Builders

Builders

American history is full of legend­­ary men who built things.  Henry Ford built cars.  Cornelius Vanderbilt built railroads. Patton and Eisenhower built military ‘machines’.  Their efforts created physical and business and military entities that still have strong lasting impact today, 80 to 200 years later.  All of these men had vision and resolve and the vision and resolve were supported by brains, brawn, and balls.  Men are powerful creatures.  Created in the image of God, we have inherent capabilities for greatness; abilities to think, reason, imagine, dream, work, battle and persist under trial.  When we do, things are built.

Our Christian heritage is also built on and through men of vision and strong will.  Their vision and resolve were empowered by male strengths as well, but their true strength was in their faith in a sovereign, active and personal God.  When the physical and mental capabilities are coupled with spiritual understanding and Kingdom-based faith, the impact is beyond the physical and temporal, i.e. eternal edification is the result.

Consider Abraham, a capable man who with God’s blessing flourished in the livestock business in the land of Canaan (Genesis 12).   No doubt the other men in the region saw and marveled at his increasing territory footprint in such a short time.  But it is highly probable that almost none of them had a clue about the true depth of what was being established.  Did Abraham?  Yes.  God works through humble (powerful but yielded) men and does amazing things.  And He tells them what he is doing.  He often even makes deals or one-sided promises with them.  I say one-side because only God can carry through on a promise. As men, we cannot guarantee the actions of the coming evening in the morning.  Our side of the deal is belief, a choice to serve, and the faith to endure.  Not an immaterial contribution, just absolutely nothing in comparison to the strength and consistency of Jehovah God.  With Abraham, he saw and acknowledged the active blessing of the Lord, and he believed and acted on his faith.

King David knew of the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, and he believed and displayed an active faith at a young age, killing the lion, the bear, and Goliath (1 Samuel 17).  Who could forget the battle cry of that would establish his rise in notoriety and legend, “You can come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s armies, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled.”  After this shout David proceeded to separate the giant Goliath’s head from his body.  Here and in the years following we see David’s established faith exercised.  Though David, God would establish Jerusalem and create a House of Grace from which Jesus the Messiah would emerge hundreds of years later.  Again, great and promised plans moved forward through a great (humble and full of faith) man surrendered to a great God.

Consider Peter, a mere fisherman whose faith goes from just budding to rock-strong in a three year period.  This faithful fisherman would be the man on which Jesus would build the church of Acts.  Consider Paul, a former persecutor of the church of Acts, who would meet Jesus in a life-changing encounter and go on in obedience and write letters that would expound on the operational truths of a new and expanding church for the next 2000 years.

Abraham, David, Peter and Paul…these were not sissy men who rode tabernacle pews on Sundays and faked religious authenticity on Mondays.  These were strong non-neutered men’s men who fought through physical, mental, and spiritual attacks to contribute to the building of a coming eternal Kingdom.

God is still working through men of faith today to build the Kingdom.  While almost none surrounding them have any idea of the promises made, humble men hear the Lord and respond with faith.  The Lord reveals his steps to his men and the Kingdom advances.   Let’s humble ourselves, hear, and believe.  The result will be an eternal edification.

Derek Dougherty

 

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Come and See

At our church, we have a “boiler room team” – a group of people who take shifts praying for our service each Sunday (patterned after Charles Spurgeon’s church “heating plant”). Last Sunday was one of my shifts and I was in our House of Prayer alone. We are going through the book of Nehemiah, so I had read Nehemiah 2-6 before praying and listening and then I prayed for bit – sensing that God was speaking even as I was praying. I picked up pen and paper and wrote what I heard:

Hear My voice, my beloved. I know your brokenness. Do you not know I am the Restorer of all that is broken? I can and will cover all your guilt and shame. Do not be afraid! I, your God, am at your right hand. I go before you and I make a way for you.

Come, see! Let Me rebuild what is broken. Be still, let Me display My love in your life. I long to take what you offer – your broken hearts – and make them new. You long for true love, let Me give you that and more in abundance.

My children, trust Me. My grace is sufficient. My mercy is never-ending. My peace is complete. Let Me make you whole. You can walk in power – it is available to all who turn to Me. Trust in Me. Walk with Me. Let Me tell you of My love for you!

You think you are lacking something but yet you don’t come to Me. I am Provider and Sustainer. Test Me and see if this is not true.

Beloved, I love you. I have loved you and will love you. I delight in you. Come and sit with Me. Experience the truth of My love. I take care of My sheep. I heal the hurts, I lead to places of rest. Follow My voice.

Beloved, I say again, I love you.

Steve Pierce

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