I am working on a message and I found this verse in Nehemiah 4. The people who had returned from Babylonian captivity were being ravaged by their enemies. They determined to rebuild the walls of the city for protection. Their enemies ridiculed them and threatened them. Nehemiah was undeterred and he encouraged his countrymen with this.
“Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the nobles and the rest of the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!” When our enemies heard that we knew of their plans and that God had frustrated them, we all returned to our work on the wall. But from then on, only half my men worked while the other half stood guard with spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. The leaders stationed themselves behind the people of Judah who were building the wall. The laborers carried on their work with one hand supporting their load and one hand holding a weapon. All the builders had a sword belted to their side. The trumpeter stayed with me to sound the alarm.
Nehemiah 4:14-18 –
As Christians we have learned that we battle not against flesh and bone we battle against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies. (Ephesians 6) Our weapons are not Spears and arrows but the word of God and prayer. God loves people and has come to save the lost. I believe the rebuilding we are now doing is rebuilding lives, rebuilding broken hearts and broken homes and giving people sanctuary from very real spiritual enemies.
We work at this rebuilding while wielding the word of God and prayer.