Defending the Wall

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Nehemiah had to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, terribly destroyed with heavy rubbish surrounding it, while fighting those who wanted to stop him.

Many of us are trying to build our own walls.

Our wall may not be made of brick and stone. But it still contains our blood, sweat and tears.

Our wall may be our heart’s desire, our education, our health, our work, our ministry, our family, our relationship with God and others. It may be a life long project, taking years of effort.

Then the enemy enters. We are outnumbered. We are attacked.

Things go wrong. We even get defeated.

How do we respond?

First, let us look at how Nehemiah and the workers responded.

It is not enough to work hard to build our wall.

It is also important to defend it while we build.

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The commitment to build the wall

Neh 4:6 ¶ So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

The size and condition of the work –an “impossible” and large project, with many difficulties

Neh 4:10 ¶ And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and [there is] much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.

Neh 4:19 ¶ And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work [is] great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another.

Enter the enemy to stop the work

Neh 4:7 ¶ But it came to pass, [that] when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, [and] that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,

Neh 4:8   And conspired all of them together to come [and] to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

Neh 4:11   And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.

Prayer and watchfulness

Neh 4:9   Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

**** Notice the enemy did not leave after the prayer. Many times, the enemy is persistent.

Encouragement – remember the Lord, and who they are fighting for

Neh 4:14   And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, [which is] great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.

Willingness to fight while they build

Neh 4:13 ¶ Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, [and] on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

Neh 4:16   And it came to pass from that time forth, [that] the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers [were] behind all the house of Judah.

Neh 4:17   They which built on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, [every one] with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other [hand] held a weapon.

Neh 4:21 ¶ So we labored in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.

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How do we build our wall, when the enemy is there to tear it down?

What do we do when we are outnumbered?

What do we do when their weapons are stronger?

What do we do when we pray, and the enemy keeps coming?

What do we do with all the rubble in our lives?

How do we clear it all away?

1. Do not just pray once. Pray constantly. Even if you have no words for your prayer, God will hear your thoughts, and read your heart. He will remember every word you did pray, when you had the strength.

2. Commit yourself to the task. If it is meant to serve and honor God, it will succeed, if you don’t quit.

3. Expect the enemy to enter. He wants you to fail. But, you do not have to cooperate with him. Do not be afraid.

4. Be prepared to fight. Have weapons in one hand, and build with the other one. Know the Word of God. Spend time in there as if it were a beautiful garden, that you want to visit. Partake of the fruits of the garden.

5. Do not give up when you lose. The loss is temporary. You will eventually win, even if it is not as you had planned it.

6. Find others who will build with you, because there are safety in numbers. Going it alone makes you a bigger target.

7. Find value in your rubbish. Much can be used again.

8. For the rubbish in your life that has no value, cover over it, and keep going.

9. Submit yourself to the process. You can only win when there is no longer any resistance to change.

10. When you have lost almost everything, you are close to victory.

11. Realize that despair and discouragement are the mortar for the wall.

12. Have a reason to fight. Think of your family, your home, and your Lord.

13. Do not go by appearances. Go by the promises in the Word of God.

14. Remember, the battle belongs to the Lord, not you. He will fight when you can’t any more.

 

15. Realize your building, and your fight, may last a lifetime. Not every victory will be quick. Most are hard won, with many wounds.

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Marianne’s note

I want to reassure those who are battling horrible problems that there will be an end to those battles.

I cannot tell you when the battle will be over, except it might end when you no longer have any strength to go on.

Just remain faithful. God will intervene, if He sees it is necessary.

Even when my enemies rejoice over me, because they think they have destroyed me, I know my God will rise up in some way, and deal with them. This will be in His timing, not mine.

For me, it is 40 years later, and I still see battles. The fight is endless. 

But, as I end each day, I find myself just wanting to crawl into bed, to rest.

My pain, both physical and spiritual, is still there.  I am human, and I was made to feel this.

My mind drifts off to thoughts of heaven, and what paradise must be like.

But I am resigned to continue.

I am on the Potter’s Wheel.

I am in His hands.

My victory is not how well I fight, or whether I lose or win.

Victory is not in being faithful when all is well.

My victory is being faithful when all is wrong, and there is no visible reason to believe any more.

We walk by faith, not sight.

Do not worry.

Your blood, sweat and tears are NOT for nothing.

Your wall will be built.

The enemy cannot defeat me, because he cannot make me unfaithful to my Lord, and my God.

Same is true for you.

Halleluyah!


10 Responses to “Defending the Wall”

  1. AMEN!

  2. That is areal spiritual food for our spiritual growth

  3. I haven’t been reading Pastor Wilkerson’s e-mails recently. They’ve been accumulating. I decided to open it up today and this is what one of them said:
    David Wilkerson Today

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010

    GOD TOLD ME SOMETHING I WAS NOT EXPECTING TO HEAR!

    One night during a prayer meeting, God told me something about our church I was
    not expecting to hear.

    The Lord whispered to me, “This church needs shock treatment! Too many have
    grown satisfied and complacent. You feel safe and secure from all the winds and
    waves of false doctrines sweeping over the land—but you are not prepared for
    what is coming!”

    Beloved, the message of having the Spirit’s witness functioning in you is not
    a request—it is a matter of life and death! If you don’t have the witness of
    the Holy Ghost in these last days, you’re not going to make it! You’ll give
    in to the coming spirit of the Antichrist!

    You need the Holy Spirit witness every day—on your job, at work, at school.
    You need to rightly judge politicians and leaders so you’ll not suddenly be
    sucked into the antichrist system.

    This is what Jesus was trying to tell us about the foolish virgins who ran out
    of oil for their lamps. They had a supply of the Holy Ghost—but they didn’t
    have his witness at the final moment.

    Don’t end up a foolish virgin! If you are running out of oil—trusting your
    church or your pastor to keep your soul—then repent! Humble yourself and
    search your heart! Cry out to God to rid your soul of all anger and bitterness.
    Confess your sins and forsake them. And depend on God once again for everything!

    Get the peace of God in your heart, so you can have a Holy Ghost witness. And
    ask the Father for a greater enduement of the Spirit. Invite him to be your
    witness and guide in everything!

    We face a cost of going all the way with Jesus, but we also will receive a
    reward: It is simply the blessing of having Christ stand with us. There are
    many other rewards as well (see Matthew 19:29), but I mention this one because
    it is all we will ever need.

    When Paul was imprisoned in Jerusalem, the whole religious system wanted to
    kill him. They accused him of polluting the holy place and preaching false
    doctrines. His life was in danger; even the soldiers were “fearing lest Paul
    should have been pulled in pieces” (Acts 23:10). So they took him by force
    and locked him away in a castle. The next night the Lord himself spoke to Paul,
    and what a word he brought: “Cheer up! There’s even more trouble to come!”

    The cost of following Christ was clear in the lives of these men of God—and
    if we are going to be like our Master, then we must embrace this cost as well.
    Enduring it becomes a joy because Jesus promises to stand with us in every
    situation. And we can face anything or anyone when we know the Lord stands with
    us.

    So count the cost and know that your reward, in all things, is the precious
    presence of Jesus Christ

    • This sounds right on…regarding “Beloved, the message of having the Spirit’s witness functioning in you is not
      a request—it is a matter of life and death! If you don’t have the witness of
      the Holy Ghost in these last days, you’re not going to make it! You’ll give
      in to the coming spirit of the Antichrist!”

      ***

      This is what the Holy Spirit has been pressing upon me-I have been doing my best to explain the baptism of the Holy Spirit to whoever will listen…trying to get them to understand that having the Holy Spirit WITH you is different from INSIDE of you and that receiving the Holy Spirit is IMPERATIVE to our SURVIVAL-our pressing forward- in these last days.

      For starters…Mark 13:11 NIV “Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for IT IS NOT YOU SPEAKING, BUT THE HOLY SPIRIT.

      *I could not imagine, nor would I want to, not having the Holy Spirit with me and inside of me. Especially now that we are here-in the last days that has been spoken of for over 2000 years. I pray that anyone and everyone reading this will earnestly seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit!

      ***for starters, Read the book of Acts and John 14:26

      “Today, Jesus says, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13).

      We can now ask for the Holy Spirit. Do not be like so many Christians waiting for God to sovereignly give them the Holy Spirit or waiting to speak in tongues if God wills it. You must come to God in faith and pray expectantly for the gift.”

      http://www.tbm.org/holy_spirit_in_you.htm

  4. How do we build AND DEFEND the Wall? Through the Holy Spirit-we must receive the 2nd Baptism-as Pastor Wilkerson indicated above-” Beloved, the message of having the Spirit’s witness functioning in you is not
    a request—it is a matter of life and death!”

    What is the Baptism in the Spirit? by Tom Brown Ministries

    Today’s Question: I accepted the Lord into my life several years ago and joined a good Baptist church. I feel like there is more to being a Christian than what I am experiencing. Recently I have heard some exuberant Christians mention that there is another experience called the baptism in the Holy Spirit. This may be what I am looking for. Can you explain it to me?

    Bible Answer: Yes, there is an experience called the baptism in the Holy Spirit. And you can have it!

    The Bible talks about more than one baptism: John said, “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire” (Matt 3:11). John’s limit was water baptism, because the Spirit had not yet come.

    Jesus mentioned this glorious day of the coming of the Spirit, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified (John 7:38-39). There was no possibility of anyone receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit until Pentecost had come.

    Jesus speaks of Pentecost after He had risen from the dead, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4-5). Jesus links the coming of the Spirit with John’s declaration of the baptism in the Spirit. When the Spirit comes, it is for the purpose of the disciples being baptized with the Spirit. There is no point for the Spirit to come, and then the disciples remain un-baptized with the Spirit. Unfortunately this is exactly what has happened to the modern church. The Spirit has already come, but most Christians do not accept the baptism in the Spirit.

    This baptism is so important that the Hebrew writer calls it the Elementary doctrines of Christianity. Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. (Heb 6:1-3) Before the Apostle could teach the deeper things of the Spirit, he gives us the list of the six beginning teachings about Christ, and on the list is instruction about baptisms. Notice the word baptisms is plural, because there is more than one baptism. For the Christian to not be baptized in the Spirit is for him to not be able to go on to maturity in Christ. He will always be limited.

    One of the arguments that theologians use to dissuade converts from being baptized with the Spirit is to claim that salvation is the same as the baptism in the Spirit. However, it is not. Salvation is always linked with “water” baptism, not the “Spirit” baptism. Jesus said, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16). No mention of the necessity of being baptized in the Spirit, but water baptism is linked to salvation. Water speaks of cleansing, and this is a great picture of the sinner being cleansed from his sins. However the Spirit is the Person who gives “power to be a witness.” His job is to empower believers; this is different than saving believers.

    The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. Jesus said that the world cannot receive the Spirit. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and WILL BE IN YOU.” (John 14:16-17)

    “The World cannot accept him.” The Holy Spirit is the gift for the child of God, while Jesus is the gift for the world. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

    Jesus belongs to the world. He is God’s gift to the world. You received Jesus while you were still in the world, but now, since you are no longer of this world, you can receive the Holy Spirit. This is a separate experience from salvation.

    Jesus said, “Your Father in heaven will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13). Notice that only those who can call God their father have a right to ask Him for the Holy Spirit. To be saved, you did not ask God to give you the Spirit; you asked Jesus to come into your heart. Now it’s time to ask for the Holy Spirit.

    At Ephesus, the Apostle Paul asked some disciples this question: “Did you receive the Holy Spirit after you believed?” (Acts 19:2). We, too, must ask that question today. It is clear from your letter that you have not received the Holy Spirit in the way the Bible teaches. But you can.

    Sincerely ask Father God for the Holy Spirit and believe with all your heart that you will receive–and you will! How will you know that you have received?

    Because you will receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you. You will normally be given the ability to speak in tongues, which is heaven’s language. Other supernatural gifts may come instead, such as the ability to heal the sick, ability to work miracles, or the ability to prophecy. Ask now, or get a Spirit-filled Christian to pray for you. Do not be satisfied with simply a prayer without evidences. You should expect at least one of the nine gifts of the Spirit to manifest in your life. (see 1 Cor 12:1-11)

    http://www.tbm.org/what_is_the_baptism_in_the_spiri.htm
    http://www.tbm.org/tongues.htm

  5. Wow this is incredible encouraging. Thank you for breaking down this story of the wall in Nehemiah and providing practical lessons and principles from it. Unrelenting prayer always succeeds in the end. God will avenge His own elect who cry out to Him day and night (Lk 18).

  6. THIS is why Nehemiah is one of my favorite books of the Bible; it has been a source of encouragement to me for decades! I, and a few others in my sphere are dealing w/ some pretty pernicious stuff in our bodies and our situations, but are determined we WILL OVERCOME them. Because Jesus already overcame for us! Ours is just to grasp it by faith to make it ours. Keep up the good fight, everyone!

  7. Thank You I needed this .

  8. This word was very encouraging for me. May the Holy Spirit continue to inspire you.

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