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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Prayer and fasting pt7

Dear beloved: As the wall building commenced in the third chapter of Nehemiah, the anger of the mockers also intensified, the spiritual warfare reached a higher level. Nehemiah 4:1 Now it came about when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he became furious and very angry and mocked the Jews. And again in verse 7 it tells us, Now it came about when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, the Ashdodites heard that the repair of the walls of Jerusalem went on, and that the breaches began to be closed, they were very angry. Nehemiah's response was to cry out to the Lord. Neh.4:4 Hear O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity. v5. Do not forgive their iniquity and let not their sin be blotted out before Thee, for they have demoralized the builders. And again in verse 9, Nehemiah cries out to the Lord. v9, But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night. v10 Thus in Judah it was said, The strength of the burden bearers is failing, Yet there is much rubbish; and we ourselves are unable to rebuild the wall.

Beloved, what you see happening as Nehemiah attempts to rebuild is exactly what is happening all across the land. The builders are running out of strength, the morale is low, and the enemy is getting the upper hand in every aspect of wall building, from government, family, business, arts and entertainment, and every aspect of our culture, including in our churches. The battle is raging, the enemy is coming at us from every direction and at first glance it is easy to get demoralized and think it is a sure victory for the enemy. But take heart, cry out to the Lord just as Nehemiah did, and let our God fight the battle for us. Spend more time in prayer and fasting, for therein lies the victory. Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. v20 God is to us a God of deliverances; And to God the Lord belong escapes from death. v21 Surely God will shatter the head of his enemies, the hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds.

Beloved, do not get demoralized and give up the fight or stop building, stay in the fight and spend more time on your knees in prayer. For it is in prayer that the battle is won, it is in prayer that we petition the Lord to send his ministering angels to war on our behalf. The battle belongs to the Lord, therefore, let us rise up and keep building! God bless you this day as you take your place on the wall, in Christ, Jim

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