Nehemiah 6:13 Intimidation

He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me. Nehemiah 6:13

Several people were upset that the Israelites were building a wall around the city. They tried to get Nehemiah to move away from the wall in order to stop it from being built. One of the ways they tried this was to spread false words that they were about to be attacked and that there were people about to attack and kill Nehemiah. Nehemiah realized that all they were trying to do was intimidate him so that he would go against God’s commands and sin, thus discredit him.

When the world does not like someone who is popular and doing great things, they try to find a way to stop him. Usually when a person is doing great things, many people like him, but there are always some who do not. The easiest way to stop a person is to discredit him, make the people think he is worthless or false.

As the world looks at believers who are standing strong and true to God, the best way to stop a believer is discredit them. However, if a believer is standing true, that is a difficult task. The enemy then will try to intimidate a believer.

False lies are said to put pressure on a believer to do something sinful. In a workplace, these lies can get the person to do fight back in the wrong way or say things that are wrong and do not honor God. It can often appear that a person’s job is on the line, even though it is not true.

Once the world can get the believer to do something wrong, his testimony about Jesus becomes very weak. Many will no longer believe or follow God because of it.

You must keep your life focused on what God has given you to do. Do not let the pressure of this world try to intimidate you into do something against what God has told you to do.

Do not allow yourself to do something that would harm your testimony about what Jesus has done in your life.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to live for Him; that you will not give into the intimidation the world gives; that God will open your eyes to the false lies of this world; and that you will be a strong witness for Jesus.

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