Friday, August 22, 2014

Restoration and Recovery - 6

This is part 6 of a several part devotion dedicated to the book of Nehemiah chapter 3.

Nehemiah 3:8

They restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.

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 5 we talked about the repairing of the Old Gate. The fifth step of restoration / recovery is repairing your scriptural foundation. Coming back to those ancient truths of the never changing Word of God. Issuing judgments on disputes in your own life. Building that solid foundation on the truths of The Word.

Then they restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall. The Broad Wall is an interesting wall. It has everything to do with The Old Gate placement wise. It was this huge wall of protection past the Old Gate in the circle of Jerusalem. Protection for our foundation. Once the Old Gate was repaired the Broad Wall was restored.

The Broad Wall was an ancient defense wall. It was almost 23 feet thick. Over 213 feet long. And over 10 feet tall in some areas. This was a massive wall. A wall of protection. As a Christian, especially a Christian fighting a battle (whatever that might be...addiction, depression, fear, or even just fighting life in general, you are going to need a strong foundation and a wall of defense that protects that foundation. The enemy is going to fight you. Trust me. There will be a fight. When I think of the Broad Wall I think of where I am at spiritually in this moment. My wall might be pretty tight right now. I have my faith built up pretty strong right now, been listening and reading lots of Word. But, there are still little cracks in the wall. No one is perfect. We still let flesh take over and a little anger might get it, or we open a little crack by putting something in our spiritual eyes and ears we probably shouldn't have. We are human. Christian humans, but humans. All in all our Broad Wall is functioning pretty well. Guarding and protecting those ancient foundation scriptures our faith is based off of in our hearts. If that wall was to ever break completely down our foundation would be wide open for attack. Wide open for false doctrine. Wide open for disbelief. Wide open for failure. That's why it is so important to keep that Broad Wall restored daily! We have to keep our scriptural foundation in order.
Psalms 11:3

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

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:

1 comment:

  1. You are so inspirational to my walk with Christ! Always encouraging me through your devotions and leading by example! Pamela Britt Malone