The “Body Life”

Written by Dene McGriff

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· Unless we can get torepparttar point where we can be honest about where we are spiritually...

· Unless we can get torepparttar 146369 point where we can really touchrepparttar 146370 Lord regularly in prayer and inrepparttar 146371 Word...

· Unless we get torepparttar 146372 point where each and everyone of us can have fresh daily experiences withrepparttar 146373 Lord, fresh revelation of our own, rather than someone else's,

our meetings are bound to be pitiful because they reflect our poor walk withrepparttar 146374 Lord.

This is foreign torepparttar 146375 average Christian, because we are used to being passively entertained. Justrepparttar 146376 thought of having to share with others is scary to some. I know through years of experience what works and what doesn't. The only way a person will move from knowledge to reality is throughrepparttar 146377 constant loving support of a group of brothers and sisters he/she trusts and knows are there to help rather than condemn. This kind of dynamic can only be achieved in body life meetings. Saints need an opportunity to participate meaningfully in each meeting. It’srepparttar 146378 little things -repparttar 146379 things you are thankful for, how muchrepparttar 146380 Lord means to you, how He pulled off a little miracle at work, how He let you share Him with someone. Once allrepparttar 146381 members ofrepparttar 146382 body get released, people finally getrepparttar 146383 idea.

There is no such thing as a bad meeting or blaming someone else. The meeting depends on me. Ifrepparttar 146384 meeting is dead, it's because I had no life to bring to it. What did I contribute? If someone was obviously down and out, how did I help? What can I say? How can I pray for them this week? The best part about an open fellowship is there is no one to blame but me. That's why they work - and don't work.

In a very real sense, there is no "right" or "wrong" way to meet. God doesn't care about methods. He gives us very little instruction on what to do and how to do it. The question is, isrepparttar 146385 meeting underrepparttar 146386 guidance ofrepparttar 146387 Holy Spirit? Are there mature leaders who can senserepparttar 146388 flow ofrepparttar 146389 Spirit and move with it? Now I am not talking inrepparttar 146390 sense of something "extra-Biblical", voices, miracles, signs and wonders. I am talking aboutrepparttar 146391 ability of a small group of people to letrepparttar 146392 Spirit of God lead them in prayer, worship, song and testimonies. One will find that there is often an unspoken or unrecognized theme thatrepparttar 146393 Spirit will lead in a meeting and that everything will relate to it - without planning and without an agenda. For example,repparttar 146394 Lord may impress us this week with his mercy sorepparttar 146395 songs, testimonies, scripture and prayer will all relate to that theme.

Think ofrepparttar 146396 Holy Spirit asrepparttar 146397 conductor of an orchestra and each one of us is an instrument that He plays. He has worked in our lives duringrepparttar 146398 week, ministered to us through His word and through experience, and now we bring that torepparttar 146399 meeting and offer it up torepparttar 146400 Lord as a "sweet smelling sacrifice untorepparttar 146401 Lord." The meeting reflectsrepparttar 146402 fresh moving and working ofrepparttar 146403 Lord in each of our lives.

The Place of Leadership

Leadership is there to senserepparttar 146404 moving ofrepparttar 146405 Lord - not to carry out their planned order of business, not to follow an outline or course of study, or even verses that were pickedrepparttar 146406 previous week. Leadership should be there to senserepparttar 146407 move ofrepparttar 146408 Lord "real time" as they say in computer jargon. Our relationship withrepparttar 146409 Lord should be living and powerful, not programmed and planned.

If there is one main reason a small meeting won't work, it is

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Written by Irvin L. Rozier

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Why was this thing so? It was so because God had ordained it, and nothing could stand against His plans.

When your time of destiny comes, God will send help, and make straightrepparttar path wherein you should walk.


Irvin aka walkin2e

Author of My Walk with the Lord,, other articles and poems (do a google or yahoo search on my name), preacher, retired military

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