Phi 1:29 For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
Phi 2:1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
Phi 2:2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
Phi 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
Phi 2:4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Phi 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.
Jesus maintained a Soberness of mind with Truth and Spirit!
sober = nēphō = (nay'-fo) to abstain from wine, keep sober, that is, be discreet: - be sober, watchful.
It is used in many verses of the NT,
2 Tim 4:5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
1 Pet 1:13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Pet 4:7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.
sōphroneō = (so-fron-eh'-o) = to be of sound mind, sane, - be in right mind frame, of reference.
1 Thes 5:6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.
1 Pet 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
2TI 3:12 And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
1 Pet 5:10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Rom 3:24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
MAT 5:16, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
Do not be discouraged by an enemy, Satan and the kingdom of darkness, that has already been defeated. Satan lost, GOD WINS!
COL 3:17, And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
ECC 9:10, Whatever your hand finds to do, verily, do with all your might;
Contained within the Scriptures of Nehemiah, are spiritual messages about the PPOG and how to live your individual Spiritual life;
also tells God’s plan of redemption for mankind.
As we will see, Nehemiah will teach us from the natural viewpoint, of re-building the walls and gates, that in the spiritual building of the church and future bride of Christ, we must each begin with our own home and neighborhood.
You are a faithful member of One body.
If the walls of your life are broken down -- if your defenses have crumbled so that the enemy is getting at you through broken gates on every side,
You can very easily fall prey to temptation and sin, being taken away from God,
REV 3:2 Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.
Pay close attention to the process of reconstruction set forth in the book of Nehemiah, as an analogous to your Spiritual life.
Nehemiah lived by the principle of PRO 19:17, He who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, And He will repay him for his good deed.
There are 4 ways that Nehemiah’s Christ like attitude is revealed to us, Read NEH 1.
- Nehemiah cared enough to ask what was going on in Jerusalem; (NEH 1:1-3).
The principle – Like large doors, great life-changing events can swing on very small hinges.
Zec 4:10, “Do not despise the day of small things.”
A sin of omission is failing to do something good when you know you should. JAM 4:17.
JAM 4:17 “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin”
- Nehemiah also cared enough to be compassionate and weep. (NEH 1:4).
JER 9:1, Oh, that my head were waters, And my eyes a fountain of tears, That I might weep day and night For the slain of the daughter of my people!
ACT 20:19, Serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews;
LUK 19:41, And when He approached, He saw the city and wept over it,
- Nehemiah also cared enough to pray. (NEH 1:5-10)
NUM 14:17 But now, I pray, let the power of the Lord be great, just as You have declared,
Our prayer life had better be an active one if we are going to live and advance in the PPOG, EPH 6:18.
EPH 6:18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
- Nehemiah cared enough to volunteer. (NEH 1:11)
Nehemiah did not pray for God to send somebody else, He simply said, “Here am I – send me!”
Nehemiah, in the wisdom that God gave him, set each of them to work building whatever part of the wall was nearest to each of their own houses, so that they were personally involved in the work.
- The Sheep Gate represents the starting point for every Believer. Everything begins with the Cross and an offering of the Lamb of God.
Jesus Christ is the beginning of our spiritual journey.
JOH 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
The Sheep gate reveals the principle of the cross, which is Salvation. Faith alone in Christ alone! That is always the starting place for strength in your life.
Jesus Christ is the door by which everyone must enter to be saved, JOH 10: 7-10.
JOH 10:7 So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
JOH 10:8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
JOH 10:9 I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
JOH 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
- The Fish Gate – the spiritual meaning of the Fish Gate is that after our redemption we begin to follow Jesus, making us, his disciples and witnesses, ‘fishers of men’. MAT 4:19
Acts 22:15 For you will be a witness for Him to all men of what you have seen and heard
The enemy will continually cast doubt and fear so you will never say a word for Christ to anyone.
REV 12:10b for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.
Mat 28: 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
- The Old Gate speaks to us of the old ways of truth.
This means learning the old ways of Truth, the Word of God, that NEVER changes.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
HEB 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
JER 6:16 states ‘Thus says the Lord, Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls.’
Build on The Truth, Bible Doctrine, if not the wall crumbles and the enemies outside gain access to our soul.
- The Valley Gate speaks to us of humbling (either being humbled by a situation or humbling oneself ) and trials ( suffering for blessing , deserved or undeserved)
The believer learns to have a low opinion of themselves but a high opinion of TLJC. JOH 3:30
JOH 30:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease”
PSA 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
- The Dung Gate - This is where the rubbish is removed from our soul and replaced with the bible doctrine and evidence of truth.
2 COR 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Clear away the rubbish so that true faith, pistis or doctrine, refined by the fire (tested), can come forth and produce fruit. PHI 3:8.
Phi 3: 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,
- The Fountain Gate speaks to us of the living waters of the Holy Spirit that cleanse our lives and empower us for our Spiritual life, which is the river of life in us.
EPH 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
John 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well (fountain) of water springing up to eternal life.”
John 7:38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.
EPH 5: 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
Psalm 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.
Mat 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’”
The Bible is a supernatural book, the word of God, with power to cleanse the lives of all who will study and believe God’s promises.
The Holy Spirit is the one who makes the Word of God alive to us personally, allowing cleansing, encouragement, and direction to take place in our life.
- The Horse Gate speaks to us of warfare as horses were used in battle and became a symbol of war. Rev 19:11
Rev 19:11 ‘I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness does He judge and make war.’
EPH 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
- The East Gate faced the rising sun and is the gate of hope.
The Eastern Gate shows us of our need to live with this hope, In Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection, and to long for His return.
- The Inspection Gate (Miphkad Gate)- This was evidently the place where judgment was conducted. 1 COR 11:31
1 COR 11:31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged.
This gate also speaks to us as the examination of our lives by the Lord. This occurs in this life as indicated by the apostle Paul in 1 Cor 4:4.
1 Cor 4:4 ‘For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.’
2 COR 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
PHI 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
PHI 4:13 I can do all things through Him who keeps pouring His strengthen into me.
The enemy is cunning and sly but also intense and forceful … enemy forces will stop at nothing to distract and deceive you taking you away from PPOG.
DEU 1:30 The LORD your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf,
EPH 5:16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
GAL 6:10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
We, CA believers, must not only sacrifice ourselves for others, but we must walk in the light of the Lord.
EPH 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
EPH 5:13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.
EPH 5:17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
EPH 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
EPH 5:20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;