Neh 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.
Neh 4:19-20 NKJV Then I said to the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. (20) Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.”
Last week, we discussed that we don’t have to fear because when attacks come we can sound the alarm and faith filled brothers and sisters, trusted advisors, church elders, and leadership will rally around us in prayer and support. At least that is how it is supposed to happen. NOTE: In this Scriptural scenario we see a body of people together working for the same goal. These were people entrenched and working together to see a vision fulfilled.
At Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson, we work hard at making sure that everyone who comes through our doors has plenty of opportunities to get connected. We work to help them connect with one another, connect to our Bible School, and connect to ministries and serve in our local church. We do this for a number of reasons, but one is so that they will have Real Relationships with actual people they can call on when they are facing a battle. Connections also help us to recognize if someone triggers a “silent alarm”.
When people unexpectedly miss a service, when they appear a little pale, or just don’t seem like themselves, this could be a “silent alarm” that they might need a little support on protecting their portion of the wall. We shouldn’t fear reaching out for help, but many do nonetheless. And just like real silent alarms or any alarm really they don’t work unless they are connected to the alarm system. If the wires aren’t connected the alarm can be triggered but it doesn’t signal the alarm. But by creating real connections with people and helping others do the same, and genuinely caring about them because we recognize that we all are in the same boat and been called to fulfill the vision of our respective local churches then we help create a “silent alarm” system that contacts people, meets them, follows up with them and lets them know that they are valued, loved, and that when something comes up and circumstances come against them they have an army of Believers on their side.
The flip side of that is the same people that are there to support you, may need your support sometime too. They didn’t have to fear attacks, because they knew that whenever an attack came they wouldn’t have to face it alone and were committed to stay ready to go to battle for their brother in their time of need. Find yourself a local church. Get connected and committed to the work there. Be there for people and let them be there for you. Then you’ll never have to fear. In the face of any situation, you’ll have a whole army of Faith-filled Believers shoulder to shoulder with you, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and the authority of the Name of Jesus, who has already won the victory over the enemy, enforcing His victory with you. FEAR NOT!