Build the Walls and Guard the Gates - Sunday, July 5th 2015
"Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests and built the Sheep Gate; they consecrated it and hung its doors. They built as far as the Tower of the Hundred, and consecrated it, then as far as the Tower of Hananel"
In the book of Nehemiah, we see the people of Israel joining together to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem. Stone by stone, each wall and gate is constructed to keep the bad out and the good in. The same should be true in our own life, because once you see something or hear something, it is impossible to take it out. If you are a parent, you are responsible for guarding your kid's gates. As they get older, help them make good decisions and discourage bad ones. Don't look for the newest greatest spiritual thing, that is great with technology but not with spiritual things. God has given us great wisdom so that we can go to the ancient things for modern problems.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 "We use God's mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ." NLT
The key to guarding our hearts and minds is to fill our hearts and minds with the things of God. Reading God's Word and meditating on the Truths of Scripture will help protect us from evil. Time in prayer for our lives and the lives of our family will direct our paths. Also, we must be actively engaged by saying no to certain music, television, movies, games or books that could draw our hearts away from Christ. It's not about legalism; it's about building the walls of protection and guarding the gates for God's glory.
Life Lesson: As people created in the image of God, we can and should control what we read, listen to, think and say.
Thank You for the guidance You give in Your Word. Give me the wisdom and power to build the walls and guard the gates of my heart and mind. Fill me with Your Spirit. In Jesus' name Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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