Does your walk with God need a re-build?
I don’t know where you are today, whether you feel like you are on top of a mountain or are right at the bottom of the valley. I hope that this blog post today helps you understand Gods heart for his people and how he can help us move forward with Him wherever we are starting from.
There is a story in the book of Nehemiah after the Babylonian captivity that some of the Jews had returned to Jerusalem but the city was still in ruin. I want to position a thought around this story. This year I have been brought to this overarching thought by God over and over again when I speak with Christians from across the globe.
In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.Nehemiah 1:1-4What is happening?
Nehemiah is troubled and says that the people are in great trouble and disgrace. I can relate to this his concern, when I have heard or spoken to my Christian brothers and sisters that have been going through something terrible I also feel like Nehemiah is describing. As I connected to this storyline I realised that what I was reading also troubled me. The people were in great disgrace?
Lets look at what happened in the book of Ezra
13 Then Tattenai, governor of the region beyond the River, Shethar-Boznai, and their companions diligently did according to what King Darius had sent. 14 So the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they built and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the [ae]command of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia. 15 Now the temple was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.Ezra 6:13-15The temple was of high importance to the Jews, that is where they could worship and the presence of God resided. Why am I referencing this?
The twelfth month of the year with the Jews,relates in our day to part of our February and part of March. Which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king: Four years after the decree came forth. Adar … sixth year: The 12th month (Feb./Mar.; in 516 B.C.)
- The temple is completed in 516BC
- In Dec. of 446 B.C., Nehemiah hears of the report.
- In April of 445 B.C., after a prayer period of four months, Nehemiah speaks with the king.
The people were still in great disgrace and trouble even after the temple of God had been restored years before. The temple where the Holy presence of God resided yet the community that lived there were in great disgrace.
New Testament – We are God’s temple
Nehemiah referenced that the people were in great disgrace because their enemy could cross into the place where they lived. In the New Testament we are God’s temple how true can that be of some Christians today? We have accepted Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives in us yet have we fortified our lives against the attack of the enemy?
The first step in rebuilding your walk with God and defending the temple where the Holy Spirit resides is to recognize what the status of our walk is today. Are we a people that the enemy calls a disgrace because he can enter our lives and cause havoc whenever it suits him.
Today I pray that we openly seek God and through the power of the Holy Spirit he reveals where we actually are on our walk with him. Father, reveal the schemes of the enemy to us and show us where our defences are not effective.
In the next blog post I will highlight how God has set out how we defend ourselves against the devils schemes.