Jesus at my door

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Rev.3:20

Christ came to visit me. There He was! He stood at the door and knocked. I heard His voice
and opened the door and He came him in. I gave Him a warm hug. I was so glad to see Him.

We sat at my table and had coffee and talked. We laughed and I learned a lot listening to Him teach me deep things. We shared food together and talked more. We cried together,  yet we shared joy, encouragement and hope. I learned profound truth from just watching Him live His life. We had sweet communion together and shared friendship and the purest love.

lots of little churches

and to the church in your house… Philemon1:2

What Church do I go to? I don’t. I don’t “go to” the ones on the corner with wood, stones, mortar, steeples, pews, lobbys, offices, classrooms, donation envelopes, ATMs, liturgies, confession boxes, “prayer rooms”, membership contracts, State-incorporation, power-tripping Clergy, Spirit-squashing Church traditions, mics, stages, sound systems, lighting systems and elevated pulpits.

But I am a part of lots of little churches, and we are all united; one flock, with one Shepherd.

What do my lots of little churches look like? Where are they located? Who are the leaders? Is there a liturgy or order of service? Do we meet on Sundays?

I had dinner out with J.; we are a little church. My friend K. came over and we sat in the living room; we are a little church.
My daughter and I spent time together; we are a little church. My daughter’s girl friend spent the evening at our kitchen table.
We talked for hours; the 3 of us are a little church. I chat with my blogger friends online, we are a little church. I chat
with many friends via email; we are lots of little churches. One Facebook friend came thru my city on her way across the country and
she stopped by for tea; we were a church of 2 sisters. On Skype, i meet up sometimes with 2 or 3 friends, we are a little church. I talk on the phone to one
dear sister who lives in another state, we are a little church.

I find the followers of Jesus all the time out in public. We stand there on the sidewalk together, we are a little street church. Out in the parking lot
with a girlfriend, we are a little church in the sunshine. I send a letter in the mail…. the postman delivers “love one another” to my far away friend.

P. comes over for dinner, we eat, share, cry, read scripture and pray. We hang out in the backyard sitting in lawn chairs near the vegetable garden, just being together. We are a little church every time he comes over.

My FB friend sends me an encouraging email. We are a little church thru the miles.

My little churches, “gatherings” really, happen wherever I happen to be with another saint, and we are sharing time together, and sharing encouragement together. Jesus is with us. The leader is the Holy Spirit and there is no clergy, no order of service or liturgy, there is no “Hierarchy”, no power- trips, no committees, no board and definitely no “proper Church clothes”. There is no required day.

There are only a few of us at a time, with Jesus, together with one another. We are a little church in my house.  When we communicate with one another in any way, we are together and we are a little church. One body, one Spirit. Lots of little churches.

Our fellowship

ACTS 20

We are gathered together, all through the night, until the break of day…. “from house to house”, breaking bread (communion with one another, with Him), teaching, exhorting, consoling, encouraging and helping one another, eating together (when we can), declaring to one another what is profitable, preaching the kingdom to each other, warning and admonishing with tears, being an example (v35), reminding one another to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, praying, weeping, embracing, sharing fellowship together, accompanying one another… Acts20

 

 

lonely in the wilderness

Guest post:

It can be lonely in the wilderness

by Daniel Mark

1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Temptation: G3986 πειρασμός peirasmos pi-ras-mos’ From G3985; a putting to proof (by experiment [of good], experience [of evil], solicitation, discipline or provocation); by implication adversity: – temptation, X try.

Faithful: G4103 πιστός pistos pis-tos’ From G3982; objectively trustworthy; subjectively trustful: – believe (-ing, -r), faithful (-ly), sure, true.

Bear: G5297 ὑποφέρω hupopherō hoop-of-er’-o From G5259 and G5342; to bear from underneath, that is, (figuratively) to undergo hardship: – bear, endure.

God our Father, will indeed allow us to be tempted, or tested, but He is faithful, sure and true, and will not suffer, or allow us, to be tempted beyond what we can bear, or endure. In our darkest hour, as we feel so alone, and the pain from the trials we undergo seems so overwhelming and unbearable, Satan tries to deceive us into believing the Lord doesn’t hear our prayers, or care. Remember the scripture above: cry out to the Lord “your Word is true Lord”! “Strengthen me Lord, so that I can endure this trial”! The Lord is faithful, sure and true and Satan is a liar! Comfort yourselves with these truths.

I know many of you are going through severe trials right now, so am I. The scripture (1 Co 10:13) begins by saying the trials or temptation we go through, are common to man, or that many of us believers are going through similar adversities. That is somewhat of a comfort, but the fact, yes the FACT, that God is faithful brings peace in the midst of the storm. As we go through these trials and the Lord proves His faithfulness, our faith grows.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

We’ve all heard that we would go through these things, and now that we are, let’s get to the place we need to be to overcome. Prayer is a good first step as always, then get your Bible and study what it says concerning your condition. For this article we’re going to use a common issue for the remnant in the wilderness, i.e. the believers who have heard the voice of the Lord calling them out of the modern day apostate church, in obeying the Lord you will most likely lose most of your friends and even your family members! Anyone who has gone through this can tell you how painful it is. We lament the loss of fellowship, and most of all, that we can’t get our lost loved ones to open their eyes and see what the Lord has made so plain to us.

The kingdom of heaven spoken of in the parables in Mat 13 describes a man who found the “pearl of great price” and sold everything he had to acquire it. When we receive the Gospel we are expected to forsake all earthly things to attain the kingdom of heaven.

Luk 9:59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
Luk 9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
Luk 9:61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
Luk 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Of course, many see a reference to Lot’s wife, but it’s more than that, it’s that you aren’t the same flesh-driven creature, you are a new creation in Christ! You are about the business of the kingdom of heaven, your Father’s business, and all earthly kingdom activities henceforth take a backseat to this “pearl of great price” you have found. Surely this will cause friction between you and your friends and family. Jesus said so:

Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Mat 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
Mat 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

So as our love and obedience to Jesus Christ and His Gospel overshadows our relationships and activities on earth a separation will occur. We’ll gravitate towards like minded believers rather than fellowship with those whose lives are mostly grounded in earthly cares. Thus fulfilling the Lord’s words’ as those who are spiritually minded, and those that are carnally minded drift apart, friendships dissolve, families breakup and even some marriages end. A separation is taking place as we get nearer and nearer to our Savior’s return. It is indeed painful, but who wants to forsake Christ to avoid it?

Daniel Mark

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http://wildernessremnant.wordpress.com

http://perverted-christianity.blogspot.com

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W.E. 2.0

Brothers and sisters, welcome to Witnessing Encouragement 2.0, my new blog at the same address. There is much on my heart that I want to share with you now; things that the Lord has given me to speak to you. I desire to share the Word of God with you. I care about you and hope to encourage and build you up in your faith walk with our Lord Jesus Christ. It gets harder as we go on in Him, if we are remaining on the narrow path. He lovingly gives us each other to help one another in our journey to our Father’s house. In this place you will find very short messages for your edification. My prayer is for your increasing love and devotion to our Lord,  “who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 1:8. May He be glorified in His saints.

A Man on Fire

My youngest had a tournament baseball game Friday afternoon, and after I parked my car near the field to go watch, a man came out of the house I parked in front of, letting me know that all the stuff in his driveway is for sale: old cabinets and bookshelves; but that’s not all! He also has a garage full of old bikes he’s restored and they are for sale. I told him I did want a bicycle and he said he had a pretty restored beach cruiser with my name on it. He also does odd jobs & handyman work. I asked if he had a business card and he said he was out right now but needs to print up more. So we started talking, and I don’t remember who first brought up spiritual things, but before long it became obvious that not only was this man a saint, he was totally “on fire”, as we say.

He was so excited to find out I was a believer and he practically burst out in praise to God, declaring the gospel with scripture and exalting Jesus Christ. We encouraged each other with telling each other scripture we had memorized that declares truth- doctrines of man, Christ, the gospel and more. He also told me some of his testimony. It was church on the street with praise to God, declaration of His Word and fellowship-encouragement happening right there on the street. The man was on fire with the Holy Spirit, bursting with joy and the desire to preach to me! Not only does this brother need regular fellowship so he is not alone in his walk, but I was thinking, “This man is on fire to preach the gospel and glorify Christ, let’s get him together with others for outreach.”

Being with others when sharing the gospel is a blessing because not only do the spiritually needy hear the gospel, but we are even more encouraged to preach or share the gospel when we hear others also doing so. It is encouraging to witness believers on fire. I know that is the case for me. I’m putting this man on my “saints in the neighborhood to encourage and keep in touch with” list. And yeah, I’m still thinking about that pretty beach cruiser.