Pastor Clark continues our study of Nehemiah by discussing how we are called to fight.
How Super Freaks Fight
Super Freak | Week 3
September 27, 2015 | Pastor Clark Mitchell
Your Enemy’s Tactics: RIDICULE
Nehemiah 4:1-3 (NIV)
When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?” Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!”
Nehemiah 4:6-8 (NIV)
We rebuilt the wall until it reached half of its height and the people worked with all their heart. But Sanballat, Tobia, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the men of Ashdod heard that the repairs to the wall of Jerusalem had gone ahead and the gaps were being closed they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it."
Nehemiah 4:11 (NIV)
"Also our enemies said, `Before they know it or see us we will be right there among them and we will work to kill them and put an end to their work.'"
THE GOSSIP TRUTH
Always spread by those CLOSEST to the enemy.
Nehemiah 4:12 (NIV)
“Then the Jews who lived near them…”
They GROW as REPEATED.
Nehemiah 4:12 (NIV)
"...came and told us ten times over."
The Enemies Goal: WEAKEN and DEFEAT
Nehemiah 4:10-11 (NIV) "Meanwhile the people in Judah said, `The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”
The Effect of the Enemy: 1. FATIGUE 2. FRUSTRATION 3. FAILURE 4. FEAR
Nehemiah 4:4-5 (NIV)
"Here O God for we're despised. Turn their insults back over their heads and give them over as plunder in the land of captivity. Do not cover their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight? They have thrown insults in the face of the builders."
Nehemiah 4:9 (NIV)
"But we prayed to our God and we posted a guard day and night to meet this threat."
Nehemiah 4:13 (NIV)
"Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families with their swords, spears and bows."
Nehemiah 4:16-20 (NIV)
"From that day on, half of my men did the work while the other half were equipped with spears and bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did the work with one hand and held a weapon in the other. Each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me. I said to the nobles and officials, `The work is extensive and spread out and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. Whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet join us there and our God will fight for us."
SFL: Super Freaks will always build and battle at the sametime.
SFL: The moment you sign up to build something great, you are inviting a battle.
Nehemiah 4:14 (NIV)
"After I looked things over I stood up and I said to the nobles and the officials the rest of the people, `Don't be afraid! Remember the Lord is great and awesome. Fight for your brothers and your daughters and your homes."
Nehemiah 4:19 (NIV)
"I said to the nobles and officials, `The work is extensive and spread out and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. Whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet join us there and our God will fight for us."
SFL: Super Freaks understand, and appreciate, their need for others.
Nehemiah 4:15 (NIV)
"When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work."
Nehemiah 4:8 (NIV)
"They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it."
Nehemiah 4:11 (NIV)
"We will kill them and put an end to the work."
Nehemiah 4:21-23 (NIV)
"So we continued to work... with half of the men holding spears from the first light of dawn till the stars came out at night. At that time I also said to the people, `Have every man and his helper stay in Jerusalem at night so they can serve us as guards by night and workmen by day.' Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes. Each had his weapon even when he went for water."
SFL: Super Freaks persevere! We surrender to God only. Not the opposition, or the problem.