Lively Stones-God’s Will


Lively Stones-God’s Will

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Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5 KJV)

We were designed and made for a grand purpose; to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. This is a very important notice. We should never assume or adopt a faulty notion that we are for ourselves to live and do as we want. This is a scared notice.

The Bible says something we must carefully note; “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ?… know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  (1 Cor. 6:15-19).  Note; “ye are not your own for ye are bought with a price” a notice and notion that indicate being owned by God. God being the Owner is the true and authentic beneficiary (or should be) of what happens or goes on in our lives. We (ought to) do such things that are designed for Him and desirable to Him… spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. This is our grand call.

Paul in his letter to the Romans says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2 KJV). Notice the intent and plea nature of Paul’s entreaty to the Church, as one having a rich and deep understanding of God’s requirement, passionately beseeching the Brethren to meet God’s Holy requirement and innate demand which according to Paul, is the reasonable act of service on our part.

Beloved, the intriguing part of being a lively stone is the bias or option to have opinion, motive or agenda. The struggle always exists between what one wills versus what God wills. This is the marked feature that differentiates the lively stone from dead or natural stone.

In the case of a natural stone used for building natural houses, the stone is inanimate, non-living, inorganic and lifeless. It has no bias, prejudice or opinion. It would not think, say or do any act contrary to what its owner would do with it but that’s not what or how the lively stone is designed or composed.

The living stone has feeling, will and intellect. The living stone is alive and can rationalize. Recall the experience of our Lord Jesus when He cried, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt. 26:39 KJV).  Notice the typical struggle within the Living Stone; it is yielding to God during such struggle this makes the activities of the lively stones spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God.

Beloved, we must awake to this righteous and holy reality; we are not our own; we are owned by God, designed and required to do His bids and demands in our bodies as an offering holy and acceptable to Him. This is the high call of every lively stone. We must strive and study to know God’s Holy will and willfully succumb to His will as Christ also did. Praise the Lord.

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Spiritual Houses

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God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands (Acts 17:24)

A building is a structure designed and developed for man’s use and occupation. The concept is to devise and design the building to cater for necessary and basic needs that makes building both habitable and comfortable. The building naturally becomes man’s place of rest, resort and recreations. Housing is a basic need of Man.

Like Man, God desires a Building, a place of dwelling on the earth. About God’s dwelling, the Bible says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. “(1 Cor. 3:16-17 KJV).  God’s dwelling is not the basic brick and mortar rather God inhabits His People. He dwells in our Hearts by Faith.

For His dwelling, God made a passionate demand when the Bible says; “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. (Prov. 23:26 KJV). Man does looks on the outward, but God’s keen care is the heart. He looks on the inside to own and possess our hearts and make it His dwelling. What a glorious joy and blessing when God dwells in our hearts. It is about this nature of dwelling that the Bible says, God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands ratherHe dwells in the heart surrendered to Him.

Paul in his exhortation and epistle to the Ephesian Church says something of note; “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.“ (Eph. 3:14-19 NIV).

 Notice his exhortation and prayer “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith…” and the attending result of all that accompanies that experience including being “… filled with all the fulness of God.“  When God dwells in us; we are filled with all the fulness of God and are able to give expression to His virtues and grace through our lives.

Beloved, this is God’s grand plan for you and me; to be a building and a dwelling for His Glory “…built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5). It is important for us to understand this holy need and to offer ourselves; our being and body as a Holy vessel for God’s Holy presence. Ye are God’s Building. Praise the Lord.

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As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:4-5 NIV)

It is important that we understand our need to come to the living Stone; Jesus the Christ.

Beloved, we must come to Jesus Christ, the Living stone that provides the living water. This is needful and important for our health and wellness. According to the Bible; “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:37-38 KJV).  To derive the fortune, fatness and riches inherent in the Living Stone; we must come!

Notice, the invitation is to any man (that) thirsts; this typifies the vulnerability, need and requirement of the Children of Israel (symbolic of the Church) on their journey from the Egypt to the Canaan; the promised land. At a point, they became thirsty and desperate for water. The Bible says, “The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” (Exo. 17:1-3 KJV).  The people were dire and desperately thirsty during their journey but there was no water. David would also say of his own experience, “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; (Psalm 63:1 KJV)

The Christian life experience is replicated by the traverse and experiences of the Children of Israel who journeyed in the wilderness for forty years. The various experiences they encountered and documented typifies the Christian life and journey from the World (Egypt) to the Heaven (God’s promised land).

In their exposure and experience, when the Children of Israel encountered this desperate thirst, the Bible says, “the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.” (Exo. 17:5-6 KJV). The people would come to that rock to drink and quench their thirst. That rock would later be identified as Christ as the Bible says. “they all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. (1 Cor. 10:4 KJV)

Beloved, it is to that same Rock, that you and I must come to quench all of life’s thirst. The Bible identified Jesus Christ as the Rock, a Spiritual Rock, Living Stone chosen by God and Precious to Him to provide relief for all life’s thirst. We must come to the Living Stone and drink; we cannot claim we are busy, occupied or engaged, the need to quench the thirst is the urgency that must drive us to the Living Stone to derive and draw the much-needed living waters and as Jesus said; we would find rest for our souls. Come to the Rock.

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