I believe in my heart of hearts that something is going to happen in the spiritual realm to set things right. A tsunami wave is getting ready to crash onto the shores and the waters will rise and go into every nook and cranny and it will expose all the man-made crap and disobedience that is going on in individuals lives and in church ministries across North America. God hears the prayers of the righteous, He knows what is going on and I believe enough is enough.
Keep praying for change in churches across this land.
In the meantime… in your own backyard – in your own church – you can help bring about change right now. All you need to do is to determine that you are going to have a positive impact in that community. One person can make a difference. Think of this quote, “In your communal woodpile, would it be said at the end of your life, that you added to it, or that your merely took wood out of it for your own use.”
What can each of us be responsible for?
* Encourage one another – daily. This helps keep our hearts from hardening. 1 Thes. 5:11 & Heb. 3:13
* Don’t stop meeting together, don’t give up like others have a habit of doing. Heb 10:25
* Read your Bible
* Pray every day (remember the song…) and include your leaders in that list (how many of you actually do that?)
Here are some biblical perspectives about the importance of community – of God’s house:
1. Zeal for the house of God consumed Jesus.
2. Sons in the house love their enemies, but live to protect all that love the house of God. To welcome deceivers into the house is to share in their wicked work!
3. Ephesians 5 begins with the words, “Be imitators of God” – then takes in the relationship between husband and wife, and ends with, “This is a profound mystery – but I am talking about Christ and the church.” Whichever way we look at it, commitment to community is integral to walking with God. The greatest two commandments link our relationship with God to our relationship with our neighbour.
4. God wishes His house to be full of people in proper relationship. Those who refuse His invitation are excluded from the banquet He has prepared.
5. God rejoices, like the father of the prodigal, every time a son comes home.
6. To be “gathered together” means, “to come into unity until completion is reached”.
7. The word “to do” means, “to be banded to build, to execute together, to agree and abide together”.
8. The word “peace” means “to be joined”.
9. The word “to edify”, or “to strengthen”, or “to build” means “to be house builders”.
10. To “remain” with Jesus means “to dwell” and to “be in a state that begins and continues… to follow His example of a life of obedience to the will of God”.
11. Everyone is asked to consider the question, “what kind of house will we build for God?”. It’s a group effort – a family pulling together for the greater good – bigger picture.
12. To the church in Corinthians, Paul says that there should be no divisions in the house, and also that in the house of God all the members belong to each other! He says the same things to the Romans. John writes that those who belong usually remain.
13. The angels who did not keep their positions of authority in the house were said, “to have abandoned their own home”.
I’ll write more later, it’s late and my hubby’s looking for me…