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This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Walls Are Down

“Don’t fight forces, use them.” - R. Buckminster Fuller

So I went to Jerusalem and was there three days.  Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me.  And I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem.  There was no animal with me but the one on which I rode.  I went out by night by the Valley Gate to the Dragon Spring and to the Dung Gate, and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that were broken down and its gates that had been destroyed by fire.  Then I went on to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but there was no room for the animal that was under me to pass.  Then I went up in the night by the valley and inspected the wall, and I turned back and entered by the Valley Gate, and so returned.  And the officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, and I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, and the rest who were to do the work.
Then I said to the, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned.  Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.”  And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me.  And they said, “Let us rise up and build.”  So they strengthened their hands for the good work.  But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant and Geshaem the Arab heard of it, they jeered at us and despised us and said, “What is this thing that you are doing?  Are you rebelling against the king?”  Then I replied to them, “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we His servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or claim in Jerusalem.” - Nehemiah - Nehemiah 2:11-20

Bastion: “an institution, place, or person strongly defending or upholding particular principles, attitudes, or activities” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Cities need security.  They need a rule of law.  They need fortune and blessing.  When Nehemiah went to Jerusalem, he left a prosperous job as a cupbearer to the king.  He didn’t know what he was going to find, except that the city had been destroyed.  He was on a mission to rebuild a city for God’s people.  And that’s what he did.  Despite opposition, he built.  Despite threats, he built.  Despite everything, he built.  Because that was his mission for the Lord and His people.  And God blessed Nehemiah through it.  In contrast, Jesus came to destroy those walls.  Not to destroy His people, but to build up a world full of people living for Him.  That people…  We still exist.  His presence is no longer confined to a city, a building, or a room.  God’s presence is all around and can be in our hearts.  He tore down the physical walls of His city so that new walls of salvation could be built up in every heart that would accept Him.  Are there any walls down in your life?  Do thieves break in and steal?  Do you feel vulnerable and helpless to the things that are bombarding you.  Jesus said of Himself, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”  John 2:19b  Those listening thought Jesus was talking about the physical temple.  However, they couldn’t have been more mistaken.  Jesus changed the paradigm from the physical to the spiritual.  No longer do we worship at a temple, but the temple is in us.  We are a temple to the Lord.  And if we’re a temple to the Lord, why wouldn’t we believe the walls are strong and secure?  The walls are down in Jerusalem.  Even the ones Nehemiah rebuilt.  But they’re stronger than ever around us if we choose to let God do the working in our lives.  “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”  John 3:17  Will you let God do a work in your life?  Will you pray that God works in my life and those around you?  Will you let the Cornerstone that the builders rejected become the cornerstone in your life?*  I pray that the walls come down in your heart and that the fortress of the Lord replace it.  I pray that we would be fully armored in His spirit and love and that we would see the walls He has already built around us.  I pray that we would all become a bastion for the kingdom of the Lord.  Let’s stop fighting His forces and succumbing to the temptations of the world.  Instead, let’s allow Him to use His force in our lives, in order to destroy the barriers holding back our communities.  The walls are down.  

*  Reference Psalm 118:19-23 and Matthew 21:42

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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