Articles

Update since the Sacred Assembly, September 2007
 

 

"Behold, I will bring it health and healing; Iwill heal them and
reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth..... and I will
rebuild those places...... and I will pardon all their iniquities by
which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against
Me.....Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor
before all nations of the earth....." Jeremiah 33:6-9

We have a collective sense that we are beginning to see faint
sightings of an authentic, new, move of God among us on the Cape.
Several pastors shared that the Sacred Assembly is beginning to show a
significant impact in the lives of people they know. This reminds us
of "Behold, a cloud as small as a man's hand is coming up from the
sea." 1 Kings 18:44.

We sense the witness of the Holy Spirit to:

1. Hold three regional corporate gatherings (upper, mid, and lower
Cape), to build on the Sacred Assembly. The vision for these meeting
is to further encourage, strengthen, continue to build a solid
foundation for the Glory of God in our midst. To have each region
(mid, upper, lower Cape) own, seek, pray for, the Glory of God in
their midst, and live accordingly. We all need to remember that prayer
is not a subsitute for obedience. We specifically sense the need to
encourage regional prayer meetings that would cry out to God in the
spirit of Isaiah 62 "I have posted watchmen on your walls, O
Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on
the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he
establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth" Isaiah
62: 6,7
The meetings will include worship and teaching. We are currently
thinking that the first meeting will be in January 08. Details to
follow.

2. Deliberatly invite and encourage the youth across the Cape to be
involved in this vision. We need to bless them, release them, and
walk multogeneragenally in this vision together. The youth are ready
and hungry for the reality of God, and they will not settle for
anything less (neither should we).

Let us all continue to respond to God's love and pursuit of us.....and
continue to seek and prepare ourselves for His Glory in our midst.

Bleesings,

The Glory of God on Cape Cod team.

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Bringing back the departed Glory: The Open Secret
By: A.W.Tozer

When viewed from the perspective of eternity, the most critical need
of this hour may well be that the Church should be brought back from
her long Babylonian captivity and the name of God be glorified in her
again as of old. Yet we must not think of the Church as an anonymous
body, a mystical religious abstraction. We Christians are the Church
and whatever we do is what the Church is doing. The matter, therefore,
is for each of us a personal one. Any forward step in the Church must
begin with the individual.
What can we plain Christians do to bring back the departed glory? Is
there some secret we may learn? Is there a formula for personal
revival we can apply to the present situation, to our own situation?
The answer to these questions is yes.

Yet the answer may easily disappoint some persons, for it is anything
but profound. I bring no esoteric cryptogram, no mystic code to be
painfully deciphered. I appeal to no hidden law of the unconscious, no
occult knowledge meant only for the few. The secret is an open one
which the wayfaring man may read. It is simply the old and ever new
counsel: Acquaint thyself with God. To regain her lost power the
Church must see heaven opened and have a transforming vision of God.
But the God we must see is not the utilitarian God who is having such
a run of popularity today, whose chief claim to men's attention is His
ability to bring them success in their various undertakings and who
for that reason is being cajoled and flattered by everyone who wants a
favor. The God we must learn to know is the Majesty in the heavens,
God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, the only wise God,
our Saviour. He it is that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, who
stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain and spreadeth them out as a
tent to dwell in, who bringeth out His starry host by number and
calleth them all by name through the greatness of His power, who seeth
the works of man as vanity, who putteth no confidence in princes and
asks no counsel of kings.

Knowledge of such a Being cannot be gained by study alone. It comes by
a wisdom the natural man knows nothing of, neither can know, because
it is spiritually discerned. To know God is at once the easiest and
the most difficult thing in the world. It is easy because the
knowledge is not won by hard mental toil, but is something freely
given. As sunlight falls free on the open field, so the knowledge of
the holy God is a free gift to men who are open to receive it.

But this knowledge is difficult because there are conditions to be met
and the obstinate nature of fallen man does not take kindly to them.
Let me present a brief summary of these conditions as taught by the
Bible and repeated through the centuries by the holiest, sweetest
saints the world has ever known:

First, we must forsake our sins. The belief that a holy God cannot be
known by men of confirmed evil lives is not new to the Christian
religion. The Hebrew book, The Wisdom of Solomon, which antedates
Christianity by many years, has the following passage: "Love
righteousness, ye that be judges of the earth: think of the Lord with
a good heart, and in simplicity of heart seek him. For he will be
found of them that tempt him not; and showeth himself unto such as do
not distrust him. For froward thoughts separate from God and his
power, when it is tried, reproveth the unwise. For unto a malicious
soul wisdom shall not enter; nor dwell in the body that is subject to
sin. For the Holy Spirit of discipline will flee deceit, and remove
from thoughts that are without understanding, and will not abide when
unrighteousness cometh in." This same thought is found in various
sayings throughout the inspired Scriptures, the best known probably
being the words of Christ, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they
shall see God."

Second, there must be an utter committal of the whole life to Christ
in faith. This is what it means to "believe in Christ." It involves a
volitional and emotional attachment to Him accompanied by a firm
purpose to obey Him in all things. This requires that we keep His
commandments, carry our cross, and love God and our fellow men.

Third, there must be a reckoning of ourselves to have died unto sin
and to be alive unto God in Christ Jesus, followed by a throwing open
of the entire personality to the inflow of the Holy Spirit. Then we
must practice whatever self-discipline is required to walk in the
Spirit, and trample under our feet the lusts of the flesh.

Fourth, we must boldly repudiate the cheap values of the fallen world
and become completely detached in spirit from everything that
unbelieving men set their hearts upon, allowing ourselves only the
simplest enjoyments of nature which God has bestowed alike upon the
just and the unjust.

Fifth, we must practice the art of long and loving meditation upon the
majesty of God. This will take some effort, for the concept of majesty
has all but disappeared from the human race. The focal point of man's
interest is now himself. Humanism in its various forms has displaced
theology as the key to the understanding of life. When the nineteenth-
century poet Swinburne wrote, "Glory to Man in the highest! for man is
the master of things," he gave to the modern world its new Te Deum.
All this must be reversed by a deliberate act of the will and kept so
by a patient effort of the mind.

God is a Person and can be known in increasing degrees of intimate
acquaintance as we prepare our hearts for the wonder. It may be
necessary for us to alter our former beliefs about God as the glory
that gilds the Sacred Scriptures dawns over our interior lives. We may
also need to break quietly and graciously with the lifeless textualism
that prevails among the gospel churches, and to protest the frivolous
character of much that passes for Christianity among us. By this we
may for the time lose friends and gain a passing reputation for being
holier-than-thou; but no man who permits the expectation of unpleasant
consequences to influence him in a matter like this is fit for the
kingdom of God.

Sixth, as the knowledge of God becomes more wonderful, greater service
to our fellow men will become for us imperative. This blessed
knowledge is not given to be enjoyed selfishly. The more perfectly we
know God the more we will feel the desire to translate the new-found
knowledge into deeds of mercy toward suffering humanity. The God who
gave all to us will continue to give all through us as we come to know
Him better.

Thus far we have considered the individual's personal relation to God,
but like the ointment of a man's right hand, which by its fragrance
"betrayeth itself", any intensified knowledge of God will soon begin
to affect those around us in the Christian community. And we must seek
purposefully to share our increasing light with the fellow members of
the household of God.
This we can best do by keeping the majesty of God in full focus in all
our public services. Not only our private prayers should be filled
with God, by our witnessing, our singing, our preaching, our writing
should center around the Person of our holy, holy Lord and extol
continually the greatness of His dignity and power. There is a
glorified Man on the right hand of the Majesty in heaven faithfully
representing us there. We are left for a season among men; let us
faithfully represent Him here.


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