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In devotions the other night, I read a little article entitled "You're A Brick." When I got finished the Lord started bringing Scriptures to my mind and I am challenged by the thoughts He gave me.

The saying, "You're a brick," came from a story about a Spartan king named Agesilaus. He was known for being great and mighty. Like the Queen of Sheba, who visited King Solomon, a Grecian ambassador decided to visit him. He expected to see the towns surrounded by great, high walls and towers to keep off the attacks of the enemy. But he found none at all.

So, he said to the king: "O King, I have visited the towns over which you rule and though I have looked, yet have I seen no walls to defend them against an enemy. I am amazed."

"Why," said the king, "You have not looked carefully enough, sir ambassador; come again tomorrow morning, and I will show you the walls of Sparta."

The ambassador went away more surprised than ever, and was very curious the next morning when he returned to meet the king.

Then the king led him down the plains, where his army was drawn up in full battle array, with their spears and their shields shining in the sunlight. Pointing to the battle lines, he said proudly to the ambassador: "There, sir, thou beholdest the walls of Sparta-ten thousand men, and every man a brick!" Every man a brick-every man loyal and true, ready to defend his country and fight for his king. "...Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls.... For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her." Zechariah 2:4-5. What a wonderful wall of defense to have when the enemy attacks our soul! "...Thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise." Isaiah 60:18. The only way to have the Lord as a wall of fire round about us is to have true salvation, a deliverance from sin in our lives.

Did you know that God has a place in His wall for you? "For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place... Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant." Isaiah 56:4-6. If I want to be a brick in the Lord's wall then I must keep His sabbath. What is His sabbath? Isaiah 58:13 tells us plainly: "If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable, and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord." Isaiah 58:14. To be a brick in the wall of our Lord we must cease from doing our own pleasure, speaking our own words, and doing things our own way. We must be fully controlled by the Lord. "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it."

Hebrews 4:1. Oh, are we falling short of that true sabbath rest because we want our own way? "Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered mortar; Say unto them which daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall:... Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it. So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, And it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered mortar, and will say unto you, the wall is no more, neither they that daubed it." Ezekiel 13:10-11, 13-15.

If these people used untempered mortar to daub their bricks and that was unacceptable, what is tempered mortar?

"Church of God, thou spotless virgin,
Church of Christ for whom He died,
Thou has known no human founder,
Jesus bought thee for his bride.

Sanctified by God the Father,
Built by Jesus Christ, the Son
Tempered by the Holy Spirit,
Like the Holy Three in One."

If ever we have needed the sanctifying tempering of the Holy Spirit it is now. If we are not armed with the Holy Spirit, like that Spartan army was armed, there will be a hole in the wall and the enemy will sneak in. That happened in Ezekiel's time and what a lot of evil got through that hole in the wall.

"And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall. Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here. So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel," Ezekiel 8:7-10. If we read on down further we find that they were worshipping idols, the sun and some were crying for Tammuz; believed to be Baal-peor. How sad! And it was all because there was a hole in the wall. Somebody's brick was not set in with tempered mortar and it fell out.

Have you been tempered by the Holy Spirit? Has your life been sanctified and set apart for God's use? Have you ceased from doing your own self-will? Have you allowed God to place you in His wall, armed and ready to fight the enemy of the souls of men?

Let us each one BE A BRICK-loyal and true to the King of kings, and Lord of lords-a brick that is ready to defend the gospel and not allow evil spirits to gain an entrance into our lives, our home, and the Church of God.

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