Now when Sanballat and Tobiah and Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies heard that I had built the wall and that there was no breach left in it (although up to that time I had not set up the doors in the gates), Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come and let us meet together at Hakkephirim in the plain of Ono.” But they intended to do me harm. And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” And they sent to me four times in this way, and I answered them in the same manner. In the same way Sanballat for the fifth time sent his servant to me with an open letter in his hand. In it was written, “It is reported among the nations, and Geshem also says it, that you and the Jews intend to rebel; that is why you are building the wall. And according to these reports you wish to become their king. And you have also set up prophets to proclaim concerning you in Jerusalem, ‘There is a king in Judah.’ And now the king will hear of these reports. So now come and let us take counsel together.” Then I sent to him, saying, “No such things as you say have been done, for you are inventing them out of your own mind.” For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.” But now, O God, strengthen my hands. Nehemiah 6:1-9.
This is the same lie Artaxerxes threw out years ago. It had no power then, and it’s only real purpose is to make the Jews paranoid and fearful enough to stop building. But Nehemiah is not having it. He keeps his people on task and ignores the chatter. Sanballat has no real power, except to get them to believe him.
Nothing has changed. We have orders from our master, and He has given us power to accomplish them. Satan’s only power is what we give him by believing him instead of God. So long as we believe it’s just not God’s timing to obey Him, or we aren’t ready, or we aren’t able, or our pastor/deacons/denomination hasn’t told us to obey Him, it will just have to wait.