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Don't Let Down Your Wall

Don’t Let Your Wall Down

Walls are for our protection. Currently, there is much discussion about building a wall on our nation’s southern border to prevent people from entering illegally, to slow down drug trafficking, and to cutoff routes of entry by terrorists. In other words, the purpose of the wall is to protect citizens of the United States. When I visited Mexico, I saw walls with broken glass embedded in them around most of the homes to protect the inhabitants from intruders. Obviously, walls are our first line of defense.

In a similar way, we create spiritual walls to protect ourselves from being hurt. Often, we are encouraged to let down our wall so others can get to know us. This calls for discernment, for there is one entity we should never let down our wall for—the devil, who is also spiritual. He will seek any crack in our spiritual wall of protection to get at us.

God provides our spiritual wall of protection from the devil. God’s grace enables us to enjoy His peace and protection through the years. Despite any trials we face, if we keep our spirit subject to the Holy Spirit, our marriage will be solid, our home full of love, and our work blessed. Submission and obedience to the Word of God and the Holy Spirit keep God’s protective wall around us strong and intact.

On the other hand, if we are not vigilant (if we begin to neglect reading our Bible, praying, attending church, and yield to temptations) we will let down the protective wall of God. Soon our spirit is no longer subject to the Holy Spirit and we are vulnerable to Satan’s attacks.

As a result, our patience lessens, our temper flares, and we constantly argue with others. We are easily hurt, flying into angry rages and using hurtful, cutting words. Whenever our spiritual wall of protection is broken, the result is confusion, strife, and conflict. We lose self-control, the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 25:28 A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

The enemy can’t touch anyone’s life or home when God’s wall is intact. It’s impossible. Satan can harass us from outside the wall, but he can’t take control of our mind, our marriage, or our family when the Holy Spirit is in control.

On the other hand, when we let God’s protective wall down, we become vulnerable to attack from demonic forces. Soon everything that was blessed in our life—our marriage, family, work, and relationships—becomes filled with trouble.

This often begins when Christians blame everyone but themselves for their sin. Husbands and wives blame each other for their own selfishness. Some blame the devil for their troubles, saying, “My marriage is under demonic attack.”

But, I ask, “Who let the devil in? Who’s responsible for the broken walls that allow Satan to run rampant and create his own hostile walls between us?”

We are! When we sin, we separate ourselves from God and His protection. Our wall falls down and we’re vulnerable to every attack from Satan.

Psalm 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

While our wall is down, we often make another huge mistake. We quit pursuing communion with God. Like Adam and Eve, we are ashamed and we hide from God.  Prayer, worship, Bible study—in short, our faithful communion with the Lord—all goes out the window, chased by an overpowering sense of shame. In effect, we cut ourselves off from the one source of grace, freedom, and victory.

Discouragement is what the enemy wants to accomplish. He tells us it is no use trying, we will never change, God is not with us, we will never rebuild the wall, nor will it withstand his assaults. But, this is where he lies to us and we forget an important truth.

We are not to rely on our ability to build a wall to withstand Satan. Instead we must be like Abraham. Hebrews 11:10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

God will build wall of protection for us if we will humble ourselves, confess our sin, repent, draw near to Him, and obey. Jesus made a covenant with His blood to deliver us from sin’s power. He gives the Holy Spirit to empower us to mortify our sin and go forth in victory under the wall of His protection.

Romans 8:12-13 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

It’s God’s desire to restore us and His wall of protection. No one is too messed up for God. He will rebuild our lives and our walls from the rubble we have made if we give Him control. He will show us what needs to be discarded, what is still useful, what needs to be torn down, and what to keep.

Therefore, we must acknowledge our sins and not treat them as acceptable just because society does.  Sins are places in our walls that must be repaired with good building material, which is the Truth and obedience to the Truth.

One sin we must confess is our hypocrisy.  Hypocrisy gives mental assent to God’s Word, but does not obey it. Only the Holy Spirit can expose hypocrisy, soften our hard hearts, bring conviction, and grant repentance.

Proverbs 28:13-14 He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

To confess and repent of our sin, we must recognize the difference between conviction and condemnation. Conviction comes from the Holy Spirit, with a calling to a higher plane through repentance.

1Thessalonians 1:4-5 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.

Condemnation, on the other hand, comes from the enemy, declaring we are failures, that God does not love us, we will never be any better, that is just the way we are, and so it is pointless to repent.

The Truth is: Romans 8:1-2 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

The battle for our soul begins in our mind. This is where God’s wall must be built because Satan will attack our soul with temptation. As he did with Eve, Satan often begins the temptation with a thought that appeals to our desires and weakens our will. Then he cunningly introduces doubt by asking, “Did God really say…?” Even if we remain faithful, Satan tries another lie by condemning us for being tempted.

God does not condemn us for being tempted by Satan, nor does He tempt any man. However, if we yield to the temptation, God has warned us about the consequences.

James 1:13-15 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Therefore, our minds must be renewed to the Truth and old mental habits from the enemy must be discarded. Do not set your mind on the enemy’s lies. Set your mind upon the Word of God. Focus on Jesus and the Holy Spirit, not on your feelings and fleshly desires.

Romans 8:5-9 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

Also, we need to know the difference between repentance and rebellion. Repentance is a change of direction in our lives, where we follow Jesus instead of our fleshly desires. Rebellion is where we remain our own god, doing what we please, excusing our actions, and justifying our decisions. Rebellion allows for “small” infractions and does like to be told it is wrong. When we walk in rebellion, we are following Satan, not Jesus.

1 John 1:5-7 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

 

Repentance is a gift from God to conform us to the image of Jesus. It is the work of the Holy Spirit. He helps us see the weak places in our wall, brings conviction, and gives repentance. He changes us and our spiritual wall becomes stronger by His grace. This way, we gain victory and freedom from sin, not freedom to commit sin.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Lastly, we need to know the difference between discipline and despising the Lord’s correction. Are we thankful for the Lord’s discipline and correction, or do we grumble and complain? When a trial comes, do you think God doesn’t love you?

Heb. 12:5-11 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

God’s discipline is a loving act. God wants to correct and restore every one of us and bring us into His blessings, so that others will be drawn to Jesus Christ.

The restoration of God’s wall of protection begins when you take God’s Word very seriously. You no longer think you’re a special case, exempt from His judgments. Instead, you’re convinced the Lord will discipline you severely if you ignore His commands.

The moment your heart turns to the Lord, He begins the restoration process. As you willingly obey His every Word to you, the Holy Spirit takes control of your spirit again. You’re no longer like a troubled city without walls. Instead, your life is full of the fruit of the Spirit and inviting to all around you.

Nevertheless, Satan will not stop trying to weaken God’s wall of protection. He is afraid we will become powerful in the Spirit and effective in leading others to Christ. This is why he continues to tempt, mock, and discourage us. He wants that wall to come down. He wants access to our life. He doesn’t want us to have an effective witness. He wants us ashamed and defeated. He doesn’t want us full of the Holy Spirit, acting like Jesus, lifting up Jesus, and drawing others to Christ. He wants us to follow him.

All of us are under the same attack, hearing the same lies of Satan. Don’t listen to his discouragement, temptations, and threats. Rebuke his attacks in the Name of Jesus. Pray for the power and grace of the Holy Spirit. The Lord will give us victory.

1 Corinthians 15:57-58 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.