SUNDAY March 19, 2017
The Faith Key
Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests and built the Sheep Gate; they consecrated it and hung its doors. They built as far as the Tower of the Hundred,and consecrated it, then as far as the Tower of Hananel. Next to Eliashibthe men of Jericho built. And next to them Zaccur the son of Imri built. - Nehemiah 3:1-2
Nehemiah, in Chapter 3, recorded the names of many different people who helped him to rebuild. He also named the city’s gates. Nehemiah began his work at the Sheep Gate and moved counter-clockwise as he rebuilt. He approached the task with immense dedication. Nehemiah was faced with a great challenge, as he began to rebuild the walls, but he was a man of great faith. Nehemiah knew he served a great God; this wonderful perspective was the key to his faith.
In Jewish history, the tabernacle was a place where the children of Israel, met with God. The tabernacle was portable and went with them as they moved location. It traveled with God’s people when they began their great Exodus from Egypt, and as they conquered the land of Canaan. It was not until they settled in Jerusalem that the tabernacle was permanently built.
Faith was the key to move our church from West Covina, to our Diamond Bar location. We used to get lost in this massive building––it is so huge. As we have rebuilt, the congregation can sit down on comfortable chairs and enjoy the nice carpet, but many of the people have no idea what it took to get here––five years of sweat and dedication. In unity, our hearts were determined to build this place––an earthly sanctuary for God’s people to come and worship.
When God challenges us to do a work for Him, we need to have great faith. Faith is the key to our success in whatever God has called us to do. Without faith we will be defeated. It is important to understand that we are constantly on the move in this life, but when we get to heaven, we shall be there forever, worshipping in the presence of God.
Faith is the master key of the Christian life.
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