Allo Mate! This post from one Bishop in my church really helped me, I believe it will help y’all as well.
They sent the same letter with the same content 4 times to Nehemiah asking him to leave Jerusalem and abandon, once and for all, the work of rebuilding the wall.
The same insistence is practiced with me and you, “leave the Altar, surround yourself to the things that you should not, give priority to what you should not.”
He who knows how to prioritize, sees that all his responsibilities be met, all of them are in order, because he is disciplined. And what are our priorities? To be revolted, sufficiently courageous and persevering, that is, in short, to be living with INTELLIGENT FAITH, TO BE IN SPIRIT! And Nehemiah had these characteristics, so the devil wanted to take the “Altar” away from him.
“…that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono.” But they thought to do me harm.” (Nehemiah 6:2)
It is the intention of the devil to do us harm! What is the greatest evil that the devil can do to you? Make you lose your Salvation, but before that, make you loose your Vision! How does this start? Through a lack of revolt, courage and perseverance, because the person may even have faith, but without revolt, this faith becomes dead.
“So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3)
In other words, Nehemiah was saying that nothing would make him leave the work he was doing, nothing would make him abandon the sacrifice, and much less pay attention to threats and accusations of evil. He had work to be completed. If the devil blows at you, it is up to you to rebuke him; if he tries, it is for you to humiliate him; if he raises a situation against you; you have to defeat him. Now, if the devil does not create anything, or does not try and doesn’t even fight you, then you should be worried because there is nothing bothering him.
One of the characteristics of the devil is persistence, as you can see in the case of Nehemiah. So if he tried to give up, tamper with, to look with an evil eye etc… do not think he will give up on you, because the devil never gives up! We can even let go of the devil, but he never leaves us or gives up on us, not while there is breath in our bodies! Take the example of the possessed Gadarene. The demons were sent into the pigs, but as soon as they drowned, where do you think the demons went? Straight into the swine-herdsmen, those who rejected the Lord Jesus!
The devil does not age and there is no time for him because he is a spirit. He knows that God searches hearts and minds. So, when he tempts us, we should always give the same answer:“YOU’RE TIED UP, IN JESUS NAME!!!”. And when he suggests something in your mind, simply, do exactly the opposite!
Bishop Julio Freitas – Check out his official blog for more great posts: juliofreitas.com/en/
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