Opposition & Opportunity (“Grow a Courageous Soul” PART 6 -Holy Ambition)

Chip Ingram writes,
“Ever notice that when you take a step of faith and you’re committed to being the person God wants you to be, that life suddenly gets really tough?

Why is that”?

Chip explains why it gets worse before it gets better and he’ll give you some practical ways to make it through the bumpy ride that you may be enduring right now.

“Grow a Courageous Soul” http://subspla.sh/47b64ea👈Play Audio

This is from:
Holy Ambition Grow a Courageous Soul
(Part 6) Nehemiah 4

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Introduction:
“I had just made the deepest personal commitment of my life. I had followed my holy
ambition… and I was discouraged, depressed, and disillusioned.

🔸A Common Pitfall:

🔸A Timeless Axiom:

Our greatest personal commitments and spiritual victories are almost always
followed by periods of intense opposition.

Nehemiah 4 – 6
Opposition:
Chapter 4 External
Chapter 5  Internal
Chapter 6 Individual

Strategy:
Chapter 4 Frontal
Chapter 5  Within
Chapter 6 Subtle

  

Goal:
Chapter 4 To Discourage
Chapter 5 To Divide
Chapter 6To Destroy

Means:
Chapter 4 Ridicule/Fear.
Chapter 5 Selfishness, Greed.
Chapter 6 Deception, Intimidation.

Prerequisite #6: A ____________________ ________________

Remember :
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice. An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.
Proverbs 29:25‭-‬27 ESV
http://bible.com/59/pro.29.25-27.ESV

How to Handle External Opposition: Nehemiah 4

🔸Round #1: The enemy’s “first punch” to thwart God’s program in our lives is:
The “jab” of ridicule and criticism Nehemiah 4:1-3
Nehemiah’s response = Our example Nehemiah 4:4-6

🔔Round #2🔔
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🔸Round #2: The enemy’s “second punch” to thwart God’s program in our lives is:
The “upper cuts” of discouragement Nehemiah 4:7-12

🔸 Four causes of discouragement:
1. Loss of ___________.
Key Word: ________
2. Loss of__________.
Key Word: ________
3. Loss of ___________.
Key Word: _________
4. Loss of ___________.
Key Word: _________
answers right there in Nehemiah 4:7-12
(Loss of strength -fatigue
Loss of vision -perspective
Loss of confidence v.10 -faith
Loss of security v.12 -fear)

REST IN THE LORD
FEAR NOT
RETREAT, GO TO HIM FOR SHELTER
REGROUP

Nehemiah’s response teaches us how to “come off the ropes” and “rule the ring.”
READ Nehemiah 4:13-23

🔸Four ways to overcome discouragement:
1. Be _________________ !

(Take initiative, move, do, take action, don’t just wait around, do something positive)

2. Remember who’s on your ________________!

(Our GOD will fight for us. Surround yourself with healthy believers and mentors, ask for help)

3.Fight, _________, ________! ! !

(Exercise your will, discipline, stand, don’t give up, don’t give in)

4. Never fight_____________ !

(You are never alone, Family, real friends, dependable people, stay in a flock -group)

Summary: The Key = _________________________!

🔸The COURAGE to FIGHT when external opposition seeks to DISCOURAGE us.
Nehemiah 4

🔸The COURAGE to CONFRONT when internal conflict seeks to DIVIDE us.
Nehemiah 5

🔸The COURAGE to ENDURE when personal attacks seek to DESTROY us.
Nehemiah 6

Application:
Use this study guide as a bookmark in your Bible for the NEXT 10 WEEKS. Pull it out
often and review it when you experience opposition.

Discussion Questions:
1. “God’s work is always carried out in a hostile environment.” How does remembering
this phrase encourage you?

2. In what ways are you experiencing opposition with regard to living out God’s agenda
in your life and relationships?

3. Which of Nehemiah’s examples of “handling conflict and opposition” were most
helpful to you? Why?

4. What specific application do you need to make to deal with the opposition you are
facing in your life?

5. What can you (and we) expect in the next few months as we step out with Holy
Ambition?

This is from:
Holy Ambition Grow a Courageous Soul
(Part 6) Nehemiah 4

For more resources, go to LivingontheEdge.org
Copyright © 2011 Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

This is the end of this series.
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