Nehemiah 4 : 1 - 5 – Lies
When my husband was in his sophomore year at music school, he took a required music history course taught by a visiting instructor. This class was a requirement to be accepted into the school of music education. This instructor had a heavy emphasis on medieval music and required the students to listen to 100 pieces of Gregorian chant and other medieval music for the final exam. This exam was a “drop the needle” exam, meaning that the professor would play a small segment of a piece of music out of the selected 100 pieces of music and the students were required to name the piece and composer. He failed the final exam, and was told by the school of music education that he would never make it as a band teacher. He didn’t accept this news as truth and transferred to another school of music, where he graduated with honors. As a music educator, his bands succeeded and received top ratings at district and state music festivals. He also had large numbers of children excited to begin band. If he would have listened to the opinion of others, he would have missed out on an incredible experience and joy to teach students to play instruments.
The Israelites faced tremendous opposition. We don’t know why Sanballat and Tobiah were so upset, but some scholars think it was because it seemed like a threat to have the city of Jerusalem protected. They were facing ridicule and being told that they were building a weak wall (verses 1 – 3). The enemy often tries to attack us with lies that seem true. I think of times in ministry when God was doing incredible things, but the people in the ministry were being bombarded with lies. Lies can destroy a ministry if we do not let God take control. We see in verse 4 that Nehemiah’s reaction was to turn to God and pray.
In chapter 2:20, Nehemiah replied to his enemies, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.” The enemy would like to convince us that he has a share and claim on us, but we have been claimed by God through Jesus’ blood. I don’t care what mistakes you have made, or what someone has done to you, the enemy has no claim! God can rebuild whatever has been torn down. God can heal and restore any heart that has been broken. The enemy doesn’t want you to know this, so he will use lies to make you feel shame when God has already claimed victory.
What lies do you need to turn over to God? Have you spent time in prayer? Have you allowed God’s victory to be fulfilled in your life?