October 5, 2015
The Theme for the Round Table was the call to “Rise up and Build” (Neh. 2:17-18) To see the fallen walls and the burn gates restored. The exhortation was to ask the Spirit of wisdom for the pathway for restoration that promotes Church growth. The main emphases was on relationship – with God and with one another
I recently heard by an international speaker, the main reason for the lack of life, power and light in the Church, is because of the accusations and criticisms in the body of Christ. Offenses build fences but they promote demonic activity. The apostle James tells because of the misuse of the tongue and self-centeredness, confusion and every evil work exist in the Church (James 3: 5-18).
The call of every Christian is to love and forgive one another as we have been forgiven, to bring healing and restoration, not that of passing judgment. Isaiah 58:12 reveals the main reasons for the spirit of poverty and ill health, lack of unity and power in the Church is because of “finger pointing. “
The following promises are given to us, “If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger and speaking vanity” (Is. 58: 10).
Our light shall break forth as the morning (v. 8)
- Our health will spring forth rapidly (v. 8)
- The glory of the Lord becomes our reward (v. 8)
- When you call upon the Lord He shall answer….
- The Lord shall guide you continually (V. 11)
- The Lord will satisfy your soul even in dry times (v. 11)
- You shall be like a watered garden whose waters fall not (V. 11)
“And they shall be of you those that will build the old waste places. And you shall be called repairers of the breach. The restorers of paths to dwell in” (Is. 58:12)
If we will put away accusations and turn our criticisms into intercession, the body of Christ will begin the process of healing and restoration for we have been given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18). The results are a people that unify to “rise up and build” up the body of Christ in love. To heal the broken hearted, open prison doors and set the captives free. For this to take place, God’s desire is to heal hearts and restore broken relationships by the power of His love.
The following is a review of what each table brought forth.
To bridge the gap in relationships, the practical aspect is to listen. Then respond out of love rather than reacting from our soul.
Change the people’s focus that are negative and from self, to the Father. Transition from the natural to the spiritual where life flows –conversations that are uplifting. (We are cultivating a prophetic community for strategic life exchange).
Place the purpose of people’s vision that is self orientated to the Father’ purpose and plan for the local community and New England.
Much was spoken about the need to “Rest in the Lord.”
Another key word that came forth was that of “acceptance’ rather than rejection.
A pathway noted was to operate in spiritual gifts that bless, edify and minister to one another that brings acceptance, healing and restoration – the work of love.
The dire need to listen to one another with God’s heart, not from our own reaction, or understanding. Ask God “What is your heart for this person or situation?
From this true fellowship will arise from hearts connected by love – this unity of hearts releases power!
Every person is a manifestation of God’s heart. Look to see with through the eyes of the Spirit and we will see them as He does. This becomes a launching pad for life giving relationship as we see one another “after the spirit.”
Courage comes from Intimacy (First with God then one with another.)
Developing trust through understanding builds a bridge for relationships to develop. Communication is essential in order to build up one another in Christ.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths” (Prov. 3:5-6).
It will be the developing of life giving relationships that opens the “sheep gate” and restore the paths for others to follow and dwell in. (Is. 58:12)
We must go beyond mere words to express our hearts that others may know how we feel and what we believe.
End of discussion