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And again He entered Capernaum and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.  Mark 2:1-4

 

I want to break this passage down to see what we can learn about it in sustaining our own personal revival – revival starts in me.

Revival Begins When Jesus is in The House

 

 

Revival in our own lives is sustained when we have a daily awareness that Jesus is real and that Jesus is amazing and that Jesus is Lord – that Jesus is good and great – of who He is and what His purpose is – and that Jesus lives on the inside of me.

How do we get Jesus in the house? Firstly, you’re accepted now… Jesus died for you and now if you’re born again, He lives in you.

 

He is IN the house.

 

God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son. And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God. You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. Colossians 1:19-22

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

 

But there is a different between Jesus being in the house and Jesus being IN the house!

 

When Jesus was in the house – when it was a tabernacle tent in the wilderness – the glory of God shone like a pillar of fire and a cloud of smoke and Moses would go and speak face to face with God and come out shinning like he was a giant spotlight.

When Jesus was in the house – in the temple Solomon built – the presence of God came so tangibly that the priests were laid out and could not stand or work.

When Jesus was in the house – there was sound of rushing wind, and people that had being holed up in fear took the gospel out into the streets and 3000 people got saved at the first altar call, Peter’s shadow healed people as he walked by, people got healed, set free, saved.

 

Jesus is the same today, in you, as He was yesterday in David, in Isaiah, in Daniel, in Peter, in John, in Paul, in Smith Wigglesworth, in Charles Finney, in Billy Graham.

 

 

There is something you get in the secret place that you can get no where else. Do everything you can to establish a secret history with Jesus.   ~ Banning Liebscher

 

 

I loved how Caleb put it this morning:

Your times of prayer matter
Your times in The Word matter
Your times of worship matter
Speaking in tongues matters
Submitting to leadership matters
Listening to teaching matters

 

Sow into the spirit, sow into your spiritual life, be intentional…

 

 

How do you get Jesus in the house – you invite Him in and you make room, you make time.

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“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” C S Lewis // Mere Christianity

my favourite bible verse is 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”

But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit.

For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.”

i love love love this passage! and because i love it i live my life on it.

you see most people only read the eye has not seen and ear not heard nor has the heart compherended God and leave it at that – happy to accept that yes, God is indescrible, awesome, big, great, wow type thing. which he so is. God is a mystery and wonderous and indescribable and allpowerful and amazing.

BUT

BUT

BUT

(one of the best butsin the bible i reckon!)

BUT God has revealed these things – what are the these things – the things that eye has not seen, or ear heard, or heart compherened – these things he has revealed to us his children because he lives in side us! inst that wow.

it means thta we can know God, hear God, live for God, honour God, walk with God, be known by God, have relationship with God, know his will and his ways etc etc etc.

i dont take it as that we can know every minute detail of God or even the big picture but we can know so much more and so easier than we think or limit ourselves.

Remember, Jesus died on the cross to make a new and living way to God, so we are now acceptable, righteous, holy and his children, part of the family.

We can boldly approach the throne of grace, the veil that was between man and God is gone, torn, destroyed by the work of Jesus on the cross and now the Holy Spirit lives within us – God IN me. he teaches and guides us. wow. wow.wow!

so be excited and freed by thekreality that eye can see and ear can hear and our heart can know the good things that God has prepared for us because he lives within us and reveals those things to us.

“You yourself must endure the painful process of change. There is more at work here than your instant maturity. God wants to build a relationship with you that is based on faith and trust and not on glamorous miracles. God uses the disappointments, disillusionments and failures of your life to take your trust away from yourself and help you put your trust in Him.

You do not see with the eyes of eternity. God knows everything. Nothing happens without his consent. You are upset by small losses, but do not see eternal gains!”

100 days in the secret place

This so resounds with me as “yip that is a truth” – God could zap us to perfection in an instand – but he uses hte process and ups and downs of life to shape and mature us.

He doesnt use glamerous miracles ALL the tiem – I do think he does SOMETIMES – to transform us.

Transformation is a day by day process. It is wrought in the relationships we have – our workmates, our family, our kids, our friends, bad drivers, bad customer srvice operators, kind shop assistants, generous teachers… you get me… in the good and bad we meet each day God can transform us.

He uses good people to inspire us and encourage us and model to us a new attitude and a better way.

He uses people that might have some abrasive qualities to rub off our own abrasiveness! How we react is all part of the transformation.
He uses our hopes and fears and dreams and realities to transform us into teh image of Jesus.

We should be conscious as we go through ur day that we arent just breathing – but we are living, and living iwth a purpose – both to know God and make Him known, but to be transformed. In each day there may be opportunities to learn. There may be opportunties to suffer. There may be opportunities to lay down your right and will for the glory and purposes of God. Are we aware of them? Or do we just allow ourselves to react and then go “whoops sorry” afterwards…?

Why is God so intersted in transforming us to look like Jesus? Why is He so intersted in us changing and maturing?

Because as we look more like Jesus people will see the family resemblance – see the good works we do and praise our Father – and be attracted to Jesus in us – and want to know Him for themseuves unto salvation.

Billy Graham once said that we – christians – are the first bible many people read. We are the demonstration and expression of God on earth at the moment. Just as Jesus DWELLED with mankind, becoming flesh, we are the flesh he displays now. God lives within us – the Holy Spirit lives within us. I want to be the best demonstration and expression of God i can – so i open my heart to allow God to make me more look like part of family…

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