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Building up the wall and I can't come down

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Sermon shared by Ron Hicks

January 2005
Summary: If there is a breach in your wall, how can you protect your family and the ones you love?
Denomination: Assembly of God
Audience: General adults
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his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and workmen by day." 23 Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.
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Neh 6:2-3
2 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.
3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?

Weíve got precious souls here and we canít come down. Weíve got to keep building until we are all safe inside that celestial city.

Donít you know that it chaps the devil when all his efforts to disrupt what Godís people are trying to do, fail?

There were many opportunities to quit building the wall because of all the opposition, but they just kept on building.

We are always going to face opposition in one way or another, but just stay the course, keep building the wall and some day you will finish the job and get the reward.

Building walls is very hard work, but if you want to keep the enemy out and you and your family inside safe and sound then you must keep your sword attached to your side and your work gloves on.

Walls have more than one purpose. One is to keep the enemy out, and the other to keep you safe inside.

Material used in building your wall is very important.
The wall is going to have to be built with material that that the enemy can not break through.
Let the material you use be bathed in the blood of Jesus. Let your faith, works, determination, all of your efforts be based on what Jesus did at Calvary.

Satan can not come through the blood, so the safest place to be is covered in the blood of Jesus.

Isa 26:1 says that its;
Salvation (that) God appoint for walls and bulwarks.

They didnít use pebbles. They used rocks. Rocks that they knew would keep the enemy out.

What are you doing to keep the enemy away from you and your family?
Are you saved? Do you pray? Are you allowing God to work in your life?

You need to build a wall.

If the first two of the three little pigs had built their house out of stones, like the third did, they would have save themselves a lot of turmoil, fear and almost being eaten.

Itís not a question of whether you will need the wall. Itís a question of when.

1 Peter 5:8-9
because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith,

This power comes only through your relationship with Christ.

Building your relationship with Christ takes more than an occasional visit to church and glancing at the Word of God every once and a while.

If you want to keep the enemy out, then its going to take utilizing faith, prayer, its going to take being busy about the Masterís business.
Its going to take a working faith in God.

To fall away, give up, backslide, quit or just have a loose relationship would mean that there must be a hole or breech in your wall.

If you will add these ingredients to your mortar, there will be no battering ram or any weapon that the devil can use to get through your wall.

2 Peter 1:5-11
add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance;
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