Prison Gate

Nehemiah 12:39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, and above the old gate, and above the fish gate, and the tower of Hananeel, and the tower of Meah, even unto the sheep gate: and they stood still in the prison gate.

The procession continues until they reach the prison gate. Here they stood still. There are few saints that will escape physical or spiritual prisons. Thanksgiving will open the prison gates. Do you recall when Paul and Silas were put in prison ?

Act 16:23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

Thanksgiving unleashes the earthquakes of heaven that set captives free to obey and please God. Are you bound in any situation that has enchained your life, entangling your progress. Appoint periods of regular thanksgiving – not as a formula, but prayerfully cultivating the right heart of thanksgiving. Many say they believe God, but are so full of their own ideas and can’t wait to set them in motion. But even in freedom, we are to be still – because we need to hear God and know what He expects of us.

Standing still tells God that we trust Him, we are waiting on Him and that we can lean on His word. When a heart of thanksgiving stands still i.e. trusts Him in the prison gate, God leads with His great hosts …defeating His enemies and reviving hearts beyond what our efforts could ever do. Learn about God’s stillness.

Psalm 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Verses for further meditation
2 Chronicles 20:17; Ruth 3:18

Thoughts for Business and the work place
There are things God will do only when we come with a heart of thanksgiving and are still before Him.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, help me to be still – to trust you more. Amen

As Nehemiah’s wall was built, so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste. Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts. I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.

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The Last Gate

Nehemiah 3:31 After him repaired Malchiah the goldsmith’s son unto the place of the Nethinims, and of the merchants, over against the gate Miphkad, and to the going up of the corner.

The word Miphkad in Hebrew means a numbering, census, and the appointed place … also referred to as the gate of gathering. This gate prophetically speaks of the judgment of the nations that takes place when Jesus returns. This is also the last of the gates mentioned … and symbolically reminds us that there is a gathering in the end – a special gathering.

Mat 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

It is wise to remember that our business activities will not be excluded from judgments, a final gathering will be like a final audit …be careful and note that God’s measures are not the same as men’s. God watches what you do to the least of men and women …and He knows the motivations of the heart. The most important deal is at the last gate …be sure to be a winner. Everything that could cost you eternally at the last gate must be urgently repaired.

Verses for further meditation
Rev 22:12; Col 3:24

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Adversity makes us stronger. Be more watchful when things are smooth not to mar your eternal position.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, let it be well with me in the end, when it really matters most – at the last gate. Amen

As Nehemiah’s wall was built,  so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste.  Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts.

I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.

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