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>> The Heresy of Niceness.
This is a must see. The danger of being careful about Christian Image.
Click here for the video clip of Rebecca Pippert speaking on the Subject: "The Heresy of Niceness."
Ananias and Sapphira secretly indulged in carefulness about their Christian 'image'.
They died in the presence of the transparent power of the Lord (because of their lie), in the midst of his resurrection empowered Church. [Acts 5:1-10.]
Because of Spirit dryness in the Church today, all Image judgment if not expedited here, will not fail the spot light at the finish line, and the process of rewards accounting on that day. No fake enters there.
Every believer that has a fierce struggle with sin and acknowledges such before the Lord in a genuine fight to win through with him, without the projection of false image will be perfected and "overcome at the last" [Genesis 49:19.] Praise the Lord!
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Psalm 92:5 (KJV)
"O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep."
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Monday 15th. September
Thursday 18th. September 2014.
>> The following is number 43 in this series, and all has sprung out from the restoration of the Temple in the book of Ezra. In particular all up to this stage has stemmned from the laying of the foundation, Ezra 3:10-13. And now the war begins against all that may be built upon this foundation to contain the Glory of God.
Ezra 5:1 (KJV)
"Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them."
>> To Build the House of the Lord 43. <<
¶ The work of the house of the Lord had ceased for approximately 3 years. There was heavy force that caused the work to cease but they gave in too easily. How easily we put down the trowel today and even put down the sword!
In Nehemiah's time of continuing the work, the fierceness of the battle required that everyone give one hand to the work and with the other hand hold a weapon! [Nehemiah 4:7.]
|| Fellowship but no Work: ||
¶ This present day is a day of spiritual laziness. Yes, fellowship but the 'work' has ceased.
¶ Many Churches have ceased the two gatherings on the Lord's Day and have only one morning meeting. We are encouraged as time extends into the difficult and perilous days of the Lord's near return to increase in fellowship together and not to diminish the much needed encouragement.
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." [Hebrews 10:25.]
¶ Those Israelites would have continued in fellowship but the 'work' had ceased. The work of the House of the Lord was about the building up of the edifice of fellowship with him. They didn't meet together in the broken down building and have fellowship one with another around a cup of tea; there was work to do that the edifice might be built providing fellowship WITH THE LORD.
¶ Watchman Nee in his book "Love not the World" relates how in his travels across the globe among believers particularly in regions of affluent societies, that there was fellowship but work and war had given in to the world. He noticed major attention and talk around business ventures, topics of interest like the procuring of large homes and property and the prospects of good investments. Yes we may continue in fellowship but that can be on the basis of 'duty' performed for the week with the world in constant view and spiritual life groveling in the basement.
¶ It is 'work' to build up the saints. There are many ways in which we can build up our fellow believers in Christ; through helpful involvement with needs, sharing one another's burdens, and also sharing encouragement with one another from the Word.
"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:"
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: [Ephesians 4:11-13.]
¶ The above text paints a beautiful picture of the fullness of Christ that develops as the saints are edified. Every saint has the ability to edify another personally and collectively. As this 'building up' happens the wonderful result is, that more and more the "stature of the fullness of Christ" is increasing in the local Church. How wonderful is that! We will see more of the Lord in each other and more of the glory of Him will be revealed in the collective gathering. What a great encouragement to be "always abounding in the work of the Lord" [1 Corinthians 15:58.]
|| Thrilled and Prepared to Bless. ||
¶ The Bible encourages us that we are so blessed and it is the greatest blessing to be a blessing to others. More than attend a formal Christian 'service' but purpose in heart to speak often one to another about the Lord because it is written in a book! [Malachi 3:16.]
¶ Notice that the Lord gave the Prophet Haggai to 'perfect' the attitude of the Jews and with their hearts renewed they re-commenced the 'work' of the building of the House of God.
¶ The Lord gives special servants as in the Ephesian letter ("Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers") to bring the saints to a mature attitude about this temporal life and eternity, and the wonderful glories of the Lord to 'work' towards in the House of the Lord which alone can manifest a precious fullness of his greatness. The 'work' that follows is carried on by all the saints. Haggai the prophet didn't do all the 'work'; it was done by all the people. This is the privilege of every believer in the body of Christ. As already mentioned, Paul's letter to the church at Corinth was to all the people to be "steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord".
¶ As the saints are 'built up' we will see more of Christ. This beautiful 'work' is that in which, every believer can have a part.
Click Here: Michael W. Smith - I'll lead you home.
The Lord Bless. He does the Best. As by faith in him we Rest.
TIO Nutshell Thought.
The "work of the Lord" is to bring sinners to faith in Christ [John 6:29.] and to bring the saints to a more and more "perfected" faith [Hebrews 12:2.] where ALL works are for him and the house of his glory.
Look, listen and enjoy the much loved Gospel singer of Chicago - Jessy Dixon singing - "Gone". This song is about the resurrection of Christ and his glorious triumph over the grave.
Jessy went home to be with the Lord in 2011 at the age of 73.
Notice the expressions on the faces, and the tears, at the thrill of this Glorious truth of the song.
Click Here for the video song clip and JOY - "Gone"
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A very precious encouragement from Paul Washer.
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Marriage incompatibilities are the express purpose and blessing of God.
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"Pastors and the Church Part 4."
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