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The Temple of God, Part I
For centuries man has tried to build the church with his own plan of good intentions and promotional schemes. Drawing people to endless rituals of dead orchestrated mush and lifeless programs denying access to the Spirit of God.
We have not considered the plan of God nor have we looked at His word for direction. Everyone has done what was right in his own eyes. The results of years of fruitless labor is a sterile lifeless church full of lost sheep wandering aimlessly through life attracting every kind of predator to their bleeding wounds.
We say," If we build it they will come, but God says," If He builds it He will come", which would you rather have. We have invited the multitudes and denied the Master who bought us with His blood. The church of the living God is the most important entity in the universe, so why don't we treat it as such?
We have mishandled the presence of God by portraying Him as a powerless lifeless being and we have worshiped the works of our own hands. If God were to choose to move in one of our endless services, we wouldn't let Him for fear He would offend someone, or even worse, He might run off a poor seeker.
King David, a man after God's own heart made the mistake of mishandling the presence of God by setting it on a common ox cart. After all he was only going to move it into the city for worship and religious service. He ignored the pattern and design of the ark, and the fact that it must be moved by the priesthood on sanctified shoulders. The result of David's grave mistake was the death of Uzzah when he tried to help God out by trying to steady the ark when the oxen stumbled.
If anyone would of had a mega church, don't you think Jesus would? Signs, miracles and such great wonders as feeding the multitudes, raising the dead and walking on water. That should have filled the building, shouldn't it? The only problem was that Jesus didn't come to fill stadiums, He came to make disciples, exact replicas of Himself and to send them out to do the same.
Poor Jesus didn't have all the media that we have to promote His church, He had to do it the old fashioned way, one at a time. At the end of three years He only had eleven, He would be considered a failure by our standards, but He was following the pattern that God gave Him, the word of the living God.
So what are we going to do, are we going to keep ignoring the pattern set before the foundation of the world for the construction of God's temple by continuing to provoke Him to anger with the works of our hands? May God forgive us and have mercy on us!
"But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand; "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. AND GREAT WAS IT'S FALL." Matthew 7: 26,27
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin