FORTIFYING OUR WALLS
FORTIFYING OUR WALLS
V 9“Ye have seen also the breaches of the City of David, that they are many and ye gathered together the water of the lower pool”
We have many breaches in our wall of faith. We have many faults, weaknesses, and sins, but the Power of the Holy Spirit is perfected in each of us and the Living Water in us will “gather together in the Lower Pool” and keep the enemy away from the breaches in our wall due to our imperfections.
V10 “And you have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have you broken down to fortify the wall”
We, too, must “number our houses”…..those little shelters we make for ourselves. …the areas of our lives we keep from opening up to the Spirit of God, and give Him complete control of. Those things that we excuse, and try to forget. We must break down these houses to fortify the wall of faith.
V11—“You made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool, but you have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto Him that fashioned it long ago.”
We sometimes wash out the walls with the water from the “old pools” in our lives. We let our old selves come through and wash out holes under the wall instead of looking to the Maker of the wall to help us crucify our old selves and keep the wall strong.
Jeanne Guyon was a wonderful Christian Lady from the 1600’s. She was of the Aristocratic family in France, but her heart was simply for Jesus Christ, and she suffered greatly because of it. Here is what she had to say on this subject:
“Mortify whatever there is that remains of your corrupt affections and desires. Mortify your own will: mortify your taste, your disposition, the things you are naturally inclined to; mortify your habits.
Learn to suffer all that happens to you—even confusion—but learn to do so out of only one motive…LOVE OF GOD. Accept everything, whether it be ill treatment, neglect, or whatever else may come your way. To sum up what I am saying:
YOU CAN MORTIFY YOUR BEING BY BEARING AT ALL TIMES, IN A SERENE WAY, EVERYTHING THAT THWARTS YOUR NATURAL LIFE.
Put to death the disagreeable feelings which rise up inside of you when unpleasant things enter your life. In so doing, place yourself in union with the sufferings of Christ.,
Learn the lesson of becoming a little one, of becoming nothing…Be a Christian who is fas
ting from his own desires and his own will, and who feeds upon God’s will alone.