Thursday, November 26, 2009

Day 11 - Temptations

Nehemiah 6 : 10 – 14

In this section, we see one last attempt by Tobiah and Sanballat to scheme against Nehemiah. They paid someone to give a false prophecy about Nehemiah; they told him that someone was going to kill him. They then encouraged Nehemiah to break the law by hiding in the temple and shut the doors. Only priests were allowed to enter the temple. Nehemiah recognized that this was not in line with what God would tell him and told him that he would not run away into the temple. He was able to recognize that they were trying to make him sin so they could discredit him.

Temptation is a classic scheme of the enemy. Every one of us is exposed to temptations every day. I know have stressed this point several times, but if we are not digging in God’s Word on a regular basis, we will not have the eyes to recognize when temptation is there. Nehemiah understood the difference between what man says and what God says. The best way to understand the difference is to read what God says. If it is not in line with the Bible, it is not what God wants for you!

Leaders are under constant scrutiny, and there are those that would wait until a leader messes up to “expose” them. If a leader falters, those under them can lose motivation or courage to finish the job God gave them. If you are in a position of leadership, do you have people lifting you up in prayer so that you are able to withstand temptation? If you are under someone’s leadership, are you lifting that person up in prayer?

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