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Summary: This two part message from the series Lessons in Leadership examines how the Christian is to deal with the attacks from outside the Body of Christ.

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LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP – PART SIX

“BLUEPRINT FOR THE BATTLES” 1 OF 2

NEHEMIAH 4:1-6 ● ©Larry L. Thompson (2003)

“When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, [2] 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?" [3] Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, "What they are building--if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!" [4] Hear us, O our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. [5] 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. [6] So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.”

INTRODUCTION:

We are in a period right now as a church where we will have the opportunity to answer the call of God. To follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before us and take up the baton of vision, sacrifice and commitment as we invest in not only the future of our fellowship but as we rebuild the walls of His glory and recapture the imagination of South Florida lifting high the Cross of Christ with full understanding of His promise, “IF I BE LIFTED UP I WILL DRAW ALL MEN UNTO ME.”

Our campus development team has been diligently working for over two years to prepare us for this coming day. The day is coming in which the trumpet of God shall sound in all of our lives and we will be called to the challenge and the work of God. We will be called to join our hearts, our hands and our very lives as we submit to God and ask Him to use us to make HIS mark on this generation.

It will be an exciting time, a challenging time and for many a first time to see God use you and to realize what can happen when God’s people have a mind to do His work, His way. However, today we will learn an absolutely essential principle that must be received before we enter into this time together. We will discover today that in every great movement of God among His people there will be an opposition that will attempt to stop that Sovereign work.

However, attacks are not simply isolated to ministry. Every profession has them, every person has to deal with them, and certainly any LEADER will face the attacks as they exercise their leadership…either leading a family, an organization, a business and even in ministry. One thing is certain…if you are a leader, there will be battles so you better have a blueprint for the opposition and the blueprint better be biblical if you ever hope to be an overcomer instead of one who was overcome.

I. THE IDENTITY THE ATTACKER (verse 1)

“When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews”


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