(Originally written on Monday, May 13th, 2013)
Well, this is our first blog entry here, which is kind of exciting. We are both very excited to share the things on our hearts with you (as well as our music). Hopefully the blogging part of our website will allow you all to know where we're coming from, what we're learning from God in our lives, and that we are still figuring out this crazy life! Today it's Brooke writing, so hello from me! I've been reading in Nehemiah for a while and have seen so many similarities in the story to our lives. Nehemiah has such zeal for rebuilding Jerusalem, especially the wall around it. He is burdened that God's city is in ruins and that the people aren't really following his ways and God sends him to do the hard work of rebuilding. Most times, we really feel like we have this same zeal/burden for helping to restore God's people back to the ancient and beautiful ways of the Lord but also of fortifying our "wall" spiritually speaking. It certainly wasn't a cake walk. Nehemiah got opposition from outside and even from his own community who should have known better. But isn't that how life is? The enemy tries to sneak in everywhere he can through anything he can and try to discourage us from the tasks God has appointed us to do.
There is one specific passage that really stood out to me today. After the wall had been built, God's ways restored and the people brought back into those ways, it was time to purify and rededicate the Wall and the people.
"The cohanim and L’vi’im first purified themselves; then they purified the people, the gates and the wall;" Nehemiah 12:30
There was a strong need for the people the gates and the wall to be purified. We as believers are nestled in the salvation of Messiah Yeshua, but that is not the end of the road. Yes we are saved, yes we are blessed, but we have to guard and purify our own gates and walls so that the enemy cannot breach them. We must always be careful of what we allow inside our walls and be Shomrim (watchman) that are vigilant. Paul Wilbur gave a teaching on being watchman on the wall and one of the things he said was "what you allow access to in your own life, you allow access to the congregation."
Yikes! That's intense, but oh so true. A wall is made up of many bricks...that's what we all are. Each of us must keep his or her walk with God in tact and protected, or the enemy will get in and affect not only you, but others...especially for those in leadership. Don't be fooled, everything affects everyone. It's easy to think you're not hurting anyone but yourself...but all my life I've seen that proven wrong over and over again, as I'm sure you all have too. Yeshua says in Matthew 10:16, “Pay attention! I am sending you out like sheep among wolves, so be as prudent as snakes and as harmless as doves." That means we must be loving but wise. As believers, children of the King, and holy and set apart ones, we need to guard our wall so that God's ways will thrive in us and not be infiltrated by the enemy. It's exhausting sometimes, I know. But, the work we do to maintain our faith is truly good. Nothing good ever comes without a fight. It's the fight that makes it worth having.
That's what's been on my heart lately. I hope you all are having a great week and excited about Shavuot coming up! Have a blessed day and stay close to Him!