Keep Your Guard Up

Nehemiah 4:14  And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.

 Nehemiah 4:15-18 NKJV  And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work.  (16)  So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah.  (17)  Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.  (18)  Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me.

 Too many times, I’ve spoken to people who had a circumstance or situation begin to come up and steal their peace, joy, money, etc…  Maybe they received a bad report, and that first gulp or knot began to rise in their throat and fear was creeping in, but they did not hesitate and jumped right on it praying, notifying others to agree, strengthened their faith in the Word concerning that area and the crisis was averted, the symptoms relieved, the sickness healed, the bill paid.  GLORY!  Then they just quit.  They took a deep sigh of relief that the trial was over and resumed life as it was before… only to experience a sneak attack when they least expect it and hit them so fast they didn’t have time to even crack open their Bibles or think to call for backup and find themselves in an all out battle, but they left their weapons at home.

Don’t do this.  In a battle the enemy doesn’t just try one attack or one surge.  No, the enemy plots one way and if doesn’t work they try a different attack.  Our life and walk of faith isn’t just to pick up when we are under attack but also to keep us armed and protected from future attacks.  After to recognize an attack to get you in fear, steal your finances, your health, your joy, or any of your grace given promises of God, stay tuned up.  Keep your guard up!

Continue to thank God for His deliverance and protection.  Keep feeding on His life giving Word.  Continue confessing His promises for you and praying.  Don’t let your guard down.  You won your battle, now show the enemy you plan on keeping it and enforcing it.

The Israelites measures of Praying and putting some guards around the city was enough to stop and bring their enemies plot to nothing.  But by staying vigilant and arming themselves so they’d be ready at a moment’s notice gave them helped to stay off future plans of their enemies.  Stay built up in the Word, daily speaking His promises for you.  Keep that Word the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17) with you and sharp.  You’ll avoid more attacks by simply staying armed and ready.  FEAR NOT!


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