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Report on "One Thing I Do", February 7, 2011
 

 “*If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray
and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from
heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land”* (2 Chron 7:14).

Dear friends,

We had a wonderful time of prayer, worship, teaching and fellowship last
Saturday at Barnstable High School. If you were there we would love to hear
from you, and if the Lord touched your heart at the meeting or stirred you
with something in particular. Your'd love to hear your feedback which
undoubtedly would be edifying to all of us.

Below is a summary of our meeting. We discussed the 5 biblical core values
that the Lord stirred us with.

We want to commit together, as the body of Christ on Cape Cod from different
churches, to walk in the following biblical core values, in order to prepare
ourselves to have the glory of God in our midst and the subsequent outbreak
of revival:

1. *Humility*: Throughout the scriptures, both in the Old and
New Testaments, the Lord considers humility of the heart an absolute
requisite for His favor and blessing. The fundamental importance of humility
in our hearts as God requires it cannot be overstated. We acknowledge that
everything we are, everything we have, and everything we do, is from Him,
and that in and of ourselves, we are poor (1Cor 4:7, John 3:27). The Lord
says in the scriptures that He dwells with the humble (Isaiah 66:2), and
resists the proud (1 Peter 5:5). Jesus taught us that we should learn from
and emulate His humility(Matthew 11:29).The humility that the Lord requires
is not merely an intellectual acknowledgment of its necessity; neither is it
mere courtesy and politeness in mannerism, but true humility of heart in the
way we deal with Him and one another( Psalm 149:4, Matthew 5:3-5, James
4:10).

*Practical application: Humility is a choice we make, not something we wait
passively for. We need to humble ourselves as Jesus did (Phil 2:5). We need
to remember that we are not out own but have been bought with a price (1 Cor
6:19-20), therefore, we don't make choices in our personal life, work or
ministry as we please, but rather ask the Lord "What yould you have me do,
Lord?".*

2. *The Fear of the Lord and living a life set apart, holy unto the Lord
*: The scriptures clearly state that holiness is an absolute requisite for
the Lord to dwell among His people. Perfect holiness and purity will not
dwell amidst darkness and compromise. The Lord calls us to sanctify
ourselves in order to do wonders among us (Joshua 3:5).The scriptures say
that without holiness no one shall see God (Hebrews 12:14), and “*Blessed
are the pure in heart for they shall see God*” (Matthew 5:8). “*Who will
ascend to the Lord’s Hill? He who has clean hands and a pure heart”* (Psalm
24: 3-4). God told King Saul through the prophet Samuel “*Obedience is
better than sacrifice”* (1Samuel 15:12). A.W. Tozer said it well in an
article entitled, “Prayer is not a substitute for obedience.” The title
says it all.

*Practical application: Holiness is not legalism. It is avoiding what
contaminates our spirits, soul, and body, and robs as of the flow of the
Holy Spirit and the sweet communion with our Lord.*

3. *Prayer and Fasting*: We are committed continually to lift up a
collective cry to Almighty God, to release His Church from the bondage of
its lukewarm attitude, apathy, self-centeredness, and disunity (Rev
3:15-16). Only through heartfelt prayer will the Lord lead His Church out of
its “Babylonian captivity”(lack of the Glory of God among His people), and
restore the Church to her calling, to the place where she can effectively
be His voice to a sick and dying world (Matthew 7:7, Jeremiah 29:13-14). We
are committed to seek His face continually, to contend for His manifest
Presence among us, and nothing else will do (Exodus 3:15). We are further
committed to wait patiently upon the Lord, for Him to fulfill His vision for
Cape Cod (1 Thess 5:17, Luke 18: 1-8).

*"Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who
reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it
will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it
will sureley come,It will not tarry" (Hab 2:2-3).*
We believe His promise in James 5:16, that the effective, fervent
prayer of a righteous man avails much.

*Practical application: We need to collectively be like the persistant widow
of Luke 18, coming continually before the Lord and ask Him for our
inheritance: His glory in our midst and to produce much fruit as He called
us. If your local church has a prayer meeting attend it, pray with your
brothers and sister in home meetings, and join us in our monthly corporate
prayer meeting.*

4. *Sensitivity , yielding, and obedience to the leading of the Holy
Spirit*: Throughout the scriptures, both in the Old and New Testaments, God
is continually speaking to His people: “*Your ears shall hear a word behind
you*” (Isaiah 30:21). “*Ask of Me and I shall show you great and mighty
things, which you do not know*” (Jeremiah 33:3). “*And I will bring the
blind by a way they did not know*” (Isaiah 42:16). “My sheep hear My voice
and follow Me” (John 10:27). "*Those who are lead by the Spirit of God, are
the sons of God*” (Romans 8:14).

We acknowledge that we cannot do anything in our own strength or in our
human wisdom. We acknowledge our utter dependence on Him to guide our steps
(John 15:5).

*Practical application: We need to recognize the leading of the Holy Spirit
not only personally but corporatley as one body on Cape Cod. Undoubtedly one
of the ways the Holy Spirit is leading us corporatley is towards unity. A
question was asked: What words do you have for the church down the road who
may do things different that your church? Let us speak well of one another,
even of those who may see things differently that we do. *

5. *Unity in diversity through the love of Christ*: We believe that the
Church is one body, the Bride of Christ (John 17, 1Cor 12, Rom 12:4-5,
Ephesians 4:16, 1Pet 2:5, Ephesians 2: 20-22, 2 Cor 6:16, Col 2: 19).
We also realize that within the body of Christ there exists diversity in
expression of faith. The core value of diversity is clearly displayed in
chapter 3 of Nehemiah. Despite their diversity, many families, skills and
leaders-- priests, men of Jericho, the Tekoites, Gibeonites, goldsmiths and
different families clans-- were involved in successfully rebuilding the
ruined walls of Jerusalem.

Among the 12 disciples of Christ there also existed differences in
personality and temperament, but they were united and crystallized around
Christ.

We desire to see the Glory of God come upon Cape Cod. In order to facilitate
this, and encouraged by the examples of Nehemiah and the disciples, we
commit to labor together as diverse churches, ministries, and organizations,
to be part of the process of contending for the Glory of God on Cape Cod
(Nehemiah 3, John 17: 11, Psalm 133, Acts 2:44, 2Chron 5:13-15, 1 Cor 1:10,
1 Cor 1:10-13).

*Practical application: Jesus's prayer in John 17 is that we become one here
on earth, not in heaven. Our unity is based on that we love the Lord and His
Word, and one another. We may not agree on all specific theological
doctrines, but we agree on the essentials and our unity is in Jesus. We need
to translate that unity into building relationships with one another,
reaching out to brothers and sisters in Christ on the Cape, and getting
together with one another socially, sharing a simple meal, praying together
and loving one another.*
**
We look forward to hearing your feedback.

The Glory of God on Cape Cod team.


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