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Victory Serving in the Community: Beginning with the End in Mind

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Now it came about that when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, he became furious and very angry and mocked the Jews. He said “What are these feeble Jews doing? Can they revive the stones from the dusty rubble even the burned ones? Even what they are building—if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!” - Nehemiah 4:1-6 NASB Paraphrase

The Lord had tasked Nehemiah with repairing the wall surrounding Jerusalem. This did not please the enemies of Israel. These enemies used words to intimidate and discourage the builders. Sanballat and Tobiah were mouthpieces, delivering these verbal bombardments. A music teacher in our community taught many of our children. Over time, parents began to hear complaints about local churches from the children. This was very odd and disturbing. Notes were compared. Turns out, the teacher was the source of these accusations. Parents went individually, but the teacher refused them. Parents asked local leaders to help. We met with the teacher, but were rebuffed. We told the local churches the results, counseling parents to be wise about these accusations. No longer finding a receptive audience, the teacher moved to another state. We could not help the music teacher. But because we used our voices to confront the accuser, the communities were protected. The end in mind is the protection of the community. The secondary goal was to see a teacher healed. The primary weapon of the enemy, those principalities and powers who oppose God, are words. Remember, our enemy is the father of lies. He will lie, even if he does not have to. Daily Battle Order: Do not be passive. When you hear accusations, use the weapon of your voice to demolish strongholds. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. When the enemy speaks, respond as Jesus did: “Get behind me Satan and keep on going…”

 

Join us June 11th and learn how knowing the beginning from the end would have helped the armies of the North and the South at The First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run), and how knowing the beginning from the end helps us today to have Victory in our lives.



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