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1Co 12:14  For the body is not one member, but many.

1Co 12:15  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

1Co 12:16  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

1Co 12:17  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

1Co 12:18  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

1Co 12:19  And if they were all one member, where were the body?

1Co 12:20  But now are they many members, yet but one body.

1Co 12:21  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

1Co 12:22  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

1Co 12:23  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

1Co 12:24  For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked:

1Co 12:25  That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

1Co 12:26  And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.

1Co 12:27  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

1Co 12:28  And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

1Co 12:29  Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

1Co 12:30  Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

1Co 12:31  But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

 

How would these verses be worked out in a city wide context?

 

Are our hearts really ready for this kind of oneness?

 

If you are a Pastor or Lay Leader, what challenges you when you 

Think of seeing these verses being worked out church to church?

 

Why is it important to get to the bottom of our resistances to  

working these things out.

 

Could there be a plan worked out so that the needs of your city

 are met by the cooperation of each church one with another?

 

As an member of the body of Christ what would your part be in

such an endeavor?

 

Food for thought,

Keith

 

 

Hungry

Hungry

Psa 119:135 Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes.

When we should be calling on or seeking God Himself, we end of looking for some outward manifestation instead. When I think of revival I think of being set where He wants me (Cor 12:18). Knowing Christ is the first call of a Christian seeking to be revived.

It is inviting Jesus into our everyday life that will bring the closeness we want with the creator.

Therefore, to be calling on him we need to be as the scripture says,

retaining him in our thinking.” With every project, relationship and breathe we include Him.

I remember when I first felt the drawing of the Lord Jesus. I began to look at the men in the Bible who like me were not perfect, but to whom God spoke to and made Himself known. I was lead to believe at that time that God doesn’t present Himself in such personal ways to human being anymore.

However, I believe now that as He makes His holy self know to us at conversion, He will continue that same closeness throughout our relationship with Him. It has never been His way to be a far away God.

Is God holy and set apart by his very nature? Yes, but far away, no. He has always desired closeness with us from the beginning. Even with Cain and his ill heart he came and tried to help him (Gen 4:6-7). Even in Genesis chapter 17 look at what God does to draw close to mankind, and look at Abrams part…..

Gen 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Gen 17:2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

Gen 17:3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

Gen 17:4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

Gen 17:5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

Gen 17:6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

Gen 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

Gen 17:8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

Gen 17:9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

Throughout scripture old and new (which are one) Testament He has remained the same in His heart toward man. He wants to be with us. When God took on flesh, and unveiled Himself, He came to us. In Philippians chapter 2 He went even farther….

Philippians 2:5-8Amplified Bible (AMP)

Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]

Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[a]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not[b]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [c]or retained,

But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [d]rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.

And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!

And at the end of days it is God who is still coming down to be with us…..

Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Take heart dear Christian as we call out to be revived. God desires to be with us. He always has.

Blessings

Keith

Why personal Revival?

Why personal Revival?

I’ve put up a few post written by others because I’m not really a very good writer. I think I do better speaking. But there are awesome ideas out there about drawing close to God and starting your own personal revolution. They are good solid voices that are more than rants on the subjects and issues of Prayer, fasting and bible study. Most are written to big city churches or areas of these United States that are ‘Big’.

Living in small town Utah I think small churches in small places can bring about big change in the church at large if we sell out to the head of the church. When I post what I desire is for each member of the body of Christ to come fully into all that Christ has called you to be. It’s not about scoring points with God. We know that from scripture that we only have a ‘blessed hope’ by means of what Christ himself has done for us.(Gal 3:2-3) So what we are talking about in this blog is learning to enjoy our relationship with Jesus by fellowship with him and the body of Christ. We are seeking out ways to do more than promote our denomination but instead promote the Christ. To share the Good News is in and of itself to release the power that brings salvation to those who are with out Christ in this world. The marvel is is that he will use any Christian at any station of life to do this. Thus making ourselves ready we pray to seek the heart of God and make petition for the community we live in. We Fast to to put our heart in check and bring our own fleshly desires under Gods control. We fellowship and work with other Christians to increase the kingdom of God. All these things we do not to just Hype up our name but to lift up the name of Christ.

In the up coming Post we will explore

Resources for bible study (there are many)

Ideas for fasting and prayer meetings

Join with me in the up coming weeks as we seek to put Christ first in the whole of our lives.

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