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Nehemiah 4:1-14 NIV

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!" Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders. So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem's walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat. Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, "The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall." Also our enemies said, "Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work." Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, "Wherever you turn, they will attack us." Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, "Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes."

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Defeating Discouragement

1. Opposition will try to discourage you from the _____________________.

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John 16:33 NIV

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

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Right/Wrong Attitudes

The Overcoming Believer “I expect difficulty, then __________________” The Chronically Discouraged “I expect victory without ____________________” “I expect difficulty without a __________________”

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When Opposition Comes...

You ____________________ appropriately You ____________________ to God You ____________________ to work

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1 Peter 4:12-13 NIV

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

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Luke 10:19 NIV

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

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Romans 8:37 NIV

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

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Defeating Discouragement

2. Opposition will try to discourage you from the __________________.

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2 Corinthians 3:5 NIV

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.

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1 Samuel 30:6 NIV

David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the lord his God.

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Isaiah 61:3 NIV

and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the lord for the display of his splendor.

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Freedom

Freedom is not the absence of something, but the presence of someone. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17

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Aware How The Enemy Attacks

We put our focus on God through: Prayer; Reading and meditating upon the Word of God; Praise and worship; Practicing the presence of God; Faith a) Accuser – He accuses us to ourselves and uses every problem or failure in our lives to try to beat us down and convince us that we are doomed to fail and God doesn’t love us. THIS IS WHERE HE USES FEAR! Accuses God! b) Condemner – He wants us to believe that we are defective and God cannot use us and does not love us. THIS IS ALSO WHERE HE USES REGRET! c) Tempter – He tries to get us to reject God’s plan for our life and to trade our destiny for a lower purpose. Give up and go home! d) Comparer – Two kinds = One from God and one from the devil. God’s kind of comparison: Character – (Christ; Paul, etc.) Mentor / discipleship / behavior money, family, ministry, work, etc. Satan’s kind of comparison: Physical attributes God-­‐given giftings / inherent abilities Life status – finances not calling -­‐-­‐ also not based on happiness Deceptive comparison – Using ideals to get us to believe we would be happy if only we were ______ ... Not realizing that those who are _______ are miserable. We must reject Satan’s accusations and attacks against us as he tries to make it about us and how good or bad we’ve done and not about God’s grace. It is only by grace and we must put faith in that to succeed! We must not let the devil discourage us. We have a choice. In the worst of times – we can overcome discouragement as we learn to encourage ourselves in the Lord our God!

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