Rebuild The Wall and Hang The Gates

When Nehemiah got word that the walls around Jerusalem were destroyed, it greatly grieved him. The walls were destroyed 150 years earlier. No doubt he had known that the walls were down. He just thought surely someone had put them back up. He wept! This produced a passion within him to rebuild those walls and hang the gates.

Romans 15:4 (NKJV)
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

1 Cor. 10:11 (NKJV)
Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.


So what is the wall? Our wall is our relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. A believer can’t lose his wall but you can neglect it to the point that the wall becomes weakened! Nehemiah had to lead a team to remove the rubbish first before he can rebuild. Confess any known sin and get rid of it…that is rubbish and you can’t rebuild the wall until it is gone!

Rebuild it with the right ingredients…read the Word daily; pray daily; verbally express your faith daily; and exercise your spiritual muscles by serving God!

Don’t get distracted…when Sanballat asked Nehemiah to come down and let’s talk, Nehemiah said no for he was involved in a great work! Don’t let good things distract you from great things.

Why is this important? The wall of Jerusalem protected their treasures…everything that they valued. Your wall protects your treasure: your personal purity, your name, your reputation…but also as a dad or mom, that wall protects your children from an onslaught of Satan!

Passion pays off! Nehemiah had a great passion that produced a great plan and that led to an accomplished work! They finished the wall in 52 days! Wow! With great determination, you too can turn your life around. You can put your spiritual walk on firm footing. Determine that nothing will stop you until you have a wall up that the enemy can not break through.

Hang the gates! The gates and doors were the place where people and things would come and go! Some things were not allowed to get into Jerusalem. The gates and doors represent your personal convictions based on the absolute truths of Scripture. Some things you do not need to allow access to your home or to your personal life. Be careful the movies you watch, the music you listen too, or the books you read. List your convictions and go over them with your family.

Work your plan! Express your faith out loud: I trust you God for…! Pray using the ACTS fromula: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication. Read one chapter a day from scripture: start with Phillippians. This is your goal: 21 minutes a day for 21 days.

 

If Need Be….

The call comes that ushers you into the worst crisis of your life. Over time, hope begins to disappear. You are well aware of your utter helplessness. It is time to stand still and consider your God.


If need be, God can speak and hang the sun and the moon.


If need be, God can operate, remove a rib, and create a helpmate.


If need be, God can cause it to rain for 40 days and nights.


If need be, God can send confusion to a mis-directed building crew.


If need be, God can direct you to a land you do not know.


If need be, God can provide a sacrifice when one is needed.


If need be, God can cause a womb to flourish even when it is past the time of child bearing.


If need be, God can bring you out of prison and give you the position of Vice President.


If need be, God can protect a baby in a crocodile infested Nile.


If need be, God can speak from a burning bush that is not consumed.


If need be, God can cause a rod to turn into a snake.


If need be, God can send frogs, flies, boils, gnats, locusts, darkness, disease, and death to our enemy.


If need be, God can cause our enemy to give us his gold and silver.


If need be, God can part the sea.


If need be, God can dry up muddy ground so we can walk on it.


If need be, God can drown the whole advancing enemy army.


If need be, God can give water from a rock.


If need be, God can send manna in the morning every day for 40 years.


If need be, God can cause clothes and shoes not to wear out for 40 years.


If need be, God can speak from the darkness.


If need be, God can give us the land occupied by others.


If need be, God can defeat our enemies and drive them out of the land.


If need be, God can send angels to surround us.


If need be, God can raise up a righteous judge.


If need be, God can bring down the house using a blind strong man.


If need be, God can stop the rain.


If need be, God can use a 17 year old boy to slay a giant.


If need be, God can remove a king.


If need be, God can shut the mouths of lions.


If need be, God can cause the sun and the planets to stand still.


If need be, God can rescue a prophet out of a well.


If need be, God can provide plenty of food for two widow ladies.


If need be, God can arrange a wedding for you with your kinsman redeemer.


If need be, God can provide food for you during a famine.


If need be, God can take your last container of oil and flour and fill it up again and again.


If need be, God can restore life to your son.


If need be, God can remove the reproach of barrenness and give you a child who will bless God.


If need be, God can cause a whale to swallow you to get you back on course.


If need be, God can send fire to consume a soggy altar and sacrifice.


If need be, God can stand with you in the fire, insuring that not even your hair gets singed.


If need be, God can turn a king into a crazy man in order for the king to give God glory.


If need be, God can give you a dream.


If need be, God can interpret the dream.


If need be, God can feed you with ravens.


If need be, God can pay taxes from a fish you catch.


If need be, God can make the lame walk.


If need be, God can calm the sea.


If need be, God can cause writing to appear on a blank wall.


If need be, God can make a donkey talk.


If need be, God can multiply fish and bread.


If need be, God can heal a leprous hand.


If need be, God can touch a little girl and restore life.


If need be, God can roll the stone away.


If need be, God can knock the hell out of the grave.


If need be, God can do anything He wants to do.


So why do we ever worry?


2 Chron. 20:12-18 (NLT) O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” As all the men of Judah stood before the Lord with their little ones, wives, and children, the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph. He said, “Listen, King Jehoshaphat! Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” Then King Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the Lord.


We love yall. Let us know how we can pray for you.


Billy and Sheilah Daws


Ps. If you want a great set of audio teachings on line, go to http://ffmp3.firefighters.org/kelfer.asp . If you would like the lessons in written form, go to http://www.dtm.org/ .

Manley Beasley on Faith

This faith enables the believer to treat the future as the present, the impossible as the possible, and the invisible as the visible.—
—A life full of meaning and purpose must be built upon first salvation, then sanctification, and then faith.

But there is often a problem here. You see, James tells us that faith without works is dead. What James was really saying was that if there are not any works there just simply never was any faith.

The seven laws for liberation, for living a life of faith are as follows:
A vital Relationship-The First Law
A Maintained Fellowship-The Second Law
A Recognized Lordship-The Third Law
A Personalized Revelation-The Fourth Law
An Appropriated Faith-The Fifth Law
An Inevitable Warfare-The Sixth Law
An Abiding Nature-The Seventh Law.

FAITH is the key to moving God out of heaven and into earth.
It is the principle by which God operates. He operates on the basis of His children having faith in Him to do what He is already doing. So by faith we have the power to release the Spirit to move the works of God from the pages of scripture into our lives.

The volitional act of faith is acting as if a thing is so when it is not so, in order for it to be so because it is so. 

But faith is not just believing that God can do something, or desiring Him to do something. It is acting upon God’s Word as He reveals it to us, as if it is being done now.

Truth is not really truth to us until we convert it into reality in our lives through faith.

Truth only becomes truth and revelation only becomes revelation when we move it from God’s eternity into our present reality by an act of faith. It is the function of faith to convert truth into reality. Faith is an act that causes an eternal truth to become eternal fact. Faith must be tested in conflict to see if it is only head faith or heart faith which brings living reality.

When you could accept that and believe it and trust it, then you were able to receive Him and be born from above by the Spirit of faith, you accepted it. By that faith God transferred the truth out of the Bible into your heart personally.

God has set up His economy on the basis that you experience His reality according to your faith. Until you discover these facts and believe them, you will never convert the truth off the pages of scripture into the reality of your heart.

Paul knew that for one to have faith he had to be able to see the invisible. (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Faith is calling those things which are not as though they were. Whatever is not of faith is sin. Any walk that is less than the walk of faith is a sinful walk.

Faith does not always take you out of the storms and adversities of life. It calms you in the storms and adversities. The conclusion of my search has shown that there can be no spiritual reality in this life, apart from active faith in Christ. Therefore there can be no salvation, no holiness, no peace, no calmness, no power, no witness, and no victory apart from faith. So we must at all cost learn to trust Christ.

Faith enables the believing soul to treat the future as the present and the invisible as the visible. It is as much at home in the realm of the impossible as in the possible.

It is “by faith” that :
The just shall live. (Hebrews 10:38)
Your heart can be made pure. (Acts 15:9)
We are sanctified (Acts 26:18)
We are comforted. (Romans 1:12)
We are justified. (Galatians 2:16, 3:24)
We stand. (Romans 11:20, 2 Corinthians 1:24)
We walk. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
We live by the faith of the Son of God.
(Galatians 2:20)
We wait for the hope of righteousness (Galatians 5:5)
We have boldness and access with confidence.
(Eph. 3:12)
We are children of God. (Galatians 3:26)
We have the promise of eternal life. (Galatians 3:22)
Christ dwells in our hearts (Ephesians 3:17)

Faith is believing it is so when it is not so that it may be so.

Faith then is moving the realm of the scripture into the realm of the material.

When you believe it is so,  because God said it is,  then you are bringing heaven to earth. By your believing, you place yourself at the disposal of God, and He works through you to make that thing that you are believing, true in your personal life.

So it is the word of God that brings about the grace of faith. Faith is built upon the will of God.

God gives faith to whom He chooses and to him that asks believing. 

Faith is not an act of the will outside of the revealed truth of God.

As long as a person hopes rather than actively believes God he will never receive all that comes by faith.

The believers job is not to reason through his faith and question God’s motives, but rather to obey Him.

Sacrificing is something substituted for faith thus becoming an enemy of faith.

There is no other way to really please God then to trust Him in such a way that you can release Him in a given situation.

Every great man of faith has found the initial step of faith to be the doorway to trails, testings, temptations, tragedies, and triumphs.

I have found that waiting ‘for’ God is much more difficult than waiting ‘on’ God. Faith is believing God for what He wants in our lives. Patience is waiting for that time God wants us to have it.
MANLEY BEASLEY