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Tropical_Man 66M
6587 posts
4/21/2011 2:41 am
Across the Great Divide


There are a lot of people out there that see life many times as them being a square peg that tries to fit into the round hole of life. Try as they might, some things just do not work for them. It is not that unusual. There are many things that just do not mix. Life can seem like oil and water to people who see the emperor has no clothes. Yet they are being told, look at his feet. Yes he does.



With Knowledge comes responsibility. Today I am looking at the spiritual board of mans' organized fellowships. For me, it is my round hole. There is a problem with round holes in my opinion. Once you are in them, you can spin and easily be turned by the people that own the board you are placed in. The great thing about the person that thinks for themselves is that being a square peg, once you are in your spot, you are not moved. The edges lock you in place. You are the who always asks why. You have to have real reasons, it is impossible for you to just go along blindly because someone supposedly above you says so.



Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.



1st Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.



What is the church? It is the bride of Christ which means anyone that has been born again. Anyone that that believes Jesus the Christ is savior of the world. Its not the Assemblies of God, the Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans or whatever. It is the people. Jesus did not die for organizations. He died for people. Organizations do not have relationships with God, people do.



The Bible says in First Peter 2:5, “Ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” Believers are compared directly to Jesus Christ in this verse because believers are called “living stones.” Those are the exact same words that were used to describe Jesus in the previous verse where He was called a “living stone.” God had one that He loved so much that God wanted to have many more like Him. One of the uses given to stones is that they are used to build buildings. The temple was made of stones, but the time came for the temple to be done away with. What would God have in place of the temple for His holy building?



The replacement for the temple is indicated in this verse when it says that you “are built up a spiritual house.” There is no longer a physical house. Now it is a spiritual house were God dwells. He dwells in His believers. Jesus said that this would happen: that the temple would be taken away and that something else would replace it.



In the Spiritual Church, where you are a living stone, you will always fit in. Because it is the things of God and not the things of man. Christ is your head and not a person. In fellowship there is gifting's. But that does not make them little lords over you. Instead it is supposed to be brothers and sisters that you can glean from. And in turn they can glean from you. fellowship. The body of Christ is quite simply a bride that does not reside within walls. The bride is the people, made without spot or wrinkle even now in God's eyes all because of what Jesus has done.



God loves us unconditionally.Nothing more need be said about his love for mankind.





HEBREWS 10:25 KJV

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

While the Bible does warn us, in the above verse, not to forsake meeting together with other believers, it never tells us how often we should meet. Neither does it say when or where we should meet.

When we meet together, God did not intend for it to be just a ritual, but something beneficial.

It should be a time of fellowship, learning, sharing, giving, receiving, and spiritual encouragement. A time to build one another up by what the other members of the body supply.





1 CORINTHIANS 14:26 KJV

26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

Although nothing is more important than receiving teaching to help us understand and act on God's Word, that should not be the only reason we meet together.

When the Bible was written, the only way to hear anointed teaching of the Word was to physically gather together when a Bible teacher was present. But today we are not limited to a time or place, because of recorded media.

The reason for meeting together as believers is more than just to listen to someone else "preach" to you. You need to become involved.

A true "church meeting" does not require a large number of people. In fact, a smaller group is often best, as it is easier to share what you have and offer spiritual encouragement to others, as well as receive it yourself.





MATTHEW 18:20 KJV

20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Even two believers discussing the Word during their lunch break is a valid expression of a "church meeting" according to this verse. Jesus promised us, as individual believers, He would never leave us. So, clearly this verse must mean Jesus expresses Himself in a special way, as members of His body meet together in His Name.

The New Testament refers often to believers meeting in their homes. There is no reason believers cannot meet anywhere: on a commute to work, at a restaurant, at an office, or even in a church building. The Bible sets no limitations.



Square pegs.... be encouraged. God is with you. Christ is your head and not any man. If you are discouraged by the organized machine that is always upon demand, do not let it make you lose your hope. Do not feel like you have to be a part of Christianity that is based in business. It is not the worst thing in the world. Certainly not the best. Make time to meet with Christian friends. Share what God is doing in your life. Listen to what God is doing in theirs. Encourage one another in the faith.



Spend time with the Holy Spirit daily. Give to people as God leads. Share your time and money as God leads.



1st John 2:nd is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life. As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the and in the Father.



But be of good courage. Fellowship with the people God puts in your life.You have everything you need



Hebrews 13:5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER



Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.



God Loves You. You do not have to fit in, just abide in him. Allow him to live through you

kiadan 47F

4/21/2011 2:53 pm

Good post Dennis! ... "God Loves You. You do not have to fit in, just abide in him. Allow him to live through you."

Blessings

faith


Tropical_Man 66M
6389 posts
4/22/2011 2:46 am

thanks Faith. I never worry about fitting in