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Dealing With Discouragement - Part 2 (2 of 2)
Dr. Adrian Rogers
Would you be looking for Nehemiah, about halfway through the Old Testament? I want you to turn to chapter 4. The book of Nehemiah is about a building project. Actually, Nehemiah was rebuilding the walls that crumbled around Jerusalem. God's work had fallen into disrepair and disrepute and decay, and God raised up man whose name was Nehemiah and God told Nehemiah to rebuild the wall. Now all of us are wall builders. Walls in our lives speak of something. They speak of protection, they speak of separation, they speak of identification. You need some walls. You need some walls to protect your family, to protect your faith. You need some walls to protect your future. We need walls of defense and walls of doctrine and walls of decency and walls of duty. But when you rise up to build, the devil will try to stop you and the way the devil will try to stop you is with discouragement.
I want you to take Gods word and look if you will in verse 6. Nehemiah says, "So built we the wall, and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof; for the people had a mind to work, but it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped," that is, the open places began to be filled in, "then they were very wroth." Plain English, they were angry. "And they conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it. Nevertheless, we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night because of them. And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish so that we are not able to build the wall." Right in the middle of the whole thing, there was somebody that came with a report and said we can't do it. We're tired. We're worn out. The job is too big and they got ...
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