let us rise up and build

blues

“And I went out by night through the Valley Gate to the Serpent Well and the Refuse Gate, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down and its gates which were burned with fire. And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work.” (Nehemiah 2:13,18)

We all have hearts with walls which were broken down and gates which were burned with fire. We live in a damaged world of deceit, where it is easy to get hurt and wounded, broken down and burned with fire.

The important thing, though? Jesus does not leave us there. He came to heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free (Isaiah 61:1). We can leave the past behind because God will make us new (Isaiah 43:18-19).

What we have to realize is, we are not alone in this. We are not the only ones broken down and burned with fire. Neither are we the only ones in the process of building ourselves back up again. We all have our own part of the wall that we can build really well — and therefore we should. But to make ourselves whole, to make others whole, to make our church and community whole — we need others, broken down and burned with fire just like us, building their part next to us.

Another thing we need to realize is, when we are being restored and we are coming closer to being whole. There will be those who get angry at us, who come in attacking and creating confusion. The enemy does not want us becoming whole in Jesus. So he comes, wrecking around, trying to shatter us and to turn us away from the Lord. We need to be on the lookout for that, realizing that the enemy will come and try to steal, kill and destroy.

Know this, though — the hand of your God is upon you. You are kept by the power of God (1 Peter 1:5).

Linking up at: Titus 2sDay, Women Helping Women, Titus 2 Tuesday, WholeHearted Wednesday, Word Filled Wednesday, Capture Your Journey, Coffee for Your Heart

  • Tania Vaughan

    I love that sentiment of being broken but never alone - especially in light of the tragic loss of Robin Williams - a man so broken and so alone.

    • Ronja

      Thank you for stopping by, Tania! Oh, that everyone would see that no one needs to be alone because God will never leave us.

  • Tania Vaughan

    I love that sentiment of being broken but never alone - especially in light of the tragic loss of Robin Williams - a man so broken and so alone.

    • Ronja

      Thank you for stopping by, Tania! Oh, that everyone would see that no one needs to be alone because God will never leave us.

  • Laura Connell (@laurakimconnell)

    You are so right, we have to stand strong in the Lord and not be surprised or moved by our enemies. The Lord promises opposition will come when we follow Him; it's to be expected! I touched on that a little in my post on Psalm 23.

    • Ronja

      What a comfort it is that it is told to us in the Bible that there will be opposition. No matter what we face, God is in control and He knows exactly what we are going through. Thank you for your visit, Laura!

  • Laura Connell (@laurakimconnell)

    You are so right, we have to stand strong in the Lord and not be surprised or moved by our enemies. The Lord promises opposition will come when we follow Him; it's to be expected! I touched on that a little in my post on Psalm 23.

    • Ronja

      What a comfort it is that it is told to us in the Bible that there will be opposition. No matter what we face, God is in control and He knows exactly what we are going through. Thank you for your visit, Laura!

  • Mindy Rogers

    Hi! I found you over at Holley's link up! YES! There is so much powerful truth and application in the life and actions of Nehemiah! "We all have our own part of the wall that we can build really well — and therefore we should." Amen to this! Thank you for your encouragement here!

    • Ronja

      Nehemiah sure holds such important lessons and truths for us! I'm glad you were able to find encouragement here, Mindy!

  • Mindy Rogers

    Hi! I found you over at Holley's link up! YES! There is so much powerful truth and application in the life and actions of Nehemiah! "We all have our own part of the wall that we can build really well — and therefore we should." Amen to this! Thank you for your encouragement here!

    • Ronja

      Nehemiah sure holds such important lessons and truths for us! I'm glad you were able to find encouragement here, Mindy!

  • Julie Sunne

    Oh to know we are never alone is so hopeful! God is always near us; He will never leave us. We can stand in the face of any of Satan's tricks and temptations when we remain in Christ. Coming over from Rachel's.

    • Ronja

      What an amazing God we serve! Thank you for stopping by, Julie!

  • Julie Sunne

    Oh to know we are never alone is so hopeful! God is always near us; He will never leave us. We can stand in the face of any of Satan's tricks and temptations when we remain in Christ. Coming over from Rachel's.

    • Ronja

      What an amazing God we serve! Thank you for stopping by, Julie!

  • sarahgirl3

    It is so difficult to remember we are not alone when we feel it. If only we would hear the right Voice calling out to us!

    • Ronja

      What a great comfort it is to know, though, that we are never alone! We only need to call and the Lord will answer. Thank you for your visit, Sarah!

  • sarahgirl3

    It is so difficult to remember we are not alone when we feel it. If only we would hear the right Voice calling out to us!

    • Ronja

      What a great comfort it is to know, though, that we are never alone! We only need to call and the Lord will answer. Thank you for your visit, Sarah!