the house of god
In every city there are churches, the bigger the city the more churches you will find. Not all churches are created equal, some are God ordained and others are man built.
Psalm 127:1 Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.
Some have a "good idea", they will build a church and they never consider God beforehand. They might build a beautiful building on account of wealthy donors but God is not attracted to any building. God wants to be among His people but the pastors must present God to them. If men build a church they will most likely present whatever they want to. When God builds a house it will be with whatever He gives the pastor to share. It is with sadness that I must tell you that a lot of churches make no place for God. They have their traditions and rituals that appear spiritual but do not include God on His terms. When God builds a house He wants to be the main attraction, He wants everything to center around Him.
Luke 6:46 Why do you call Me Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say.
Allow me to translate this verse. If we don't do what God tells us to do, then we have no business calling Him Lord, which also means Master. Calling God Lord does not always make it so, He wishes it were true but it often times is not. Every church has struggles but the Lord is very protective of the ones He has called to be built. The churches that men have built must resolve all their problems on their own.
Mathew 16:18 You are Peter (Petros) and upon the rock (petra) I will build My church;
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Jesus builds His church on the rock of revelation knowledge concerning the identity of Christ. If any church is not built on the revelation of Christ the gates of hell will prevail against it. If Christ is not the Lord of a ministry, then it will be a dysfunctional work of man. The Bible refers to "dead works", these are the things we do apart from the Lord. Many churches have dead works that are their interpretation of what they think God would approve of. God blesses faithfulness not only in this life but in the life to come. No church can succeed without the blessings of our Lord. How does a man find a church where the Lord abides?
Mark 16:17 These signs shall follow them that believe; in My Name they will cast out devils,
speak with new tongues, lay hands on the sick and they will recover.
This Scripture is fulfilled in every church the Lord builds, not everyone has accepted this verse yet. Some churches will never accept this Bible truth because they are too steeped in their traditions. I grew up in the Catholic Church where God was honored but not according to the Scriptures. Everything we know about God and what pleases Him is recorded in the Bible He gave us and yet a lot of folks write their own program. If you enter the house of a man you must act like someone who wants to be there. When you enter the house of God He has certain things He expects from you. You cannot act like the way you think is acceptable. A man who is grateful for his life will have no problem conforming to the will of the One who gave him life. Everyone who enters the house God has built will know His peace, His love and His power. If a man cannot "feel" God in his spirit, he is in the wrong house. God didn't build it and He has no place there. If you are in the House of God, no wolf can huff and puff and blow it down.
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I know the will of my Lord,
He takes pleasure in my prosperity.
He died to make me rich,
He became the curse for me.
If I yield to poverty and lack,
I will disappoint my Lord.
Now I got my mind right,
I am ready to prosper,
spirit, soul and body.