December 3, 2014

Are You Married to Jesus or Your Church?

Posted in Christianity at 5:29 pm by Lisa Ritchey

Once upon a time in a land far, far away were four farmers. Their farms met in the middle of a pond. WELL. They each wanted different fish, so they built a fence through the pond to divide it into 4ths and keep the fish separate. Farmer Jones had the North section and grew huge, gorgeous large mouth Bass. Farmer Smith had the south section and grew some beautiful brim. Farmer Black had the East and had some bodacious catfish. and farmer Green had the West section and grew some remarkable striped bass. They were different kinds of fish, but all were fish.

One day there came a monstrous storm that raised the pond water to over the fences. All of the fish co-mingled and swam around VERY happily in their new-found freedom.

It doesn’t matter what denomination you are – Baptist, Pentecostal, Methodist, Catholic, whatever – or what church you go to, when the Spirit rains down somewhere you should have no problem mixing and mingling (read fellowship and worship) with other believers. If you do , you have a problem. And yes, it is spiritual. You are religious and married to your church.

Don’t get me wrong, we are to belong to one church and be faithful in attendance, service, and giving there. DON’T YOU DARE MISQUOTE ME ON THAT. For your sake, don’t.

With that being said, It is a shame that most people will not go to another church on occasion to drink what is being poured out there. In the early 90’s there was a church not too far away that was having true, Biblical revival. You didn’t walk out the same person you walked in as. Ever. We were hungry for G-d.

It is not that we weren’t getting fed at our church, but this was a special kind of feast He was pouring out down there. And it was sweet! So we went to every Friday night service. We found out about it from another couple in church. Others there heard us talking about it and it was not but a few weeks till like 85% of the church was there every Friday night. And it changed each of our lives.

That revival lasted 5 years. And it was so awesome. And I miss it so horribly badly: Lying in the floor for hours just drinking Him in and becoming more like Him. OH I MISS REVIVAL!

ANYway. There were those at our church that would have none of it. They wanted no part of whatever was going on elsewhere. What they got at their church was enough for them. And they got by. They did not change and grow, but they got by.  If G-d sends a great outpouring of His Holy Spirit, go get under the water fall when ever you can!

The revival came to that church because the Pastor went to where the revival originated. And went back 1 weekend every 2 months to keep that fire going. Yes, instead of preaching in his church every week, he went out-of-town regularly.   He fed what G-d had given him. He stoked and threw more logs on it, if you will.

I know there are some people who will not go to any other church but theirs, no matter what. I feel so sorry for them. They are bound, not to Jesus, but to their church.

Which one are you? Are you so hungry you will go wherever His Holy Spirit is moving, or will you wait for Him to come to your church?

Mat 5:6

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

See?  He promised!

I am so hungry for Revival! Wherever He chooses to pour it out.


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