Building the Wall ~ Part 1
My son shared the following message in our family Bible time the other morning. He shared some thoughts about the armor in Ephesians that I had never heard before. I said to him, “This is really good, who wrote it?” And he told me that he had. He’s been experiencing a revival in his life. The Holy Spirit has been revealing all kinds of things to him. A lot has been about grace. I hope this will bless you, as it has me.
Building the Wall ~ Caleb Naylor
“And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?” Nehemiah 4:2
Satan is constantly telling us we can’t rebuild, we can’t be whole, and if we can it won’t happen quickly. It’ll be a long hard process. These taunts are designed to keep us in bondage continually. It’s an under-estimation of our God! We are new instantly – as soon as we confess with our mouths, believe in our heart that Jesus died and rose again, and repent and be converted. All of this can happen in an instant. This doesn’t mean we will instantly feel perfect and worthy. But it IS the truth about us. We have to stand on our guard against Satan’s lies.
“Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.” Nehemiah 4:9
Say a prayer and set a watch against the attacks of Satan.
“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. 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. And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work. 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. They which builded 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. For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me. 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. In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.” Nehemiah 4:13-20
Sometimes it is a hard thing to ask for help, and yet how can the body of Christ come to your aid if you try and fight on your own? If you don’t blow the trumpet?
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much!” James 5:16
“So we labored in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared. Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labor on the day. So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, saving that every one put them off for washing.” Nehemiah 4:21-23
We’ve got a work to do, yet we can’t take our guard down. We’ve got to be continually seeking God and setting our guard in order to stand up against the enemy. We can’t set our weapon down or we are giving the enemy free reign in our life. Our weapons are not carnal but spiritual.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:10-12
When we’re fighting this kind of battle physical weapons have very little value. We are meant to put on our Spiritual armor that only God can give us.
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13
God has given us a full set of armor. The Key is ‘putting on’ this armor. How do we do that?
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Ephesians 6:14-18
First of all Stand is a verb that can also mean ‘abide’. Stand gives us the connotation of taking on the enemy onslaught with out budging. And yet how can we do this on our own? If we see this word as it is translated in original Greek it means ‘abide’. See John 15. We are told to abide in Jesus, as a Branch abides in the Vine. Think about a tree in a hurricane. As long as it’s branches are alive, they will never separate from the tree- even though they get blown around a bit. However it’s not the branches that are holding onto the tree. The tree is holding on to the branches. That’s our situation with Christ. As long as we abide in that tree we will receive its life giving nectar, and yet if we allow poison into our lives it can cut us off from that nectar and deprive us of the nutrition we need to abide. We can’t abide in our own strength. It’s only by allowing that nectar to feed and nourish us.
So let’s abide in Christ, having our loins girt about with truth.
Its interesting that Paul brings up the loins, and chest first. The loin is technically the hip externally, and the productive organs internally. What is important about this area?
It’s how we bear fruit! If our loins are damaged we can not bear fruit. What keeps us from bearing Spiritual fruit as Christians?
The lies of satan. Satan tries to lie to us constantly. These lies bring us under bondage by either stealing our faith and causing us to fear, or by making it about ourselves-the old man. Not the new man created in righteousness and true Holiness. How do we guard against the lies?? By KNOWING the truth about us.
We guard our fruit by knowing what God says about us. If we know the truth from reading God’s words then we have discernment, through the Holy Spirit, to dismiss those lies right away.
What’s the next item of armor? The breastplate of righteousness. Why not the helmet? Why not guard the head? Because the head is what we know. The heart is what we BELIEVE. Our hearts are very easily swayed by emotion. You can easily be manipulated into believing something with your heart in a few minutes. Including believing that you either 1. Have messed up too badly to make things right. or 2. That you can somehow be justified by your own strength.
Both the Belt, and the Breast Plate are guarding against the lies of Satan. This is usually Satan’s first method of attacking. Because it is subtle, and it can be hard to discern where the voice is coming from.
If Satan can get to our heart and make us believe lies about ourselves it affects our whole body. Including our ability to bear fruit.
In the original Greek the word Righteousness comes from ‘dikaiosune’ meaning: ‘equity, specially justification’.
If we are convinced we are no longer justified it crushes our hearts. So we have to put on that belt of truth every day, as well as the Breast plate of Righteousness or Justification. This frees us from all the lies Satan can come up with. Because we know who we are and where we stand with God.
So now we can get out of bed. What do we do next? We shod our feet. We put on shoes.
To be continued…