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How to Overcome Intimidation (2 of 2)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Now join me in the sixth chapter of the Old Testament book of Nehemiah where we're reminded that our enemy is not only a Discourager and Divider, he is also an Intimidator!
How the Devil enjoys intimidating us out of the work and will of God! If he cannot discourage us or divide us enough to stop the work of God, he will attempt to intimidate us enough to give in and to give up the work God has called us to do!
Remember this: God's work never goes forward without opposition. That's why it's not easy to:
*build a godly home,
*to raise godly children,
*to build a godly business,
*to build a godly church!
C.S. Lewis said, "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it's been found difficult and not tried." The road to victory is called Opposition Way, but keep in mind that without opposition, there can be no victory!
As the people of God repaired and rebuilt the wall around Jerusalem providing them protection, the Devil's crowd kept putting up roadblocks. And look how far they were on the project when the final roadblock appeared:
Verse 1, "Now it happened when Sanballet, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no break left in it (tough at the time I had not hung the doors in the gates,"
They were nearly finished! They were ready to cut the ribbon and suddenly the enemy attacked. Isn't that just like the Devil? He often times does the same thing in our lives. That's one reason God says to the proud person, "take heed lest your fall" (1 Corinthians 10.12). Just when we think it's time to celebrate and enjoy the fruit of our labor, the Devil moves in.
It isn't the person who has almost fallen who is vulnerable. It's the person who thinks he will never fall! When did David fall into ...
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