Of Walls and Temples

February 12, 2013

“When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.” –Nehemiah 6:16

Read: Nehemiah 6

When Nehemiah heard the news of Jerusalem his heart broke. The walls had been toppled and the temple destroyed. Through prayer, trials, and trust, the faithful people of Israel rebuilt the wall in just 52 days, which was miraculous because the wall had been laying in ruin for 140 years. It’s a wonderful, powerful story of God’s accomplishment. I urge you to read Nehemiah with us.

I was reminded of that story last week when we traveled to the wonderful city of Asheboro, North Carolina. We had the pleasure of speaking to hospital staff, encouraging their continuous effort to extend the dreams of the sick. We rallied with community business leaders, reminding them that our health enables us to be better servant-leaders. And we joined the mission of a small group of believers who, like Nehemiah, have a broken heart for the temple and are building walls to protect it.

You know, the bible says that when Jerusalem’s walls were rebuilt, the enemies “lost their confidence” because they knew God had accomplished it for them. Wow. Constructing walls, rebuilding temples. Keep going, Asheboro. How blessed we are to witness your work; humbled to have been given a brick.

–Jimmy Peña

Question: What walls does your church, community or business need to build to protect and honor health? Have you broken ground?

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  1. Carrie


    I receive your daily devotionals to keep me motivated toward reaching my personal goals. But, when I read today’s devotional it really hit home because I attended one of the sessions that you referred to in Asheboro, NC! Thanks again for your time with us and your encouarging words. May the Lord bless you and your family.


  2. Sandie Powell

    Loved the challenging devotion about building the walls of Jerusalem. Nehiamiah is a favorite book of inspiration for me. And, I loved your example of “breaking down walls”, taking the Gospel and the message of fitness outside the box. Your ministry of godliness, health, and fitness is reaching so many. Keep up the good work and have a great day!

  3. Audrey

    Thank you so much for using God’s word to help us to take better care of tour temples where HE resides. I look forward to reading this site every day. God’s continued healing and strength be with you, and blessings on your family.

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