Hebrews 6:9-12 (NKJV) speaks about the "the spiritual walls of your life." It reads, "But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner. For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown towards His name. And in that you have ministered to the saints and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, but that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises."
It's easy to become a Bible believing, born-again Christian. And when you're a youngster and have no worries, it's easy to accept Jesus into your life. When we are young, we are vibrant and energetic, and by the time we grow up, we realize the life and world we are in are challenging and cruel. It can be tiring and wear you down. Solomon reminds us in the book of Ecclesiastes to enjoy our life while in the days of our youth, because after that, things will become difficult.
The Hebrews passage says to "not become sluggish but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises." This reminds me of the prophet Nehemiah. The Bible says the walls of Jerusalem had been completely annihilated and destroyed.
Why am I talking about this? Because the walls of Jerusalem are a direct indication of the "spiritual walls of your life," whether it be work, our ministry, our children or our family. All of us have some form of a wall which has been damaged, and the question is, how are we going to fix it? Nehemiah 1:4 says "So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven."
More than anything else, the onus is on us to fast and pray. Here, we find that Nehemiah is not running to any one of the great prophets or great men of God, but he runs to God, the Creator of heaven and earth.
Last year, I remember when I looked at the United Kingdom and the way things were going in that country, and I said to myself, This young lady, Theresa May, will not be able to fix the problems going on over there because she had been rejected over and over again.
I think it was Dec. 31, 2018, when God said to me "prepare yourself." Usually on the 30th and 31st of December, I won't talk to my wife a lot, because often God says, "I want you to set a time aside for Me, because you need to deliver the prophetic word for your church and for the world." During these days, I lock myself in a room and wait on God.
I remember one time God came face to face and said, "I heard your complaints about Theresa May and about the United Kingdom." He said, "Apart from what I'm going to do with Australia, I will tell you what I'm going to do with the United Kingdom."
In that moment, God said to me, within this year, which at the time was 2019, "I will replace Theresa May and bring in Boris Johnson."
I said, "God, are you sure?"
He said, "Well, I'm not crazy. I know Boris Johnson is very unusual. It will take such a character as him to fix the entire United Kingdom."
Amazing, isn't it? Secular people do not want to know Jesus, but Jesus can move and remove kings if He wants to, and He will bring people who will rebuild the wall.
"Then I said to them, 'You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach'" (Neh. 2:17).
People will talk and talk and talk about the issues in life, but that doesn't fix things. Fasting and praying will change things. If we are going to rebuild a wall, we need to start with our prayer life. Nehemiah says we have become a reproach, and we need to change that. What do you do when you're in that situation? Well, God uses the words "let us," so let us ask our family members and friends to stand with you and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
If you are in a situation where you are saying, "I don't know what to do;" "I don't know how to turn things around here," then I'm suggesting to you to ask your best friends, or ask your family members, to intercede with you. And I'm telling you right now, things will start to change.
Nehemiah 3:1 says "Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests and built the Sheep Gate; they consecrated it and hung its doors. They built as far as the Tower of the Hundred, and consecrated it, then as far as the Tower of Hananel."
What this is speaking about here is that you and I are the gatekeepers: the gatekeepers to your children's life; the gatekeepers of your family; the gatekeepers for your community; the gatekeepers for your city and for your nation.
The high priest Eliashib arises and becomes the gatekeeper to see the building of the walls of Jerusalem so the families would be protected and to ensure the enemy wouldn't be able to invade their lives or their land. Every so often, something will come and try to affect or invade your life. So my point is, are you a gatekeeper?
Ezekiel 22:30a says "So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land."
What is He asking? He is asking for someone to intercede so that there will be a "spiritual wall" around you, your family, your children, your city and your nation, to see that there is no longer any more damage.
Nehemiah 4:14 says, "And I looked and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, 'Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.'"
You see, even Nehemiah realizes he might be the leader, but he also needs support, and without it he couldn't do this. When you play a game of soccer, you have 12 team members, and you need all of them. I might know the voice of God, but at the end of it, I can't build our new church without the help of others. And so, here, we find that Nehemiah not only speaks of the promise, but he also brings encouragement.
In Nehemiah 6:1-14, we see that Nehemiah was not distracted by opposition. He was building the wall with all the families and with the gatekeepers, and he also had to face the Iranian leader who was coming against him. If you have opposition coming against you, my heartfelt prayer for you is that you not get discouraged. The fact of the matter is, when the enemy rises against you, the trial will eventually come to an end, you will have the victory and you will have a greater outcome. People often say, "Could you ask God to finish this now? It's too hard." But you need to know, there's something very powerful when you go through trials. The longer the trial, the bigger the reward. The shorter the trial, the smaller the reward.
At the end of it, God is trying to grow you. You and I will never grow unless we go through trials. I don't like trials either. I don't handle going through a Gethsemane walk very well either, but we've got no choice. God allows all of us to go through it. One of the things I found out over the years of my life is, if you can laugh through every aspect of your walk and trial, it'll be the best thing for you.
Laughter is a great medicine, Proverbs 17:22 says, "A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones." Whatever happens, don't take it personally, no matter what you go through. At the end of it, God has everything under control.
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