Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Walls Around the Family
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Book of Nehemiah records how God used Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. The Book of Daniel said that this would be accomplished in troublous times (Daniel 9:25).
Grace to you.
Nehemiah 4:13 and 14 tell us how Nehemiah accomplished his task:
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,
and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, and your wives, and your houses.
Fathers, men, through what gaps in our homes' walls can the enemy get at our families? May I suggest the television, radio, and Internet may be ways the enemy is attacking our children and our wives.
no rule over his own spirit
without walls." The control of self is one of the walls that God has
given us for protection. When we fail to rule over our own spirit, the enemy can get through to attack us and our families.
Ezekiel 22:30 records the words of the LORD before he brought destruction upon Judah: "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none."
Just as the people of Nehemiah's time were called to stand in the gap and to make up the hedge to protect their families, so are we called to stand in the gap for the nation we live in. In Jeremiah 29:7, the LORD tells the captives, "And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace."
Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall,
Nehemiah had the people working on the part of the wall which guarded their families and encouraged them to fight on behalf of their families and relatives.
Proverbs 25:28 tells us, "He that