DON’T LET ANYONE INTIMIDATE YOU

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 09, 2024

TOPIC: DON’T LET ANYONE INTIMIDATE YOU

BY T. O. BANSO

“Don’t be afraid, because I am with you. Don’t be intimidated; I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will support you with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 GOD’S WORD Translation).

The devil and his human agents always try to intimidate the children of God. But God does not want them to be intimidated. Their faith in God will give them victory over any form of intimidation.

In the book of Nehemiah, the enemy tried to intimidate Nehemiah while he was rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. When Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of the enemies of the Jews found out that Nehemiah had finished rebuilding the wall and that no gaps remained, although the doors in the gates had not yet been set up, Sanballat and Geshem sent a message asking Nehemiah to meet them at one of the villages in the plain of Ono (Nehemiah 6:1-2a).

Nehemiah knew that they were plotting to harm him and didn’t honour their invitation. He sent a message back that he was doing a great work and couldn’t stop working to go and meet them. They sent the message four times and Nehemiah gave the same reply. But they didn’t give up. On the fifth time, Sanballat’s servant brought an open letter alleging that there was a report among the nations, and Geshem agreed, that Nehemiah and the Jews planned to rebel, and this was the reason they were building the wall.

Sanballat further alleged in the letter that according to this report, Nehemiah was to become the king of these Jews and he had even set up the prophets in Jerusalem to proclaim on his behalf that there was a king in Judah. Threatening that this report would get back to the king, Sanballat asked Nehemiah to come so that they could have a discussion.

But Nehemiah did not allow the lie against him and the Jews and the threat that the report would get to the king to intimidate him. He replied that there was no truth in the story but it was a fabrication by Sanballat. Nehemiah said, “They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination” (Nehemiah 6:9a New Living Translation). Note the phrase “They were just trying to intimidate us.” Through that, they hoped that Nehemiah and the Jews would become discouraged, and they would not be able to complete the building of the wall. But Nehemiah, whose source of strength was God, refused any form of intimidation. He prayed to God, “Now strengthen my hands” (Nehemiah 6:9b New International Version).

You, too, must refuse to be intimidated by the devil or anyone. They may lie against you or do other things to threaten or intimidate you but don’t succumb to their intimidation. Let your faith be in God. Ask Him to strengthen you. God doesn’t want you to be intimidated by anyone. He is the only one you should fear. Jesus says not to be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28). Isaiah 41:10 says, “Don’t be afraid, because I am with you. Don’t be intimidated; I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will support you with my victorious right hand” (GOD’S WORD Translation). Again, note the phrase “Don’t be intimidated; I am your God.” Don’t let anyone intimidate you.

Nehemiah refused to be intimidated by anyone. But when his enemies saw this, they adopted another strategy. Tobiah and Sanballat hired someone to prophesy a lie to intimidate Nehemiah. “One day I went to the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was shut in at his home. He said, ‘Let us meet in the house of God, inside the temple, and let us close the temple doors, because men are coming to kill you — by night they are coming to kill you’” (Nehemiah 6:10-11 New International Version). Again, this strategy failed.

Nehemiah knew that Shemaiah was doing the bidding of his pay master. “But I said, ‘Should a man like me run away? Or should one like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!’ I realized that God had not sent him, but that he had prophesied against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me” (verses 11-13 New International Version).

In addition to Shemaiah, Nehemiah’s enemies hired other people to prophesy to intimidate him because he said in Nehemiah 6:14, “Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, O my God, because of what they have done; remember also the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who have been trying to intimidate me” (New International Version).

If Nehemiah and the Jews had succumbed to the intimidation of Tobiah, Sanballat, and the rest, the rebuilding of the Jerusalem wall would have been abandoned. But they completed the wall in fifty-two days. “When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God” (verse 16 New International Version).

Don’t let anyone intimidate you. Even if you suffer betrayal as Nehemiah did, don’t be intimidated. Some nobles of Judah were sending letters to and receiving letters from Tobiah, the enemy of the Jews. “Also, in those days the nobles of Judah were sending many letters to Tobiah, and replies from Tobiah kept coming to them. For many in Judah were under oath to him, since he was son-in-law to Shecaniah son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan had married the daughter of Meshullam son of Berekiah. Moreover, they kept reporting to me his good deeds and then telling him what I said. And Tobiah sent letters to intimidate me” (Nehemiah 6:17-19 New International Version).

Don’t let anyone intimidate you. God told the Prophet Jeremiah not to be intimidated by the people of Judah but to deliver the message He gave him: “‘Now, get ready. Stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not be intimidated by them or I will cause you to cower before them. 18 Today, I am the One who has made you a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the population. They will fight against you but never prevail over you, since I am with you to rescue you. ’  This is the Lord’s declaration” (Jeremiah 1:17-19 Holman Christian Standard Bible).

God also told Israel not to be intimidated. “Don’t be afraid, for you will not be put to shame. Don’t be intimidated, for you will not be humiliated. You will forget about the shame you experienced in your youth; you will no longer remember the disgrace of your abandonment” (Isaiah 54:4 New English Translation).

Don’t let anyone intimidate you. Have faith in God. “Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself” (Philippians 1:28 New Living Translation). Let nobody or anything intimidate you whatever the challenge you face. God is with you. He will defend and protect you. He will give you victory.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: In the name of Jesus, I shall not be intimidated by anyone. Satan or his human agents will not be able to use anything to intimidate me. I shall not succumb to any intimidation. I overcome any form of intimidation. God will save me, and my enemies shall be defeated.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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