I Am God’s House

God's houseThe book of Ezekiel speaks of a temple different than the one built during the time of Moses, Solomon, Zerubbabel and Herod. This temple is one made entirely of wood [i]. In the Hebrew culture, wood is a symbol for humanity. It was prophesied that God would fill this temple with His presence and remain there. Now there are no records of this temple being built in the natural. God was revealing to Ezekiel that He was preparing a body to restore and reconcile Man through, that body is His Son, Jesus.

The Holy Spirit confirms this in the scriptures. When Jesus cleared the temple courts of its market goods, He was asked to give them a sign to prove that He has the authority to do what He did. Jesus said to them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” Scripture reveals in the next verse that the temple He was speaking of, was His body. [ii]

Jesus says this in the book of John, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them and we will come to them and make our home with them.”[iii] We are God’s house! In Christ, we are the temple that God dwells and remains in. When you step into a room you can boldly say that the Kingdom of God is here. 🙂

Jesus made a very profound statement that sheds new light on ministry. He says that He and the Father are one and if you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father (John 14). Now if you are in Christ and the Spirit of God dwells in you, then no encounter is a chance encounter. When a person sees you, they’ve seen the Father for you are literally bringing God before every person you encounter in your day.

A Call To Ministry

The Father has called us to be co-laborers with Christ and ministers of the new covenant. We are not called to run and hide in the face of darkness but to be a reflection of God’s love to the broken, lost and bound. The will of God is this, to see that none perish. When God places an individual in your path, know that God has drawn them to you not to harm you but for one purpose. To impart life, grace and truth to this individual before you.

Whether you’re on the checkout line, waiting to be served at your favorite restaurant, picking up your child from school or at the Doctor’s office. God has raised you up to share His word and impart life. You carry light and life before that cashier, that waitress, your kid’s teacher, your doctor. No encounter is a chance encounter for all we know God has already prepared that unsaved heart to receive Him but He needs a body, that body that He prepared, to impart the love of His Son. That body is you in Christ.

You can give a person food, money, medical help, a roof over their head and the clothes on your back but if you fail to give them Jesus, the One who truly saves, sustains, clothe and heals, you’ve done nothing to help that person. You, who were made alive in Christ, hold the key to life for those who are literally walking around like the walking dead. If all you give is the material and you fail to impart the eternal; you might as well say, I’ve done nothing for them at all.

I don’t believe God wants us to defend Him; He is God, who in all of Creation can stand against Him. I believe He wants His children to make His Love known to the objects of His mercy. I want to encourage you to seek God in this. Find out from Him His will and path for you. You are God’s House; He chose to reside in you for a reason, ask Him to reveal to you what that is.

[i] Ezekiel’s Temple chapters 40-43

[ii] Luke 2:13-22

[iii] John 14:23

Discern the Times

“Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming; and so it is. And when you see the south wind blow, you say, “There will be hot weather; and there is. Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?” (Luke 12:54-56 NKJV)

In the State of New York lawmakers redefined marriage allowing same-sex couples to marry in New York. Thousands of protestors including several church organizations gathered to protest this decision some are taking steps to have this new law repealed. Earlier this week the East Coast was struck with an earthquake (a 5.8), the strongest quake to ever hit the East Coast since World War II. Later that same day weather forecasters announced that Hurricane Irene was on course for New York. I know what some of you are thinking, that these events aren’t related to one another, and the natural disasters are simply a coincidence. For me though there is just too much happening at once for me to believe that all of this is just a coincidence.  Now I’m not a prophet, I’m simply one who loves and believe in God so please bear with me and the message I’m trying to share.

Now before I go on let me make this one thing clear, this is by no means an end of days message for the bible says that there will be earthquakes, wars, famines and pestilence on the Earth, “but the end is not yet”. (see Matthew 24:3-14) What I believe is happening is not the end of times but the time for God’s people to boldly declare the Lord. God is angry Saints; the bible has shown us that when we violate His laws His wrath comes upon us and the Earth. God is not pleased with the acts of these lawmakers and now is not the time to compromise, or be polite, now is the time to declare to the Lord that the world may pass their laws and have their parades but as for me and my household we will serve the Lord. (see Joshua 24:14-15) Serve Him in your homes, in the church, in the boardrooms, the class rooms and the voting booths. When your City, State, or Country passes a law that violates God’s law or your school or workplace passes a new policy that comprimises your faith it shouldn’t sit well with you; we should be moved to fast, pray, create and sign petitions, get organized and boldly declare whom we serve not just for our sake but for the sake of our saved and unsaved loved ones.

Jesus instructs us to discern the times. Are there storms and quakes in your life that seem to come from nowhere.?Are there troubles in your life that cannot be explained? When Job went through all that he went through he was confident that he was right with the Lord, (see the book of Job). When we are facing life’s storms we need to take a “life inventory”. Ask yourself if you are living a life that is pleasing to God. Is there anything in your life that’s keeping you from reaching new heights in Him? When others see you can they see Christ glorified through you?

If you are blessed with the opportunity to preserve God’s laws and precepts, through prayer, fasting, ministry, voting, petitions or peaceful march, I encourage you to seize that moment to boldly declare your faithfulness to God and His laws. By no means does the Heavenly Father want you to act with violence or hatred toward anyone, hate the laws that violate Him not the lawmakers.

Heavenly Father we come against every law that violates You and Your laws, give us a spirit of discernment Lord so that we may act appropriately. Keep us aware of what’s going on in the world so that we may know when to pray and stand in the gap for our country and our loved ones. Also reveal to us the areas in our own lives that do not sit well with You, reveal these things so that we may live a life that is pleasing to You. We pray this in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

Written By Afiya Duncanson