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Each of us is different. We all have talents that are specific to us. As saints, we can and must have diversities among us. But in all of our differences, our spirit or what motivates us must be the same.

1 Corinthians 12

1. Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

2. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

3. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

4. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

5. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

6. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

7. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

8. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9. To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10. To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

11. But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

12. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

13. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

14. For the body is not one member, but many.

Just as diversities in gifts is important, so are we all important to the body. What is your gift? What are you bringing in order to edify the body?

The walls of Jerusalem were broken down and Nehemiah was called to rebuild them.

Nehemiah 4:6-18
So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.
But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.
Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them. And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.
And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease. And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you.
Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work. And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah. They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.
For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

We too are called to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. They may be our own walls of salvation, with in the church or out reach into the community. We can’t be casual builders; we need to be armed builders. The enemy is all around us waiting for us to let down our guard giving them an entrance into the city. The armour of God is listed out in Ephesians 6:
13. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Let us make sure that we are fully prepared to fight the battles of the day. While I was thinking about being armed builders, this song kept running through my head.

Army Of The Lord
Chorus –
Are we walking into the enemy’s camp, laying our weapons down shedding our armor as we go, leaving it on the ground? We’ve gotta be strong in the power of his might and prove to the enemy We are the army of the Lord and we’ve won the victory.

Verse 1 – All around us a war’s going on between the wrong and the right We’ve gotta choose which side we’re on-the darkness or the light Some of the soldiers of the Lord just don’t realize that the captain of the army of darkness has come to blind their eyes

Verse 2 – Can’t you see that we’re in a battle and there’s no place to hide? The shields of faith are full of darts and their shooting from every side Just shake out the darts and run right at em’ and remember who you’re fighting for Don’t fall asleep cuz’ if they catch ya’ they’ll take you prisoner of war

Let us be careful that we aren’t taken unawares while we are building.

Speak to the Mountain
By: Jeff and Sheri Easter

From strength to strength we sometimes go
Then again we’re sinking low
In the shadow of a mountain
Looming high above our head
We need not fear what lies ahead
For the word has clearly said
That our faith would be sufficient
To make the mountain disappear

Speak to the mountain
You’ll not triumph over me
Be thou removed from here to yonder
Disappear into the sea
Speak to the mountain
Speak with authority
And the mountain must move
And you will claim victory

In the midst of the battle
When the foe is gaining ground
Just look up and see
The mighty hand of God reaching down
Speak God’s name and satan trembles
Speak God’s word and watch him flee
Once again our God delivers
The mountain crumbles at our feet

KJV – Matthew 21:18-22
-Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
-And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
-And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!
-Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
-And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Amplified – Matthew 21:21-22
-And Jesus answered them, Truly, I say unto you, if you have faith – a firm relying trust – and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done.
-And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.

Let us be careful to not limit God’s power by our lack of faith.

I have carried a burden for some souls for several years. I have struggled with believing that they can and will be saved. Yes I believe God can save them and improve the situation in a mighty way, but because of those individuals involved, I have had trouble believing that souls will actually get the help they need. When these thoughts were brought in service this morning I was reminded that God’s power is greater than the power of all of the people involved. I need to remember that God has the power to change lives and to just have faith and really believe in him, to change the situation. As I write this now, God is reminding me that he already has moved on the situation in mighty ways and for that I am thankful. But I am not going to be satisfied until souls are saved and get all of their needs met. Because of this, I am going to keep praying and really believe that they will someday be sitting in church with me worshipping God. It can happen.

If there is a mountain in your life, with firm belief, speak and cast it into the see, and God will do the rest. Go to God with your mountain, believing that he will remove it.

Imagine the possibilities of God’s power when we no longer keep in within our human thinking or limit him with our lack of faith.

What is your connection to church? What holds you there? Why do you return? These are questions that are asked by many people every day and the answers are as numerous as those answering. Church goers attend for various reasons; their spouse goes to church, it’s expected of them, they were raised a certain way, it’s what you do to be a good person, or it’s a positive social activity. The list is endless.

Churches today offer opportunities for connections, but unfortunately they are based on a false hope. It is like there is an effort to create ties with the institution or the people of the organization called church, but there isn’t a deep tie to God. An alliance with God costs something; it takes work and a lot of soul searching. This could be too much for people who just want to float by and look good because they go to church. But with out a personal relationship with God, church will only be a form or tradition.

In Luke 6:46-49 it discusses the parable of two men that built houses, one on the rock and the other on sand. When the storms of life came against them, it was the house on the rock that stood, while the house on the sand collapsed. The houses are our lives, the Rock is Jesus and the sand is the world. To guarantee a sure foundation for our life, we have to build on the Rock Christ Jesus, securing that connection to him. If we take this step, when the trials of life come, we can be sure that we will not fall; God is there to help, protect and guide. However, if we think little about the seriousness of our life’s foundation, when the storms come, the sand will wash out from beneath us and we will have nothing.

We have to be willing to take the responsibility for ourselves to make sure we have a strong connection with God on which we can build our life. It is not enough to go through the motions or to “look good”, it is necessary that we dig deep with in ourselves to fully have that direct link to God. It is through this deep connection with God that we can have life and true hope in what he can do for our lives.

At the Church of God, we encourage all those that come to seek for that connection with God. In Matthew 7:7-8 it calls us to “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” KJV It is God’s will that we have this personal relationship with him and he has promised that if we truly desire to have that connection, he will grant it to us.

After obtaining that connection, when asked why you go to church, your answer will be full of hope and life.

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