In the midst of the rugged terrain, a great army of believers is raised. In the toughest times, the best are reproduced when they fear and tremble. God’s salvation draws nigh. The virgin and the barren shout for joy. They see it. They feel it. They prophesy it. They declare it (Is. 54:1). God does a sign and a wonder. He implodes into the redeemed and they manifest His Word and express the dimensions of His Spirit in their lives. This implosion within, results in the radiance of His Glory manifesting in their “Body” (Remember Mt. Transfiguration; Remember Is. 60:1). “Arise Shine for your Light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you .”
We are about to see the surpassing greatness of His power that works mighty within us, manifesting outward (Eph. 1:19-20). How long will this power be operating and building inside us? It is God who is working within us both do will and do His good pleasure (Phil 2:12-13). At some point it has to manifest. At some point it has to find its place of expression. “Out of your innermost being will flow rivers of living water. But He spoke of the Holy Spirit who was yet to come…” (John 7:38-39).
God is looking for a people He can call His own possession (I Pet. 2:9). God is looking for a people on whom He can lavish His blessings and care (I Pet. 2:10). God is looking for a company of priests who will capture His Presence and His habitation will be among them (I Pet. 2:9). God is looking for a model nation, He can unveil to all the collapsing nations who are not under God’s good governance (I Pet. 2:9). God wants us to be proclaimers, expressers, and carriers of His great glory; the Light and Life of God Almighty (I Pet. 2:9-10).
This will be the day of God’s visitation upon the earth (I Pet. 2:12). We await this day of God manifesting in us and through us. This day is here upon the earth. All eyes will be upon His people, the Church, the Body, the Family, that will express Him fully.
This is what He is building. This is the purpose of Salvation. This is the purpose of the Church (I Pet. 2:4-8).
All the overemphasis of ‘five-fold-ministries’ in the 80’s, the overemphasis of ‘mega-churches’ in the 90’s, and the past overemphasis of charismatic experiences of the 70’s will fade away. When Christ is truly preached and He is fully revealed and attested to us by God with miracles, signs, and wonders, the Days of Visitation and the Outpouring would be here upon the earth.
We need the Church to rise to Her place of honor and dignity. God ha s given us the blueprints and the resources of a good and honorable people. Let us build an Enduring Home for Him. The church will become the Epicenter and Hub of divine activity and a tactical headquarters for God to manifest in (Habitation) and manifest through (Visitation) us.
This well-ordered house must be accurately built for Kingdom advancement. Most churches are built for CHURCH WORK and not for the WORK OF THE CHURCH!
The WORK OF THE CHURCH has already been defined as:
1. BEING A GATEWAY OF HEAVEN FOR THE EARTH (Gen. 28:17)
Those who wants God’s divine provisions and supply of the Spirit and gain access through the church.
This is the ACCESS OF DIVINE RESOURCES IN YOUR CHURCH (An Open Heaven).
2. BEING A GATEWAY TO THE EARTH FOR THE KINGDOM
God can pass through the church to visit the earth. When He moves in the church, He can touch the whole community.
This is the ACCESS FOR God THROUGH YOUR CHURCH (An Open Favor).
3. BEING THE HOUSE OF GOD (Gen. 28:17)
God dwells there. He lives there. He is ever present and people have His Presence.
This is the SIZE OF God IN YOUR CHURCH (An Open Intimacy). You will soon forget the size of your church!
4. BEING THE PILLAR OF TRUTH AND THE PRODUCER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (I Tim 3:15)
Truth is not compromised. Pastors do not dilute the truth. Give it to them without compromise but with wisdom. Many shift from quality to quantity when their churches grow in numbers. They change their diet because of the new people, but the new people came into the church because of an uncompromised message in the first place! When the church is smaller we honor God totally, but when the church gets a little bigger we honor God and everyone else! We are afraid to lose what we have tried so hard to gain! This is why 90% of all churches mutate into a self-defeating organization. What we did not want to have when we were smalle r;(the type of membership) we tolerate having when we get bigger.
The church must keep its message pure and clean if it wants to keep righteousness as its currency on earth. She must clothe herself in garments of righteousness.
5. BEING THE HOME FOR A COVENANTED PEOPLE
This is God’s House that houses His family. True care and genuine love is built into the infrastructure of all its programs and activities. They care for their own and are accurately connected in integrity, honor, and accountability. God’s love, compassion, and concerns are shared meaningfully in the context of covenant there.
We find our home. We find our sense of belonging. We find our place. We find our sphere of responsibility. We know the limits of our authority and accountability. We know we are home in His Presence and before His people.
6. BEING THE VOICE OF God IN THE LAND.
The proceeding word is always heard and proclaimed in our midst. The wo rd of God is not rare or infrequent. The heavens are open and God is always speaking freely and clearly so that we can be His Voice on the earth. The church has been silenced because of strange voices in their midst. The voice of the people, the voice of other spirits, and the voice of the world and the voice of error have clamored the space for God’s Voice. In many places there is not even a still small voice!
The pastor speaks his own mind and imagination. He speaks what will benefit him by getting the people to do what will bring him the blessings, etc.
He is trained to sheer the wool because he feels entitled because of his labor and sacrifice. The end justifies the means. The fat and sleek shepherds; these wicked men who dwell among God’s people.
A new breed of true shepherds are rising, replacing the Eli’s. A new breed of prophets are rising like Samuel, young but those who know the Lord and His voice.
God will not allow any on e of their words to fall to the ground. He will fulfill His word in their mouth (I Sam. 3:19).
7. BEING THE PREVAILING POWER TO STOP DESTRUCTION, DECAY, AND DECLINE
The church has an unusual role to preserve and protect the environment from destruction and corruption.
We speak the word that will give people the power to escape the corruption and destruction that is in the world (II Pet. 1:4).
We speak the word that will cause them to become born again and translate them from the domain of darkness to the kingdom of His Beloved Son (I Pet. 1:23, Col. 1:13)
We speak the word that will recreate the environment and rebuild the ancient ruins (Ez. 37:4-7, Is. 61:4).
We are the salt that preserves; we are the light that shines in darkness.
In the climatic situations that are fast becoming chaotic and destructive, the church has to learn to rise and rule. We may not be able to stop all the rain or flood or earthquakes, but we must carry our people and community through, both emotionally, socially, financially, etc. God must give us the power to prevail and the grace to govern in all situations:
– To help the weak and strengthen them.
– To heal the sick and deliver them.
– To save the lost and release them to touch other lives.
– To impart His grace and gifts and multiply capable men to represent Him.
– To multiply honorable workforce so that the work of the church is done!
Build the local church so that:
– Its BEING is better than its SINGING and DANCING.
– Its BEING is better than its BUILDINGS and ASSETS.
– Its BEING is better than its STATUS and TITLES.
– Its BEING is better than its PERSONALITY and FAME.
– Its BEING is better than its RHETORIC and ADVERTISEMENT.
– Its BEING is better than its SYSTEMS and Technology.
– Its BEING is better than its PROJECTIONS and PRO FITS.
– Its BEING is better than its POSITIONS and PROGRAMS.
May our churches BE A GATEWAY OF HEAVEN AND A GATEWAY TO HEAVEN.
May our churches BE THE HOUSE OF GOD AND A HOME TO HIS PEOPLE.
May our churches BE THE PILLAR OF TRUTH AND THE VOICE OF GOD ON THE EARTH.
May our churches BE THE PREVAILING POWER AND THE GRACE TO GOVERN when all else is falling like autumn leaves!
May our CHURCHES IMPACT THE CITIES AND INFLUENCE THE NATIONS.