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Guarding the wall

Nehemiah 4:1-3 NKJV — But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish–stones that are burned?”
Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.”

Once the work began, not an easy task as the workers were just ordinary people, opposition sprung up.

First, the enemy was angry and mocking quickly followed.

Nehemiah’s response is prayer:

Nehemiah 4:4 NKJV — Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity!Nehemiah 4:5 NKJV — Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before You; for they have provoked You to anger before the builders.”

Nehemiah didn’t get sidetracked, the work didn’t stop.

Nehemiah 4:6 NKJV — So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.

The people were not put off and God blessed their diligence, the wall began to be repaired and the gaps to close.

Their enemies were stubborn too.

Nehemiah 4:7 NKJV — Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry,
Nehemiah 4:8 NKJV — and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion.

Again, Nehemiah trusts in the Lord.

He also sets up guards.

Nehemiah 4:9 NKJV — Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.

The contention continues throughout the repair and rebuilding of the wall.

The enemy tries threats, lies, slander, but nothing hinders Nehemiah’s task.

But it wasn’t easy.

Nehemiah 4:16 NKJV — So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah.Nehemiah 4:17 NKJV — Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.

They had to be diligent in their work and on guard at all times.

Nehemiah 4:23 NKJV — So neither I, my brethren, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me took off our clothes, except that everyone took them off for washing.

Thankfully, this was only a season, once the wall, their defense, was restored completely they were not in the same danger as when the wall was yet finished.

However, one of the first things Nehemiah did after the wall was finished was to appoint guards and leaders.

Nehemiah 7:1 NKJV — Then it was, when the wall was built and I had hung the doors, when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed,
Nehemiah 7:2 NKJV — that I gave the charge of Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the leader of the citadel, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many.

The application is simple, we need to guard our wall.

Our spiritual wall should be our time of intercession for ourselves and others.

We need to realize we will be building something the enemy doesn’t want.

When we hedge ourselves,our families, and our church in prayer we are building a spiritual wall.

We should expect to come under attack.

The enemy will throw doubt: “Does God really hear?”

He will lie: “Did God say…?”

There will be distractions, interruptions, and trials, but we must not allow ourselves to be removed from praying for ourselves and others.

Daily intercession in prayer, built with God’s Word, upon the foundation of Christ Jesus, is a must for followers of Christ.

For even when regular intercession is a habit and the spiritual “wall” is built, we should be on our guard.

The enemy wants to steal, kill, and destroy.

But God gives us life and it’s abundance is unfathomable, because His gift of life is eternal!

Our time here is limited, let us live wisely and redeem the time.

Colossians 4:5-6 NKJV — Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for Your truth and wisdom. Thank You for freely giving these things to us. Lord, please help us to understand the importance of prayer and the value of humbling bring our requests before You. Lord Jesus,help us to pray with understanding, not asking according to our will or our ideas, but truly seeking Your face and praying Your Word for in it is life. Lord, please help us not to be sidetracked by the snares of the enemy. Please keep us from living shortsightedly. Lord, You alone know every detail of each one’s life. Please help us to join together in prayer and stand for those who are helpless, needy, wayward, and lost. Lord, please soften hearts, open eyes, unstop ears, that they might turn and be healed. Thank You. Amen.

Building material

1 Corinthians 3:11-12 NKJV — For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,…

For the follower of Christ Jesus, our foundation is laid in His salvation.

The beginning of each life in Christ is this beautiful gift of mercy and grace.

From there the follower has a choice.

How will they live each day?

What building materials shall they choose for themselves, because their lives are the structure which stands upon the foundation of Christ.

What kind of monument will be built?

Is it costly, chiseled stone, set painstakingly one upon another?

Or is it quick and cheap, a mere temporary thing, awaiting a future date when those items will be replaced with more lasting materials?

Possibly it’s something in-between…

1 Corinthians 3:13 NKJV — each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

No one knows their day, when their life here will give way to eternity with Jesus, but when it comes, the structural value of their time on this Earth will be obvious.

1 Corinthians 3:14 NKJV — If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.

1 Corinthians 3:15 NKJV — If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

It’s not about salvation, for that foundation is secure.

Instead it’s about a testament, a witness, a life which points others to Jesus.

1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJV — Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

It’s about God’s chosen message of salvation being lived out daily.

It’s about lives built upon the Scriptures and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

It’s about living for someone far more valuable than ourselves: Jesus Christ.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for giving us all we need to build monuments to You each day. Lord, please continue to help me learn through Your Word how to live daily for You. Lord, please continue to show me when I make a mistake, when I sin, that I might repent and return. Lord, I do not want to be careless or hurried about the life I live and build for You. Please help me to be purposeful and wise, building with valuable materials such as love, grace, peace, hope, and faith. Lord, I want my life to bring You glory and to be a testament to Your goodness. Please let others be encouraged, edified, and touched with Your Gospel each day. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Building

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This is our boy.

He’s holding his Christmas gift from my sister and my brother-in-law.

I was so blessed by what my brotger-in-law said when Jase showed me the gift.

“I wanted to get him something he could put together but would be a bit of a challenge to him.”

Unless you understand our Jase this doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Our boy has a communication disorder which causes him a great deal of frustration and at times fear.

However we’ve learned he builds.

Legos are his very best friend.

So I’ve been trying to find things which help him to use his ability in ways which are broader.

Not too long ago I found a drawing of a catapult made with office supplies online.

I printed the picture and gave him a box with all the items and in less than 2 hours he had two catapults able to shoot a marble across the room.

His daddy came home and together they designed a better one which could shoot marbles across the house.

Now, thanks to his aunt and uncle he’s working on a car which moves.

All of this is special, because I know God made our son with gifts and abilities.

I know He has a plan and a purpose for his life.

And I can rest in the knowledge of His understanding.

God has been building me along with our son.

He helps me find new ways to encourage our boy in things which are very challenging.

He teaches me how to listen so I’m able to get an idea of life from our son’s perspective.

He’s showing me the value of flexibility and the patience to learn.

Unless I have a circumstance in my live which causes me to bend and flex, I can grow rigid with routine.

I can become callous to the needs of others unless my heart is made soft by the Lord.

As the Lord builds upon my knowledge of how to help our boy succeed, I can smile.

It warms my heart when someone near us sees something in Jase.

Like my family understanding his joy of building.

Or the elderly gentlemen I saw our boy hugging at the game last night.

( I asked Jase who it was. He said, “Oh. I don’t know, just seemed to be a nice man.”)

Or the sweet lady with a walker Jase helped with her groceries.

God is using all these things to build Jase into the man he’s going to be.