Acts 1:13-14 “And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room, where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”

Acts 2:1 “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”

Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

By the divine arrangement of God, a group of believers have been coming together in my father’s house for the past couple of months. Some of the group belong to other local churches, others have left the traditional ‘church’. When we come together, each may bring a word, a song, a testimony, a revelation – whatever God has laid on their heart to share – and everyone (at this stage as the group is still quite small, 15) is encouraged to participate and be heard.

Last night, the question was posed to us, “What are you doing here? Or Why are you here?” It was a lead in question to express what was on my father’s heart for the group, and a vision of what God wanted from us and where he wanted to take us.

As a group, we seek the authentic fullness of God, not fabricated by entertainment, man, nor “feelings”, but we yearn for the presence of God which comes when hearts that are longing for their first love, cry out to Him. When this happens, we will experience the power of God in such a measure that not only our lives, but our cities will be transformed by Him. The small group of believers in Acts who came together with one accord, literally changed the world. I don’t believe that they came together seeking power, nor seeking to change the world, nor seeking healing, but they came together seeking HIM.

The power to change lives, and the manifestations of the spirit, come as a result of coming together with one accord, seeking HIM. If we, as a group, come together in this way, then we can expect the power of God to become manifest, and should be prepared for such.

The discussing of spiritual things exposed those who are comfortable in their powerless, quiet, restful faith. Hello, you are asleep…wake up!

Church is not a social club! We do not come together because we love each other, or because we are friends, or because we all carry the same “God” handbag! God is not an accessory! We come together to seek the author and finisher of the universe. The Alpha and the Omega. A God who is just and loving, and perfect and holy. Who loves us enough to have sent His only Son to take the punishment for our sins. That we may be holy in Him.

Revelation 2:4 “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

We do not want the creator of the universe to have anything against us. It is the fire and passion of our first love which keeps us hot! As a group, we do not want to be lukewarm, and we completely reject that state! We desire that no-one be vomited out of Christ, which is the eternal ramifications according to Revelation 3:16 for those who are anything less than on fire for Jesus.

We are either living for God, or living for ourselves. If we can be distracted by earthly things, then our perception of the awesomeness and majesty of God is incomplete and we have certainly lost our first love. When you wake in the morning, whatever is most important to you, will be what you think on. If you are waking and not thinking on Jesus, then you are distracted by the things of this world and need to ask yourself why?

I am even going so far as to say, that children can be an earthly distraction. We cannot put anything above God…ever. Not even our children, spouses, parents, family – nothing! There is nothing important enough in our temporal lives, to justify taking our heart’s attention from Jesus. We love our children, we love our families, and we will obviously have to manage and care for that which has been entrusted to us, but we must not allow those things to consume our focus.

2 Corinthians 4:18 “while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

We need to realize that there are THINGS WHICH ARE NOT SEEN! We need to stop living our lives based on our circumstances and the things which are seen, and start living in the realm of the spirit. Our spirits must rise up, and we must look at the things around us, in light of the spirit. What we see in the flesh, is a result of things going on in the spiritual realm.

Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

This frightens those who are lukewarm, who are not prepared, who are living their “best life now” and whose focus is on the things which are seen. The ruler of this world has deceived many saints into equating God’s approval with earthly blessing. This has lead to churches preaching the blessings of God and believers seeking the blessing, instead of seeking God’s kingdom come.

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Do you not think that Satan can prosper you? He offered Jesus the world! What did Jesus offer us? Eternal life; at what price? It is free, but will cost us EVERYTHING! He says we will be hated, persecuted, even killed for His name, but great is our reward…IN HEAVEN! (Matthew 5:12) We must forsake the things of this world and count them as nothing, because that is what they are. The trappings of this temporal realm will be burnt away in the Day of our Lord, we must not be holding them or we too will burn.

How do we prepare? By getting closer to Jesus, understanding who He is and how He does things, and knowing we can trust in Him at all times. Fully grasping the reality of what He has done for us. Understanding the magnitude of God the Father, and listening to the things He has been saying to His children for thousands of years.

Philipians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” 23 “For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.”

Are we yearning and longing to depart and be with Christ? We should be! Does your heart beat faster when you think on Him and read His Word? It should! Does your spirit fill with joy and excitement at the thought of His coming? These are the characteristics of a person in love.

Revelation 19:7-9 “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, ‘Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ And He said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

The anticipation of a wedding brings excitement to a lover’s heart. Are you excited? Are you prepared to enter the spiritual realm with Jesus and attend the marriage supper? You must understand that what we see, is not all there is! Many Christians are not considering the reality of the forces at work, but we must prepare and make ourselves ready.

At any moment, one may take the step from the realm of this world into eternity. Every heart should be prepared for meeting Jesus in His glory, face to face. The reality of that moment should bring us Godly fear, but also comfort.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 “16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, and with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

May our first love never fade, and I pray we always seek the One who is to come, may we find comfort in the coming of our King.

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