Tuesday 8 September 2009

Crafted Prayer Day 3

Without being too specific about the Havant Crafted Prayer Christine and I were deeply challenged by Dan's post about suicide.

A bruised reed He will not break.
A proud and haughty heart (alone) He will oppose.
The Kingdom is about raising up the valleys of depression and despair, but casting down the high mountains of pride and scoffing, and "independant self living".

Depression and suicide does not need more heavy weights and judgement tied round it like further heavy chains. The same with homosexuality or as Dan has pointed out, many times both!

Let me show you what the Church is for. I have read this over the past few days.
Read 1 Corinthians 1:27
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
Hmmm....you think that's something
That's nothing. In fact if anything that is the precursor stage to what is coming next.
Let's give you a background. The Jews were useless at the Law, so Jesus came and showed a better way. The Jews largely, did not listen, so we the Gentiles had a go.
The gentile Church unfortunately got eaten by the Roman empire, at first by lions, later by being subsumed in a religious system. Useless. So God raised up Luther.
And Calvin. Who again missed it. So He raised up some Baptists. Methodists. Quakers.
Then it was the Brethren.
Then it was the Pentecostals.
Each generation takes things so far, fails and the whole operation gets thrown open to the next set of failures, but spiritually hungry and desperate.
The Jesus People.
The Joe and Jennies of the house church movement. These are all the foolish shaming the wise.
But saints you haven't seen anything yet! LOOK AT THIS.
1 Cor 1:28
He chose the base/zilch things of this world and the despised things,the thrown out things—and the things that are not(hmm exactly how much are things that ARE NOT....do you think you might qualify????)—to nullify the things that are,
Let's consider that word nullify!

Now don't mess around . This is the Word of God . For you. Today. As you read this.
Whatever you think you are that disqualifies you.

You got it! You're IN. To the biggest plan that has ever been devised in the history of the world. This is the Third Level Church!

Which brings us to two features of the 3rd Level church as modelled in seed form by the Key of David meetings. (but that's just a meeting form....bit like Elijah with his head between his knees while the servant went up to watch the rain actually appear in 3D storm form. The train appearing on Platform 3 is the Kingdom coming in Power AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE)
Feature 1. The saints find the actual grace,love and power and Divine enabling Presence of God overshadowing their meetings. Worst sins. Doddle. Worst Sicknesses. Doddle. Worst Demon possessions. Cinch! Why? Cos God turns up Himself!!!
Feature 2. The Church as a Grace-filled version of the Old testament Cities of Refuge. Places to hang out if people are coming at you with STONES!!!!

This is the Word for those of you who are in despair. It's not what the devil has told you. That is, if you make it at all, the best you can hope for is dangling off the cliff in a coach like the end of the first Italian Job movie.
NO....this whole end of the Age is BUILT around YOU. YOU are it!!! God's tried with the people who think they are something. He's giving up on them and moving outside to the people who can use a bit of His grace!That's what 1 Corinthians 1:28 says. So it's LEGAL and FINAL!!
v.29 so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.

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