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Gods Principles for Our Battles

Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.  Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me.  Then I said to the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall.  Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” So we labored in the work, and half of the men held the spears from daybreak until the stars appeared.  Nehemiah 4:17-21 (NKJV)

In the book of Nehemiah we can see the faithful undertaking of the rebuilding of the temple walls, as the enemy sought to destroy this work.  But God united the people, and under the leadership of Nehemiah they held fast to what God had called them to do.  They worked as a team, even though great distances separated them.  They remained armed the whole time with their swords in hand.  I believe this story gives us a great picture as to how we should work together, and be united as Christian men and women, and how we need to be prepared to defend ourselves in spiritual warfare.

The first thing we must understand about our battles is they are not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers of the darkness of this age, and against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph. 6:12).  So each of our battles are actually spiritual battles first and foremost—battles that are being waged against us by Satan and his emissaries (Eph. 6:11-13).

It is interesting to me how the people who were rebuilding the wall were never told to attack the enemy when they saw them.  They were simply to be prepared to defend against the attacks. We see this same principle being given to us in Ephesians 6:11, where we are told to stand against the wiles of the devil.  Again, there is no command given for us to go on the attack.  We are told to stand our ground, and defend our position by using the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s Word.  

This should tell us much with regard to the power contained within the Bible, and with how we are to use it.  We’re not to go around on a spiritual witch-hunt, looking for the enemy and attempting to attack him.   We are to be about the business of building relationships, and sharing the Gospel message—serving those the Lord has placed within our lives, and standing firm when the enemy is attacking us.

We can see Nehemiah had a contingency plan in sounding the trumpet for when the enemy attacked as well.  By doing this, they would be notifying those fellow believers who weren’t directly next to them about the impending trouble; alerting them because they were in need of help.  We should be doing the same thing when we are being attacked spiritually.  We need to find solid fellow Christians, who are armed with a solid knowledge of the Scriptures, who will give us good biblical counsel, and be willing to pray with us when the enemy is throwing fiery darts at us (cf. Eph. 6:16).

One last thing we can learn from this story of Nehemiah and the people, who worked together building the wall—they worked from daybreak till the stars came out.  This shows us the intensity and seriousness of the job at hand.  It should be the same for us as well.  We should realize the Lord’s imminent return, and this should motivate us to work diligently—making the most of the days.

STUDY QUESTION: What principles can we glean and implement in our Christian walk from the scriptures above?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you using God’s word as your only offensive weapon when being attacked?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Ask God to bring solid Christian believers into your life so you will have someone to call out to when you’re being tempted to make poor decisions and are in need of God’s counsel.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for giving me this scripture to learn from.  Help me to understand the need to have good counsel when seeking advice from other Christians.  Help me to remember Your Word when I need it to defend my position.  Help me to use it in love.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott




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