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A m I A Discourager                  by Jeannie Kirkpatrick

Am I A Discourager?
by Jeannie Kirkpatrick

In the days of Nehemiah, discouragers came upon him and his workers from every side. We need to review these events to see if we are discouragers or encouragers. If we find we are part of the discouragers we need to ask the Lord to change our hearts.

"But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews." *** Nehemiah 4:1

Nehemiah had determined in his heart to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Jerusalem represents the place of true worship and peace. As Nehemiah went by night he reviewed the destruction of the walls. With this knowledge he planned the rebuilding and found workers who shared his vision. As he began this monumental task, discouragement immediately began to set in. This first discourager's name was Sanballat. The name Sanballat means "strength".

We need to ask ourselves, are we Sanballats who attempt to overpower God's intended purposes? There are many in the organized church system who use their power to discourage God's true church from rebuilding the places of true worship and peace in their lives. What are their tactics? Nehemiah 4:1 tells us these Sanballats possess "anger". Do you find yourself getting angry? This verse also says Sanballat took great indignation against those who desired to rebuild the walls of true worship and peace.

When Sanballat picked up the destroying tool of indignation he used it to provoke anger and wrath in others who would stand with him. Do we find ourselves being angry with those who are doing the work of God?

Verse one also tells us Sanballat held another tool of great destruction in his hands, and that was mockery. Mockery is a great discourager. Are you a destroying tool in the hands of Sanballat who mock true believers? Or are you an encourager attempting with all your heart, soul, and mind to rebuild the place of true worship and peace in our midst?

As we continue to uncover the discouraging spirit, we look at verse 2:

"And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, "What do these feeble Jews? Will they fortify themselves? Will they sacrifice? Will they make an end in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish which are burned?" *** Nehemiah 4:2

Sanballat did not act alone. He had many comrades. The Sanballats in today's church system use their power to incite anger, wrath, and indignation in the brethren. Are these truly serving God, or are they allowing themselves to be tools in the hand of the destroyer? We need to ask ourselves, are we part of this destructive influence?

Are we allowing the Sanballats, those leading in their own power and strength to bring words of discouragement to our thoughts week after week, month after month, year after year? Sanballat degraded what God was doing in His people. His words were, ". . . what do these feeble Jews?" But God's Word encourages those who are coming into God's perfect will, proclaiming:

"...My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ...for when I am weak, then am I strong." *** II Corinthians 12:-9-10

What can these feeble Jews do? In our weakness we are able through God to pull down the strongholds of the Sanballats, his brethren, and his Samaritan armies of discouragement. We need to be sure we are not allowing these powerful words of discouragement to stop us from rebuilding God's true places of worship and peace?

Sanballat's next strategic move was to shout out, " . . . will they sacrifice"?

And our cry must be, "Yes". I desire my whole life to be a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is my reasonable service." *** Romans 12:1, and again, ". . . and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the Lord." *** Jeremiah 33:11. Are words of discouragement stopping you dead in your tracks? Look into God's Word for your strength and power to overcome these words of discouragement. Become an encourager, encourage yourself in God's Word, and begin to restore the waste places in those around you. Instead of joining the hinderers of the work, become one who will stand in God's strength and power with words of uplift and encouragement.

Sanballat asks, " . . . will they make an end in a day."

The church system today has wrought God's Word as a tool in their own hands. Privately interpreting God's intended purposes, they have brought in false teachings such as the rapture, saying the church will be removed before anything happens. But believers, hear God's Word:

". . . their foot shall slide in due time, for the day of calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them will make haste." *** Deuteronomy 32:35, and again, " For this is the day of the Lord God of hosts, a day of vengeance, that He may avenge Him of His adversaries: and the sword shall devour. . .", *** Jeremiah 46:10

Yes, believers we will make an end in a day, and that day is the "Day of The Lord", not in a false rapture. The Day of the Lord will be the day when we as Nehemiah review the destruction of the place of true worship and peace, and will begin with our brethren to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. The Sanballats and the army of Samaritans will not be able to hinder the work because God's people will be standing guard to destroy discouragement with the sword of the Spirit which is God's Word.

Sanballat mockingly asked, ". . . will these feeble Jews revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?"

And our answer will be turned to God's glory. "Yes, yes, yes!" The Day of the Lord is coming, the day of fire and the day of burning. And yes, we will become Nehemiah's workers who will not allow any form of discouragement to hinder rebuilding the walls of true worship and peace."

"...Come out of her My People..." *** Revelation 18:4 And again, "Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord's vengeance",... *** Jeremiah 51:6

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Beloved, review your purposes and those with whom you associate. Are you dwelling with destructive workers of discouragement?

Determine in your hearts to become as those in *** Isaiah 58:12:

"And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places; thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of paths to dwell in."

In conclusion be sure you are not as Tobiah the Ammonite who stood by Sanballat, saying: "Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall break down their stone wall." Remember, it is the "little foxes" that spoil the vine. Be not hinderers of discouragement who slip in unnoticed to destroy God's work in this last hour of time. Become God's encouragers, standing by the Nehemiah's who have the vision to rebuild the old waste places. Become one of the repairers of the breach, not a discourager. Use God's Word as your sword and become repairers and restores of the paths to dwell in.

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