Battle of Minds
Nehemiah 6 Now when Sanballat and Tobiah and Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies heard that I had built the wall and that there was no breach left in it (although up to that time I had not set up the doors in the gates)...
I really enjoy action, thriller movies. There's the "good guy" trying to save a country or someone's life or whatever, and then, there are the bad guys. They're cunning, generally have no ethics and they'll do pretty much anything to get their way.
Ok, maybe it wasn't as extreme as an action thriller, but Nehemiah 6 kind of reminded me of a movie today. Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem (the bad guys) opposed what Nehemiah was doing and they tried a number of tactics to stop him. But the one strategy they never abandoned was trying to instill fear. And, that makes sense. Fear is a powerful, influencing emotion. That being the case, it can be used as a powerful weapon. Once fear takes root, it can really snowball out of control and mess up our thinking and actions. That's exactly what "the bad guys" were hoping for with Nehemiah. But Nehemiah had God on his side and he didn't fall for it.
None of us are strangers to fear, and what causes fear is different for each of us in our unique situations. So what did you learn from Nehemiah about dealing with opposition and handling fear? Tami W.
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