| Isn't it time (1) PRIORITIES (2)|
Legacy System (leg e-see sis-tem)
A computer system or application program which continues to be used—due to the cost of replacing or redesigning it, and often despite its poor performance. The implication is that the system is large, monolithic and difficult to modify (see Mk. 13:1).
A system that has been in operation so long that no one remembers how it came into being or why it was designed as it was. However, in spite of its inferiority and many fallacies and inefficiencies, many are hopelessly dependent upon it. They have no idea how to do anything differently.
Isn’t it time to go back to the Beginning, to Yesu and His Ways—instead of the “Legacy System” unBiblical paradigm Sunday/Wednesday cell group machine, org-chart hierarchies, programs, events, titles, assigned leaders and performers, gimmicks, psychology, dress up, speech/audience, calendar-ized institution, and self-centered lifestyles?
The “Legacy System” is stealing the rightful inheritance of God’s Lambs, born to be daily “a Kingdom of Priests”!
We must go on towards His Full Intention, together!! (Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 3; 1Jn. 1-3; 1Cor. 12).
It will cost us, as it did the Pearl Merchant, EVERYTHING. The Task is dangerous and daunting. (Mk 13:1)
Thought to share this here with some few and pass it on. As I read this that was shared with me I thought, yes LORD there is so much more YOU have for us.
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Good post sister. The system we have in place in our churches have been around for so many centuries that folks simply have no idea that here could be some other way other than one man speaking and everyone else simply listening. The system itself is in error. Just because something has been around for centuries in no way legitimizes it and it takes an incredible effort and faith to come out of a system that is so entrenched in the minds and hearts of people. The Catholic church had been around for at least 1200 years when the reformation came. That struggle they initially endured can never be underestimated. Yet, they fell right back into the same trap that they had tried to extricate themselves from.
"We must go on towards His Full Intention, together!! (Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 3; 1Jn. 1-3; 1Cor. 12)."
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Interesting that God gave detailed instructions on the building of the Tabernacle. I saw a replica of the Tabernacle that a ministry team had put together. It was estimated at the Tabernacle could be put up and taken down in about a half day. Signifying the dynamic of God.
No detailed instructions were given for the building of the Temple. Though God permitted it to be built. When it was built religion became entrenched. And the glory of God was lost.
Simply my thoughts this Easter day.
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When the Hebrews were in the wilderness they were soljournors and pilgrims. That was the simplicity of where they could listen to God They saw the cloud by day and a fire by night.
I think that simplicity was lost when the temple was built and religion became entrenched. Somehow things got more complicated.
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PRIORITIES! “Seek FIRST the Kingdom!” Few would tolerate Acts 2:42-47 in their lives because honestly, they don’t want the Christ-Life. They prefer God to be on their schedule. That’s “love of the world” and “lukewarmness” and “idolatry” on some level, whether intentional or not. If we allow the world and its demands and our desires to dominate our schedules, and then try to add Him to all of that nonsense, we’re making a huge mistake and we’ll never “SEE Him Who is invisible,” or “SEE the Kingdom” in our lives. We may “escape as one through the flames,” but we’ll never truly “taste the power of the Coming Age”—as is our Inheritance. Unfortunately, most will die in that state. They allow guitar lessons, little league baseball, errands, housework, making money, spending money, isolating and focusing on their genetic family, homeschooling, and a thousand other things to consume the majority of their time and energy.
Those who say they have continual wondrous ecstatic experiences with Jesus, but live in this state of mixed priorities and worldliness (except on Sunday) are generally hallucinating. Living truly in “the power of an indestructible Life” comes from “losing your life”—“dying to the world and the world to you”—and “the seed falling to the ground and dying.” The only place where the enemy is shamed and destroyed is “the cross.” “It is the same now.” He is our “all in all” and one will “live and move and have our being in Him,” or it is not the Testimony of Heavenly Life which Jesus lived for and died for. We may not be addicted to going to “bury my father,” or “saying goodbye to my father and mother.” Those radical things JESUS said were mandatory in order to be the real thing—ARE MANDATORY! : ) Jumping up and down on Sunday in a meeting, or knowing a lot of Bible will not substitute for Reality. “Jesus we know and Paul we know about—but who are YOU!!??” said the unimpressed demons that ripped to shreds the religious men with the right words. In the unseen realm, it matters what our real daily priorities are, and how we really live, and where our passions and time REALLY are.
Convicting read for me this morning, wanted to share it with some few here. Praying about my own priorities and seeking to see HIS reality realized in my life daily as I take up my cross and follow HIM.
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This is the essence of life MJ. The most effective and anointed and powerful folks I have met in my life are those whose grand obsession is Jesus. And the irony is that when this is the case, the things that are sanctified in our lives like husband or wife or family and jobs are benefited. The life that is separated to Jesus is the life that will be a better husband, a better wife, a closer family a valued worker. Nothing is lost when it is released from our firm grip, in fact we gain life and that more abundantly, life in the Spirit when we truly seek Him first and His righteousness....bro Frank
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Frank wrote:This is the essence of life MJ. The most effective and anointed and powerful folks I have met in my life are those whose grand obsession is Jesus.
This has been my experience as well. The sad thing is those who are most willing to lay down their lives and truly live for JESUS are the ones called "extreme" or "fanatics"
While the world may consider me so, even those who claim HIM but only on Sundays may call me so...I find more and more I want that label. I want those around me to see JESUS and to know my life is buried deep in HIS.
Frank wrote:The life that is separated to Jesus is the life that will be a better husband, a better wife, a closer family a valued worker.
Amen!! Life surrendered in "ALL" things unto HIM is truly the only life worth living...
God bless you brother
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Mary Jane: This resonates. What would the church look like if we started with a blank slate and simply asked God what He wanted us to do with it? What would happen if we looked at the Biblical, New Testament model and simply did it like it was originally done? We need to take the focus off of programs and put it back on simply winning the lost and then discipleship in order to see Christ formed in people. We need to bring the babies to maturity so they can win the lost and father disciples themselves. Everything else is just a tool to be used as God directs us to do so.
I think a shift is occurring. A line is being drawn and the church is going to come forth again. A group of people madly in love with the savior, zealous of righteousness and good works, and having a desire to see the Kingdom of God in the hearts of men.
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/"Living truly in “the power of an indestructible Life” comes from “losing your life”—“dying to the world and the world to you”—and “the seed falling to the ground and dying.” The only place where the enemy is shamed and destroyed is “the cross.”
All I can say is yes! Help us Lord to begin to fathom this so as to not just be scratching the surface.
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You wrote: What would the church look like if we started with a blank slate and simply asked God what He wanted us to do with it? What would happen if we looked at the Biblical, New Testament model and simply did it like it was originally done? We need to take the focus off of programs and put it back on simply winning the lost and then discipleship in order to see Christ formed in people.
my response: This reminded me so much of a video that was shared with me recently. I thought I would share just a few of the thoughts touched on from the video and see how much it relates to what you shared here. GOD is so awesome how HE works though each of us :)
What if we actually lived what JESUS actually intended for HIS Ekklesia?
What would that look like?
His intent was Now, through the Church the manifold wisdom of GOD should be made known (Ephesians 3:10)
Everyone from the least to the greatest will know ME (Jeremiah 31:33-34)
CHRIST is the Head of HIS body, the Church…Each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, the whole body is healthy and growing full of love (Ephesians 4:14-16)
Each member belongs to the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. (Romans 12:5)
You are not to be called Rabbi, father, instructor, for you have one TEACHER, and you are all brothers. You have one FATHER and HE is in heaven. You have one INSTRUCTOR, the MESSIAH. (Matthew 23:8)
All the believers devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to fellowship, and to sharing meals, and to prayer, they worshiped together each day. (Acts 2: 42-47)
Encourage one another Daily so that none be discouraged by sin’s deceitfulness (Hebrews 3:12)
When you come together each of you has a hymn, a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the Church may be built up. (I Corinthians 14:26)
All of the believers were one in heart and mind…they shared everything they had. (Acts 4:32)
(my thoughts, it sounds just like a family, with our amazing and awesome FATHER!! :)
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