When God’s people faced opposition, they kept on working, and they kept on praying.

Nehemiah 3:1-4:23; Revelation 17:1-18; Psalm 147:12-20
God’s people faced opposition. What did they do? They kept on working – “The people worked with all their heart” (Nehemiah 4:6). They kept on praying – “We prayed to our God” (Nehemiah 4:9). They were watchful –  “Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other,  and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked” (Nehemiah 4:17-18). God calls us to work for Him. As we work, we must also pray. In all of our praying and working, we must never forget that we are involved in spiritual warfare. In this battle with our spiritual enemies, we can say with confidence, “Our God will fight for us!” (Nehemiah 4:20). Revelation 17:14 speaks of conflict and victory: “They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome  them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.” It is important that we see the spiritual dimension of our own experience of conflict. Satan’s opposition is directed against the Lamb. When we understand our conflict in this broader context, we begin to see the way to victory. The victory over Satan is not something that we achieve for ourselves. We stand against Satan in the victory of the Lamb. Our victory is always “with Him.” It is always a sharing in His victory – “”The Lamb will overcome them.” In Psalm 147:12, we read, “He strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses your people within you.” This is speaking of the city of Jerusalem, but we can also apply it to our own lives. Through the Lord who fights for us, we receive strength and we enjoy His blessing.
From my One Year Bible

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