The enemy is busy accusing you—and all of the believers—day and night (Revelation 12:10)… but his accusations are filled with lies (John 8:44).
The truth is always a different story than the one the enemy is telling.
Take Nehemiah as an example.
Satan first attempted to stop Nehemiah and the people of God from doing the work of God through accusations framed as insults:
Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing? Do they think they can build the wall in a single day by just offering a few sacrifices? Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap—and charred ones at that?” – Nehemiah 4:1-2 (NLT)
Every one of the enemy’s claims was a lie:
- You lack resources. What you have to work with won’t get the job done.
- You are weak.
- This project is too big.
- You don’t have courage or resolve.
- Your worship means nothing and accomplishes nothing.
But the truth was a very different story than the story the enemy was telling. In the book of Nehemiah, we see that the truth was…
- God had already made provision for all the resources they needed for their task.
- God’s people had the needed strength.
- The project was not too big—in fact, it was completed in 52 days.
- God provided leadership through Nehemiah that kept up the people’s courage and resolve.
- Worship always means something and accomplishes something.
God, thank you that you have already made provision for every resource needed for the work you have laid out for my life. Thank you for providing me with the strength I need to do the work to completion.
God, bring the kind of believers alongside me who will help keep up my courage and resolve in the face of the enemy’s opposition (Proverbs 27:17).
I praise you, God, and I will continue to praise you, because you are worthy (Psalm 96:4; 145:3) and because you are pleased to reside within praise (Psalm 22:3).
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