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Today's reading: Nehemiah 4:1-23

Not everyone in and around Jerusalem is pleased about the reconstruction project for the gates and wall around Jerusalem. So as Nehemiah and the Jews begin making progress on the rebuilding, they encounter some intense opposition. Sanballat, Tobiah and others don't like that their position of having the upper hand is being taken away by the Jews gathering together to strengthen themselves and to reassert their claim to the city of Jerusalem. The opposers first try verbal assaults, and when that doesn't stop the work, they then plot physical violence.

Nehemiah and the Jews didn't allow the opposition to stop their progress. As soon as the opposition started, they turned it over to God through prayer, took protective measures and pressed on with the work.

How have you encountered opposition as you've served God? How did you respond? What's one lesson you learned about responding to and/or overcoming opposition from Nehemiah and the workers? Tami

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Nehemiah knew that he was in God's will and doing exactly what God wanted him to do, this was the same confidence that I had as well. Well-meaning family and friends were trying to discourage me to not follow what I knew was God's plan for me.

Nehemiah had a good comeback towards his distractors.“Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome," (v.14b) and vs.20b) "Our God will fight for us."

Our confidence is i the Lord who calls us and helps us through each trial too.

The work of God is both peaceable and combative at the same time--workers for Christ are ready for opposition too. It sounds difficult and awkward--but it addresses life as it is.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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