Family on the Defense

The book of Nehemiah is a beautiful picture of fighting for what you love. It shows intentionality, loyalty, and resilience. All are needed when fighting for our families, or in Nehemiah's case, Jerusalem.

If you read through Nehemiah chapters 1-6, you can soon see that when you rise up and fight, the enemy will send opposition. The last thing he wants you to have is a healthy relationship with your spouse or children. While rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah and his men withstood mocking, confusion, and so many physical attacks that they began to arm themselves as they rebuilt. They never let their guard down.

 “The laborers carried on their work with one hand supporting their load and one hand holding a weapon.” Nehemiah 4:17 (NIV)

Our first ministry as the body of Christ is our family. And the enemy knows that, which is why it's his first place of attack. So how can we be on the defense?  What is our weapon in defending our families? For me, it is worship, prayer, and gratitude. I am a firm believer that these three things can grow a godly perspective for you and for your family. Half the battle is the way we perceive things after all.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)

…Don't be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14 (NIV)

Your family may look different than mine so you may need to use a different weapon, depending on the season you are in. I want to prompt you to ask God right now what He wants your family to know in this season. Ask Him where the attack is coming from and ask Him how to fight it. If you are having trouble hearing His voice then open your Bible and dig in on a regular basis. He will speak to you through His Word.

Journal: Daily gratitude rewires your brain and studies show, reduces levels of anxiety What are 3 things you are grateful for today?

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