Word 4U Today

Prepare for Attack (2)

Prepare for Attack (2)

‘…A brother is born for adversity.’ Proverbs 17:17 NIV

Like most successful people, Nehemiah discovered that not everybody will be happy about your success.

‘Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages[a] on the plain of Ono.”But they were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?”

 4Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.‘ (Nehemiah 6:2-4 NIV).

Note the words, ‘I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.’ That was an Academy Award-winning response to attack!

Any time you stop the work God has given you to do and step down to the level of your critics, you’ve sent the devil a signal that his strategy is working. So you can expect more of the same.

Think: if God can deliver you in times of trouble, surely He can defend you in times of misunderstanding!

So get back up on the wall He has called you to build and keep working. Don’t get distracted.

There are three kinds of people you will meet in life:

1) The criticthey point fingers and never lift a hand to help.

2) The cautious. They’ll keep away when you seem like you’re in trouble—they want to cut their losses! These people are not bad, they’re just self-serving. Don’t put your trust in them.

3) The committed.

‘A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.’

Recognize such people and build your life around them because they are a gift from God.

Joy Ferdiz

December 28th, 2013

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