One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.
Desire: a deep emotion/ a feeling. A spiritual and physical yearning.
I believe that God has given us an addictive nature for us to become addicted to the house and the presence of God. Addictions to drugs, alcohol and sexual perversions etc are all substitutes for the high that only the house of God can provide.
Dwell: to live in the house, ALL the days of your life.
Your health, your wealth, your family and your success can be directly contributed to your church commitment and attendance.
A man who does not dwell in the house of Lord cannot be trusted. If he cannot commit to God, what makes you think he will commit and keep his word to you.
You must be planted in a good church in order to prosper. You must have a church with a man of God who has the revelation of God. It is the word and revelation that saves and changes you.
And when they have prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
There is so much power that resides in the atmosphere of God's house. God and His power is everywhere and yet His most concentrated essence is in His house. Their house is where the owner gives you access to them at a more intimate level. They are comfortable in their surroundings, you see them at a 'real' level and a good host puts on a good feed. The same can be said for God's house.
There is a certain power when gathering in one mind and in agreement. A collective gathering creates a concentrated power of God and when we go our seperate ways again, that power weakens and dissipates.
How could one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight.
SPIRITUAL AMPLIFICATION - you do not yet realise how fundamentally important you are. We need complete unity for God's power to flow.
God has imposed a restriction onto Himself. He has confined Himself to the functioning of the church
The way God is perceived by the world depends on how we portray Him in the world. How can God be known if we do not present Him? Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven,
The church is supernaturally endowed and in that gathering, you will be filled (Acts 4:31). Everything you need can be found in the dynamic atmosphere of the Church.
People can treat the House of God like shopping... Some have extravagance in mind, they say "I know what I want. I want the best and I'm gong to get it." - Intentional faith.
Some come to shop-lift and look to rob the atmosphere and some walk in for a browse and walk out with nothing. Come with a planned expectation because there is enough power there to heal, promote, deliver, encourage and energise.
The value that you hold in your church attendance authenticates the existence of God, Himself.
ONE THING I DESIRE...
Desire says "I want to be here"
If others have to tell you to go to church, you won't last long. So many 'older' Christians have had their fire turn to ashes... Without your desire, your fire will go out.
Ignite or fan your flame of desire for the house of God.