How should we face opposition to God's work?
As Nehemiah faced the threat of opposition to the work of God in his day, he encouraged the people to stand firm in its execution and defense, saying, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.” (Nehemiah 4:14)

We need to hear this same charge in our day.  As biblical truth and morality continues to be assailed we must not be afraid – either of those who assail it or of the personal consequences to us who love God and stand up for His will.  Nehemiah’s charge will serve us well in this endeavor.

“Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome” – If we forget God, we have forgotten our only true hope and help.  Our God is great and awesome and no opponent or opposition can stand before Him (Romans 8:31; Daniel 4:35).  He hears the prayers of His people and works on our behalf (Proverbs 15:29).  He will not give His glory to another, nor forsake those who love Him (Isaiah 48:11; Hebrews 13:5).  We must remember the Lord (2 Timothy 2:8).  We must remember His finished work on our behalf and His will for us in this world.  We must remember His promises and lay hold of His grace by prayer.  Only in the light of His face can we humbly and hopingly face the opposition we would otherwise fear.

“Fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes” – When Nehemiah spoke these words, he was acknowledging the very real possibility that the families and dwellings of those listening could be destroyed.  We are tempted to think that if there is not an imminent physical threat to the people and possessions we love, there is no real threat.  This is not at all the case though.  The danger to our posterity and our personal freedom has increased through the erosion of public morality.  With the normalization and institutionalization of homosexual marriage, for example, our culture has entered an era where the generation growing up and those yet to come will think that what God abominates is acceptable and right (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:24-27).  As this is defended by the government, our personal freedom to worship and serve God in accordance with His word will be further threatened.  Our families and their future are at stake.  We must remember this as we fight this spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12).
 
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