Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Nehemiah Part 30. A tour of the walls of Jerusalem with Nehemiah, part 3.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
1. The Sheep Gate revealing the cross of Christ.
2. The Fish Gate revealing the doctrine of evangelism.
3. The Old Gate the way of faith.
The Valley Gate speaks of humility.
After salvation, responding to the Sheep Gate and the Fish Gate, and then seeing the Old Gate, a reference to the importance of Bible doctrine, then there is the Valley Gate revealing the humility needed to stay in the plan of God.
GAL 6:3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
ROM 12:3 For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.
Pride basically has to do with the mental attitude, whereas arrogance has to do with overt action.
ISA 13:11 Thus I will punish the world for its evil, And the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud, And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.
Pride and arrogance is a characteristic of the devil, 1TI 3:6.
Pride and arrogance is a characteristic of the cosmic system, 1JO 2:16.
Pride and arrogance is a characteristic of false teachers, 1TI 6:3-4.
Pride and arrogance is a characteristic of the wicked, ROM 1:30.
That sense of dependence on the Lord and reliance on His strength, wherever that’s lacking, we’re not going to be advancing.
Valleys in Scripture represents times of trial.
There is a quick growth in the beginning but no depth.
The Valley Gate is the place of humility developed from situations that produce faith-rest and doctrinal orientation. The Valley Gate often needs to be repaired in a believer’s life because the average believer has a difficult time handling adversity as well as prosperity.
JAM 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
Valley type experiences are used by the Lord for our personal growth.
Going through the Valley Gate is never easy but the believer needs to remember that in the natural nothing really grows on the mountain tops, but it certainly does grow down in the valleys.
In the spiritual sense the valley is not a nice experience when going through it, but it always produces fruit.
Adversity plays a major role in our life.
The discipline and restraints of childhood imposed by parents are replaced by the discipline and restraints of adult life enforced by suffering.
Suffering depletes our human resources and confronts us with our total dependence upon the grace of God. Suffering is not merely a warning and a restraint but a teacher and motivator as well.