Nehemiah 6:9 Trying To Instill Fear

For they all were trying to make us afraid, saying, “Their hands will be weakened in the work, and it will not be done.” Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands. Nehemiah 6:9

The world loves to instill fear and many love to be made afraid, even when they don’t like being afraid of something. Look at the number of horror movies made to bring about fear. Instilling fear is also a tactic that the enemy will use to get someone to stop or change directions. Most people will freeze up in a moment of fear and uncertainty.

Sanballat had made a lot of false rumors to discourage and make the Israelites fearful to get them to stop rebuilding the wall. Nehemiah recognized this and said that all they were doing is lying to make them weak and stop the work.

Fear is something that believers are not to have at all in their hearts or minds, yet many will have it on a regular basis. They will fear that the world will attack them or ridicule them for their beliefs. They fear that they will not accomplish what God has called them to do. They fear that they will not be smart enough, strong enough or wise enough to do what is needed to be done.

Satan knows that fear will paralyze a person and get one to stop working or to change directions. He will use whatever lies or tactics he can to instill fear in the believer and cause them to sin against God by not doing what they are to do.

Every believer needs to remember that God is love, perfect love. Then remember that perfect love casts out all fear. God has given every believer what is needed to accomplish the task that He has given them and nothing the world can do or say can overcome.

There may be some lies or rumors that you are hearing, physically or in your own mind, that is raising fear in your heart. Do not allow those fears to rise up and cause you to freeze up and stop the work you are to do. Do not believe the lies of the world but believe what God has said.

Focus your eyes and heart upon the love of God and know who He is and what He has already done for you. God can and will give you the strength to finish the work He has for you to do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the love God has for you; that God will open your eyes to the lies of the enemy; that you will finish the work God has given you to accomplish; and God will fill you with His strength and boldness.

2 Chronicles 20:21 Sing Praise Going Into Battle

After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21

For many people, going into battle is a time of fear and trembling. No one really does not know if they are going to survive the battle or not. It is often dangerous in various ways. The level of fear increases if the enemy is larger and more powerful in appearance.

Going into battle against Ammon and Moab, Jehoshaphat had some men lead the army of Judah with singing of praises to God. They were giving thanks to God and proclaiming that His love lasts forever.

Battles are a part of life for every person. Most battles are not ones of physical fighting, as the army of Judah were fighting, but battles of the mind and soul.

The enemy of every person is the devil, who is out seeking whom he can kill and destroy. His number one focus is against believers, striving to get them to sin against God.

Often the devil looks very large and dangerous. It appears that there is no way to win the battle and that one will fail. Many will run away in fear or give into the desires of the world.

Instead of giving into the world and devil, believers need to turn their focus upon God and sing praise to Him as the march into the battlefield. When giving God praise, the believer is putting His trust in God and not focusing on how large and dangerous the enemy may be. God will give the victory, when He is given the praise and thanks.

The world is out to destroy you and turn you away from God. It is a battle for your soul. Going into battle may is never easy nor fun, but with God all things are possible.

Do not allow yourself to focus upon what the enemy looks like, but put your mind upon God. Give God praise for who He is. Give God thanks for what He has done in your past. Give God thanks for what He will do. Remember His great love for you. Then trust God to give you the victory over the enemy of your soul as you go into battle each day.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will continually sing praises to God; that you will give thanks to God; that you will know His great love for you; and that you will see God give victory over the enemy of your soul.

2 Samuel 7:18 Who Am I?

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?” 2 Samuel 7:18

All around the world, from the youngest child to the oldest adult, people are often questioning who they are. People desire to know their purpose in this world and seek to find in it many different ways and different things.

Others believe that they know who they are, and that the world owes them everything. The things they get are expected, along with more.

God had just told David that He would establish his throne forever. David then asks who he was that God would bring him as far as he had already come.

When a person gets a glimpse of how vast the universe is and how small he is in the universe, he can begin to wonder who he is. Then he adds in the factor that God made that universe and is much greater, yet takes time to help him out, it can make a wonder even more who he is and why God even pays any attention to him.

The world feels that one can make his own destiny and purpose in this world. The individual is in complete control of everything in his life to make it or break it. It is all about self.

Believers realize that it is all about God and what He can and does do. Seeing God’s hand at work in one’s life will open his eyes to the reality of God’s amazing love and grace in his life, because he realizes that in and of himself, he is nothing in view of the universe and God.

True believers will turn that glory back to God, knowing it was God who did it all, not himself. There may be times you wonder who you are that God loves you and cares for you. It is not about you, but about His great and perfect, eternal love for you.

You have been brought as far as you are today because of His love for you. God put you in the place you are in to be His witness and do a work here on this earth.

Do not be arrogant in and of yourself, but give God all the glory and praise for what He is doing and has done in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will realize what God has done in and through you; and that you will give God praise for what He has done for you.