“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”
In Biblical times, the strength of a city was often depicted in the strength of its walls.
“And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,”
Nehemiah mourned when he heard that the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, and God gave him a burden to do something about it.
“Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.”
He then led the rebuilding of the walls because he knew how vital they were to the city. God gave him the Wisdom needed to lead the people to work together to rebuild what had been destroyed.
Without building walls of Wisdom around us, we are setting ourselves up for disaster. The devil knows exactly which buttons to push within our spirit when we let our guard down and allow ourselves to be exposed to his wiles. He often begins his attack by attempting to corrupt our minds.
2 Corinthians 11:3
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
A wise person is able to control their emotions because their faith is anchored in the Wisdom of Word of God.
1 Peter 5:8-10
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
A wise person is not ignorant to the devices of the devil.
If we resist the temptation of the devil the Bible promises that he will flee from us; but we must first be aware of his tactics.
2 Corinthians 2:11
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
One of the best evidences that we possess walls of Wisdom is our ability to react wisely when in the face of temptation.
“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”
Maintain the walls of Wisdom around your heart today.
2 Samuel 3-4 | 1 Corinthians 3 | Proverbs 16
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