Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Restoration and Recovery - 5

This is part 5 of a several part devotion dedicated to the book of Nehemiah chapter 3.

Nehemiah 3:6

The Jeshanah Gate was repaired by Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah. They laid its beams and put its doors with their bolts and bars in place.

Do you ever skip over chapters in the Bible like this? Go read it, Nehemiah 3, it just lists people's names and what they worked on and in what order they did. I almost skipped it, I almost just zipped right through it. I was riding in the car after doing a half good job of reading the chapter when I heard, "the gates, study the gates," in my Spirit. So I went back and I studied the gates. They mean something alright. It's a blue print laid out for us. If you need restoration in your life (who doesn't?!?!?!) or if you are needing to go through recovery (gaining back something that was lost, returning to a normal healthy place!!!!!!), here is your plan.
In part 4 we talked about the restoring of the wall. The fourth step of restoration / recovery is actually working and committing to the work. It mentions in Nehemiah that the nobles didn't  put their shoulders under the work of the supervisors. Be content with who God has placed  you under. Work with them, let them bless you, and work for them also.

The Jeshanah Gate is what we see being repaired next. Jeshanah means old. The Old Gate. This is the gate where it is said that the elders once meet there. Discussing matters of community importance and issuing  judgment on disputes. Hang on this could be a tough gate. This gate represents your spiritual guidance of the ancient paths of God. Age old, the Word of God says it in black and white, biblical truths. I think it's so important to look at the wording used here. This gate wasn't rebuilt like most of the other gates. It was repaired. You see the scripture is always there but sometimes we justify things. Sometimes we hear things but aren't doers. Sometimes we hear things and it never plants in our hearts. How are we going to be fully restored to what God has envisioned for us if we don't have basic Biblical truths stored away in our heart. We have to have a foundation. We have received salvation, we understand the protection of the wall, we know we have to believe in this life saving message enough to share the gospel and literally go out of the Fish Gate to retrieve more people, but what are our truths. What do we stand on? What do we believe? What is our foundation. What judgments are we making in our own souls (mind, will, emotions?) What disputes are we settling with scriptures.

Jeremiah 6:16
Thus says the Lord "Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.


We have to repair this gate often. Always making sure it is functioning in our lives. It's called renewing of the mind. We do this by reading the Bible. Renewing that faithful, victorious mindset.
Romans 12:12

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
 

Thanks so much for reading!
 
I would love to connect with you on a personal level!
 
 
This is a devotion that will be written in several parts as we discover the different gates and parts of the wall and what that means for us in the process of restoration and recovery. When a new devotion is written I will link here:

 
 
I have written several other devotions from the book of Nehemiah  that occur before or after chapter 3. They are linked here:


 



2 comments:

  1. Christians can't stand on Grace alone. Very true about Grace and forgiveness but as Christians there is so much more to know and to do and you must be rooted and grounded in Christ to make it in this life! Pamela Britt Malone (BTW...STILL ENJOYING THESE DEVOTIONS)

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