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http://dailyeword.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/sites/4/sites/4/2017/09/Eword-09-13-17.mp3What we call the church is really a living organism, with Christ as the head. The New Living Translation of Genesis 28:16-22 gives an awesome picture of what the House of God should look like.
Then Jacob woke up and said, Surely the Lord is in this place and I wasn’t
even aware of it. What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God – the gateway to heaven. ……He called the place Bethel – which means HOUSE of God!
Perhaps you remember the story of Jacob when he found himself in an environment far from home. Worn out, he laid down in the dust and rested his head against a hard stone and started to dream. He saw a ladder reaching from heaven to earth, with the angels of God going up and down the ladder. God spoke to him and confirmed the promises that belonged to his ancestors before him and the generations that would follow, and when he awoke, he said this is an awesome place…God was here all the time, and I never even knew it. This place is the House of God, the GATEWAY TO HEAVEN. This very place of memorial became a place where people could worship God, and bring a tenth of their income as an offering. Jacob had encountered heaven in his dream, and realized that what God’s house is, an encounter with heaven.
A healthy church should be an encounter with heaven. An encounter is a collision with the unexpected. We come “smack dab” into contact with heaven when we come into the house of God. Truly the connection with heaven happens at the new birth, but each time we celebrate in the “house”, we should feel the dew of heaven resting on our shoulders. It should never become “old hat” or merely tradition to be a part of what God is doing on the earth through the church. His “house” is where heaven touches earth, and as my husband says….where we get caught right in the middle of the smack. Don’t miss the amazing things that God is doing in and through His church….His House!
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