Pastor Dan adds to the series "Real Success" with a message about God being greater than all of our enemies.
Nehemiah 4:6–9 (NRSV)
6 So we rebuilt the wall, and all the wall was joined together to half its height; for the people had a mind to work. 7 But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and the gaps were beginning to be closed, they were very angry, 8 and all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it. 9 So we prayed to our God, and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.
Nehemiah 4:1–3 (NRSV)
1 Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he mocked the Jews. 2 He said in the presence of his associates and of the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore things? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish it in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish—and burned ones at that?” 3 Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “That stone wall they are building—any fox going up on it would break it down!”
Nehemiah 2:10 (NRSV)
10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard this, it displeased them greatly that someone had come to seek the welfare of the people of Israel.
Nehemiah 6:6 (NRSV)
6 ……..“It is reported among the nations—and Geshem also says it—that you and the Jews intend to rebel; that is why you are building the wall; and according to this report you wish to become their king.
Nehemiah 6:8 (NRSV)
8 ………“No such things as you say have been done; you are inventing them out of your own mind”
Nehemiah 6:9 (NRSV)
9 ………. But now, O God, strengthen my hands..
1 John 4:4 (NRSV)
4 Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Nehemiah 4:10-12 (NRSV)
10 But Judah said, “The strength of the burden bearers is failing, and there is too much rubbish so that we are unable to work on the wall.” 11 And our enemies said, “They will not know or see anything before we come upon them and kill them and stop the work.” 12 When the Jews who lived near them came, they said to us ten times, “From all the places where they live they will come up against us.”
Matthew 5:11 (NIV84)
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me
1 John 3:20 (ESV)
20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart…