House of God
Luke 19:46 -
Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Yesterday I was not well and had taken the day off to rest because of weakness. Like last time few years back, I was very serious with dengue and even hospitalized for about 3 days. Although I got healed miraculously, during these days I was continually getting dreams of the Church and how God sees His people in the Church. About 2 of the 3 dreams which kept repeating I wrote in my messages. Yesterday too, the Lord showed me about the Church and in today's message as asked me to write it down.
Before I come to come to the dream let me explain what a Church / House of God means in the Bible.
House of God is not a place where God dwells for God is Spirit, He dwells everywhere and no structure can be made for God to dwell in. That is the reason God did not allow David to make a place for Him to dwell in. It was just a few days back I understood the true sense of what a Church / House of God means.
We stay in different places in our own houses, but when we are connected to a Church becoming a member of a Church, we no longer dwell in different places but dwell in that Church even though not physically.
Understand the spiritual is more real than the physical. The children of promise are valued more than the children of the flesh. That is why we are children of Abraham more than the Jews who were born from his flesh, because we are children by faith.
The word 'Church' is not a Biblical word it is translates from the Greek 'ekklesia' which means an assembly of people. This word is a composite word which means 'called out from' this term is used only for certain group of people in the Bible which are connected together in the spirit, like the Christians who were connected in Christ or the people who were connected to the goddess Diana as in Acts 19 [here the word 'ekklesia' is translated as assembly]. Thus a Church is a group of people who are spiritually connected.
The Lord made me understand a Church is a place where His people spiritually dwell. And where His people dwell He sets a wall around them and protects them. We also see where the people of God gathered there His glory also manifested.
We need to understand being a part of a Church means spiritually dwelling in a fortified city that protects us, helps us in receiving our provision and helps us prosper in the Lord.
Yesterday the Lord showed me that the Churches of today were in darkness once upon a time and today they have come into light. They do have communication with the Lord. But even though they have come into light and have communication with the Lord yet they are not strongly rooted. He showed me the Churches as something floating around.
We Christians are like sparrows. When a sparrow in born it learns a tune from its species and puts them together to form its song within the 10 to 50 days of its birth. It is this song that the sparrow sings the rest of its life.
Most of us Christians learn during the first phrase of encounter with Christ. We keep learning till we come to a satisfaction point. After that point we stop learning and we keep repeating those things we have learnt word to word for the rest of our life.
We do not realize learning is a never ending process and that is not only in this world. The Kingdom of God which is even greater than the natural world so it's learning is many times that of this natural world. Till date there is no man (other than Christ) who had all the understanding of the Kingdom of God. The best part is we as Christians are called to be better than our human teachers with the help of our spiritual Teacher the Holy Spirit. But since we are not rooted to the Holy Spirit for our learning we are under our human teachers and are like a drifting city.
How many times do we hear in Church a preaching being repeated by the same person or of another person again and again? Sometimes word to word and at other times pieces mixed up from various other preachers.
I repent the day the Lord does not teach me something new. In my whole life (born-again life of 7plus years) I can count on my fingers the days I did not get anything new. On those days I did not share the word at the place where I went but had an open house.
Like the Lord says out of our bellies will flow never ending streams of living water. He did not say stagnant water.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You made us humans in your image. Even though we are corrupted by sin yet we are still called your children for a part of You is still in us. Lord, help us be rooted in your Spirit of Truth for only when the Truth is in us will we be able to receive your Righteousness and be set free from this corruption of sin. Lord we pray your people know the importance of being a part of your Church and that it is You who sets walls around it not any man...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Isaiah 66:1 - Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
1 Chronicles 17:2-6
2 Then Nathan said to David, Do all that is in your heart; for God is with you.
3 And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying,
4 Go and tell David my servant, Thus said the LORD, You shall not build me an house to dwell in:
5 For I have not dwelled in an house since the day that I brought up Israel to this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another.
6 Wherever I have walked with all Israel, spoke I a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have you not built me an house of cedars?
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Acts 2:47 - Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Acts 7:38 - This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
Romans 16:5 - Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.
John 7:38 - He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
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