House of cards?

7 09 2011

I saw a vision of the church being a house of cards. Then suddenly God personally came and demolished the house of cards because there was a big problem with the foundation. This vision startled me!

So what is God saying to us? He is saying that we cannot build ministries and churches based on any foundation apart from Christ. Unfortunately, this is what is happening in many churches today. Many churches are collapsing because people have become disillusioned with “church”. This is due to the fact that God is moving powerfully and is sifting us His church. God’s winds of change are blowing on the unstable “buildings”, and everything man-made is crumbling under God’s pressure. This is what Jesus spoke about in this parable:

Luk 6:48-49 MKJV He is like a man who built a house and dug deep and laid the foundation on a rock; and a flood occurring, the stream burst against that house and could not shake it; for it was founded on a rock. (49) But he who hears and does not perform, is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, on which the stream burst, and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.

This scripture is clear that we need to be established on the Rock, who is Jesus Christ. There is no other True Foundation. There are however many other “foundation materials” being laid in people’s lives out there by “unqualified builders”, who do not know how to lay the true foundation. Out of lack of spiritual knowledge, they use “sub-standard” foundation materials like *“prophecy”, some use “signs and wonders”, some use “praise and worship”, others “evangelism”, others “counselling”, which should be used as tools in the buildings and not as foundational materials*. Unfortunately, there are a variety of “foundations” that have been and are being laid, and in time, those buildings will collapse and people will get hurt. The only foundation that will stand when the storms come is Christ.

1Co 3:9-15 MKJV For of God we are fellow-workers, a field of God, and you are a building of God. (10) According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let every man be careful how he builds on it. (11) For any other foundation can no one lay than the one being laid, who is Jesus Christ. (12) And if anyone builds on this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble, (13) each one’s work shall be revealed. For the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try each one’s work as to what kind it is. (14) If anyone’s work which he built remains, he shall receive a reward. (15) If anyone’s work shall be burned up, he shall suffer loss. But he shall be saved, yet so as by fire.

Jesus says something very important concerning the church, and how it is going to be built.

Mat 16:15-18 KJV  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  (16)  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  (17)  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  (18)  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Jesus is not saying that He will build His church on Peter, He is saying that He will build His church on the revelation of Jesus Christ!!! Notice that Jesus says
that God “REVEALED” Christ to Peter. The knowledge came by revelation. This is really incredible to us because God later revealed Christ to Paul, but this
time Christ was in Paul!!!! This was the beginning of the fulfilment of Jesus’ word to Peter, “upon this rock I will build my church”

Gal 1:11-12 KJV  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. (12) For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

God builds His church on the Rock of Jesus Christ! God will reveal His Son in us through the Holy Spirit, and when we grasp this AWESOME truth, then the correct foundation will have been laid and when we build the building will stand. It will stand through any storm that man or Satan can throw at us.

Gal 1:15-16 KJV  But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,  (16)  To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:  

In closing:

Rom 16:25 KJV  Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the
revelation
of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,…

Col 1:26-29 KJV  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:  (27)  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of  glory:  (28)  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in
Christ Jesus:  (29)  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

1Pe 1:13 KJV  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

*Note: I am not saying that these things are not from God, or that they do not have a place in God’s true church. They have a specific function to fulfil but are not to be used as a foundation.


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