Good evening, everyone! I hope your weekend is going well and your able to rest and enjoy time with friends and family. As always give thanks to God for his new blessings and mercies today. He allowed us to see another day and bask in his presence. He is altogether lovely and so worthy of praise.
It has been ages since I posted a sermon snack. Things have been getting busy lately. Luckily I’ll have delicious morsels over the next few days. I’ll start with this treat from Andy Elms. He came to visit all the way England to give a powerful word last Saturday night. I think you’ll like it.
We can’t have selfish Christianity. We should get ready for Jesus to come. We are here for a reason. When we speak of heaven it’s about us going there but God wants heaven embedded in us. As it is above, let it be below. There’s a two way relationship between heaven and earth. We can release heaven while we’re on earth. Worship is an example of heaven invading earth. Our encounter with heaven shouldn’t be limited to a stone building. We must take it out into the world.
“Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place. He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord , the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.””
Genesis 28:10-13, 16-17 NASB
Jacob starts to see where he is differently. He was in an incredible place where heaven and earth met. It’s like the opening of the first church. What if God’s plan in the new testament was to move this dynamic from buildings to people?