Monday, May 24, 2010
“AS IN THE DAYS OF OLD, I AM RETURNING TO MY HOUSE!” Hebrews 3:6
At the end of the service we were praying for healing for people at the alter. A man came staggering up the aisle to the alter and began to tell us something. He said, "Ten minutes ago I was in a bar drinking. I left that bar and was walking down the highway past your church. Something told me to walk over to your building. I have been watching you all through the windows. Tell me something, "What made me come through those doors? What made me come through those doors?" He kept repeating his question over and over to us. "What made me come through those doors? What was it?" We began to tell him that the Lord had drawn him into this building by His Spirit. The Holy Spirit was revealing Himself to him in spite of the alcohol that had him bound. The Holy Spirit had invaded that bar and was touching people inside of it. Within minutes this man was kneeling and crying out to the Lord to save him and to change his life. A seven year old boy then put his hand on the man's shoulder and asked him a question. "Mister, can I pray for you to receive the Holy Spirit?" I asked the pastor beside me if that was his little boy. He said, "No, we train all of our children to minister like this." I could see then why a zone of God's presence was being established so strong in that place affecting that community.
CHURCH BUILDINGS WILL BEGIN TO BE USED BY THE COMMUNITY MORE THAN THEIR CONGREGATIONS!
We must remember that our church buildings are not really God's house...we are! The reason our church buildings become special to us is because we gather corporately to worship Him and He comes into our midst. Again I sense the Lord saying, "As in the days of old, I am returning to My house! Remember the former days and consider the things of old, for many of those 'good old days' are returning to My house! This house will be filled again as years gone by. Seats will begin to fill up as in the days of old. Balconies in churches will have to be used again. The favor of God and man will become so strong on congregations that public officials and communities will start asking to use church buildings for their meetings and events! The economy will be used as a leverage to unlock church doors for this. These public gatherings will eventually come under the influence of the residue of God's presence in these church buildings. I can honestly say that our church building where I attend is being used more by our community than ourselves. It's like we have given our building away to be used to bless our city. It is time that our church buildings being used only a few hours a week start being used twenty-four seven!
I SENSE THE LORD SAYING, "REDEDICATE YOUR HOUSE TO ME!"
It's interesting that one of the meanings of the word 'dedicate' means 'to open ( e.g., a building ) to public use.' I sense the Lord is calling us to rededicate our lives, possessions and buildings for public use. Let's go public!