As Glenn H. has been preaching through Nehemiah and we are visualizing the walls of Jerusalem being rebuilt we are also asking ourselves, “What needs rebuilt in our lives?”
My thoughts go to the spiritual battle that we are in. We need spiritual walls of protection around us and we need armored guards constantly keeping watch on our wall.
I think back to King David, a man after God’s own heart. He had won all kinds of military battles, but he lost a major spiritual battle because at one point in his life his spiritual walls needed rebuilt and he needed watchmen patrolling his wall. In this episode of David’s life he committed adultery and murder. If that can happen to a person after God’s own heart, it can happen to any of us. Each of us must be vigilant!
A big part of my spiritual walls of protection are you, God’s people here at East Hill church. We are praying for each other, encouraging each other in song, learning from God’s Word together, sharing how God is at work in our lives, being real with each other about our struggles and celebrating our victories. I count on you to help protect me. You count on me to help protect you.
Stationed on top of that wall I have a few men in my life that are being extra watchful for me and I am being extra watchful for them. I meet with them weekly so that we can sharpen each other and hold each other up in prayer. These men have become very close to me. These are the guys I call on about anything anytime and know they will fight alongside me spiritually. We protect and fight for each other.
This year’s theme verse chosen at the Elder’s retreat emphasizes this “we” that is being built by God.
And in him [Christ Jesus] you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit (Ephesians 2:22).
The “you” in this verse is plural...you, God’s people, are being built together.
We need each other. This is God’s plan. We are being built together.
So, I ask: How are your spiritual walls? Do they need some rebuilding? Now is the time.
Is East Hill church a big part of your spiritual walls of protection? If not, then it is time for you to link arm in arm with us. Make the most of your opportunities with God’s people here. Even with masks, we can look into each other’s eyes, ask how we are really doing, listen and care intently. Then we follow up with prayer for each other and a phone call or text. As we interconnect in these ways and others God builds us together.
Last, I ask who do you have stationed on top of your wall that you are calling on to fight alongside you? I urge you to do as I did and ask a few people to get together with you regularly to share in each other’s spiritual journey, to be honest with each other about areas of your life that are susceptible to the enemy’s attack. And pray with each other.
As we are being built together in these ways, God’s Spirit will be among us.