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A Great Work

  • Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, Come, let us meet together in one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief. I sent messengers to them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I can't come down: why should the work cease, while I leave it, and come down to you? Nehemiah 6:2 WEB

    Nehemiah was organizing the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem after it had been destroyed and the people carried away into exile. When he began, his enemies laughed at him, but then as he started to close the gaps in the wall, they became much more serious and plotted to kill him in order to stop the work from being completed.

    Nehemiah's enemies planned to invite him to a banquet and assassinate him so that all the people following him would stop the work that he had started. When they tried to lure Nehemiah into their trap, he simply replied "I am doing a great work, and I cannot come down." Then he continued on and completed his wall while working with a trowel in one hand, and a sword in the other (Neh. 4:17).

    Our enemy may start out using laughs, jeers, and gossip to attack us, but if we keep on with God's work, he will devise much sneakier traps and distractions for us that scale to our level. He has done this a long time and he knows what works. Like someone inspecting a wall, he keeps searching for the small cracks to get in through, and it is hard to get him back out.

    The enemy's plan is to get you distracted, trip you, make you fall, to make your testimony worthless. To make the salt lose its flavor. To stop the work. To stop God from fulfilling His plan in your life. To steal, to kill, and destroy (John 10:10). When tempted, remember that you are doing a great work, and that you cannot come down.

    Prayer: Father, please give me a clear vision and reveal the traps that the enemy has set for me. Help me to focus on the work at hand and not be distracted. Fulfill Your will in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Amen my Warrior Brother.
January 16, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Satan is a tricky enemy! Always trying to get in my head and feed me fear and doubt! I am blessed as I have a helper in the holy spirit always reminding me that Satan lies to destroy and deceive, to keep me from my prize and steal my joy. Thank you for this timely word Pastor. Pastor's Prayer: Father, please give me a clear vision and reveal the traps that the enemy has set for me. Help me to focus on the work at hand and not be distracted. Fulfill Your will in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
January 16, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I agree, Dianna.
January 16, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner well another good word I know so true lately house not perfect clean instead I realized I  take nap wellsomerimes evening haveidea yes Ihave girls help me fold the  laundry  well sometimes ralized my house dose not have look like my mothers did  and so instead I think tonight go bed early treat my self good so tomorrow can get the girls room clean andl audry folded  for devil will lie  Iknow took me long time figure out I didn,t need to believe anymore whoops glad he moved me  close to lake so learn to have peace instead trying please my family how not falling apart when I,m becuse who I,m kiddinfg only myself Jesue means peace if choose belive their power in the word called the biblewhen study oh I seen the difference when not in the word not good .
January 16, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I agree, Heide. If I am not in the word I will starve for spiritual things. Satan wants me to do every thing else except to read the word and renew my mind so I will know what the perfect will of God is for me.
January 16, 2016
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Barbara Miramon
Barbara Miramon This post brings to mind the cracks in the walls of our great country. We keep allowing the enemy to slip through; and yes, it will then be very difficult to get them out. 
January 16, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!
January 16, 2016
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph Amen! Wonderful message.  
January 16, 2016
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen 
January 16, 2016
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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas Amen thank you Pastor Dion for the encouraging word. All family have a very blessed day from California. GOD bless all.
January 16, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! We need to make prayer a priority in our days so we can prevail in doing God’s will! 
January 16, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Renewing my mind daily, helps me keep focused on Gods will for my life ,and also remembering that Jesus Christ died to squarch satan and wond him. If I keep my eyes on Jesus, saton has no power over me. This is my prayer.
January 16, 2016
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor In Jesus' name, please Father show what direction you want me to go, what work you want me to devote my life to, and keep the enemy from distracting me.  Show me how you want me to prepare for the changes I believe you will bring to my life.  Amen. 
January 16, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!!
January 16, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I agree--Satan only comes to destroy, to harm us. So we must stay alert at all times, just as Jesus said.I refuse to let that sneaky devil win me over!
January 16, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes Lord,in Jesus name I pray, amen. 
January 16, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
January 16, 2016
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro Thank you and bless you Dion. Kathy Paro
January 16, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
January 16, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, Help me to focus on the work at hand and not be distracted.  In Jesus' Name.  Amen.
January 17, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner well I,m blessed to readthis Irember me joel were dating myfamily was not keen that focus was not on the house work or many other task teasing   me about was  in love with Plan ed on married  as me joel talked of weddingday thatseemed so far out reach me leavehome so many people countedon me  to do things I did not really cared to do anger came my heart to point caaled friend up  andsaid walk with me to store why so Ican buy some achool to numb the pain well good friend did nothing of the sort she came over scard I was yes an embrassed Iwas  as friend helped get out ofth fire so  the weding day happen  but question  if knowing man only seven half months was good idea well  grief baby Iwould not being take care of next months  played on my sleep and stress until big day came. well I suppose God knew what he was doing this July we will celbrate  ten years so press into God when things seem impossiable.
January 29, 2016