If you or someone you know well and personally is being drawn away from a church-focused life; if you or someone you know well and personally is filled with trepidation over the matter; if your heart is aching for Christ in a manner in which you cannot describe with words, but the hunger is deep and the dissatisfaction is almost tangible; if you have been walking the wilderness alone and discouraged, fear not and read further.
Heavenly Father, We rejoice and glory in You, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have concealed these things from the wise and the understanding and revealed them to babes – the childish and unskilled and untaught. Yes, Father, for this was Your gracious will and choice and good pleasure! May this be brought home to us in a living way which will result in deeper resurrection union with You in Christ Jesus. Amen.
For every term that religion has hijacked and used for its own gain, the Spirit must renew again for us. To hear the words that Jesus speaks to us by way of His indwelling Spirit, we must allow the blinders to fall off, and be willing to adjust to that which He speaks that is Spirit and Life. For every Scripture that religion has hijacked and used for its own purpose, we seek to know what the Spirit of Truth is telling us. It most certainly isn’t comfortable to have righteously stirred up what we once believed was settled. But we cannot learn, we cannot grow spiritually, without the Spirit bringing us beyond the borders of our comfort zone. He is faithful and He is true! He is our Hope, and is a sure and steadfast anchor of our soul which cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it; He is our Hope that reaches farther and enters into the very certainty of the Presence within the veil. Beloved, if you are being drawn, rest assured on Christ alone!
The following Scriptures will shine a light on what has been misunderstood, misrepresented and misconstrued. When Christ is drawing us away from that which we built our life’s foundation upon, it is imperative to know the truth which cannot be shaken. I pray the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation – of insight into mysteries and secrets – in the deep and intimate knowledge of Christ, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints – the set-apart ones. Amen.
Hebrews 10:20-26 By this fresh (new) and living way which He initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain (veil of the Holy of Holies), that is, through His flesh,
And since we have [such] a great and wonderful and noble Priest [Who rules] over the house of God,
Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water.
So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.
And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities,
Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.
For if we go on deliberately and willingly sinning after once acquiring the knowledge of the Truth, there is no longer any sacrifice left to atone for [our] sins [no further offering to which to look forward].
Colossians 1:20-23 And God purposed that through (by the service, the intervention of) Him [the Son] all things should be completely reconciled back to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, as through Him, [the Father] made peace by means of the blood of His cross.
And although you at one time were estranged and alienated from Him and were of hostile attitude of mind in your wicked activities,
Yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the Father’s] presence.
[And this He will do] provided that you continue to stay with and in the faith [in Christ], well-grounded and settled and steadfast, not shifting or moving away from the hope [which rests on and is inspired by] the glad tidings (the Gospel), which you heard and which has been preached [as being designed for and offered without restrictions] to every person under heaven,…
Psalm 27: 1-5 The Lord is my Light and my Salvation—whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, [even then] in this will I be confident.
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and[insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.
Lord willing this will all lead into a post on God’s Fatherhood in the coming weeks.
And, now, a timely word from Chip Brogden, as spoken approximately ten years (2009) ago in a message on Ephesians 3 (LINK). Chip speaks well what the Spirit has laid on many hearts.
I believe that fellowship is a byproduct, a fruit, a result of people who have been made one in the (Holy) Spirit; who have one goal, one focus, one passion, one love, and they all come together and then that’s a fellowship. And if you’ve got that you don’t have to gather together physically. Yes, I know, there’s all kinds of benefits to a physical gathering but, listen, I’ve been to all kinds of physical gathering’s and they really weren’t focused on Christ, they weren’t focused on their first love, there wasn’t a bond in the (Holy) Spirit: that we’re all in this together and we are all joined together because of Christ and because of Who He is, and we all have insight into this wonderful mystery and we see it as a stewardship and we want to share it with one another and with the world. You can get people together and that doesn’t mean that they are in fellowship – let’s get real! On the other hand, we could be joined together and be one in the (Holy) Spirit and have that spiritual fellowship even if we’re not in the same physical presence of one another. I think God is trying to prepare us for something, and I think we need to be prepared for a time when physical fellowship with other Christians may not be possible. Regardless of what you think about church, regardless of what you think about gathering together, you need to have your spiritual affairs and your spiritual foundation in place so that your spiritual life doesn’t depend upon the physical gathering together of other people, because one day that may not be available to us. For many of you it’s not available now, it’s just not something that the (Holy) Spirit has ordained for you.
The physical gathering together has not been available to me, not because there are not brick and mortar church buildings available, some within walking distance, and not because some haven’t beaten me silly but, and it has taken a long and arduous road to come to see and accept this, the Spirit, in fact, has not ordained that gathering for me. And in its place, oh, in its place, He has made and is making Himself known. Hallelujah!
Beloved, there will be difficulty, there are challenges and it all comes at a high cost to our flesh. But we do not become discouraged – well, we do, let’s face it, we really do! But the Scriptures, when Spirit-revealed are Life to our weary bones. Christ’s call is, Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Now, this suffering we are experiencing, this slight distress of the passing hour, is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory – beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease! SINCE we consider and look NOT to the things that are seen BUT to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal, but the things that are invisible are everlasting. Hallelujah and amen!