Protection for the inside
Jude 24 (Holman Christian Study Bible) HCSB
Now to him who is able to protect you from stumbling
And to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy
Before proceeding with any work inside, protection against the elements must first be in place. Re-hanging doors, replacing broken windows will provide the necessary protection. We too must protect ourselves and fellow believers from the elements of false doctrine, preaching and teaching the Gospel of Christ’ crucifixion, death and resurrection
Suddenly, the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom; the earth quaked and the rock split (Matthew 27:51)
E komo mai ke Akua “Come Holy Spirit!”
Now that protection against the elements is in place, we must make sure to maintain the ambient temperature within. The spiritual health of the church is intrinsic with the flow of the Holy Spirit, which is the basis of the ministry. We all have a part in maintaining the warmth of the Holy Spirit, whether greeting guests, ensuring that the praise and worship is flowing, to the message, and benevolence within the community, maintaining it’s presence can only come from the concerted efforts of everyone.
And whoever welcomes one child like this in My name welcomes Me (Matthew 18:5)
Now faith is the reality of what
Is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.
2 For our ancestors won God’s approval by it.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by command,
so that what is seen has been made from the things that are not visible
Hebrews 11:1-3 HCSB
What more evidence and affirmation of God’s power and faithfulness do We need to make is actually step out in faith?
The truth is, God validates Himself by His completed works “Creation” and “Prophecy” bringing to pass what has not been done yet, according to His word. The substance of our faith is in the second part of this statement where our spiritual feet are held to the fire, at that point that validates exactly where we stand in this faith we profess.
Exodus 14:15-16 The Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to break camp. As for you, Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it so the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.
Perhaps there is a giant we are presently dealing with that is begging our attention, but because of spiritual immaturity, we won’t stare it down and slay it. The danger is the longer we avoid it, the more it matures. 1 Corinthians 9:24 tells us to commit to training, beat our bodies so that we will have the endurance to finish this race.
Our challenge, stare down the giant in front of us, slay it, and wait for our next assignment.
(1 Timothy 1:18) Timothy, my son, I am giving you this instruction in keeping with the prophesies previously made about you, so that by them you may strongly engage battle  Some have rejected these and suffered the shipwreck of their faith.
Shoring up the floor 4.15
My steps are on Your path; my feet have not slipped Psalm 17:5 HCSB
The foundation wall are in place, the rough in is complete, Now it’s time to work on the floors. “Floors” serve a dual purpose, the obvious, provides a level surface strong enough to bear the load within, and to provide “Sway” bracing- keeping the walls from shifting from side to side. Likewise, the body of Christ must be made strong to support the load (Our brothers and sisters in Christ), and to stand strong in these convictions that we may not be swayed by outside influences False teachings, and sensations of propaganda.
*17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man (Believer) sharpens another Prov. 27:17 HCSB Keep you sword sharp! Condition our faith muscles through Bible studies. Studying the word of God (In small groups) lead us to embracing our faiths and cause us to enter into an intimate relation with the Lord. This fundamental practice is the foundation on which the church (We) stand, Amen?
…height or depth or any created thing will have the power to separate us Romans 8:39 It is said, “A chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link,” therefore we must stand shoulder to shoulder and in the gap of fellow believers. This way, we can be the lateral support for fellow for our brothers and sisters as they walk through their valleys.
1 Samuel 2:28 (Holman Christian Study Bible) HCSB
Out of all the tribes of Israel, I selected your house to be priest, to offer sacrifices on may altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod in my presence. I also gave your house all the Israelite offerings
“Out of all the tribes of Israel I selected your house”… Could there be any greater privilege than having the favor of the Lord, to be anointed and appointed as shepherd for His sheep?
“Favor” in it’s original Greek means Undeserving Grace, meaning, just because you have it, you aren’t necessarily any better or worthier because of it. For example, Eli and his sons were abundantly showered with the grace of God’s favor and were major disappointments [2:12b] The priest would claim for himself whatever the meat fork brought up. This is the way they treated all Israelites that came to Shiloh. The Pharisee within grew up and matured because of the disconnect between God’s intent for grace, and their interpretation of it’s purpose.
Consequently, recompense was in order and God dishes out His righteous judgement [2:30] Therefore this is the declaration of the Lord, the God of Israel: “Although I said your family and your ancestral house would walk before me forever, the Lord now says “No longer!”
So we must accept His grace and imputed righteousness with great humility that we may be upstanding witnesses to His name. Selah
2 Timothy 2:19 HCSB
Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, having this inscription:
The Lord knows those who are his, and everyone who names the name if the Lord must turn away from unrighteousness
The function of foundation walls is to provide support for vital components to compete the building, and protection to maintain it’s structural integrity. Likewise, churches built on solid foundations (core principles) are better equipped to serve the needs of the kingdom.
So, what does this look like? Preach the Gospel of our Risen Savior Jesus Christ, the perfect lamb who died for our sin so that we could have life (Ephesians 2:8), also, to live in obedience to His commandments that we may be used mightily for the purpose we were designed for (John 13:34) I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I loved you, you must love one another
Be of Moral Character
King James Version
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.