THE GLORY OF GOD ON CAPE COD

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This Wednesday 4/20/22: Cape-wide GOGCC Worship and Prayer Gathering at Marstons Mills Community Church

by The GOGCC team on April 18, 2022


Dear Friends, Hope you had a nice day yesterday celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Christ is risen! Looking forward to seeing you this Wednesday 4/20/22 for our monthly Cape-wide worship and prayer gathering. We will gather at: Marstons Mills Community Church 2135 Main Street Marstons Mills, MA 02648 6:30 - 8:00 PM We will gather together as one body and one family from different churches, denominations, ethnic groups and generations, to worship the Lord together in one accord and pray for our beloved Cape Cod. As you may know, a few years ago the Lord stirred the GOGCC pastors and leaders to prepare ourselves for His glory in our midst by pursuing unity/oneness, consecration/holiness, and united prayer. Walking in consecration/holiness is walking in the fear of the Lord. Walking in the fear of the Lord is an expression of honoring the Lord who we love. When we walk in the fear of the Lord, He rests among, and we experience His glory (manifest presence) in our midst. When we experience the glory of God in our midst, two things happen: We as believers become acutely aware of His presence, AND, unbelievers encounter God in our midst, and their experience as they come among us is, "Truly God is in your midst." This is what the Scriptures say. Also, accounts of historic revivals such as the Great Awakenings, the Welch Revival and others, record that this is what they experienced. A.W.Tozer articulated well what it looks like when God walks among His people (manifests His presence) in his book, The Pursuit of Man:  “It was this (the sense of Someone there) that filled with abiding wonder the first members of the Church of Christ. The solemn delight which those early disciples knew sprang straight from the conviction that there is One in the midst of them. They knew that the Majesty in the heavens were confronting them on earth: They were in the very Presence of God. And the power of that conviction to arrest attention and hold it for a lifetime, to elevate, to transform, to fill with uncontrollable moral happiness, to send men singing to prison and to death, has been one of the wonders in history and a marvel of the world....... Nothing can take the place of the touch of God in the soul, and the sense of Someone there. Real faith, indeed, brings such realization, for real faith is never the operation of reason upon texts. Where true faith is, the knowledge of God will be given as a fact of consciousness, altogether apart from the conclusions of logic. Whatever else it embraces, true Christian experience must always include a genuine encounter with God. Without this, religion is but a shadow, a reflection of reality, a cheap copy of the original once enjoyed by someone else of whom we have heard.” In contrast, when we don't walk in the fear of the Lord, when we don't treasure His presence and like Esau, make carnal choices and easily give up the blessings/presence of God for the littlest things, we miss out on God's resting among us, and we don't experince the glory of God (His manifest presence) in our midst. "Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel are committing here, to make me depart from My sanctuary? " (Ezekiel 8:5) When we don't experience the glory of God in our midst, we as belivers can't see Him or hear Him clearly: "But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door (outside the church) and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in (come in again into the church or manifest My Presence among you)..."  (Rev 3:17-20). Additionally, when we don't experience the glory of God in our midst, unbelievers do not encounter God among us, and their experience when they come in our midst is "Where is your God?" instead of "Truly God is in your midst." "Why should the nations (unbelievers) say,'Where is your God?'" (Psalm 115:2) "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men." (Matthew 5:13) The statement below summarizes why we gather as regional leaders and churches, and why we do what we do: We gather in response to the Lord's stirring us with His desire to show His glory in our midst, and the subsequent spiritual awakening/revival on Cape Cod, with multitudes coming to Christ. By pursuing unity, consecration (walking in the fear of the Lord), and united prayer, we prepare ourselves for what God wants to do in our midst. "Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool, what kind of a house will you (plural) build for Me, or where is the place of My rest?" Acts 7:49 "In whom the whole building, being fitted together grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you (plural) are also being built together for a dwelling place of God (The Manifest presence of God) in the Spirit." Ephesians 2:21,22 We look forward to seeing you Wednesday! The Glory of God on Cape Cod team
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