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Watch Out For Distractions

Matt Richards

Nehemiah 6:2-3 But I realized they were plotting to harm me, so I replied by sending this message to them: “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?” Four times they sent the same message, and each time I gave the same reply.

Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall and city of God. The enemy was trying to get him to stop, but he refused to be distracted.

We are re-building church and our lives after God's plan. The enemy wants you to stop; in fact he wants to do you harm.

You do not have to heed the call of the enemy to come down and debate, to justify your work.

You don't have to prove yourself right.

You don't have to explain their wrongs either.

It's just a distraction to wear you out, to stop you building and to do you harm.

Many times I have wasted time and burnt out unnecessarily.

When the message comes in, refuse to get offended, refuse to argue, or justify. Decline to come down from a place of prayer, or praise, or the Word. You are doing a great work.

It's just a tactic, a ploy to stop you.

Keep building. Keep building prayer, keep building in worship, keep building in the Word. For His work is truly great and you will succeed in all He has given you to do if only you wouldn't stop.


Father help me to die to the need to debate or be right. Help me Holy Spirit to be free from unnecessary distractions and just continue building all you want me to build for Your Glory in Jesus' name amen.

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