There is no denying that today there is a concerted attacked on the Word of God, the principles on which this great nation was founded and the moral and spiritual values of its citizens.  Such attacks have occurred to varying degrees since the inception of the nation, but the surge of evil against both civil and religious facets of society have alarming increased in this present day.  In times like these, Christians should be reminded that God has provided solutions to the problems faced in our lives and that of the nation.  The solutions can be summarized in two thoughts -- know the Word and live the Word consistently and God will suppress evil and deliver.  In Old Testaments times, the nation of Israel had been dispersed in Babylon for seventy years.  It was suffering that was deserved because they had abandoned the Word of God for idols of their choosing.  God raised a civil servant by the name of Nehemiah who responded to the divine call to return to the land of Israel and rebuild Jerusalem.  There had to be both national and individual repentance for sin if God was to deliver His people.  Thus Nehemiah prayed … “And I said, "I beseech Thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, let Thine ear now be attentive and Thine eyes open to hear the prayer of Thy servant which I am praying before Thee now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Thy servants, confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against Thee; I and my father's house have sinned.  We have acted very corruptly against Thee and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which Thou didst command Thy servant Moses” (Neh 1:5-7 NASB). God was ready to act of their behalf and surely any opposition would not rear its evil head.  But it did, for God did not promise ease and comfort, but grace sufficient for the need.  It was time to beseech the God of Israel so Nehemiah prayed … “Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity.” (Neh 4:4 NASB).  From believing God’s Word came the resolve of the people to stand firm in the faith.  “And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the Law of Moses which the LORD had given to Israel. Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women, and all who could listen with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month. And he read from it before the square which was in front of the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law” (Neh 8:1-3 NASB).  The  Apostle Paul, knowing that his life would soon come to an end, encouraged a young pastor, Timothy, not to be discouraged over the persecution that he and believers were facing.  “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.  Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus” (2 Tim 2:1-3 NASB).  “Endure hardship … fulfill your ministry” (2 Tim 4:5 NASB).

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