Saturday, January 14, 2012

Law Of The House

Reading from the Book of Ezekiel 43:10-12

10Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.
 11And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.
 12This is the law of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.

Let them measure accurately...that is the counsel of the Lord. However, everywhere I hear people instead going their own way, doing their own thing, rather than measuring accurately and doing as God would direct.

You see, it isn't good enough to manifest love in the way that we choose or the way that we think is good. If we do that, we are following our own ways, rather than God's. It is not good enough to do what has been done in our particular denomination or non-denominational group. It is not good enough to do what "pastor" says. It is only as we measure what we are doing against the ways of God that we will find how very much different we really are doing things and if we are sorry for that, if we find grace for repentance for what has been done, we then have hope that we can indeed be and become an accurate expression of Christ, rather than an inaccurate one.
There are many issues that we may or may not have settled in our lives. Do you remember before you were saved? Do you remember flipping through the TV channels and occasionally landing on a Christian television program? What was your reaction? Now, after you were saved, was your reaction different? Of course it was. If Billy Graham was on television before you were saved ... you changed channels as quickly as you could, as well as perhaps making a negative remark of some kind. But after becoming a Christian, your reaction was different. You were not so quick to change the channel and you certainly did not make the negative remarks. Why is that? It is because the question was settled in your heart that it was now a good thing and you embraced this good thing that God made available, rather than rejecting it.
All of us have issues that may or may not have been settled along the way. These are the areas that require genuine repentance, that require renewal in our lives. As our mind catches up to where our heart is, we find the issue settled and we can become accurate in our thinking and in our behavior.
Jesus demonstrated for us all what accurate living was all about. Anything outside of what He saw Father doing and saying was "out of bounds" so to speak for Jesus. He is telling us the same thing...however many are asleep and are not hearing or seeing what Father is doing. But most of the Church continues bumping around in the dark, living life based on second hand revelation, often from unreliable sources who also are just bumping around in the dark too.
A lot of well-meaning people have developed sophisticated programs and ministries aimed at solving problems in people's lives. That is good, I suppose, but if we embraced accurate living, engaging the genius of God rather than our own intellectualism, then these problems could be prevented, rather than having to be solved.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. This demonstrates the power of thinking. Not good thinking or bad thinking, but thinking in general. If we turn our gaze upon Father instead of our own programs and methods, do you see how different things could be?
We need to be willing to seek the Lord, call upon His Name and then be on the lookout for His answer. Since that time I have seen this work consistently in my own life and in others. If we will enlarge our hearts, making more room for Him, He will come and be with us, He will be a present help in times of trouble.
If you desire to make a change, express your shame of all you have done in the past and begin to receive grace for repentance, turning your heart and your mind away from your own ways and instead turn your heart and mind to His ways. It really does work. There is great joy in this repentance. You need to know how to hear accurately, see accurately and live accurately, according to the measure of Christ. This is not some vague counsel, but is an entirely new way of living day to day and moment to moment, for the glory of God. I believe this is the "law of the house."

1 comment:

Gods Modern Day Martyr said...

Thank You, Father, that I am justified and in right standing with You by Your grace and through the redemption You have provided for me in Jesus Christ.