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Nehemiah Part 36. A Tour of the Walls of Jerusalem; the Refuse or Dung Gate, part 9.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

NEH 2:13 “So I went out at night by the Valley Gate in the direction of the Dragon’s Well and on to the Refuse Gate, inspecting the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down and its gates which were consumed by fire.”
NEH 3:13-14.

Divine cleansing can only come by God’s forgiveness. He is the only one who can cleanse us; we can’t cleanse ourselves.

2TI 2:20-21, Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.

To go from being a vessel of dishonor to a vessel of honor, what has to happen?
The vessel has to be cleansed.

The vessel is cleansed, Paul says, then a man will be useful for the work of the Master’s work.

1CO 11:28, But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

We have to pray for wisdom and insight and ask that God will bring to the light whatever it is that we’ve done wrong so that we can bring that through the Refuse or the Dung Gate.

This is so that we can acknowledge it and be honest with ourselves and with God, which is what confession really is.

PSA 19:12 Who can discern his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.

Sometimes it’s fear, insecurity, power lust, approbation lusts, low self-esteem. Sometimes it’s anxiety, guilt, feelings of shame, self-doubt.

These things are totally different and contrary to the character of the individual and therefore are suppressed and hidden in the secret area’s of the hearts of the individual.

1CO 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.

So, many believers have skeletons in their closet which are very confidential, private, and undisclosed.

PRO 2:10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
PRO 24:4 And by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
ECC 7:12 for wisdom is protection just as money is protection. But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the souls of its possessors.

PRO 19:8 he who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will find good.
ISA 5:13 Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge;
HOS 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Just as doctrine gives the rooms of the soul pleasure and freedom, a lack of doctrine in the rooms of the soul produces slavery and bondage.

PSA 139:23-24, Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.

ROM 7:15 For that which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.

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