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Where is the Church?

BY:  DAVID L. WALKER – JANUARY 2004

Where is the church? What has happened to it? Where are the ones that walk and look like Christ? The ones who have the power over sickness and disease? The ones that have risen above the powers of darkness? The ones that set the example of Christ in word and deed and are not constantly making excuses for fleshly mistakes? If the Shepherd can't defeat the lion and the bear how safe are the sheep? If the Shepherd is making excuses for his life how should the sheep act?

Jesus didn't come to just give us salvation and leave us in an unchanged condition. He came to set us free, to give us liberty and freedom. He came to heal us, to deliver us, to change us into a new creation, into His image and likeness. Where is the proof of this change in the Church today? How many do we know that have been hurt, bruised, battered and pushed out because of the man made Church we see today? Every where I go I talk to people that have been hurt by what they call the Church. I ask you, is the Church on every other corner in town really what God in the flesh came to set up here on earth? Did He, AImighty God, set up the traditions and doctrines that most of the churches follow and participate in today? Does His word really preach the prosperity message that is going around today?

First of all, when Jesus came, the Church was already set up and going. It had its temples and synagogues, their rules and regulations, its traditions and doctrines. These were the very ones that did not receive the flesh of God. As He walked upon the earth He didn't go down the street: in Jerusalem and build another temple. He met the people where they were. In their homes, in the streets, on a mountain side. He didn't buy a large house on the rich side of town. He didn't buy the newest most expensive chariot to ride around in. He didn't buy large herds of camels, sheep and goats. No, He came to touch and change lives. He didn't take up two or three offerings every time the people gathered on a mountain side, but He did make sure their needs were met. It wasn't what they could do for Him, it was what He could do for them. He feed them both spiritually and physically. He healed their sicknesses, their diseases, the oppressed and possessed. He touched their troubled bodies and troubled minds.

Jesus showed forth the love of the Father and not the greed or wrong desires of man. He set an example of what a person of God should be. Oh, where is that example today? His words were if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father (John 14:9 KJV). Do we have a different Holy Spirit than He did? Should not the same example be in us. Jesus didn't come to build a church building. He came to show forth the Kingdom of God. He came to make temples of God and my friend, that temple is you. He came to tear down religion and traditions and doctrines of men that would keep you from knowing the God and Father of all creation. He came and the Church of this world killed Him, but in so doing, He became the door, the way, the truth and the life of the Kingdom of God.

Luke 17:20b-21(KJV) says, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say Lo here! or, Lo there! For, behold the kingdom of God is within you.” There is only one truth and that truth when you really hear it, will set you free.

Most of us have tried with all our being to walk for God in our flesh. It is impossible to do so. Our flesh and blood cannot enter in. The old nature must die. Our God is a spiritual God and those that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and Truth. I cannot do this in my own abilities. This, my friend, is the reason the body of Christ is in trouble. Jesus told Nicodemus, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." (John 3:6 KJV). We must be born again from above. Most people think of this in the future tense, but Jesus said the Kingdom of God is within. It is not something that is coming, it is here and if it is not within you it can be.

To explain and make this just a little bit dearer, imagine, when we were born we were all born as caterpillars. No matter what we acted like or looked-like, we were caterpillars. Jesus came and was born of a woman like us all, but he had a different Father. The same tempter that tempted all of us and caused us to fall, came to Jesus. No matter how he tried, he could not make Jesus take the bait. Jesus did not sin. When the tempter quit trying, the cocoon of the flesh was removed and the world saw its first butterfly. He no longer looked or acted like a caterpillar. He was full of the Spirit of His Father and had power that the world had never seen before. His message was, come fly with Me. He had such love and compassion, such power and authority. He was like the brightest light anyone had ever seen before and life just poured out of Him.

The local churches tried to stop Him, because He kept opening the eyes of the blind and healing withered hands. He even overturned their money making schemes in the Temple. He was real. He was full of love, compassion and humbleness. He cared for people and was an example of how a born again person should be. When we are truly born again, we become that beautiful butterfly also. It is not something one sees instantly, even though it happens instantly. The greatest thing about being born again is it takes all the pressure off. We no longer have to try to make it work. The Holy Spirit is invited in and goes into the bowels of this earth or earthen vessel and frees our captive spirit man. When the soul sees the spirit man rise up in the image and likeness of Christ, with the Spirit of God with him, that old Eve nature or soul, loosens her control and the spirit man takes his rightful place. Creation is turned around to its original design. Jesus is crowned Lord of this temple and all opposition and hindrances are removed. The world no longer sees a caterpillar, but a butterfly. The love of God then starts touching and delivering lives as the original pattern did.

Galatians 2:20 (KJV) says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."

 

DLW



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