Constructed through Intimacy
8.The Building are constructed through Intimacy
When our faith is combined with intimacy with God, creation is taking place.
When we look at the exodus we saw a nation looking upon the wonders of God as He provided in a supernatural way for His people, but yet they started doubting and fell back upon their own feeble plans, building a golden calf to guide them to freedom, a god formed by the very hands that worshipped it. Likewise, we are quick to fall back upon our own plans, when we have prayed for a while without seeing anything; we start doubting and start planning for ourselves. But if we only knew what is taking place in the unseen, if the Israelites only knew that Moses was waiting upon God who is writing with His own hand, they would not have rebelled against God. The moment we stop trusting in God and His ability, is the moment that we rebel against God and His authority .
Exodus 32:1 “And the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, and the people gathered themselves to Aaron. And they said to him, Up! Make us gods who shall go before us. For this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”
God called on Moses to come and receive the creating work that He was busy preparing, but while Moses was waiting upon God to bring forth His creation, the people started doubting. This resulted in God’s created work to be aborted, as Moses destroyed the law that was written by God’s own hand.
Likewise when we pray, having intimate fellowship with God, creation is at work.If we, because we cannot see what God is doing fall back on our own plans, we abort the creative work God is preparing. The moment we start doubting, we rebel against God and His authority.
Rom 9:33 as it is written, “Behold, I lay in Zion a Stumbling-stone and a Rock-of-offense, and everyone believing on Him shall not be put to shame.” Then again Jesus said John 11:40 “Jesus answered her, did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” It is in believing in the continued sense that we will see the Glory of God as He brings in fulfilment that what we believe Him to do.
8.1 The Body as the vessel God intended to bring His plan in fulfilment.
In the beginning God created us in His image, perfect to bring in fulfilment His plan and purpose, sin made us to fall short of the perfection God intended. In God’s wisdom He recreated us through our Lord Jesus Christ so that we can do the good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them. The body, sanctified through the Blood of Jesus and the Word of God, is the vessel by which God intended to bring His plan into fulfilment. The body however first need to be a transformed before the fullness thereof can come to pass.
The restoration of the body of Christ (Christians) is in the unity of faith in Jesus Christ. A body is not reliant upon itself, the body respond to the command that comes from the head. If however we find ourselves not connected to the head as part of the body we cannot receive the command.
Someone asked: how can you be a missionary without attending Bible school? My response: how can you be a missionary without a living relationship with a living God?
When Jesus said to His disciples He will not leave them alone He promised to send the Holy Spirit to help them bringing in the fulfilment of the Father’s plan, and He said that the Holy Spirit will say nothing that He ,the Father, did not instruct. So that we still receive direct guidance as the body of Christ from Christ who is the head.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you
Hebrews 12:1-2 reminds us that we must keep our eyes on the Lord, even within the building process we must remember that a house must a least have two sides for the roof to rest upon, so we build together within the body of Christ, but our eyes must be fix on Jesus Christ and not our fellow builders, for each must build in accordance to the direction he received from the Lord. If you seek guidance from your fellow builders they may disappoint you as they do not know.
- Humble ourselves 1 Pet.5v5 “…. and all of you, cloth yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
- Learn to love the truth 17v17 “Set them apart in the truth; your Word is the truth” Test all things to the truth.
- Cultivate the fear of the Lord. 34v11, “Come children listen to me! I will teach you what it means to fear the LORD”.
Prov.9v10 “The beginning of wisdom is to fear the Lord, and acknowledging the Holy One is understanding”.
E.g. Jesus in the desert didn’t acknowledge self but referred to the Word of God.
Keep the cross of Jesus Christ central. 1 Corinth.2v5 “so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on the power of God”. Hebrews 12:1-2 reminds us that we must keep our eyes on the Lord, even within the building process we must remember that a house must a least have two side for the roof to rest upon, so we build together within the body of Christ, but our eyes must be fix on Jesus Christ and not our fellow builders, for each must build in accordance to the direction he receives from the Lord. If you seek guidance from your fellow builders they may disappoint you as they do not know.
In reference to Word of God look through the cross (the tree of life) do not look in the flesh (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) so that you will not see each other’s nakedness(mistakes) but that you will be able to see the recreation.