The Wall Series
The Walls that Must be Built
Introduce Pastor Ricky Griffin
2 Chronicles 14:7 (NASB)
For he said to Judah, “Let us build these cities and surround them with walls and towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours because we have sought the Lord our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered.
I pray that today’s message
transition from a head knowledge into a heart revelation
and through the power and the person of the Holy spirit
renew our minds and transform our lives in the name of Jesus.
Last week we taught about the wall that must come down using the wall of Jericho as our example. Jericho was successful because Joshua followed the Lord’s instructions, but AI was a defeat because Joshua went out on his own.
The Rest of this series, we’re talking about Walls of Jerusalem
The Walls that Must be Built
When the Enemy Attacks
Life Without Walls
Restoring the Wall
The Walls of Jerusalem were unique in that there were 10 gates (Neh.Ch. 3). These gates were where life happened and each one had a very specific purpose.
Sheep Gate: The very first gate mentioned is the sheep gate. It was called the sheep gate because this was the gate which the sheep and lambs used in the sacrifice were bought through.
Fish Gate: The Fish gate was mentioned next. It was called the fish gate because the fisherman of Galilee would bring their catch in through this gate to be sold.
Dung (Refuse) Gate: All of Jerusalem’s refuse and rubbish was taken out through the dung gate, down to the valley of Hinnom, where it would be burned.
They were also well fortified! The walls average height was 40’ and average thickness 8’ of solid rock to protect the city from its enemies.
The Walls that Must Be built provide protection from the enemy and clear instruction for living life God’s way. God want his children (you) to prosper.
Interesting Side Note to our opening passage.
2 Chronicles 14:2; 6 (NASB)
Asa did good and right in the sight of the Lord his God,
2 Chronicles 14:6 (NASB)
He built fortified cities in Judah, since the land was undisturbed, and there was no one at war with him during those years, because the Lord had given him rest.
Don’t wait until there’s war (trouble) to start building these walls!!!!
1. Building the Wall of the Word
Before the Promised Land and Before Jericho
Deuteronomy 8:1-3 (NASB)
“All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your forefathers. 2 You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.
Jesus later quotes this verse (Matthew 4:4) to Satan when he tried to tempt Jesus into turning a stone into bread (acting out of the Father’s will).
The word of God (the Holy Bible) breathes life into the Christian walk and gives us clear instructions for decision making.
Joshua 1:8 (NIV)
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Three Essentials in Building the Wall of the Word in your life…
a. Believing You Can Understand the Bible
Four Secrets to Understanding the Bible (have physical bible for demo)
Open the Bible
Read the Bible
Believe the Bible
Obey the Bible
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Job 32:8-9 (NIV)
But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding. 9 It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.
Your study of the Bible allows the Holy Spirit to give you greater understanding/revelation.
2 Peter 3:14-16 (NKJV)
Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
Three things to note here…
Even Peter acknowledged in scripture there are some things hard to understand.
“untaught and unstable people twist” scripture, and it results in “their own destruction”.
Peter is establishing the Pauline Epistles as scripture by using the phrase, “rest of the Scriptures”, in reference to the Old Testament.
b. Accepting the Inerrancy of Scripture
2 Peter 1:20-21 (KJV)
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation, for the prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
Stop watching silly documentaries about Jesus having a girl friend or gnostic writings or anything that cast doubt on the Bible or claims that it contains errors or contradictions.
Proverbs 30:5-6 (NKJV)
Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. 6 Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
If we will receive and trust the word of God as pure Truth, God will be our shield. A wall around your life to protect you from the enemy.
c. Making Decisions Based on The Authority of Scripture
2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
The Bible makes decision making simple but not easy.
Ambassadors for Christ are only allowed to express the will of God through scriptural standards in any and every situation. Simple… yes. Easy… no!
2. Building the Wall of Prayer
God’s general will is the principle of any matter; God’s specific will is that principle applied in your life.
We find God’s general will in the bible, but it is in prayer that we receive His specific will in any given situation.
Ephesians 1:7-9 (NKJV)
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself…
God’s will is not always apparent, but through prayer He will make His “His good pleasure” known to you.
You can never know God’s specific will or unique purpose for you if you don’t pray.
Psalm 91:1-3 (NASB)
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” 3 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
The Wall of Prayer is protection and life for the believer because deepens your trust in God and the faith that He will deliver you!
1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV)
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
Praying the will of the Farther is the key to effective prayer but we are mere humans.
The more we are negatively impacted by something, it becomes harder to know God’s will for us.
This is what we are seeing with Jesus in the Garden. We must preserver until we know God’s will.
My Main Points on Prayer Today is Praying God’s Will and Perseverance in You Prayers
Jesus reinforces perseverance in prayer with, “The Parable of the Persistent Widow”
Luke 18:1-7 (NKJV)
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’” 6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?
The main idea here is persistence or perseverance in our prayer life.
He begins the parable with the admonishment, “men always ought to pray and not lose heart”.
Daniel prayed for three weeks until the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said: “from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words”
The key to Daniel’s prayer was perseverance and to know the will of God, sometimes we must persevere in our prayers.
Lori was praying God’s will be done in my life for 18 years. She persevered, and God heard her and gave her what she petitioned Him for… a husband who now loves God as much as she always has!
Don’t give in so easily with your prayers. When you know God’s will, press in until God gives you what you’ve petitioned Him for.
Keep building that wall, that fortress of prayer!
3. Building the Wall of Faith
Hebrews 6:1-2 (NKJV)
Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Faith Toward God, is an elementary principle in the Christian life. It is basic and essential if we are to accomplish anything at all for God.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NASB)
… for we walk by faith, not by sight…
There is no “Christian walk” unless it is by faith! God won’t allow it!
Luke 17:6 (NKJV)
…“If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
Apparently, a little of this stuff goes a long way!
Peter only had a little when he was first learning to walk by faith…
Matthew 14:22-31 (NKJV)
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea,[a] tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
That little bit of faith allowed Peter to walk on water!
In Ephesians, special emphasis is given to this part of the armor of God!
Ephesians 6:13-18 (NKJV) The Whole Armor of God
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…
Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; be a student of the bible.
And above all, take the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
Build the Wall of the Word
Build the Wall of Prayer
Build the Wall of Faith
And you will prosper in you walk with the Lord!
Invitation for Salvation
Heads bowed, and eyes closed…
God wants each of you here today to have the life and protection promised each believer who will believe His word, pray His will and walk by faith.
Today, you can take your first step of faith by believing and acting on God’s word.
John 5:24 (KJV)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
It’s a supernatural thing to believe on Him!
Jesus is the Word of God. He is the reason we can believe the Bible because He is the truth.
John 14:6 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Today, Jesus is extending this truth to you; today you can come to the Father!
Q: Will you come today?
S: There are three simple steps to salvation…
Luke 13:5 (NKJV)
…unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
You must repent.
Romans 10:9-11 (NKJV)
…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Repent, confess and believe! It’s that simple.
Heavenly Father, today I repent of all my sins and I receive your grace and forgiveness. I’m confessing right here, right now, today that I’m in need of a savior and I’m asking you to be my Lord. I believe that you died for my sins on the cross, I believe you rose from the grave and I believe you are alive and you are coming again. I don’t need to fully understand it, I just have faith to believe it. Thank you Jesus for saving me! I will serve you all the days on earth and I will spend all of eternity with you in heaven. Amen