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THEN THEY THAT FEARED THE LORD SPAKE OFTEN ONE TO ANOTHER

November 15, 2009
This post must begin with two notable links and a visit to a passage of scripture that most of us can quote in our sleep. First the links:
UNHEALTHY VS HEALTHY FELLOWSHIP (Rachel)
ICHABOD THE GLORY HAS DEPARTED…BUT THE SHOW MUST GO ON (Acidri)
Revelation 3:14-16 “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.”
This passage from Revelation goes on to describe a body of saints who have convinced themselves that they are rich because of material abundance. It’s a trend that is all too pervasive in the opening decade of the twenty first century and the final moments of the church age. Consequently, a person who loves the Lord Jesus and has their affections set firmly upon things above will have an increasingly difficult time in finding others who are likewise minded. It’s a situation that may cause one to move from church to church; hoping to find a body of saints with whom they can bond. As saints who once were lost, but now have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus, we not only desire an ever deepening relationship with him, we desire fellowship with other saints. Those who, from the moment that we encounter them, the focus is instantly in heavenly places.
There’s a special bond between saints who are sold out to Jesus. Those who find themselves “betwixt between the two;” having a desire to be with the Lord Jesus, but desiring also to be about the Fathers business in this world. On our last trip into Chicago, CR and I ran into a saint on Adams street who was doing the same thing that we were doing. The encounter was ever so brief, however, there was that inner witness and joy of encountering a fellowlaborer who was proclaiming truth in that city. There’s a sweetness in such fellowship that defies our ability to explain to others. The apostle John referred to it like this:
I John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
There’s a sweet bond with saints who walk in the light. Who worship the Lord Jesus in spirit and truth. They don’t seek preeminence or acquisition and have abandoned, from their heart, all attachment to this temporal world. Their foremost desire is to be about the Fathers business and will not be content to settle for a mere form of godliness. Feigned words and fleshy campaigns will be almost too painful to endure for any length of time.  Please understand that this post is addressing a level of spirituality that I have not obtained, but seek to obtain. I’m often fearful that writings such as this come across as sounding overly-confident or even arrogant. I have “a lot” of growing to do, however, I desire to grow; not sit back and go along with the prevailing winds of compromise. I pray that all who share in this desire will understand where I’m coming from.
One reason for this being in the forefront is that tomorrow, we are visiting a new church. In times past, it was always exciting to visit a new fellowship. Each time there would be the hope that “perhaps this place will be just like the church in Norfolk Virginia.” The fellowship in that place, the sincere hunger for the deep things of God, and the compassion for the lost was on a level unlike any church that I have been a part of since. I keep looking for another True Vine Church, but there are none to be found. And I fear that the fellowship currently in our sights will be more status quo, however, this remains to be seen. A visit to their web sight did not provide any profound insights concerning this felowship, however, a determination cannot be made on this alone. (A number of church web sites seem to offer little in the way of substantive information)
I seriously desire a local fellowship, which is why I keep looking. I know that apostasy and compromise is the order of the day. I know that many prefer smooth sayings and seminars on relationships as opposed to the words of life. I know that there’s a prevailing mentality of “being like the world in order to reach the world.” Yet the search goes on. I long for a church home, however, it’s more tolerable to be without a definitive address than to settle for compromise and showmanship. My faith is firmly in the Lord Jesus Christ; not the establishments of this world. The body of Christ is made up of those who have been born of the Spirit and have their names written in heaven. It’s not a building with a denominational title hanging over the door, where seminars are held on “living our best life now.” The “true church” is a holy remnant of believers who have, from their hearts, let go of all that is in the world, that they may win Christ. One more familiar passage:
Hebrews. 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
This passage has been abused much over the years. Simply put, we are to fellowship one with another and exhort one another whenever possible. It’s not a schedule or a timetable; it simply means that we are to seek fellowship because the days are evil and “the day of the Lord is approaching.” However, fellowship with folks who are half-hearted or compromising can not only wear us out (if we’re serious and understanding of the times) it can be dangerous at times. Please read Rachels posting on healthy fellowship as opposed to unhealthy ones. I’m looking for a church home, however I already find fellowship in other places, such as when CR and I head into the streets. The fellowship of two likeminded saints is awesome. When we meet; we don’t talk about the weather or football or automobiles, or any other topic of irrelevance. The focus is on the Lord Jesus, the age to come, and the task at hand. (because the laborers are few)
Well I need to go as it’s very late. Please keep my wife Kimberly in prayer. This morning, she made an interesting statement. She said words to the effect of “I need to get back into a church. I’ve had a couple of dreams and…..I need to get back into church.” She didn’t offer any details of these dreams, but I keep her in prayer; knowing that the Lord can bring a person to himself in a moment. Oftentimes our biggest struggle in such cases is to keep praying and not allow discouragement to set in. And to always walk in the Spirit; lest we bring about unnecessary scattering. (Regardless of how spiritual we may think we are, when we’re walking in the flesh, we’re like the proverbial bull in a china shop) May we all have our eyes opened to the battle for eternal souls that’s raging all around us.
Malachi 3:16-18 “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.”
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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10 comments

  1. Timbob, such a timely post for me!

    I was recently sharing with the dear Fivepeasinapod, my almost desperate state. All at our house have had an extended illness to battle, and between that, and work commitments away for my husband, it had been weeks since I had been able to gather with another brother or sister in Christ.

    Today I was able to meet with the brethren again, and..what joy!

    There’s a sweet bond with saints who walk in the light.

    This is so true, and such a privilege!

    Thanks for sharing – as always, it’s very encouraging to visit here.


  2. It’s been a couple of months since our fellowship has managed a gathering with most of us present, too. I don’t think a single member of our group has been spared from the swine flu. We’re all better now, and presumably, immune to that one. 😉 But it’s hard, missing everyone, even though some of us have managed to get together at least a couple times in the week.

    I am so loving this organic church thing. Even though we’re babes, it’s so good to know that we love one another.

    I don’t remember if I mentioned this to you, but one of the sisters told me that she had been begging God to show her more of Him, help her get closer, and He impressed her with, “Then spend more time with My people. I am manifested in My people.”

    Love you, Timbob–and praying for Kimberly.

    Cindy


  3. I can so relate to your words and your longing for fellowship with likeminded believers… And no, I don’t consider you arrogant at all, in fact I know exactly how you feel, and it is a reality. God’s faithful remnant is few in number, and we are scattered all over the place. I too wish I could find a homechurch where my family could fellowship with other believers who understand the times we live in, and who could grasp at the gravity of these times, and who knew just “…what manner of persons we ought to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God…” (from 2 Pet 3:10-12). Instead, what I see all around me are sleepy Christians, carnal Christians, clueless Christians, deceived Christians, ignorant Christians, weak Christians, baby Christians, and the list goes on and on. I wish it were not so, but it is. Even the strongest Christians I know in my city are still not quite aware of what’s going on, like I mentioned before, my best friend as well as my pastor both love The Shack… Were it not for my husband, I would feel alone indeed.
    I guess that’s why I am so into blogging these days, as I can have actual conversations about things that matter to me, which are of no interest to most anyone I know. So I blog, I see a comment, I spend time researching to respond, I get the feedback, it’s great. It’s not quite like sitting and talking face to face, but it’s what we got for the time being.
    Indeed we are few now, but once the persecution increases and the actual great tribulation begins, our numbers will explode, and I have a feeling we will have some real fellowship and likemindedness then…


  4. I’d like to lift up what cindy in SD said, “I don’t remember if I mentioned this to you, but one of the sisters told me that she had been begging God to show her more of Him, help her get closer, and He impressed her with, “Then spend more time with My people. I am manifested in My people.”

    I DO pray Timbob for you and your family. I DO pray you all find a church home you are satisfied in. I also pray that along with your ears to hear the Spirit, that you begin to see the Spirit in ALL God’s people.

    I am tormented and judged by those who aren’t of the same ‘frame of mind’… but much joy came to my life when I began to see what God sees in others, and worried less about meeting my own spiritual needs. The Spirit works in some pretty messed up people, even myself. He works in the church too, if you look.

    Theology won’t lead us to Christ. If you don’t mind me saying so. I’m pretty dogmatic, but I know the difference between what I think to be true and what is truth. There’s table talk and there’s Grace. Just be careful of the table talk. Grace has you covered no matter what.
    Love you and your family, Timbob… keep on keeping on!!!


  5. Thanks for the reference to my post . . . it is something very heavy on my heart as I see many lead astray by unhealthy fellowships.

    I’ve been praying for your family this week and I will add your search for fellowship to my prayers. Have you searched out home churches in your area?

    Rachel
    http://stirringthedeep.com


  6. Hi Beyond Blue. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by. I pray that everyone is recovered. There is such a sweetness in fellowship with likeminded saints and when it’s not available, it has an impact. I continue to be fascinated by the fellowship in the early church in the book of Acts; where they had all things common and none lacked.

    I know that the Lord can sustain us in the desert and oftentimes we need those extened times alone with the Lord. But being with likeminded saints is incredible.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  7. Hi Cindy. I’m glad to hear that everyone is recovering. There’s been a lot of illness this year; including thishousehold. Megan was out of school for a week and she “almost never” gets sick.

    It sounds like you have a awesome community out there and without a doubt, a sure way to get to know God better is to spend time with the saints. A pastor where I used to fellowship mentioned how we should gravitate toward saints who have a close walk with Jesus.

    Thanks for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  8. Hi KB. It’s amazing that just as serious-minded saints are a real blessing, those who choose to remain in a lukewarm state are a weariness. We love them, pray for them, and are always ready to share with them the deep things of God. But it seems that too few have any desire to launch out into the deep. I can relate all too well because I’ve had such seasons in my past; including a season where I was profoundly backslidden.

    Amazingly, the season or rebellion was like being “rebooted.” The Lord brought me out of it in the spring of 2004. I have a much different look than beforetime as my affections are now firmly on tings above. Yet I see so many saints who are camping in the very same mindset that I’ve been delivered from.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  9. Hi Cindy. Thanks so much for keeping this family in prayer. It’s a complicated situation any way that one looks at it, but our God specializes in complicated situations. I have to give God praise because this weekend we visited a church and it was incredible. Of course the filter of “newness is still in place, however, from what was gathered the saints there are serious for the tings of God and the preaching was not for the faint of heart.

    I always appreciate your comments as I’m always challenged to think. I’m going to paraphrase here, but your statement about seeing others as God sees them and worrying less about ourselves is something that I’ve prayed for many times. Situation in the natural can seem so contrary and I’ve had to cry out to God to grant a more accurate view of things. To see the priceless soul behind the obscurities in the dramatics.

    In short, to love our neighbors as ourselves. It’s incredible how the two great commandments are so simple to understand, and yet can be such a struggle to put into practice. And the song “I Need Thee Every Hour” continues to ring true.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  10. Hi Rachel. Thanbks so much for keeping us in prayer. We did find a church this weekend that was a breath of fresh air; although time will tell if this is first time visitors optimism or is authentic. It was, nonetheless, an incredible time.

    I’m not sure about how to get into contact witgh house churches in our area. Even with the discovery of a seemingly solid church this weekend, the idea of a house church will not go away. I’m convinced that it’s in our future; especially when conditions force a separation between the saints and the “almost persuededs.” CR and I stay in contact as he fully understands the times that we’re in.

    Concerning the church that we just visited, time will tell how understanding they are of the times at hand. I know that the pastor has a heart for souls and this is very encouraging.

    Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the post on healthy fellowships versus unhealthy ones.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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