Summary: This sermon helps God's people to learn how to overcome every demonic force that comes against their divine destiny by studying the winning attitude of Nehemiah.
The Attitude OF A Winner
Matthew 6:33- But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
When God adds things, He does not add sorrow He adds good things. Every good gift, every perfect thing comes from God. God will never bring negative things upon your life. That is the devil’s job and he will take advantage because of some of our actions or choices.
Nehemiah was called by God to rebuild the broken city of Jerusalem. In the same way God wants to rebuild our lives and repair the things that are broken. We have the Word and the ministry of the Holy Spirit that we rely on to help us put the broken pieces of our lives together. There are two things we need to know. Firstly, we need to be armed and ready for spiritual battle and secondly, we must be equipped. That means having the right tools at our disposal in order to be successful.
The life of Nehemiah is a good example to us because he achieved great success in a very short time when he took on the mammoth task of rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem.
His helpers made sure they had the right tools in the one hand to do the job, and a weapon in the other hand to ward off any attacks from the enemy. If we are to be successful, we need to see this picture in our minds as we grow in the things of God and build our spiritual lives.
Remember, the battle is the Lord’s and it is already won. Jesus defeated the devil, but he still attempts to harass and intimidate us. We need to enforce our victory and must know that when we engage in a spiritual battle that we are also building the Kingdom of God.
The battle is allowed to come your way because the only way that God enforces Satan’s defeat is through men and women on earth. God does not personally engage the devil anymore but pushes back the kingdom of darkness through our activities, our readiness, our prayers, and our willingness to engage in the battle.
In reality, God does not fight the devil and neither do we. We have only to be positioned on the battlefield facing the enemy. We only have to look formidable which will cause the enemy to flee.
If we are not engaged in a spiritual battle or confronting spiritual opposition, something is wrong and it could be that we have already been defeated and the devil no longer sees us as a threat. The Bible teaches us that we will fulfill our purpose with much persecution, temptations, and trials.
We must approach spiritual warfare from a mindset that the battle is the Lord’s and it has already been won. That is the mindset of a winner.
We need to prepare ourselves for spiritual warfare.
Ephesians 6:11-18 - Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
The New Testament clearly teaches us that we are engaged in a continuous spiritual war and that we need to be fully equipped to engage and defeat an invisible enemy.
It is important to develop a lifestyle that is not driven by too much concern with this temporal world. Paul taught his followers to pray without ceasing. He said that because spiritual warfare is continuous. Praying in the spirit confuses the strategies of the enemy and helps us to overcome the temptations of the world.
Life is filled with choices. We can make decisions that will either draw us closer to God or cause us to drift further away from His presence. Satan’s purpose is to render God’s children ineffective for the Kingdom.
Although the battle is invisible, it will always manifest in a human face. It can come in the form of your children, your boss at work, a business partner, etc., but the enemy is always behind the attacks.