Dealing with Distractions (Nehemiah 6:1-9)Pastor Justin Pratt, January 10, 2016
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
What do you think the biggest personal obstacle Christians face in today's world? What is it that Satan uses more than anything to hinder you in your walk with God? You might think it would be fear. Maybe you think it's discouragement. But tonight Pastor Justin made a strong case for it being distractions.
Nehemiah faced distractions when he was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. But he put them aside and focused on the work that God had called him to do. He asked God to strengthen him and keep him focused on the wall.
We need to be more like Nehemiah. We need to beg God to keep us focused on the work at hand, the things that matter, and His Will. Satan uses so many things today to distract us from God and His work. So what can we do to stay devoted to Him and His Work?
We pray that you can use some of the things in this sermon to guard yourself from Satan's distractions and stay focused on God, His Will, and your walk.
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1Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;) 2That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief. 3And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you? 4Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner. 5Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand; 6Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these words. 7And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together. 8Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart. 9For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands. (KJV)