Standing Strong in the Face of Opposition by David Cawston

Standing Strong in the Face of Opposition
David Cawston
Nehemiah 6:1-16

Passion –Confidence- Action –Victory –Integrity-Now overcoming opposition

You can't keep a good man down...
A Sunday School teacher read a passage from the Old Testament Book of Jonah to her class: "And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish saying 'I called to the Lord out of my distress and he answered me.'....and the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land." (Jonah 1:17-2:2, 10) When she had finished reading, the teacher said, "Now, children you have heard the Bible story of Jonah and the whale. What does this story teach us?" Ten-year-old Mark shouted out: "You can't keep a good man down!"

Opposition brings the character out in a man.

Let us not forget that the enemy never gives up on his agenda nor does he ever leave you alone forever!
Luke 4:13
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.(NIV)

John 10:10
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that
they may have life, and have it to the full.(NIV)

1 Pet 5:8
8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.(NIV)

Back to the lesson from Nehemiah 6.

You notice that the walls were rebuilt
They have made great progress but are not yet secure from attacks.
The enemy of your soul doesn't care so much about the progress as long as he can keep from being secure!

If the opposition could prevent the gates from being put up there would always be access to the city.
The enemy is always fearful when he realizes that you are fulfilling God's plan.

Four lessons that we learn from Nehemiah about standing strong in the face of opposition.

I. Don't be Distracted Vs. 1-4
1 When word came ...

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