giving the gift of ourselves--the real church

“Church isn’t where you meet. Church isn’t abuilding. Church is what you do. Church is who you are. Church is the human outworking of the person of Jesus Christ.

Let’s not go to Church, let’s be the Church.”

Bridget Willard

will the real church please stand? The building is becoming an idol drawing people into just another place to fuel their sense of guilt,  shame and  perfectionism.  A place where fear is a motivator and guilt gets things done.  It takes much to keep up a building.  I often think lately all that money that goes into maintaining, new building, programs that just keep families from time could be better used to put into our communities ...just sayin.

Last week I was overwhelmed and broken by the flesh of the "real" church.  His church, not the building.  The flesh..rose to a cry of nakedness. They clothed me with prayer, grace, words, truth, strength.  They went to war on my behalf...  I love and value each one.

This is what "church" is Jesus living through us...building aside.  This is what He's about. It happens out in life - in the livingPeople are LOCKED up in prisons of all shapes and sizes.  They continue in their rebellion, the whole head being sick, and the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot to the head There is nothing sound in it, only bruises, welts, and raw wounds, Not pressed out or bandaged, Nor softened with oil.  ( Isaiah 1:5-6 )

6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Isaiah 58: 6-7

Our country is littered with broken families. Raw wounds infested with lies that are eating like a cancer. Cries are going up and the call has gone out. Friends, is it time to go? Is it time to go out amongst the walking wounded carrying the hurt medicine and allow Him to use our flesh...freely.  Leave the results to Him.  We just dispense the balm.  The comfort words.  Let us press out and bandage and soften with oil.  Much like an animal that is wounded will just go off and die.. so are people.  Many are dying..covered in their clothes of "normal" but inside all is falling apart.  They are to exhausted, depleted and worn to come into a building.  Families are desolate...let us pray where they are and go to them.  Let us do it for free...with no strings attached.

If we pray for God to open our eyes to not only our own nakedness but that of those around see they have facades up.  People don't trust ... it takes time to build... it takes God working for someone to be naked .. to be vulnerable to one another.  Often those wounded the worst are the scariest to  touch.  If we look at it that way?

It is putting in time day in and day out.  There is a call going forth.  A call to be on the front lines of the war to set our captives free...starting with ourselves...

These warriors aren't super spiritual these are real everyday people. These are women who have hearts to see restoration, rebuilding, repairing and raising up....they listened with no judgement.  They know God is the judge.   God will work what need to be worked.  They just lifted me and the kids up in prayer...and still are.  I have a long journey ahead and they know that.  Their prayers went up and God came down. They and others like YOU are what God is raising up in today to do battle tomorrow.

You see - we can't experience what others are experiencing in their journey most of the time. We have not walked in their shoes. We might not like it, understand it or ever experienced it.  We could never imagine ourselves doing that but flesh takes each its own way as a child when broken is raised in brokenness.

Let us continue to pray to our father to stir the stir our country to battle  a war of setting people freeWe are being seduced with other country is so chained.    That we want nothing else before experiencing and knowing all his fullness. He is the SAME God...maybe He is desiring us to cry out to Him like Hezekiah did...and so many others before and after did.  Let's take His Word and believe it...America is the new mission field.   The call has gone out.  Let us focus more on loving the broken..being real with strings.  If God sees fit to bring them to Him...yes!  People know when we are just " helping " them to get them to come to church just to convert.  We must tread very humbly and carefully.

Here is how it is starting for me:

It starts with ourselves. To live in  humbleness, no room for pride, self abandonment, some comforts, real intentional time with HIM...not in a building...with HIM in words and space...find others who will encourage you...that you can be " naked " with.  It won't work without that...and let's start praying and watching.

Will you stand? Will you accept the call to be a warrior?  Have your experienced the outworking of Jesus in others when risking be " naked " ? Has someone clothed you lately? Have you clothed someone else?

:::::::::::::::::::::::my heart is so heavy with the tragedy at the school...i join with you as we gather at the throne and ask for God's presence to be known and felt among everyone.  how to pick up such shatteredness...praying for flesh to come alongside the families and care for them..cook..clean..listen..hug..hold.  nothing can change what has happened but we..can do what we can..if from afar we continue to pray as the Spirit leads...i am undone