There is a certain type of spiritual warfare that is aimed at taking you off course and distracting you from what God has called you to do. The greatest temptation in those times is to divert valuable time and resources to deal with it.

This is one reason why discernment, oversight and wisdom are so important when it comes to spiritual warfare.

This is what happened to Nehemiah. God gave Nehemiah a responsibility—to govern Jerusalem and lead the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls.

Throughout the book of Nehemiah, the Jews’ enemies used a number of strategies to stop them completing the project.

Here are 3 signs that spiritual warfare is a distraction, from Nehemiah’s story:

1. The Enemy is using Discouragement and Intimidation

Signs spiritual warfare is a distractionThe Jews’ enemy, Sanballat, is angry about Nehemiah’s plans to rebuild the wall. And his first response is ridicule. He mocks the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, says, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?” (Neh 4:1b-2)

The aim of these insults and questions seems to be twofold:

  • Gaining support for their negative opinions
  • Getting Nehemiah and the Jews to doubt their capability of whether they can do what God has called them to do

This is a reminder that one of the enemy’s chief strategies is intimidation and discouragement.

Now look at Nehemiah’s response:

  • He doesn’t let it aggravate him
  • He refuses to let it affect his progress
  • His first response is to take it to prayer

2. The Enemy Issues Threats

When the walls are halfway to completion, the enemies of Judah are becoming agitated. Now they issue a direct threat. They are plotting a physical attack. Notice that Nehemiah doesn’t minimize the threats—he takes them seriously—but he doesn’t stop the work, either.

Nehemiah keeps in mind that the enemy’s real purpose is to get the people to stop the work of completing the walls

So now, Nehemiah puts a strategy in place. He continues the building, but he also sets up a guard as well.

3. There is Blatant Distraction

Nehemiah’s enemies try another tactic, after the above two have failed. They send an invitation to Nehemiah to meet with them, to discuss various ‘issues’. And Nehemiah responds:

“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” (Neh 6:3)

All of these threats escalate, but by the end of chapter 6, Nehemiah and his people have persevered and the wall is built.

Here’s the bottom line: In spite of the many distractions and threats, that wall was built without Nehemiah once having to directly engage in battle!

To sum up, there are going to be times when the enemy is threatening and his aim is to get you to draw aside and engage in spiritual warfare.

In this case, a threat is not directly in front of you, it is off to one side—and its chief aim is to distract and hinder you from finishing what God has called you to do. You have a choice as to whether or not to engage.

Be like Nehemiah, who determined to keep on going and did not allow his enemies to sway him from his purpose.

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© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

34 thoughts on “3 Signs Spiritual Warfare is a Distraction”

  1. This is so powerful Prophet Helen. Thank you for being obedient to the call of God. There is so much distraction taking place. I found myself on my knees in the midst of fasting and praying today and realized just how distracted I’ve allowed myself to be. What made me take my eyes off self was the fact that an urgency in my spirit arose to pray and protect Gods children. I was so upset that I had to babysit today while fasting but God began to speak about and through my nephew. As soon as I prayed over my nephew and all of Gods children, I saw on the news that millions of children are being exploited and enslaved. The enemy is at work and I do not want to be distracted any longer. Thank you for your ministry! Thank you Holy Spirit! We must stay in position, we must stay alert, and fervent in prayer. Glory be to God!

    1. Wow, Tanika! Those prayers are powerful because they resonate with the heart of God. He is Father to the fatherless. May you see first hand the impact of your prayers and cries of intercession <3

      1. Please Helen I am in the middle of a very intense spiritual battle where I need discernment and help asap. Please if you can please contact me asap pray about my situation, I cant seem to hear from Gods or know how to stop this situation. I need your help. Please respond asap back thank you.

        1. Hi Christopher, praying for you right now, may you experience God’s peace and wisdom to know how to address this situation.

    2. Thank you Helen, The plumbline has been so messed with that. I have literally have demons crawling all over me for some time now. I was punching myself badly in the head 35 times due to what they were doing to me physcically I think its an incubus or succusbus, spirit of suicide destruction or false prophetic witchcraft high level. It has made my life miserable. My car was stolen in Sweden for almost a year it has sat in the police station a man forged the title of my Porsche and lied to the police stole the keys also made fake forgery contracts. I am praying for the prosecutor to release my car without expense damage or delay this week also that this thief repents confesses receives jesus or does jailtime that he is forced to pay damages or Sweden can pay that too they have that in their legislature. My businesses I am an entrepenuer trying to get my brand on the market also have online business a spirit of python or something has been attacking me physically and trying to block all my business deals I am waiting on a big one from yesterday today. Please pray for this whole situation. Also my fiancée I don’t know what to believe at this point or her church. I am alone out here in this battle in Germany.

      1. Hi Christopher, there’s a lot happening for you – but the one word that I pick up on is ‘alone’ – you do need to find some help, and a church and Godly leadership is a place to start. See the great thought by another reader in these comments – there is power in shifting your focus from the negative and the demonic to the light, to Jesus and what He has done on the cross to set you free. As it says in Phil 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

    3. Helen I’m being badly abused and raped by sone kind of evil spirit that has been raping me, abusivg me lying on or in me hurting me. The rage from being violated is extreme I need Jesus to stop this abuse ASAP it’s been going on too long my whole head hurts I need the Lord to get these things out and off me assp
      Any revelation is helpful here and prayer. I also need Jesus to free my stolen car sitting in police station in Sweden for 1 year without damage or delay assp and for Satan to stop harassing my business and renatonshp with my fiancée for God to provide a remedy for the love dept ASAP

  2. i have been distracted lately, and and this has left me doubting over and over again of my calling, it seems it will never materialize, at times i feel like confirming again and again by hearing directly from God on my next line of action. right now am in a fix looking unto God for solution. please advice. thx sis helen.

  3. But Hellen your God is powerful! You always send something that I am looking answers for. Last time you did the same. I start to believe more that God is responding to my questions and researches. This is a revelation for my question and it hit powerfully in my spirit and released the power of understanding In me. You are really God sent, you are a prophet of God! I enjoy your ministry and every time I see your email coming into my inbox I jump with joy knowing that God is saying something to me. May he increase your territory…Thank you.

    1. Hi Lizzy, I’m glad to hear that! The Holy Spirit is amazing, the way He can bring such life and revelation. Thank you for leaving the comment 🙂

  4. Hi Helen. Amazing post as always. It’s uncanny how often the timing and topic of your posts fit in with what I feel God is showing and teaching me. Just this morning, I was sharing with a friend how I felt that the Lord gave me the words Shifting Shadows and how He seemed to use these words to show that wherever light is cast on something, a shadow is also cast. The shadow may take the shape of a fallout, resistance or short term lack of clarity, etc, but the answer is always to focus on the Light, not the shadows. So encouraging – God bless you!

    1. Hi Deon, how very true and that illustration is so good! Thank you for sharing – many people need to know that right now – don’t focus on the shadows, focus on the light!
      I’m glad you are finding the articles helpful.

  5. Christine Cheek

    Thank you for this I and my husband is trying to start a landscaping bussines. And a homecare agency the enemy is trying to attack.

    1. I will pray for you Christine please pray for Mariette and I, for my businesses and the return of my stolen sports car from Sweden its been a year sitting in the police station praying for speedy return and for no costs, headaches involved that the theif forgerer confesses repents and they make him pay all the financial loss I suffered too asap. This week asap. Please thanks I will pray for your situation.
      Whats helping move is I feel like God is saying wait upon me and ask me to help and I will. But we have be still and know he is God its hard for me I am so impatient. I will pray for you please update me as God answers it helps build my faith. Whatever you ask the Fathr in my name Jesus said I will do it. If you abide in my Word. Abide in him the branch cannot bear fruit of itself Praise God. The way to defeat a lion in the wild is with # of antelope or buffalo or whatever. When two agree on anything it shall be done by my father in heaven. Ask and you shall receive ask in faith believe I am praying with you for success.

    2. Hi Christine, praying for you right now, for God’s favour to be manifest in your businesses and for wisdom and strategies to unlock whatever you need.

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