Thank you to Beverley Hall for kind permission to republish from Providential Joy dated Sunday 24th July 2016. It’s also got a ‘serendipity story’!:
BUILDING THE WALL – ALL HANDS ON DECK!
As I meditated and worshiped – with the events (below) and building the wall story in mind – the word laid on my heart, added to when given at our fellowship gathering, is three-fold:
1. God’s hand is moving to remove hindrances to growth and moving forward in areas of resistance, doldrums and aridity. Seeds planted will be protected, with supernatural watering for growth. The foxes messing with both spiritual and physical plans, growth and fruitfulness will be removed.
2. It’s time to pick up all that God has given you to build – in one hand His Word and His Spirit in the other natural talents, passions, learning, skills, spiritual gifts etc. The cement that brings this together is the LOVE Christ Jesus gives to us freely. The opposition to building the church (no matter what that may look like I’m your area) is on the run – kingdom workers must take up their positions – arise knowing you are fully equipped and your back is protected while you work.
3. Set a watch and establish an alarm mechanism – mockers and attackers may come, but God is our strength and the work will continue and prosper. Even if your “wall” (something you are doing for God) looks fragile, insignificant or incomplete – what God has sanctioned and started will be completed.
Foxes in the garden
Two fox cubs came tearing through my little garden last week – fleeing as if their lives depended on it. After seeing me they bounded with additional speed and leapt onto my back fence. One cub didn’t quite make it and hovered and crawled along the fence before jumping down and running off down the road.
The picture of the fox on the fence stuck in my mind and stirred in my spirit that this happening had meaning.
Motivated by this looked for biblical references. Nehemiah 4 says, “Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.” This verse however introduces how the builders overcame opposition and discouragement. The story tells how:
- Workers on the wall were motivated to work hard and get the job done;
- Gaps in the wall were being closed;
- Strategy and plans were laid to defend both builders and wall;
- The mockers and attackers were sent packing when they heard that the builders were prepared and ready for an attack;
- An alarm or communication was established to warn of trouble and to call people together;
- Work continued around the clock with builders having bricks and mortar in one hand and a weapon in the other.
Another ‘God-incidence’! After having blogged a Kingdom-related 5th anniversary, which became ‘filling’ (or ‘mortar’!) in a Come Build With Him ‘sandwich’ (part 1 of this post), I started catching up with last week’s email. One was about London’s Tower Bridge:
Recipients read blogger Beverley’s covering remark, “I trust you find (it) encouraging and uplifting – especially if you’ve been in a season or time where “nothing” seems to be happening. Whether we can see or feel things in the natural or not – the river is flowing beneath your feet. My prayer is that you’ll start to smell and feel the water of life”. Amen!
In view of my recollections of central London I replied on Monday, “This is particularly interesting because I could see Tower Bridge from my desk looking toward Cannon St railway bridge from my office building by Southwark Bridge. [A nearby demolition site’s plaque recorded the site of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.] That was in early 80’s before the new Globe was built and sparked off a deepening interest in Elizabethan and Jacobean history as the area played a central role in London’s history. Also in that connection I’d been musing over the anniversary of a dream I had relating to where I’d worked and the coming Kingdom, as recounted in recent blogs”. (Fascinating to discuss that location and history with our guest at that evening’s meal too.)
That and the day’s blog prompted an astonished reply that she had been led “to writing a “building” word. This seems to be a clarion call to the church across the UK.”
I agree and have emphasised because all these recent messages are prophetic of very promising developments in our area – and have already been picked up by an assigned leader!
Also, Glasgow Prophetic Centre informs me that, as a church, they’ve “been deep in Nehemiah and Ezra since January. Nehemiah is very much the book of the season!”
So let’s be ‘Builder Bob’ with the Lord…