all I can do is lay it at his feet and carry on. I totally have the surrender part down, but still working on the determination to continue.

    • AnnaLee

      Sister, I am so sorry that you've gone through such a time. This has happened to me before, and looking back, it was Christ showing me that those were people who weren't healthy for my walk with Him. I'm praying today that you'd have that clear vision, discernment, comfort and determination as you continue to walk in Christ. More than this, I pray you'd seek the Lord's will for you a midst this fight, and that you'd allow Him to heal you up and show you how to interact with them. Blessings, sister. You are loved. Stay strong.

  • Profound words, "I wasn’t building or even reinforcing His kingdom; I was setting bricks in my own wall."

    SERIOUSLY! Did this cause anyone else to reflect and come to the conclusion that they've been building too much on the wrong wall?

    There's been a lot of brick laying, but when I step back and look at it, I don't see a large Kingdom wall, but I do see a very large "ME" wall. Have I been reading these words as just words. I need to s l o w down, and let them penetrate my soul.

    "ALWAYS give yourself fully to the work of the Lord! (emphasis mine). It doesn't say sometime Valarie, when it is convenient for you. It says A L W A Y S.

    I stand convicted and humbled by this look into my life. But I can't just stay in this moment. It's time to seek the Lord and take action for his Kingdom.

    • CarrieLynne31

      I agree with what you are saying, Valanne! I've been setting my own bricks as well. I love the emphasis you put on Always giving yourself and not just part of the time. I think back to the different kinds of workers and how there was one worker that zealously worked on the wall. It reminded me of a co-worker of mine in college. He was a new Christian and was the most enthusiastic worker I've ever known, sharing the love of God to others, not just part of the time but ALL of the time. My husband and I both worked with this person and we've both said, "THAT is someone who truly loves the Lord."

  • Y’all are rocking my world with this study! Thank you!

  • brodie1805

    My pastor said something along the lines of "Satan doesn't care WHAT you're doing, as long as you're not doing what God wants you to do." That's a paraphrase but the idea is there. Satan loves it when we just go along, letting our Bibles get dusty and going to church for that "feel good" feeling, etc. When we start pursuing the Lord with all our mind, soul & strength, when we are passionate about Him and about walking with Him through life and when we want to be & work in His will…that's what gets Satan all stirred up. That's when the opposition really starts happening.

    This study has been so powerful!!

  • Wow! The confidence and discernment God gave Nehemiah (1) to know who he could trust and (2) how he should respond to whom, are qualities I want. Praying for ears to hear and eyes to see.

  • "But then again, I wasn’t doing the Lord’s work. I wasn’t building or even reinforcing His kingdom; I was setting bricks in my own wall."

    This is me right now. I haven't been building or reinforcing. I am way too good at setting bricks against myself. I don't know how to change it. I feel like I have built a wall that is now indestructable, but not for good.

    • ofDustandWonder

      Hey Lecki, that's a hard realization to have but I commend your courage and honesty to call it like it is! We have all been there, and in truth probably dart back and forth between our wall and God's even in just one day's time. I think turning from building our own wall requires surrender, and doing something uncomfortable (whatever that might mean to you). I'll be praying that God reveals that to you so you can start on the work He has for you! :)

  • Dawn Casas

    Lol… I mean Nehemiah!

  • Dawn Casas

    I love that as we build the wall for Him, we are part of His story! It gives me courage to move forward in the midst of adversity. I can see how the enemy can whisper thoughts of self doubt in the same way to get us to stop living God’s purpose for our lives. I want to press on like Hezekiah did!

  • Also, something else I learned while I was studying! In the beginning of the Book of Nehemiah, when he saw the need for the wall to be rebuilt, he prayed for FOUR months (before God opened a door). But the work itself while rebuilding the wall took about two months (52 days. That’s half the time!! Nehemiah worked longer in prayer to God than the time it took to do the job! To me that says so much about prayer! What if God set it up this way because He delighted in the fact that Nehemiah was relying so much on Him? Just my random thoughts! I absolutely am in love with this Book!

    • brodie1805

      Very cool observation!

      • CarrieLynne31

        Love that Nehemiah spent so much time in prayer and completed the wall in less time than he prayed. Thanks for sharing that, Jaida!

  • “I am doing a GREAT WORK and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3 ESV)

    Why should we ever stop what God has placed in our hearts!? :) one of my favorite verses.

  • Thanks for doing this. This study has been beyond meaningful to me. You truly have found the way to do the Lord's work.

  • Lord, give me strength and wisdom to deal with the naysayers as I strive to do your will.

  • I feel its not only determination…but a refusal to bow down to control and fear. This man Sanballat was a control freak amd his way to keep the control was fear. He made lies that were intended to provoke fear. So that Nehemiah would cave into fear…but he had a steadfastness in his heart that was dead set against it. I love that he did not bow. Sanballat was deviously stubborn, but Nehemiah was divinely stubborn.
    God has been doing some serious work in my life and I have fear of what others will think and God has shown me in more ways then one…including today’s study to not be afraid. I love all of y’all. Just cant wait to wake up and see your words of excitement and zeal for the lord written down each day. I love your faithfulness.

  • Amen. Lord whatever is happening around me, I will not go down. Lord I pray that you will give your wisdom that I may discern between good and evil, Lord may I be more intimate with you in prayer. Give me a deeper grip unto the truth of your word, Lord help me to not be distracted, but to continue the good work while I take care of other areas in my life. Lord its from you that all our strength and help comes therefore I look to you this morning. Protect us Lord and help us to give every situation to you and not handle them on our own. Amen.

    As I look back at the study about, working with one hand, and bracing for attack with the other…. this had to be God. for in the natural, if men are working and are being conspired against and they know it, they would have ceased the work and fully prepare for an attack, but instead, they continue the work and brace for attack, and they were never attacked, because God was on their side. How Awesome is HE?

    This is the approach we should take in our everyday lives, we know that we will be planned against but we should continue to great work knowing that God is with us and in Him we are victorious.

    Thank You ladies for your thoughts as they help me to grow each day! SRT job well done. May the Lord continue to use you as you impact the lives of women across the world.

    Have a wonderful wednesday sisters. Like Nehemiah may we be determined in all things at all times.

    • CarrieLynne31

      That is so true, Kimone! Remembering that God is on our side when others want to attack us for what we are doing is such a great reminder!

  • Ruth Rouchard

    What absolute resolve and determination Nehemiah had. He was NOT coming down. We see how the story ends, triumphantly, that inspite of the threats, distractions, intimidating voices, he kept focus and completed the job! Bruce Wilkinson calls these types of opposition “border bullies”. As God is giving us new areas of responsibility, leadership, territory, or whatever, the border bullies come out! However, they are simply paper walls of intimidation. They can’t stop God’s plan so long as we don’t yield to their intimidation. LOVE this study.

    • CarrieLynne31

      I like that idea of calling the opposition "border bullies." That is a great way to describe them. Thanks for sharing!

  • LaurieEW

    God's word is always perfectly timed. This hit home today, I've been tempted to go and listen to these distracters.I'm tired of the same wall building I do everyday. I can't see it getting anywhere, any higher any stronger. I can easily be persuaded by those saying I'm doing it for my own power. My prayer today Lord, let it be for your glory.

  • Man. Nehemiah came in to my life right when I needed it. My husband and I have been trying to conceive. Our first month didn’t work and of course everyone told me not to worry. It doesn’t happen that fast. But as a planner, I felt defeated. Didn’t God know I had planned this down to the month? But that’s just it. It was my plan. Not His. As I started reading Nehemiah this month, I saw more and more where I hadn’t been turning to God. I hadnt been asking for his plan; I hadn’t been following his will. Finally on Day 7 I prayed. I wrote it in my workbook: I asked for guidance. I gave him my worries and stress. I told Him I was ready to trust in His plan, not only for me but also for my family. Later that day, on Day 7 of our plan, I took a pregnancy test and saw those two lines I had been waiting weeks to see, and I immediately gave thanks to The Lord. I initially felt wrong sharing this with all you ladies. So many women try to conceive for years; how could I express the pain just two months caused me. But the lesson is the same. Trusting in the Lord’s plan. Praying to God and asking for his strength. I know it’s still early days, and I continue to pray to God every day. I am so thankful for this reading plan – I have learned so much about communicating with our Heavenly Father!

    • Heidi

      Wow, Marlow! So exciting! Will keep you and your little tiny wee one in prayer! :)

    • Steph_Lilac

      Marlow, I'm so excited for you!! It's so freeing to put your complete trust in our Father.

  • joanne sher

    Lord, give me the determination of Nehemiah. When I am doing Your work, let nothing stop me.

  • James 1 tells us that if we lack wisdom we should ask God who gives it generously to all who ask. God desires to give us wisdom! And that's what stood out to me in this passage: Nehemiah's wisdom. Surely his wisdom has formed through his intimate prayers to the Lord and knowledge of Scripture, and it has developed discernment to recognize temptation, deceit, and snares for what they are and to walk away from them. I love that God desires to give us wisdom and wants to empower us to live holy lives. We need but ask, spend intimate time in prayer and in his word.

    • drasch

      I love James 1 for this very reason. Solomon prayed for, and was granted, wisdom. I pray for it all the time.

    • AnnaLee

      Yes! The Lord showed me James last night as an answer to many of my prayers, and I'm going to continue to study it in the following days for evening reading. Father, give us wisdom to know what you're will is in all situations! Give us discernment for all matters and intimacy with you & your word, oh Lord. Oh, how I need all of this! Thank you for commenting, sister!

  • Candacejo

    I love this part of the story! Though under fear of attack they do not stop working. Half of the men are on guard. The other half are building the wall. They never even take off their clothes,carried their weapons with them at all times, even when they went for water! They kept on working but were vigilant at the same time.

    Nehemiah knew he couldn't do it alone. He needed the commUNITY of his fellow brothers (I'm sure the sisters were helping too!)

    I blogged and compared it to something unique last time we studied it here if you want to read more. http://www.hopeinthehealing.com/2013/05/22/dig-deep-and-...

    • CarrieLynne31

      I loved reading your blog! A very fun comparison you did with the Redwoods. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject.

    • brodie1805

      What an interesting fact about redwoods! Amazing! :)

  • CarrieLynne31

    God has truly been calling my husband and I do something great! He has given us a calling that I know is not for everyone. It is something I know and have already received opposition for and something the Enemy doesn't like at all. The more that I read Nehemiah, the more I am learning about my fears of going through this to do His great work and what the Enemy is trying to do. I am learning more about trusting God in handling this situation. Thank you SRT for all you have done with putting this study out there.

    I learned a few things from today's devotional. One, in vs. 8, Nehemiah recognized what Sanballet and Tobiah were doing creating rumors and trying to conspire against Nehemiah. I think it's awesome that Nehemiah was able to recognize what it was that they were doing to him. Two, in vs. 9, he asks God to strengthen his hands. When others spread false testimony against us, we need to remember to ask God to strengthen us so we can continue the good work. Also, we can go back to Nehemiah 8:10 (our weekly truth) when we are troubled by others. :)

    Three, they try to get Nehemiah to sin and what does he do? He prays asking God to remember what they have done to him. When others are conspiring against us, we need to get on our knees to pray. We need to give the whole situation over to God. He could have sought revenge and instead he gave it to God to deal with. And four, they tried to do everything they could to distract Nehemiah but he kept his priorities in line. How often to we allow distractions to keep us from doing what we should be doing?

    Lord, I ask you to keep me from being distracted by the things that take away from my true calling. Give me the strength to help me fight the good fight against the enemy so that I can complete the task that you have called me to do. And when the enemy does attempt to get me to sin, remember what they have done so I can move on from it and not hold on to what I cannot control. Forgive me Lord for all the times I haven't finished the tasks you have asked of me. Give me Nehemiah's determination so that I don't end up surrendering to the enemy.

    • Jennifer

      Thank you for these powerful insights, CarrieLynne31! And your prayer speaks deeply into my life. Praying it with you today. :-)

    • AnnaLee

      Thank you for your insight here, CarrieLynne! It's so important to stay aware of the enemy's schemes and to run to God with everything. Your post has given me great counsel on what to do in my own life, now! Blessings, dear sister. May the Lord use you in incredible ways today, big or small. Love you!

  • I truly needed to read this, for Nehemiah Chapter 6:1-4 along with your Day 7 post spoke to my heart. As I start to live my life devoted to God and doing the work He wants me to do, trials and tribulations are being thrown at me from every area in my life. However, I believe these trials and tribulations are meant to discourage me to give up, just like Nehemiah who was tested to "Go Down" and give up on his work for the Lord. However, after reading Day 7 post of Nehemiah Chapter 6 I will not give up no matter how many trials and tribulations come my way. I will continue to work for the Lord, praise His name and be thankful to Him. My praise and my work will never cease and just like Nehemiah I will not go down.

    Stay strong everyone and no matter what you are faced with continue to trust in God. He is the author and finisher of our Faith!

    • CarrieLynne31

      I have come to realize that my trials and tribulations have made me stronger in this process, relying on God more than ever. Thanks for sharing!

    • AnnaLee

      Jill, I too have been facing trial and tribulation as I walk further with God. Whenever things like that happen and they make me suspect it's the enemy's work, I immediately go to God with it. I think of it this way: Trials encourage me to keep in the Lord all the more, because if the enemy is coming against me, the Lord must be doing something amazing in/through my life. To think that you're starting to make the enemy nervous and squirmy is really encouraging and makes me praise God in empowerment!

  • Some day I hope to have the courage and determination that Nehemiah shows.

    Lord, I pray that you strengthen my hands and the hands of my Sisters, so that we may stand steadfast in the work you have planned for us. I pray that we turn to you with our fears and doubts, and that we continue to use you as the rock of our lives. Give us peace in our struggles and joy in our successes. In Jesus's name I pray, Amen.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday Sisters!! <3

    • AnnaLee

      Amen sis! Beautiful prayer. I'm praying it with you. Father, work within us and use us as we continue to walk in you, pressing into you. Praise you for all you've done, father God! Be blessed, sister.

  • Is it just me or is this Man Nehemiah something more than Ordinary? He has taught me to pray, to fast, to ask for help from both God and Men, to be selfless and caring, to be a good leader,he has taught me wisdom in responding to the enemies, and now he is teaching me Determination!!!

    • megan w

      I am loving this book too! I feel as though I have grown so much in less than a week! And Nehemiah is starting to sound like a great baby name given the strength that lies behind it. :-)

    • napturallymary

      Yes! There is so much to learn from Nehemiah. I could do this study all over again and and I imagine it would be just as impact-full the second time around :)

    • Gema Muniz

      Amen! he truly is a great example of what we should look like.

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