Sunday February 16, 2014 – Distractions for Christians come in different forms, but they all ultimately take us away from God’s plan for us, if we allow them to. The enemy uses fear and flattery to distract us from our Godly priorities.

You’re going to have to learn what it is to be attracted to the things of God. You’re going to have to start putting some things together in your life and understanding how the things of God are protecting you and growing you and encouraging you. Instead of distracted, you need to be attracted. – Pastor Dwayne Terry

How To Avoid Distractions

A Practical Guide To Building, Part 06
1 Peter 5:8 – …like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 2 Corinthians 11:14 – …masquerades as an angel of light. Proverbs 26:28 – …a flattering mouth works ruin.

The Persuasion

Nehemiah 6:1-4 – “When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it — though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates — Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: ‘Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.’ But they were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: ‘I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?’ Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.”

  •   Remember God has called you to a great task.
  •   Practice “planned neglect.”The Rumor

    Nehemiah 6:5-7 – “Then, the fifth time, Sanballat sent his aide to me with the same message, and in his hand was an unsealed letter in which was written: “It is reported among the nations — and Geshem says it is true — that you and the Jews are plotting to revolt, and therefore you are building the wall. Moreover, according to these reports you are about to become their king and have even appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem: ‘There is a king in Judah!’ Now this report will get back to the king; so come, let us confer together.”

 Deny it, pray and get back to work.

Nehemiah 6:8-9 – “I sent him this reply: ‘Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head.’” They are all trying to frighten us, thinking, ‘Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.’ But I prayed, ‘Now strengthen my hands.’”

The Intimidation

Nehemiah 6:10-11 – “One day I went to the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was shut in at his home. He said, ‘Let us meet in the house of God, inside the temple, and let us close the temple doors, because men are coming to kill you — by night they are coming to kill you.’”

 Be courageous.

Nehemiah 6:12-13 – “I realized that God had not sent him, but that he had prophesied against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me.”

 Don’t take the advice of others that sounds good; know and obey God.

Nehemiah 6:14-19 – “Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, O my God, because of what they have done; remember also that prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets who have been trying to intimidate me.” So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this and all the surrounding nations saw it, our enemies lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God. Also, in those days the nobles of Judah were sending many letters to Tobiah, and replies from Tobiah kept coming to them. For many in Judah were under oath to him, since he was son-in-law to Shecaniah son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan had married the daughter of Meshullam son of Berekiah. Moreover, they kept reporting to me his good deeds and then telling him what I said. And Tobiah sent letters to intimidate me.

Action Steps

  1. Practice God’s priorities.
  2. Practice saying, “no” to distractions.