Talks for Growing Christians
Compromise? Oh, No!
Lesson Number 17
- Compromise is no problem when priorities are in order.
- The enemy is very persistent.
- Let’s be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
- Stay busy!
- What was the proposed site of the conference?
- How did the enemies try to get Nehemiah to attend?
- When is a suggestion to compromise not a problem?
- What is it that we must learn to prioritize?
- When you hear several voices suggesting different directions to take, how should you sort them out?
- Refer to Matthew 10:16. What does it mean?
- At one of the villages in the Plain of Ono (near Tel Aviv, where Ben Gurion airport is located today). It was not neutral ground – it was on the border of enemy territory, near Ashdod, a day’s journey from Jerusalem.
- They said that it was important, a peace treaty. They pushed for what they called peaceful co-existence, saying that the wall could be finished later.
- When priorities are in order.
- Things of eternal value must be our top priority.
- Wait, pray, and check the information with the teaching of the word of God.
- “Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Beware of enemy traps; give gentle but truthful answers. Unbelievers will try to trap you with your own words.
- Sanballat and Geshem tried to get Nehemiah to meet in the name of peace (but they planned to harm him). Have you ever fallen into a trap like the one set for Nehemiah?
- What happens when someone puts pressure on you (they sent a message to Nehemiah four times)? What do you do? Do you cave in? Compromise? Or do you stand firm?
- Nehemiah had his priorities straight. His work for the Lord was #1. What are your priorities? What is #1 in your life?
- “Why should the work cease while I leave it?” Nehemiah 6:3