The Big Guns

David Gaunt

“When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed.  He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, ‘What are those feeble Jews doing?  Will they restore their wall?  Will they offer sacrifices?  Will they finish in a day?  Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble, burned as they are?’”  “Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, ‘What they are building, even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!’”  Nehemiah 4:1-3

We will anger the enemy when we seek to do our part in God’s work of reconstruction.  As we become more like Jesus individually and are growing together to function as the body of Christ collectively, we will be attacked.  Expect more than just a verbal attack.  The enemy’s strategy has always been to divide and conquer.

We must remember who our enemy is: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

Satan and his army are real.  We are in a spiritual battle.  But we are often not convinced of this.  I am reminded of the song “Army of the Lord” that started with these words:

“Are we walking into the enemy’s camp
Laying our weapons down
Shedding our armor as we go
Leaving it on the ground
We’ve got to be strong in the Power of His Might
Prove to the enemy
We are the army of the Lord and we’ve won the victory”

Both Nehemiah Chapter 4 and Ephesians Chapter 6 point to prayer as a key to victory.  Sometimes we feel that prayer is what we do, when we can’t do anything else.  But prayer isn’t a retreating act of desperation like shooting up a flare.  When you go to God in prayer, you’re getting out the big guns.

You won’t pray (at least not strategically) if you don’t realize there is a battle all around you, your family, friends, and everyone else.  Satan’s goal is to rob, kill and destroy (John 10:10).  Ask God to give you eyes of faith to see the real battle.  Then pray for His work of reconstruction to be complete in, and through you.

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