What do you fear? Spiders? The dark? Thunderstorms? How about not being accepted? Not fitting in? Or maybe, not being loved?
Those fears don’t go away; they follow us through our entire lives. But as believers, those who have been accepted by God because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we can have confidence in our sovereign and holy God. We fear God, not man.
As we continued in our Faithful series, on Monday we came to Nehemiah chapter 6, where we find Nehemiah faced with situations that could have made him afraid. In fact, we discover that he is told to be afraid five times. But Nehemiah’s decisions are driven by his love and fear of the Lord, not by fear of man. Like Nehemiah, when the lies of the enemy cause us to fear, we need to replace them with the truth of God’s Word.
We find application for our lives through four key points in Nehemiah 6:1-19.
- Peace Summit (1-4) – There are times we have to have the resolve to say no to something we shouldn’t do. Can we say no to temptation? To something not wise?
- Rumors of Rebellion (5-9) – If we take care of our character, living the way we should, God will take care of our reputation.
- Treachery in the Temple (10-14) – God’s will never contradicts God’s Word.
- Spies in Your Midst (1-19) – Who are our friends? We should not be close friends with anyone who would try to lead us away from walking with the Lord.
God is faithful; you can trust Him. Fear God, not man. Join us as we walk through Nehemiah 6 together.