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He's Still God in the Valley.......The Valley Gate (5 of 11)
Series: Realms of Revival
Nehemiah 3:13; Psalm 23:4
Intro: If we were to look at a chart of the Jerusalem Walls in Nehemiah's day, we would notice that there is a long distance between the Old Gate and the "Valley Gate". This represents the "honeymoon period" in the Christian life. But the valley gate experience must come. The valley gate speaks to us of humblings and trials that are used for our personal growth. The valley experience is never easy, but the Child of God needs to remember that nothing grows on the mountain top where the ground in stony and barren. But down in the valley, the ground is fertile and spiritual. The valley is never a fond experience but it is always a fruitful one. There is an interesting fact to consider here. When our Lord was walking to Gethsemane, where His praying brought sweat drops of blood, he passed through the valley of Hinnon. The Greek word used for "Hinnon" is also the word used for "Gehenna or Hell". This symbolizes to us that we were snatched from hell by the trip Christ made to Calvary. This also symbolizes to us that the garbage in our lives is burned away in the valley and we are led into a spiritual maturity and growth. The valley experience eliminates pride, self esteem and self reliance. There are three great truths implied here:
I. THE VALLEY IS A LOW PLACE
A) The Low Place of Sin
There is a place near the Dead Sea - called the Valley of Siddim, and often refered to as the Valley of Sin. This is believed to the location of Sodom and Gomorrah. This valley is a pit of miry clay. Ancient armies would try to chase the opposing army into this valley, where they knew they would become stuck in the miry clay pits. The stuck army would become an easy target. Ps 40:1 "He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay". Billy Sunday said "The reason sin flourishes is because we treat it like a cream puff instead ...
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