house of prayer
How has the body of Christ come to the place that the primary or
foundational elements of Christianity are not our priority? WHY
DID JESUS DIE? What is the point of being redeemed to Father if we
do not walk with Him? Jesus was right, religion is terrible! I am
not the i.e. of perfection, nor am I the most wonderful of men. I
have been teaching intimacy for so many years and am still amazed
that body of Christ has such a limited perspective of our
relationship through Christ with Father. How is it that most of
the body of Christ does not know His voice on a daily level? How
can they do the work of Christ without the voice of the Father
coming to them through Holy Spirit? Why is there a separation of
leaders and the rest of the body when that is not given in
Scripture? In all of our teachings around the world on
discipleship and intimacy, when I question pastors, I find that,
on the average, there is about 3-7% of people “in church” who do
almost all the ministry and prayer. That means that about 93% of
the church is trained to sit, not participate. Here in Africa, it
is the same.
I started on this trip to Africa with a group of prayer
people talking about how to get mission people to join them in
prayer. No too long ago, I was with a group that want to bring
prayer people into the discipleship/house church groups. Both
sides, same coin! Now I am with a group of pastors who say they
want to change— and cause the church to be the Church. I think
they all will balk at the price. Prayer, discipleship, leadership,
and fellowship cannot be our goal — all are a part of being “like
Intercessors, missions people, discipleship people,
traditional church people, house church or DMM people,
clergy/laity people, 5-fold ministry people, Pentecostals,
fundamentalists, conservatives, and all the other titles or
doctrines that the enemy has used effectively to divide and
destroy the body of Christ: ALL need to go back and read what the
Word says about what they are arguing about and decide, “Who is
going to be like Christ?” I am pretty sure it says there is only
ONE body, that His naturally supernatural Love never fails,
leaders are to serve, fellowship is necessary, and that Jesus is
who we are to be like!
Where does the Bible separate the body into exclusive
factions and sections. I am pretty sure it says that we are all
one in Christ, and when two parts come together, it edifies the
body. We need to esteem each other as the more important part. The
enemy is good at distracting us from the truth and deceiving us to
live a lie. His doctrine of separation and judging others is
seemingly more powerful than the truth. Our traditions that keep
us powerless and divided would seem to be stronger that God’s word
and His presence. I know this because everywhere I go, we major on
tradition and minor on Love and obedience through relationship. It
started with Adam and Eve, and his tactics still work today.
Distraction, diversion, disobedience, division, and eventually
destruction are still alive and well amongst Christ followers. We
seem to major on our differences rather than our likeness. We
fight to the death for our right to disagree rather than finding
our differences as attributes of diversity to attain unity. We
will twist the word to make it fit our desire. We tend to hear
from God what we want to hear. If we see our comfort or need to be
right threatened we will resort to arguing or not talking. Jesus
says the Word is to be a testimony of Christ to us. It was not
given to bring division. Our appetites are what cause it to be a
There are two things that need to happen, one is that we
need a fresh look at our identity, perspective, and position, and
the second one is that we need to figure out how to live out His
commands from the identity and relationship which He calls us all
to. That will take Honor, Obedience, and Sacrifice. Any abiding
love costs. There is no relationship without paying a cost. The
price of love can be pretty steep, just ask Father and Jesus.
Dana and I do not belong to “a” church; we do not belong
to “a” denomination. We are not Pentecostals, nor conservatives. I
do not look for a title in the “5-fold” ministry. We care not for
status or fame. We belong to Jesus! We are Christ-followers, or
followers of The Way. And we live for the audience of One, which
causes us to be about others. WHY? Because we Love Him!
People are always trying to categorize everything into an
acceptable mold they can be comfortable with. Jesus and His
sacrifice do not fit our comfort zone, nor are they acceptable,
yet it is what we are called to.
I know the answer to all of these compartmentalizations
and doctrines we think are so important and that we can’t seem to
get around, that separate us. It will be and is costly to our
pride and arrogance, though. It will mean we will have to confess
that we have followed lies and traditions that need to be killed,
and that we have made the enemy’s lies more important to maintain
than God’s truth and Love. No one wants to hear it, much less put
a hand to the change God is requiring us to make because it is
going to be quite humbling and costly because of where those lies
have brought us.
Here is a simple way to leave separation, segregation, and
division, and be who we are to be:
REPENT - Change from religion that separates to relationship that
brings family and prove the change in direction that is called
repentance with our living.
PRAY - Listen and respond to Him, instead of dictating to Him. (To
say you do not know His voice is to deny who He is and to believe
the enemy’s worst lie).
TRUST - If you ask Father a question, why wouldn’t it be Him who
OBEY - If we pray and trust then we must live out His answers. Our
obedience to His commands shows our Love. Place others above self.
LOVE - Don’t judge, don’t look for reasons to be separate, but to
be like Jesus.
IT IS ALWAYS THE SAME AND ALWAYS WILL BE. To be is to do.
We will have to come back to the place of intimacy and obedience
and trust. We will have to throw down anything that hinders our
relationship with Him and the fears of failure or of disgracing
You cannot be a missionary without being a “house of
prayer” and you cannot be a house of prayer without being
“missions minded.” You cannot be like Christ without honor,
obedience, and sacrifice!
If we do not go and reproduce who He is and we are, (make
disciples), we are not who we say we are.
MT. 21:13a and Mt. 28:18-20. — Jn. 20:21