BUILD MY HOUSE

WE WERE CREATED TO DELIGHT OURSELVES IN THE LORD OF SABBATH

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    I WAS GIVEN A WORD FROM THE LORD SOME TIME AGO. THE INSTRUCTION WAS TO BUILD HIS HOUSE.  I DO MY BEST TO DRAW OTHERS TO GOD… FEEDING THE SHEEP SO TO SPEAK.  I HAVE STRIVED TO LEARN FROM MY HEAVENLY FATHER HOW TO BUILD HIS HOUSE NOT KNOWING WHAT HE WANTED ME TO DO.  THE MORE TIME I SPENT IN THE WORD AND PRAYER OR  SHOULD I SAY… INTENSIVE MOMENTS OF FELLOWSHIP AND POURING OUT MY HEART IN WORSHIP, I FOUND A WHOLE NEW SIDE OF GOD THAT NO ONE EVER TALKS ABOUT. 

WE STRIVE LONG AND HARD TO GET MARRIED, BUY A HOME AND HAVE A FAMILY .  WE WORK HARD, LONG HOURS AT WORK AND WITH OUR DUTIES AS PARENTS WE LEAVE GOD OUT OF THE LIST OF “THINGS TO DO”.  WE MAY GO TO CHURCH FOR AN HOUR ON SUNDAY BUT DOES THAT TRULY PLEASE GOD?  AS I WALKED THIS JOURNEY ALONE I FOUND THAT GOD WANTS MORE… JUST LIKE A MARRIAGE WE WANT QUALITY TIME NOT JUST GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS. THERE HAD TO BE MORE TO LIFE THAN THESE FLEETING MOMENTS OF JUST DOING OUR DUTY.

AFTER LIVING MY LIFE DOING THE RIGHT THING?  AFTER MARRIAGE, KIDS, A HOME AND A BUSINESS… I STILL FELT EMPTY.  I REALISED I PUT ALL MY TIME AND EFFORT INTO THE WORLD, MY FAMILY AND MY HOME AND GAVE GOD NOTHING.  WHEN I CAME ACROSS A SCRIPTURE THAT SAID, “YOU BUILD YOU OWN HOUSE BUT MY HOUSE REMAINS A HEAP OF RUINS”.  THIS CONVICTED ME TO MY CORE.  I DID NOT KNOW WHY I ONLY KNEW I WAS GUILTY.  I DID NOT UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE TAUGHT TO GROW UP, GET A JOB, GET MARRIED, BUY A HOME, HAVE KIDS AND RETIRE.  THERE HAS TO BE MORE TO LIFE!  MY SEARCH TOOK ME INTO THE HEART OF GOD.  LOOKING FOR ANSWERS CHANGED THE WAY I READ THE WORD OF GOD.  NOW, I WAS LOOKING FOR DEEPER UNDERSTANDING. WHAT WAS I MISSING?  WHY DID I FEEL SO EMPTY.   I LOVED MY JOB AND MY FAMILY.  THE HOURS I SPENT IN THE WORD CHANGED MY LIFE.  I BEGAN TO SEE WHAT GOD KNEW!   THE PIECES TO THE PUZZLE BEGAN TO CLICK.   THE DOTS WERE BEING CONNECTED!   WE NEGLECTED TO BUILD OUR SPIRITUAL HOUSE BEFORE WE BUILT OUR NATURAL HOUSE.  WHAT DOES THAT EXACTLY MEAN?   THE SCRIPTURE CAME FLOODING TO MY MIND… “IF GOD DOES NOT BUILD THE HOUSE THEY LABOR IN VAIN”.   ALL THIS TIME I THOUGHT GOD WAS BUILDING MY HOUSE. I JUST NEVER REALISED HOW EMPTY MY HOUSE WAS UNTIL I ACCOMPLISHED ALL THE RIGHT THINGS MAN SAYS IS ACCEPTABLE.

LITTLE DID I KNOW I WAS BEING TAKEN DOWN THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED.  FROM THIS POINT ON MY LIFE CHANGED DRAMATICLY.  AS THE HOLY SPIRIT TOOK ME THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES I LEARNED OUR MIND AND HEART IS GOD’S HOUSE IF…. HE INVITE HIM IN!   WE HAVE WHAT SCRIPTURE SAYS, ” A FORM OF GODLINESS BUT WE DENY ITS POWER”.  WE SAY WE LOVE GOD BUT WE DO NOT GIVE HIM LORDSHIP, OWNERSHIP, MASTERY OVER OUR SPIRIT, OUR MIND, HEART OR WILL, LET ALONE OUR BODY (MOUTH, EYES, EARS, HANDS AND FEET).  DO WE TRULY ALLOW GOD TO TELL US WHAT WE CAN AND CAN NOT DO?   I WAS GUILTY… I WOULD FEEL THE HOLY SPIRIT CONVICTING ME OF SOMETHING AND I LITERALLY TOOK THE BIBLE OUT AND PROVED TO GOD… YES I CAN DO THIS “IT IS WRITTEN”!   OH MY, WHEN I LOOK BACK NOW I WANT TO CRY.  WE ARE QUITE THE PRIDEFUL SEED OF SATAN.  IT ONLY TOOK ONE TIME FOR THE LORD TO CORRECT ME AND I WAS ARRESTED IN MY STEPS.  NOW, ALL I HAVE TO HEAR HIM SAY… “DO YOU TRUST ME”.  THAT’S ALL IT TOOK… FROM THIS POINT I AM COMPLETELY AT HIS MERCY. HE KNOWS BETTER THAN I.  WILL I DEMAND MY RIGHTS OR WILL I FOLLOW HIM AND LAY DOWN MY OWN WILL?  MY LIFE BELONGS TO HIM.  MY SOUL PURPOSE IS TO OBEY.  HE CAN SPEAK AND STOP ME IN MY TRACKS AND TURN ME WITH A WHISPER.   I HAVE LEARNED TO BE SO SENSITIVE TO HIS PRESENCE THAT I ANTICIPATE HIS EVERY MOVE.  IT’S LIKE A HUSBAND AND WIFE WHO FINISH EACH OTHERS SENTENCES OR SAY WHAT THEY OTHER ONE IS THINKING… IT IS SO WIERD AND FORIEGN TO MAN TO REALIZE GOD WANTS TO BE THAT CLOSE TO US!  MAN HAS A VERY HARD TIME SEEING HIMSELF AS A BRIDE OF CHRIST… THE SPIRIT REVEALED, IT IS BECAUSE MAN DOES NOT WANT TO BE TREATED THE WAY A WOMAN IS TREATED.  THEIR CONSCIENCE BEARS WITNESS… THEY ARE NOT TREATING THEIR WIVE THE WAY GOD TREATS HIS BRIDE.  HIS BRIDE IS HIS QUEEN NOT HIS MAID.  HIS BRIDE IS BY HIS SIDE AND HE PARADES HER AROUND LIKE A CROWN UPON HIS HEAD.  HE DOES NOT HIDE HER FROM THE PUBLIC EYE AND DEMAND SHE BE HIS SLAVE IN ANY SENSE… (WITHOUT GOING IN  INTIMATE DETAILS!)  IS THERE A MAN ALIVE THAT WOULD WANT GOD TO TREAT HIM THE WAY HE TREATS HIS WIFE?   THEY ARE FEW THAT CAN SAY YES.  

SO AS THIS IS A NEW YEAR, I CHALLENGE EACH AND EVERY ONE TO STEP OUT AND MAKE TIME TO BE IN THE WORD MORE THAN EVER BEFORE. THE TIME IS DRAWING NEAR… WE HAVE HEARD IT FOR SO LONG… JESUS IS COMING FOR HIS BRIDE.  PAUL SAID IT IN HIS DAY.  IF WE LOOK AT IT FROM THE HEBREW LANGUAGE… 1 DAY IS AS A 1000 YEARS AND 1000 YEARS IS AS A DAY!   GOD DOES NOT LIVE IN THE LIMITS OF TIME.  WE ARE BUT A BREATH TO HIM. IN ALL ETERNITY WHAT ARE WE THAT HE STILL LONGS TO HAVE A FAMILY TO DWELL WITH HIM FOREVER!    WHAT ARE WE THAT HE HAS GONE TO SUCH GREAT LENGTHS TO BE MERCIFUL AND GRACIOUS TO US… WE WHO BARELY MAKE TIME FOR 1 MINUTE DEVOTIONS… WHAT IS THAT!   WHAT WOULD OUR SPOUSE SAY, THINK OR FEEL IF WE GAVE THEM ONE MINUTE OF OUR TIME… AND IN THAT ONE MINUTE WE DO ALL THE TALKING!  THAT IS DEVASTATING.  THAT IS HOW WE APPROACH GOD.  WE COME AND GIVE HIM A LIST OF DEMANDS AND THEN NEVER ALLOW HIM TO SPEAK.  THAT IS NOT PRAYER… THAT IS A SPOILED ROTTEN BRAT DEMANDING WHAT HE OR SHE WANTS AND EXPECTS FROM A PARENT.   WE ALL KNOW SPOILED RICH BRATS THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO KICK IN THE PANTS, SO TO SPEAK… BUT HAVE WE STOPPED TO EXAMINE OUR OWN BEHAVIOR TOWARD OUR HEAVENLY FATHER?  WE JUDGE OTHERS BUT DO WE JUDGE OURSELVES… THE WORD OF GOD IS A MIRROR TO OUR SOUL.  SPEND ENOUGH TIME IN IT AND YOU WILL BE HUMBLED BY ITS CONVICTION, ITS HOLINESS AND ITS PURITY.  GOD MADE IT SO SIMPLE AND WE MADE IT SO HARD… SO HEAVY… SO MISERABLE THAT WE RUN FROM THE FATHER RATHER THAN RUNNING TO HIM.

BE ENCOURAGED,  THERE IS HOPE. GOD IS PATIENT EVEN WHEN WE ARE NOT.  HE WILL TEACH US EVERYTHING WE NEED IF WE WILL ONLY TAKE THE TIME TO HEED HIS CALL.  OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE.  DO NOT SACRIFICE THE GOOD GOD HAS PLANNED FOR YOU TO BE ACCEPTED BY THE WORLD.  CHOOSE TO BE A MARY RATHER THAN A MARTHA.   CHOOSE TO BE A DAVID RATHER THAN SAUL.  CHOOSE THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE… GOD OR MONEY.  WHAT GOOD IS MONEY IF YOU LOSE YOUR SOUL.  HELL HAS NO PREFERENCE, RICH OR POOR, SLAVE OR FREE, MALE OR FEMALE… IT WILL DEVOUR ANY AND ALL JUST TO KEEP YOU FROM THE GOODNESS OF GOD.  BE BLESSED THIS NEW YEAR WITH THE PRESENCE OF THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT. THEY LONG TO COMMUNE WITH MANKIND.  THAT IS WHAT WE WERE CREATED FOR.  COME…WALK WITH GOD IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN !

 

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