THE SANBALLAT SPIRIT-2
Nehemiah 4:1 “But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth and took great indignation and mocked the Jews.”
The first time Sanballat was mentioned in connection with Nehemiah and his assignment look at what he did:
Nehemiah 2:19 “But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn and despised us, and said What is this thing that ye do will ye rebel against the king?”
The first thing this spirit does is to scorn a man and his assignment. He launches his attack by despising what you’re doing. In Nehemiah 2:19, the Bible says he “laughed Nehemiah to scorn”. He made a mockery of what they were doing. That is usually his first line of attack.
When you tell people your assignment or discuss what you want to do with them and their first reaction was to laugh or make a mockery of what you’re saying, you are likely in the company of Sanballat. You should understand and listen to an objective or constructive criticism but never to mockery.
Mockery is the sanballat spirit in disguise and its intention is to stop you. If it couldn’t use mockery to stop you, it will move on and throw his next arsenal at you:
Nehemiah 4:1 “…he was wroth and took great indignation…”
Sanballat’s second attack will come in form of great anger, outrage and resentment. Why should somebody be angry because you’re fulfilling purpose? It simply shows there is more than meet the eyes. I’m sure you have come across these folks before but most times because of emotions and insensitivity we didn’t respond appropriately.
The third and most deadly action of the sanballat spirit is what is described here:
Nehemiah 4:8 “And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.”
So here are the three phases of the operation of the sanballat spirit:
- Outright conspiracy and attack
To be continued…
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