Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Restoration and Recvery - 4

This is part 4 of a several part devotion dedicated to the book of Nehemiah chapter 3.

Nehemiah 3:4-5

Meremoth son of Uriah, the son of Hakkoz, repaired the next section. Next to him Meshullam son of Berekiah, the son of Meshezabel, made reapirs, and next to him Zadok son of Baana also made repairs. The next section was repaired by the men of Teko, but their nobles would not put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors.

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 3 we talked about the building of the Fish Gate. The third step of this restoration / recovery process (witnessing). Some people might not enter through the Sheep Gate on their own, eventually they will, but we might have to open that Fish Gate and go do some work on the outside. Do you believe in what you are learning enough to tell someone else.
Next Nehemiah talks about doing some repairing. Repairing to the wall that is. The gates and been burned down but the wall had been just broken down. Remember in part one where I talked about what I saw in the spiritual about the broken down walls? Cracks, chunks missing, the enemy could easily spy and see what was going on in the city, and a sneaky enemy could easily slip right in in one of those broken down places.
In this part of Nehemiah chapter 3 it just talks about working on sections of the wall. Seems kind of trivial, but that is how we are going to approach this restoration recovery process in sections. Clean something up, rebuild a little, gain strength in one are, gain knowledge, then move to the next. It's a spiritual process and believe it or not every section doesn't have to perfect before we move on the next. Just repaired enough to work. We can go around the circle of the wall and gates of Jerusalem as many times as we need.
I thought it was interesting the Nehemiah mentions the statement about the nobles at the end. 
Nehemiah 3:5
But their nobles would not put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors.
As we move on in this process the gates are going to get deeper and deeper spiritually. When you are rebuilding and fixing, the enemy is never going to love the process. Don't be like these nobles. Put your shoulders to the work under the teachers/ mentors you have in your life. God has placed you where you are for a reason. Whether you have found this curriculum online or are sitting in a small group with someone teaching you this. God has let you stumble on this for a reason. Be serious about. Put the work in. Through God let's use the plan Nehemiah used  to accomplish the impossible. Let's restore! Let's recover! 
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:

Sit Down. Weep. Mourn, Pray, and Fast - How to Handle Horrible News
Interceding Prayer
I Was Cupbearer to the King


  1. So much God needs to repair in everyone's life . Trusting today for total restoration for the life of my family and my life. Paw Paw has been with Jesus for one month now. Some how I thought it would be eaiser by now. I hold tight that our God was merciful!!!! LORD HELP ME TODAY!!! Pamela Britt Malone