Nehemiah 4:14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
Things are bad. They are under all sorts of attacks, and a literal attack is on the way. They will have to stand and fight. Nehemiah’s advice is threefold. He tells them not to be afraid. Fear is of the devil. We are never to be scared. Fear is the opposite of faith. We do not let doubt rule in our lives.
Then he tells them to remember the Lord. Think about your God. Think of what He has done. Think on His promises. Consider His person. God is great. God is powerful. If you realize how big God is then you will not be afraid. If you see the greatness of God, you will not be considering the fame of your enemy.
They were going to trust and not be afraid. They were going to consider their great God, but they were still going to have to fight. They needed to see the need to fight. They should think about their families. They should think of their sons and daughters. They should decide to defend their wives. They should think that they would not give up their houses to the enemy.
They had to fight. They had to do their part. Trusting God doesn’t mean sitting idly by. Believing God in no way implies a lack of activity or work. Trusting God means you go about your responsibilities expecting Him to intervene.
Are you prepared for the fight? You are to expect Satan to attack. He wants to destroy your family. He wants to ruin your ministry. Put on your armor. Watch and pray. Be ready no matter what happens to think on your God and His power. Consider what you are to do. Now go live out the truth and your faith.
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