How does Shavuot position you for “rebuilding the walls” that have been broken down in your life? The Lord releases an assignment of rebuilding. He is creating within you a new wineskin to hold the new wine He is pouring out at Shavuot.
Allow the Spirit to shape your character, knocking off the rough edges during this time so that you can receive His instruction.
Renew, Realign, and Revere to Start Rebuilding the Walls
Rebuilding the walls in your life is all about coming under the wings of God’s protection and receiving His instruction. Below are three principles to follow…
3 Principles to Rebuilding
At this appointed time of Shavuot, renew your acceptance of the Torah, God’s instruction.
It’s a time to thank God for the joy of His Word that brought you out of Egypt, giving you freedom. Proclaim that you are now ready to receive a new, fresh Word, so you can move forward to rebuilding the walls in your life for His Kingdom’s glory.
This is the appointed time on God’s calendar to declare, “I’m going to realign myself with Your good instruction, Lord!” Release control and surrender to the Lord. Anything you are not willing to surrender, the enemy will use as a distraction when you are rebuilding your walls.
It’s a time to embrace a new fear and reverence for the Lord. Pause for a moment and ask the Spirit if you fear man more than God. The Lord anoints you with a Kingdom assignment that does not always align with man’s perspective. Stand firm and have faith. Finish the race in Christ’s strength. Your victory awaits.
Rebuilding the Walls by the Power of the Holy Spirit
There are areas in our lives that are broken. You are experiencing doubt, depression, and lack. The walls God instructs us to rebuild are to protect from enemy attacks.
When we aren’t actively rebuilding the walls in our lives, open spaces remain for the enemy to enter. You might not always know when the thief is coming, so you must be a watchman on the wall (Matthew 24:43).
This was the purpose of Nehemiah’s rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah was heartbroken that the walls of Jerusalem were still broken down after the completion of the rebuilding of the Temple.
He knew that the Temple, if left unprotected, could not endure an attack. The Temple of God was of great value, and he desired to see it fully protected. YOU are of great value, and so is your purpose for God’s Kingdom. Protect it!
You are the temple of the Lord and must protect your passion, joy, confidence, and peace in the Lord.
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”—1 Corinthians 6:19
The Holy Spirit dwelling in you empowers and protects. He wants you to rebuild the walls in your life to be fully equipped with the authority to move into the new season, ready to do His will.
It will take His strength to rebuild. You must be vigilant (1 Peter 5:8), not willing to trade the promises and blessings of God for the ever-so-subtle discord, depression, and contention of the enemy.
Protect the temple of the Lord and rebuild any walls that have broken down over the past year by receiving His instruction.
- Don’t get offended. Offense robs you of the passion of the Lord.
- Don’t complain or quarrel. Quarreling robs you of the joy of the Lord.
- Don’t sow seeds of contention. Contention robs you of the peace of the Lord.
So then, rebuilding the walls in your life involves receiving the instruction and walking in agreement with it.
How to Start Rebuilding the Walls in Your Life
1. Understand Who Gives You Identity and Authority
You cannot start rebuilding the walls without Yeshua. In Him, you discover your identity and authority.
Jesus said this…
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”—John 15:1-5
2. Have a Faith Mindset over a Fixed Mindset
Many are fearful of change. The enemy does not want you to change your patterns and behaviors—rebuilding the walls of protection in your life. If you rebuild with greater wisdom, understanding, and confidence, he cannot enter in. He wants you fixed, in one place. And the Lord wants you to walk by faith, moving forward.
You must come out of agreement with a fixed mindset—one that refuses to change, or quits when there is opposition.
Nehemiah was met with opposition during his assignment of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. But he stood firm in his calling, not listening to the voices that spoke against him.
“Then the king said to me, ‘What do you request?’ So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, ‘If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.’ Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), ‘How long will your journey be? And when will you return?’ So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.”—Nehemiah 2:4-6
“But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, ‘What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?’ So I answered them, and said to them, ‘The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.’”—Nehemiah 2:19-20
3. Cleanse Your Mouth
Rebuilding the walls broken because of doubt, depression, and lack in your life requires you to cleanse your mouth. The scripture says that the power of life and death is in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).
This means that if you want the rebuilding of the walls to take place, you must proclaim the truth and renounce lies. Be careful not to complain or speak against the promises of God.
At Shavuot, or Pentecost, there were tongues of fire (see Acts 2). This fire purified the Believers and released heavenly power through them to follow Christ accordingly. We must understand that the mouth speaks life and death. If the unchecked tongue speaks death, it no longer purifies and encourages but tears down the assignment of rebuilding the walls of protection in your life.
“Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.’ Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’”—Isaiah 6:6-8
Keeping in mind Nehemiah’s assignment of rebuilding the walls in Jerusalem…
Honestly Assess Your Situation
- Be careful not to take offense, rather honestly assess your situation and circumstances. Make your specific requests known to the Lord, boldly approaching His throne (Hebrews 4:16).
Seek Trusted Advisors
- Nehemiah and his advisors set out to rebuild walls of protection for God’s Kingdom, not theirs. The same principle applies to us (see Nehemiah 2:18).
Look Past the Opposition
- When opposition comes, praise God because it means that you are on track (James 1:2-4).
Stand in Your Promise of Provision and Authority
- Just as Nehemiah received papers and provision to move forward, rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem to its completion, the Lord gives you papers in the Courts of Heaven because of Jesus. He will finish what He started (see Philippians 1:6, Nehemiah 2:7-10).
If you are going to have a marriage between God’s will and your assignment to rebuild the walls of protection in your life, you need to allow the Lord to circumcise your heart with the fire of His Spirit. You must fall in love with His instruction, knowing what He has for you is more than you could think or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).