THE CHURCH - A HOUSE OF NOISE OR PRAYER?

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THE CHURCH - A HOUSE OF NOISE OR PRAYER?

 Textual source: Matthew 17:1-22



Beloved, the church is meant to be the kingdom consular here on earth - a place where the affairs of the earth are directed. It is meant to be the seat of God’s ambassadors. It is a place where all manner of needs are met - illnesses healed, lives transformed, yokes broken, the blind receiving sight and the deaf able to hear.

 

The kind of society we have today is not surprising. Just like the case of the synagogue then, the narrative has drastically changed. This was the reason Jesus reacted in Matthew 21:13 (“And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ””). Society will always be a reflection of the church.

 

The common commodities one can easily get from the altar today are:

 

  • Greed

2 Kings 5:20 à  But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, ‘Look, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the Lord lives, I will run after him and take something from him.’

 

·        Lust or Inordinate Desires

1 John 2:16 à For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

 

  • Hatred

1 John 2:11 à But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

 

·        Inordinate Ambitions

 Luke 14:11 à For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

 

  • Luke warmness

2 Kings 4:29,31 à Then he said to Gehazi, ‘Get yourself ready, and take my staff in your hand, and be on your way. If you meet anyone, do not greet him; and if anyone greets you, do not answer him; but lay my staff on the face of the child.’ 31 Now Gehazi went on ahead of them, and laid the staff on the face of the child; but there was neither voice nor hearing. Therefore he went back to meet him, and told him, saying, ‘The child has not awakened.’

 

·        Unbridled Tongue

2 Kings 4:4 à And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.

 

 

How strong can one’s faith be amid the aforementioned robbers? These “robbers” are the reasons we have many fake brethren in the church, figurehead priests, drunks as prophets, snitches as our counsellors and loose mouths as prayer warriors.

 

Friends, what Godly manifestation can we expect from such a gathering in the face of an organised attack? It is not just about the lack of fire but also about the polluted altars and deformed sacrifices. They are the reasons we would continue to make noises but remain powerless.

 

 

Have a Great Week Ahead.

SHALOM.

 

*Bible Verse: New King James Version*

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