Neglect of the original Owner's plan for this house is evident by the outward conditon seen. Is it a wise decision to demolish the old to rebuild? Should all be tossed aside as rubbish? Is there anything salvagable in this ruined structure? Don’t judge by the apparent neglect, but consider that all things are possible for those who TRUST in God! If the truth is told with complete transparency, an Extreme Makeover will follow! What NORMALLY appears to be beyond repair or useless to the watching world, this One Carpenter is delighted in taking on! He swore that if a house is destroyed that He would restore it in three days! In order for this Carpenter to begin a new project, He simply asks the tenant to honestly disclose all the weak parts. The walls of insulation that protected fear and guilt were ripped out so that the noise of the world would no longer drown the voice of the Landlord. As the tenant TOOK responsibility to confess all that was neglected, the Owner then allows the Carpenter to begin the process of restoration. First the faulty wiring that caused a short circuit that disconnected the tenant from its Owner was repaired. The broken windows (eyes) that welcomed illegal entry were given a fresh vision. The leaking roof that exposed the tenant to outside influences was lifted off and new thoughts resurfaced the mind. Weather resistant tiles(words)with a lifetime warranty were laid out. This Carpenter rebuilt the home and signed His Name to the Deed of Trust! He then was given the authority to renew the lease with Rules for Living. He used the worn wood boards, the cracked bricks, the stained basins to allow the tenant to remember their years of struggle, and failed attempts to impress the world, the family, the neighborhood by themselves. The Carpenter listened to the tenant pour out his heartfelt thanksgiving for all that had been done in him. With great compassion and love for the tenant, the Carpenter respected the deep character lines carved into the tenant He calls "friend". The tenant rejoiced in his relationship with the Carpenter and lived in the house of the Lord forever and ever! AMEN The Landlord of the entire universe is willing to restore His original plan for each body, each soul and the CHURCH He created. Let us look at the UNITY within the CHURCH as God sees it. NO walls, NO division, NO denominations, NO squabbles, NOT one annointed teacher, NOT one leader, but as God drives the TRUTH in us, as we nail our insecurity to the cross, as we trust that He qualifies, He equips those He calls, we listen and respond with willingness what His word says to our hearts. NEW KING JAMES VERSION Ephesians 1:7 "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in ALL WISDOM and prudence, having made known to us THE MYSTERY of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of times ------ He might gather together in ONE all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth---in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things accournding to the counsel of His will, that we who FIRST TRUSTED in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvationl in whom also, having believed, you were SEALED with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheirtance until the redemption of the purchased possession to the praise of His glory--- that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to YOU the SPIRIT of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the EYES of your
understanding being enlightened: that you may know what is the HOPE of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance IN the saints, and what is the EXCEEDING greatness of His power toward us who BELIEVE, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him in His right hand in the heavenly places, FAR ABOVE all principality and power and might and demonion, and every NAME that is NAMED, not only in this age but in that which is to come. And He put ALL things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over ALL things to the church which is HIS BODY, the fullness of Him who fills ALL in ALL." In other words, God does not call the qualified, He calls us ALL His saints, His friends, His beloved to which He caused ALL wisdom, knowledge and the RICH FULL GRACE to abound, or leap toward ALL who TRUST and BELEIVE in GOD, according to HIS PLEASURE, that our EYES will be enlightened with understanding, that each of us KNOW what is the HOPE of His calling of us, LET us board His bus and ride knowing the RICHES of our inheiritance WITHIN us, and that in His HOPE for us, that we BE AWARE of His exceeding great power toward us who BELIEVE in His ability to RAISE the dead in spirit, and to TRUST in the name above all names, Jesus Christ our Lord, and that Jesus is the Head over ALL people, leaders, pastors, teachers, prophets, in this age and in the age to come...the CHURCH is HIS BODY, He is the fullness that fills us ALL. God has HOPE that we respond to His HOPE in us, that we say YES to our calling to serve Him, His church, without walls in the field, to harvest souls before His return. The will of God will NEVER take you to
WHERE the grace of God will not protect you!