July 4, 2020 | Karen Hardin, IFA Contributing Writer
Make no mistake, we are under attack. Attack on our biblical values and worldview, our families, and our nation. The next few months—especially until the November 3 election—are critical.
I have been praying for strategy and a clear word from God. Here is that strategy:
The Nehemiah Strategy
What we see is nothing new. The spirit behind this attack is the same as what Nehemiah encountered in biblical days.
What transpired next is exactly the same spiritual attack leveled against us today. Nehemiah and the Jews were mocked, name-called, shamed, and threatened as they came together to rebuild their land. (Neh 2:19, 4:1-3)
The constant harassment worked. Fear rose up until their strength began to fail (Neh 4:10). We only have to listen to the news for five minutes to have fear planted in our hearts and feel our strength fail. Like in Nehemiah’s day, it is a strategy to get us to stop.
TEN TIMES the Jews went to Nehemiah to repeat the murderous threats they were hearing (Neh 4:12). They became convinced that “Wherever we turn, they will attack us!”
And because they feared for their lives, the people retreated.
But Nehemiah refused to be moved. He refused to listen to the threats, because he knew THEY had a call to rebuild the walls. He couldn’t do it alone.
This is our call as well! We are to rebuild the broken-down walls of America!
How did our walls get so broken? It didn’t happen overnight! It was an insidious strategy to remove God in our nation, destroy the nuclear family, promote abortion, and normalize and legalize what God calls sin.
It’s time we rebuild and here is what we are to do.
#1 – Don’t be Afraid.
Are you afraid? Afraid of sharing the Gospel? Afraid of challenging what you know to be a lie? Afraid of disease? Afraid of verbal or physical attacks? Afraid for your life? Fear is not from God. It is a strategy to paralyze you into hiding and silence.
Are we willing to stand up, speak out, and resist EVEN if it means we lose our reputations? Our jobs? Or our lives? It’s a sobering thought.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. (Mt 16:25). We cannot allow fear to keep us from engaging in this war.
#2 – Don’t Confine at Home.
We are being told that it is time to shut down again because COVID is coming back. Did you know there is a word for us in the Bible on this? Look at Nehemiah 6:10-11:
We learn that Shemaiah, a fellow believer in God, is CONFINED AT HOME! He then “encouraged” Nehemiah with what looked like a godly word, “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.”
Was it godly wisdom or fear? We learn the answer from Nehemiah’s response.
Nehemiah responded, “Should a man like me run away? Or should someone like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!”
We must not allow fear to dictate our actions. The inconsistencies are staggering. As a result of closing down from the pandemic, America went from functional 100% to the worst unemployment rate in decades. Billions of dollars our government doesn’t have were pumped into an economy in free fall. Yet now we are being told that if we don’t close down again, COVID illnesses will harm the economy! We are told to wear face masks and avoid gathering in church, while we are told that protesters and rioters are safe from COVID. These policies and positions don’t concern for the good of all the people, but promote an agenda.
There are powerful people whose goal is to shut down our country until after the election and mandate mail-in ballots which opens many opportunities for voter fraud. A progressive win in the White House and Congress will mean removal of God completely from America and movement to a global society under the United Nations.
So what do we do?
I believe Nehemiah’s strategy is our strategy for this hour.
We need to:
- Fast and pray (Neh 1:4).
- Repent (Neh 1:6-7).
- Remind God of His Word (Neh 1: 9).
- Rally people to rebuild (Neh 2:17).
- Ignore their threats! (Neh 4:14).
- Stand up and take action (Neh 4:14).
Nehemiah stood up to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them,” he encouraged, “Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
It’s time to fight for our future. And we all must be engaged.
In Nehemiah’s day, each person/family/tribe took a portion of the wall to rebuild. Some took a small portion, others took large portions. Each did what they were able.
The result was the walls were rebuilt in just 52 days.
We need to recognize that if we will begin to rebuild what is on God’s heart, He will step in and do His part. We will see miracles which we desperately need right now. We need God.
We have approximately 120 days before the November 2020 election. This election will greatly determine the fate of our nation. This isn’t about choosing the candidates you like best. This is about voting biblical values based on the platform positions that reflect the good government that God desires for us.
Make no mistake, we are under attack. Are you willing to say, “God, whatever you ask me to do, I’m willing, use me?”
Karen Hardin is a literary agent, author, and intercessor. Her work has appeared in USA Today, World Net Daily, Intercessors For America, Charisma, CBN.com, The Elijah List, etc. To join her in D.C. for the Election 2020 Prayer Tour go to: https://destinybuilders.world/election-prayer-tour/ or you can contact her at www.prioritypr.org or www.karenhardin.com