The House that Faith Built – by Sis. Sharon

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


My exhortation today is regarding building God’s house. We want enlargement, but are we building His temple? What or who is God’s Temple? How are we building His Church?

Expansion is not just a transformation of the mind, but a willingness and drive to build oneself on the foundation of God’s word through proactive Faith with works. Advancement and Enlargement came at a cost and that is through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. If we are no longer existing and living in His word with a renewed heart of flesh and not of stone, then we must seek to build His temple (i.e. ourselves) for God to live and dwell with us.


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A house is built on a foundation of God’s Peace

1 Kings 5:1-5 (NKJV) – Solomon Prepares to Build the Temple

5 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon, because he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for Hiram had always loved David. Then Solomon sent to Hiram, saying:

You know how my father David could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the wars which were fought against him on every side, until the Lord put his foes[a] under the soles of his feet.

But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor evil occurrence.

And behold, I propose to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord spoke to my father David, saying, “Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he shall build the house for My name.”


During David’s reign there was a lot of civil unrest and war on all sides. His own family and people would plot against his demise, but David still had the heart to build the Temple for God’s sake. However, God passed on the responsibility to his son, Solomon who would later reign as king during peaceful times. In reflection of this, are you experiencing attacks on all sides that you cannot focus on reading your Bible? Are you experiencing oppression in your life and circumstances that your soul knows no rest?

This is indicative that you are experiencing a level of Spiritual Warfare that is overwhelming you and your ability to see beyond those circumstances for you lack the knowledge, the wisdom and the faith to breakthrough that situation. Deliverance is key to gaining your breakthroughs in such situations and one of those weapons you already have at your disposable is prayer and fasting. Prayer and Fasting will help increase your faith and spirit power that is incomparable to human reasoning in order to confront your oppressive situation and circumstances with wisdom and understanding through God’s word.


God can send a foreigner/unbeliever destiny partner to help Build His house

2 Chronicles 36:22-23 (NKJV) – The Proclamation of Cyrus

22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,

23 Thus says Cyrus king of Persia:

All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up!


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King Cyrus was a foreigner who was chosen by God to help the children of Israel build God’s temple in Jerusalem. The Children of Israel were not in the best position to focus on building God’s temple as they lacked resources and were disorganized. In the previous verses before this one, we saw that the Children of Israel had fallen prey to the Chaldeans and some were enslaved in Babylon because they did not heed God’s commands. However, God did not give up on having His house built. God will choose the most unlikely person(s) to come help you build His house and your own. Our bodies are the temple of Jesus Christ, therefore, we must consider how we build ourselves for the Holy Spirit to dwell with us. We must not be superficial in our pursuit to attaining the networks, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, faith and resolve to build ourselves up to the Glory of God. In other words, do not be super spiritual in your way of thinking when God asks you to learn a skill from a non-believer. Non-believers also have knowledge (that have biblical principles written all over it) to gain wealth, health and wisdom to achieve your goals and dreams.


There are people who make things happen and there are people who watch things happen, but there are also a people who wander what is happening. Which one are you in these categories?

Are you a doer? Are you a passive observer? Are you a person who has no clue what is happening around you?


King Cyrus was a doer. He was stirred to act and he performed the duty of building the Temple in Jerusalem for the Children of Israel to be able to worship their God as required.


The house must stand on a solid foundation of Faith

Matthew 7:24-25 (NKJV) – Build on the Rock

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.


When you build your faith on a solid foundation in God’s word, you will not be swayed by human opinion, logic, reasoning or schools of thinking that do not align with His word. As you renovate the house called “You”, please consider the foundation your house is standing on. If the foundation is weak, your house will have no place to stand on and will flatten to the ground. If you are not born-again, it is time to demolish the house of lies and rebuild on the new foundation of Faith, which is in Christ Jesus – the Solid Rock on which we stand. Shaky belief systems lead to ruined homes when the Holy Spirit comes to appraise the value of your House. However, firm belief in the foundation of God’s word allows the Holy Spirit to asses and increase the value of your house, which is called “You”.


increaseHave you ever gone to an Open House to view a prospective home you want to live in? What are some of the things you look for in the House you want to live in? Likewise, the Holy Spirit is a prospective home owner that will judge the value of His prospective home and will do the necessary to make sure that His house is renovated to the Image and likeness of His taste. However, some of us look like derelict/desolate buildings in the projects with bullet holes from drive by shootings and graffiti splashed on them.  Are you up for renovations?


The House of God can only be built on a firm conviction of who Jesus is to Us

Matthew 16:17-19 (NKJV)

17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[a] in heaven.”

In this scripture we see that Jesus chose His rock on which His house will stand. He promises the Church that He will give us keys to His house and we can get rid of the junk in our house and put new furniture to increase the value of our property. Are you ready to change your Home’s street name from Doubt Court to Faith Avenue? Then give the Holy Spirit the keys and title deeds to your house today!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Battle is for Your Mind – by Sis. Sharon

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Without Revelation there is no Manifestation.

Today’s exhortation will deal with you and your mind. How we think about things will determine how we may or may not experience enlargement. What is holding us back? What can we do to break out of the old mindset and experience the transformed one?


We manifest what we believe about ourselves.

Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
But his heart is not with you.


We had a women’s breakfast at that Le Chateau de Jardin in Woodbridge and Dr. Patricia Bailey talked about how she had a quote from Harriet Tubman who was an abolitionist. Basically, Tubman was a free slave who went on to free other slaves from slavery and she never failed to save each one. The favorite quote that Dr. Bailey still has on her wall from Tubman states this, “I would have freed a lot more if they knew they weren’t slaves”. There are a lot of people who think they are better of being imprisoned in a certain line of thinking, but there are people who would like to be set them free. The unbelievers are the one’s in prison and the Believers are the abolitionists who want to take them out of prison by evangelizing the Truth, which we know is wrapped up in the one who saved us and that is Jesus Christ.


God promises to give you a New Heart made of Flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26 (NKJV)

26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.


As previously mentioned before, you think with your heart. What happens when your heart turns to stone? When your heart is made of stone, it means your body has been petrified. You are dead in the eyes of God. You are cold and there cares of this world hold no meaning for you. However, with a heart of flesh, you are revived from death. You are given new Life and to live again means to have purpose in your existence. However, there are people who are suffering because they do not know of this truth. These people who are cold to the truth are living an existence that is equal to death in God’s eyes. You can say that they are not living, but just simply existing. People who are oppressed, depressed, stressed and hopeless.


The Actions of Death and Life Manifest from the Way we Think

Proverbs 13:11-13 (NKJV)

11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished,
But he who gathers by labor will increase.

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

13 He who despises the word will be destroyed,
But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

 


  • Gathering wealth by dishonest means will diminish, this is the way of death.

  • Laboring for increase is the way of life.
  • Deferred Hope leads to sickness and ultimately death (suicidal thoughts manifesting into action).
  • Having hope revitalizes you to live a long life and hope for tomorrows blessings.
  • Hating God’s Word will lead to ones ruin.
  • Having a reverential fear and respect for God’s command will allow you benefit and reap the rewards of His Truth.

 Transformation of the Mind will reap New Life where Abundance is sure

Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Our mindset must align with God’s word so that our old life can be resurrected in the knowledge and faith of Jesus Christ and His finished work on the Cross. Our belief that we are the sons of the Resurrection means that our transformed mind must also transform our lives. If our lives are not transformed, what is this old thinking that is holding us back from our abundance and increase? You cannot put old wine in new wineskin. Death and Life cannot mix.


Old ways/patterns of thinking do not open new doors.

The battle for your Mind is not a physical fight, but a spiritual one. You have a real enemy who Hates you and does not want to see you prosper.


Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

If you have ever watched the movie, Fallen with Denzel Washington in it; you will remember that there was an evil spirit that would transfer itself to many people by touch and its wickedness would manifest in those people. Likewise, you as a believer are surrounded everyday by people who do not believe in what you believe. The enemy will use these people to destroy you. However, God wants to remind you that you were once like these people. He also wants you to remember that the Truth you have in you is the very same truth that will rebuke the Spirit of Unbelief out of these people. They will not know how to handle you as you stand firm in the Truth that you know, which is found in the person we call Jesus who is the King of us, his kings, and the Lord of us, His lords.