The Israelites were ecstatic over rebuilding the Temple’s foundation in Jerusalem: “The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance” (Ezra 3:13).
But the next verses say, “The enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were rebuilding a Temple to the LORD, the God of Israel. So they approached Zerubbabel and the other leaders and said, “Let us build with you, for we worship your God just as you do….Then the local residents tried to discourage and frighten the people of Judah to keep them from their work. They bribed agents to work against them and to frustrate their plans” (Ezra 4:1,2,4,5).
So typical. We experience a major victory in our lives, and as though on cue, the enemy shows up and tries to derail us. Be aware of, but do not fear his tactics. He will try to undo what God has accomplished, but stand firm.
God’s Holy Spirit has given you everything needed to defend yourself. Use the resources He’s given you and trust Him for the battle’s outcome.
Question: How have you seen the enemy try to discourage you after you’ve experienced a victory?
“Lord, thank You for victories accomplished. Help me to be aware of, but not afraid of, the enemy’s tactics when he tries to undo them. Amen. “
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