Bold | Day Five
By: Kate Downing
“For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, ‘Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.’ But now, O God, strengthen my hands.” - Nehemiah 6:9
Begin today by asking the Lord to help you recognize discouragement as it comes and to understand from Nehemiah’s example what it means to take a bold stand against it.
Google the definition of “discouragement” and copy the definition down.
When have you experienced discouragement?
Discouragement is one of Satan’s most powerful tools. If he can discourage, literally remove courage from us, he can render us useless to God’s Kingdom. We must learn to take a bold stand against this weapon of our enemy. Let’s look at how Nehemiah did it.
Read Nehemiah 6:1-9. What spurred Nehemiah’s enemies to send him the first message (vs. 1)?
How many times did they attempt to get Nehemiah to meet with them in these verses?
Often, the enemy most passionately attempts to discourage when we are most faithfully obeying God. What rumors did they start spreading about Nehemiah (vs. 6-7)?
How would you have responded to those kinds of rumors being spread about you?
Nehemiah’s response to these rumors can be divided into three categories. Re-read verse eight and nine and write out the portions of Nehemiah’s response that correspond with the following three categories.
These three categories are practical steps to dealing with discouragement in our everyday life. Read Nehemiah 6:10-14. How do Nehemiah’s enemies try to discourage him in these verses?
Fill out the chart according to Nehemiah’s response to this attempt at discouragement.
APPLY: Think of a time when you have felt discouraged recently. Write out responses to that discouragement following Nehemiah’s example.
Read Nehemiah 6:15-16. Summarize the verses in your own words.
Who did the surrounding nations recognize as the one who helped rebuild the walls: Nehemiah or God?
Nehemiah was bold through brokenness, through attack, against sin, and through discouragement. His boldness to do what God called him to through his brokenness, despite the attack of the enemy, the sin of his people, and the repeated attempts to discourage him, allowed him to do an incredible thing – rebuilding the wall. And it allowed him to do it in such a way that the nations recognized the power and presence of God!
God is calling you to be bold. He is calling you to be a Nehemiah in your family, school, team, and future. He is calling you to boldly obey Him, to boldly trust Him so that others might see the power and presence of God in you!
Finish out this study by writing out a prayer asking the Lord to continue to grow you in boldness, to give you opportunities to practice taking bold stands, and to display His power and presence to the world through you.