One does not have to be an contractor, plumber, or an electrician to discover a problem in a house. When something does not work, or we hear or see something out of the norm in your house, we start investigating on our own. Once we discover there is a real problem and if we have experience or knowledge; we attempt to fix it or call for an expert in the field in our community.
If we are renting or leasing, we call the landlord to express the problem and they give you instructions or in some cases tell you to fix it yourself (yikes!). First thought is, it going to cost us something and if you do not have the money or knowledge sometime it does not get fixed right away. The problem can get worse in the meantime.
Let us look at the scenario through spiritual eyes, and attempt to answer IS THERE A LEAK IN THE HOUSE? Many do not know there is a leak in their house until the water does not come out of the faucet or it spills out on the floor that you happen to be walking on. If your plumbing pipes are underneath the floor sometimes you are clueless to the severity of the issue until one opens up the floors. If the plumbing pipes are in the wall, one has to make a hole in the wall to continue to locate the leak.
Many of us may have a leak that has compromised its foundation and there is a flood going on underneath and have structural damage because:
-it has not been addressed when the first signs showed up, (problems, issues hidden or covered up on the false pretense that they go away)
– could not afford it at the time and put on a list, or avoided until it had to be addressed (other priorities, need additional income)
-did not have the knowledge or know someone who could fix it (pride, fear of others may think because you do not have the knowledge or how to apply what you do know).
If we look at what is going on in the world with spiritual glasses, we see that are leaks in the foundations of many kingdoms (of darkness) and we see the flood:
– of confusion (do not know what to do because it does not fit in the previous case studies of this and that),
-poor attempts to fix it until….,(putting bandage on a wound),
-lack of knowledge or expertise (insufficient data, or abilities to address the issue),
-lack of unity and leadership on many levels (different approaches for their group based on their influences and intentions)
-disobedience to instructions (doing what one feels regardless of how it may affect others),
-lack of empathy and compassion ( my four and no more)
-structural damages that never were addressed (problems and issues that have worsen from decade to decade and generation to generation.
The Church (Body of Christ, Remnant)
-confusion, what happened (delusional and spirit of error),
-lack of unity in leadership (which spills over to the rest of the body),
-looking at the outside after bringing the outside inside (strange fire, greed, and lusts),
-unrepented sins (covered up)
-unbelief and disobedience (sin)
-structural damage (built on sinking sand and not on THE ROCK),
-all has cost the Kingdom of God something, for GOD our Father, Jesus Christ, our savior, healer, and deliverer, and The Holy Spirit is not known or has been misrepresented. NO POWER, NO EVIDENCE.
Perhaps there are too many similarities and some in the world do not see the CHURCH as the contractors, plumbers, or electricians that know THE ANSWER (Jesus Christ). Ouuucchh! Unbelievers and atheist do not see the EVIDENCE OR THE POWER.
2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)*
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
THE PROBLEM IS SIN. WE MUST REPENT, ASK FOR FORGIVENESS, AND CRY OUT FOR HELP AND WISDOM First. He is speaking the totality of “my people”, children of God, his sons, and daughters and in obedience we must humble, pray, seek, and turn. Only after we have clean hands and pure hearts can we proceed into our promised land.
Only with spiritual glasses to see God’s perspective and our armor buckled up can we allow the guidance of the HOLY SPIRIT to lead us to effective strategies to address the structural damage in the Body of Christ.
For we can not:
-walk in denial,
– see our camp as the only camp or battalion,
– ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit and
– not intercede for one another.
We must address the leaks in the house before the next flood (people) come seeking the truth or destruction will occur in our camps with no time to recover.
Heavenly Father, we come to you in the Name of Jesus asking for forgiveness and WE repent for our unbelief and disobedience. We thank you for your mercy and grace and cry out for your wisdom and discernment. Show us where the leaks are and where we allow the enemy to crept in. Shine your Light on what we have not addressed to stop the floods in our own lives. Reveal the lies that we bought or the deception that the enemy has planted that you have given us the authority to root out, and to pull down and to destroy, and throw down, to build and plant.
Forgive us for not walking in love, faith, and unity and allowing the enemy to bring in strife, jealousy, competition, and greed. For you are counting on all of us united as an army who know their weapons to go forth and accomplish the assignments you have given us in obedience and faith IN YOU.
Give us the Courage needed to proceed with our eyes on you for the world is seeking the ANSWER to their problems and you have designated us to show them the WAY into the Kingdom of God by our obedience and the love we show each other.
Thank you for your protection, your Word, Your Blood, and the Holy Spirit as we ARISE and show forth your glory as we give you GLORY. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
*Retrieved from biblegateway.com