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Unless the Lord builds the house

Posted by appolus on March 6, 2015

Psa 127:1 A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Hab 2:12-13 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity! Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?

The people shall weary themselves for their vanity. Men who build their own kingdoms weary themselves and others by their pride. To work feverishly towards worldly aims is to labor in the fire. In the end it produces nothing of eternal value, nothing. This is a plain truth to the man or woman of God. The present danger is that so much labor goes on in Christendom which is merely laboring in the vanity of building a man’s house, laboring in the fire, a fire that will consume all wood , hay and stubble. When the Lord builds the house then our labor produces gold and silver, refined by the very same fire. One set of works is consumed and turned to ashes, the other works is refined and beautified and eternal. This truth applies not only to churches but we as individuals. Does the Lord direct your steps? Is His Kingdom and the building of it our main priority? Now please do not confuse that with any kind of works as in ministries, although it can be, but first and foremost it starts with us. We we stones that are being shaped to fit rightly into the Temple, living stones for a living temple. We must yield to the Master builder’s hammer and chisel. This is our chief work. If we are not doing that, if we are not being refined and shaped by God, if we are not learning to yield to the Holy Spirit, then all other work is in vain.

7 Responses to “Unless the Lord builds the house”

  1. Becky Johnson said

    This is so timely for me. Thank you.

    • appolus said

      I am glad it spoke to you Becky……………bro Frank

      • Becky Johnson said

        I am curious about this, though:

        “Now please do not confuse that with any kind of works as in ministries, although it can be,”

        Could you elaborate, please? Thanks!

        • appolus said

          HI Becky, for many folks, their ministry is their works. Many of the works done in the ministry will end in ashes. Jesus reminds us in the Scriptures how many things were done in His name, good works all of them, yet He calls them workers of iniquity and that they should depart from Him for He never knew them. No, the works I am talking about is the labor of the Lord, for His own will’s sake and good pleasure, in us. This is where it starts and any kind of ministry has to be an outflow of the work that God has done in us, then it becomes His works through us because it is the overflow of the work He is doing in our hearts and minds and spirits. This is why all the glory belongs to Him, it is all His work. So many men do ” ministry,’ not for the glory of God and the building of His Kingdom, but for their own glory and the building of their kingdom. I hope that makes sense? When we do things simply to be seen of men, God sees the heart and rewards accordingly. Those who do things in the flesh are rewarded in the flesh now, they have their reward. What God sees in secret, the motivations of our hearts, He rewards those folks because they are storing up treasures where moth nor rust can destroy…………………..bro Frank

          • Becky Johnson said

            Okay, yes, I’m following that. Thanks, Frank. I am walking towards that in Him.

  2. amongtheforgotten said

    The last thing God had to pry from my hands was “my ministry.” It is not that our Lord has not spoken to us in very specific ways along the lines He so desires, it’s just that we feel that just any sacrifice will do provided we’re sincere in offering it. This simply isn’t true. We are not free to use our gifts however we so choose.

    Now not everyone that names the name of Christ is against all religious institutions although I am and I believe for good reason. Does God have a plethora of avenues in which He uses to call people and establish them in Christ? Or rather, is their one means to which this is to happen? 1 Timothy 3:15 says that the ekklesia (what people call the church but really isn’t) is THE pillar and support of the truth. Note it doesn’t say one way but THE WAY. Most professing Christians have never even considered this.

    Unbelievers everywhere constantly complain that Christians cannot get along, our hundreds of denominations being the proof of this- and they are correct to a degree. Now consider just this one example among many that proves that their cannot be more than one way and that man’s institutions regardless of their so-called “good” were never God’s intention.

    When a man starts an organization- did you get that? When he starts it- when he names it, forms it, writes the rules for it, and most importantly places himself as the head of IT. Is Jesus building ITS? Is he allowing men to decide how His ministry service is to function outside of the written truths of Scripture? Is he allowing and supporting men who skirt the qualifications for elders (leadership) by appointing themselves as the LORD or CEO of what they have made and even allows them to give IT a specific name.

    I tell you the truth, what men have made they sacrifice to demons. EVERY formal institution competes with Jesus Himself for:
    2) Resources
    3) Influence in society

    It doesn’t matter that they are using Jesus’ name to do this. Everything that can be shaken will be, and this includes man made institutions. Can we please get back to the simple gospel, God’s Word and His people gathering in the manner the New Testament makes very clear.

    It is not difficult to discover the truth and obey God. That isn’t the problem. The problem is this: Most people have never sought God Himself for their answers and so continue to follow men right into their devices and the futility thereof. Men and their inventions are the biggest reason Christians remain divided.

    Jesus is building a spiritual house. (Matthew 16:18) which meets in various geographical; locales. We do well not to fight against that, but to join hands and hearts as co-laborers with Him.

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