Closing the Gaps

The building of the Wall of Jerusalem is the subject matter here.  The goal of Nehemiah was to rebuild the walls that had been destroyed and rebuild the people’s confidence, which had been depleted through bondage and loss of the ability to maintain worship and temple sacrifice. Nehemiah was called from being a cupbearer to a governor of the area of Jerusalem. All approvals were in order and now he had the task of winning the hearts of the people, which were left in this burned and brought to a testimony of rubbish, city of Jerusalem. After he had surveyed the amount of work it was going to take to rebuild the wall, which was 1.5 miles long and 8 feet deep, he knew that his task was going to be very difficult and  take unity along with hard work from all the people. He brought a meeting together and shared the heart that the Lord had placed in him about the rebuilding of the wall and the people all joined in as a unified group. Nehemiah 2:18 explains this very well: Nehemiah 2:18 NKJV 18 And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work. The obvious of course, was that there were those who were not of the persuation to see this task accomplished. They were for Jerusalem to stay in attitude of captivity, ultimately impoverished and depleted. However, the work began with great luster. Looking now into the 4th chapter of Nehemiah we see a great truth portrayed that we can apply today as we serve the Lord in rebuilding lives and also our own personal lives.  Nehemiah 4:7 states an overwhelming truth that lights up the heart and reveals a depth, which can be applied to each of us! Nehemiah 4:7 NKJV 7 Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry, Take notice of the words: “being restored and the gaps were beginning to close…” These words open to us a realization and an opportunity to stop the enemies attacks on our lives personally, spiritually, and corporately. Restoration had begun and the enemy had taken notice and was deeply concerned as we can read in the opening chapters of Nehemiah. However, take notice to the words “the gaps were beginning to be closed…” These gaps are where the enemy can come in openly or even secretly into our lives and bring temptation, destruction, confusion and discouragement! The enemy does not really rise up and fight us because we attend a church or are a member of a denomination, movement or an independent group. What does matter to the powers of hell are the gaps that are kept open in our lives which, begin to be closed and sealed off by trust in the living God! These gaps of unforgiveness, fear, doubt, frustrations, jealousies, mistrust and hopelessness give a wide entrance into your mind and heart. This is where the enemy can do damage to you and literally paralyze you in serving the Lord and accomplishing your destiny. Faith can be and should always be applied in a radical way! No more ground is given to the enemy. Taking action in closing the gaps on a daily basis where praise and worship are coupled with sincere faithful prayers. Once again, let me remind you that keeping your identity with the Lord and recognizing Him as who He truly is can make a enormous difference in your attitude each day. Having a total reliance on His promises for your life and those in your family. The promises that He has given to you in the deepest and most sincere times of prayer and worship. These use as a “cement” made of iron to weld the “gaps” closed in your life so the enemy has no entrance at all! Seek your purpose in the Kingdom, write it down and read it to be reminded just why you are who you are before Him. Set your goals so that you keep on track on where you are heading in Kingdom work. The Lord our God sees the long-term goals for your life and He honors you the ability to dream and hope about those goals. You can see the short-term in the clearest ways and be faithful to those plans. Faithfulness in His Word, which you have hid in your heart and use as a light and lamp on your path, keeps you centered on His grace and gifting(s) in your life. Make your devotion daily unto Him and always remember His awesomeness toward you as His called and blessed. You are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ! Take hold of what Nehemiah was doing with the people and begin to close your gaps to keep the enemy outside of your purpose and destiny. Hold your weapon called “Faith” and keep wielding your sword called the “Word of God” as you build the kingdom in your community and in your own heart. Never tire out for the Lord is your strength and your exceeding great reward! Pray into the evening and late night hours applying the Word to your gaps and know the this battle belongs to the Lord your God! The enemy will rise up but the weapons you must fight him with are not carnal but spiritual to the tearing down of (the) strongholds of your life.  You will begin to cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ! Stand up and fight as you close the gaps in your life!  For you do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Close the gaps in every area for He has disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it! Taking authority in your building the wall and closing the gaps in your life is very important. He has given you the authority in His name to defeat that which is out to destroy your testimony and steal your possessions along with killing your dreams. His name is a throng tower and those that run to it find safety. I truly believe if the you, your family and the Church would close their gaps and those gaps be sealed we will see the influence and miracles that we so desire on this earth once again! Scripture references:  Nehemiah 1-3;  4:1-8; 10; 12-15; 16-23;  1 Corinthians 14:33;  2 Corinthians 10:3-5;  Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:15; John 10:10; Ephesians 1:3; Proverbs 18:10; 1 Thess. 5:17 Remember prayer moves the Hand of God.

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