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As we attempt to rebuild the broken walls in our lives, our families, and our culture, we must not fall for the schemes of the evil one. To remain strong, there are three things we must know: We must know the task to which God has called us so we won’t be led astray. We must know what is true so we will not cower in the face of lies. And finally, we must know God’s Word so we will be able to discern the Truth when people speak falsely in His name.

Read Nehemiah 6. Just as Nehemiah was completing his work rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, his enemies—Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem—turned up the heat. Four times they sent messages to Nehemiah, asking him to stop his work and come meet them in a place about twenty miles north of Jerusalem.

Perhaps they hoped to draw him away from the city to kill him once and for all. Nehemiah, however, did not fall for it. He responded, “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down” (Nehemiah 6:3). God had called him to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem, not to compromise with those who sought to do harm.

When Nehemiah refused to leave the city, his enemies sent him a messenger with a letter. The letter claimed that Nehemiah was rebuilding the city’s walls because he was planning to rebel against the king of Persia and take the throne for himself. Nehemiah rightly understood that if such a story were delivered to the king, it might mean the end of his own life and maybe even the city of Jerusalem.

Nehemiah could have decided to meet with his enemies and discuss terms—but he knew their accusations were false. So he stood on that Truth and refused to compromise.

In a third attempt on his life, Nehemiah’s enemies tried to trick him into taking refuge inside the temple’s sanctuary—an act that was against God’s law and punishable by death (see Numbers 1:51). But once again, Nehemiah knew God’s Word and refused to compromise.

Are there areas of your life where you have been tempted to compromise, even in seemingly small ways? Remember your calling, remember the Truth, and steep yourself in God’s Word so the lies of the enemy lose their power. If you are walking in obedience to the Lord, God is calling you to stand tall. Don’t compromise one inch. The Lord is on your side.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the courage and the focus to not falter in the task You have given me. Thank You that, although temptations and trials will come, You are with me and You will help me. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down” (Nehemiah 6:3).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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