by Steve Wagers

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I Ain't Got Time for You Devil (4 of 10)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: NEHEMIAH
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Nehemiah 4
February 1. 2009

Sermon Outline
1. The Distraction that Confronted Them!
A) Hurtful Insults
B) Harmful Intimidation
2. The Discouragement that Concerned Them!
A) Fatigue
B) Frustration
C) Failure
3. The Decision that Convinced Them!
A) Turned to God with a Prayerful Heart
B) Trusted in God with a Powerful Hand

One morning, during a Church service, the devil walked in and marched down to the front of the Church. Everyone started screaming and running for the doors. Soon the building was empty except for one elderly gentleman. He sat calmly in his pew; seemingly oblivious to the fact the ultimate enemy was in his presence. Satan looked at him and said, "Do you know who I am?"

The old man replied, "Yep, sure do." Satan then asked, "Aren't you afraid of me?" "Nope, sure ain't," said the man. The devil then said, "Don't you know that I could cause you profound, horrifying, physical agony for all eternity?" "Yep," replied the man. "Then why aren't you afraid," asked the devil. The old man calmly replied, "'Cause I've been married to your sister for 50 years."

The great evangelist, D. L. Moody said, "The devil never kicks a dead horse." In other words, the devil never bothers those who never bother him, or those who belong to him.

However, anytime that God is being glorified, and Jesus is being magnified, you can rest assured that the devil and his disciples will go to work.

That is the theme of Nehemiah 4. God has slipped His hand into the glove of history and brought Nehemiah from Shushan to Jerusalem for the purpose of rebuilding the walls of the city. Now, the work has begun.

Beginning at the "sheep gate," Nehemiah positions men around a wall, 1 ½ to 2 miles in circumference. There was a place for everyone, and everyone had a place. Some mixed mortar, some stacked bricks, some cut boards, some salvaged rub ...

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