HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
When God called me to launch this ministry of prayer, I knew it would come with opposition. I’ll admit, I never thought it would play out with literal Sanballats. But that’s just what has happened—and often these Sanballats come in sheep’s clothing. Some almost on their knees asking for a favour and to work along with the ministry.
Sanballat is an enemy of revival and brings strong opposition to what God wants to build. Sanballat is a critical persecutor who brings false accusations against the work and the people putting their hand to the plough. And Sanballat will rally others to the opposition against you, like Tobiahs and Geshems, just like they did to Nehemiah.
The spirit of Sanballat’s goal is to discourage you—to get you to quit what God has called you to do. This spirit’s overarching mission is to thwart God’s work. It’s a judgmental, mocking, insidious spirit that, again, sometimes comes in sheep’s clothing. Someone flowing in this spirit may even offer to come alongside and help you, but his intentions are to tear down—not build up—the figurative wall God is calling you to build. I had men and women working alongside me in this ministry but later found out they were working against the same ministry that placed them on their feet. In time they fell off and the ministry is still alive and building continues.
A Trio of Sinister Sanballats
Since I launched this ministry of prayer in New York, I’ve encountered many “Sanballats.” They initially presented as sold out and on fire for the furtherance of this ministry. But, soon enough, they manifested their true intentions: to distract the builders from God’s work. These deceived Sanballats may not even realize they are on an assignment from the evil one. They may have succeeded in their mission but I am still standing with the purpose from inception. That is why I am writing to you this morning. I want you to be encouraged in the Name of the Lord.
One Sanballat came in with a commitment to assist the ministry to a higher level. That lasted about a year before the truth manifested. His impure motives came to the light after he was ordained. That’s when the Sanballat spirit took its mask off and began persecuting, bringing false accusations, and calling down God’s judgment. He tried to rally others to his side but God frustrated his purposes and he faded out as quickly as appeared on the scene.
Another Sanballat came in with the line “You need me! You can’t do this without me!” He was actually faithful to pray and even help with administrative work in the beginning. But soon enough he began criticizing the model and the leadership. The false accusations were much more subtle, laced with feigned sincerity, but they were accusations nonetheless. This Sanballat left to form his own church where he felt could bring him more recognition. Before leaving he stole documents, templates and other materials that showed up in his model of church. He also tried to steal the website http://www.mysticalorderinc.org and attached to his social and professional media.
These spirits are almost alike in their actions. Always a lot of talks and inconsistent action, along with a critical, presumptuous spirit. They do not like to stand corrected, they will make false accusations against the leadership. When those accusations are unanswered, this spirit influenced them to “declare war” and demand a position to be in control within the ministry.
There are others who took issue with the name and decided to have it changed, yet linked to the original. They began a pay for profit organization in one of the Caribbean Islands which almost landed then in the prison for falsifying documents and forging ministers signatures. When the truth finally came to light they ran and all their efforts came to nought.
Dealing With the Sanballat Spirit
Maybe you recognize this Sanballat spirit flowing in your midst. Any time you set out to build something for God, you will find enemy opposition. So how do you handle the spirit of Sanballat? Do what Nehemiah did.
When Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem heard about Nehemiah’s plans to rebuild the Jerusalem wall, they were at first grieved. When they saw Nehemiah was executing his vision, they laughed him to scorn, despised the builders and accused them of rebelling against the king (Nehemiah 2:19).
Nehemiah’s answer: “The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we as his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem” (Nehemiah 2:18). Don’t shrink back from confronting this spirit with the truth of God’s Word. If you are confident in what God has called you to do, stand and build despite the scorners, despisers and accusers. And don’t give them the right to build alongside you—or to speak into the work.
When Sanballat heard that Nehemiah and his crew were making progress on the wall, he was furious, indignant and began mocking the Jews. Sanballat and his clan began speaking against the work (Nehemiah 4:1-3) and conspiring to attack the work (Nehemiah 4:6-8). Even after the wall was rebuilt, Sanballat didn’t give up. His demonic clan still sought to bring harm (Nehemiah 6:1-3).
The nonsense did not distract Nehemiah. He stayed focused on erecting the gates. As a matter of fact, he didn’t even go deal with his detractors face to face. He sent a messenger to them saying, “I am doing great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3).
Stubborn Sanballat continued demanding a meeting with Nehemiah. The Bible says he sent the same message to Nehemiah four times and four times Nehemiah offered the same response. Sanballat then started making false accusations against Nehemiah and his motives and appointed prophets to spread lies about him (Nehemiah 6:6-7) in attempts to scare him away from the work. Sanballat was trying to force him out of his own ministry!
Nehemiah’s response: He ignored the threats and put it in God’s hands: “My God, remember Tobiah and Sanballat, according to these their works, and the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who would have made me afraid” (Nehemiah 6:14). Oh, brethren I found myself facing the threats from within and they got tricked in their own flesh. When they realized I was not building a church but an online ministry they began to spread lies and make scandals. Those things cemented me in my vision to fulfil my calling. Today I have reached over three (3) millions and counting. The foundation was laid by God and Him being the chief cornerstone.
Don’t Stop God’s Work!
Finally, the wall was built. But it could have turned out another way if Nehemiah wasn’t resolute in his mission. Again, any time you set out to build something for God, you will find enemy opposition.
Of course, it won’t always be Sanballat, although this spirit is one that takes aim at builders of the wall and repairers of the breach. Many times it is religious spirits or Jezebel spirits that try to infiltrate the work God has called you to do. In my Sanballat experiences, Jezebel and religion also joined in the assault.
Ultimately, the response is similar: Be led by the Holy Spirit as to when to confront and when to disregard the enemy’s accusations. Be led by the Holy Spirit as to when to meet with your persecutors and when to send messengers to deal with them. But whatever you do, don’t stop God’s work! Amen.