Prepare Your Home

“The glory of this new house will surpass that of the old,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot, “and in this place I will grant shalom,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot.’” Haggai 2:9

Sunday morning I woke up and a FaceBook Page I follow had shared this verse. It really touched me and spoke to me.

I was visiting some friends and they had invited me to their Community of Faith, so I went with them. We began to worship and I felt the need to write. I found a pen and began to write on the bulletin.

Worship continued for over an hour and when it finished the pastor looked at his wife (they co-pastor) and said that she was going to deliver the message and she replied by saying, “I don’t believe it is for today. I sense that it is not in the right stream and it needs to be saved for another day.”

As this was taking place my heart began to pound. I truly sensed that the Words I had written were from Holy Spirit and needed to be shared. I didn’t know these people. I don’t usually do this. But, I leaned over to my friend and told him that I felt like I needed to share something. He got up and went to the pastor and told her. She told him sure and had me come over. She asked what it was I felt led to share and I showed her what I had written and she got confirmation, so she told her husband and next thing I know I am holding a microphone and sharing what Holy Spirit had given me.

As I was writing the words, I also knew I needed to share them with others. Here is what I wrote:

“I hear the Lord saying this (a community gathering) is what He wants you to prepare in your homes. The days are coming when corporate worship will be difficult. Begin to prepare your homes to reach your communities. Your neighbors will be lost and look to YOU for HIS strength because it is IN you. You will be HIS lights in your neighborhoods. Don’t be afraid to share HIS worship that is within YOU with those around you. What you have here this morning will be in your homes. Your homes will be HIS safe haven for others.

I had the opportunity to live in Israel for many years. Living there taught me that when the Temple was removed and destroyed, the place where the Jews went to worship was taken away. Today, the Jews consider their homes their ‘temple.’ Their homes are the place they worship. Shabbat brings HIS WORSHIP. It is time to PREPARE your homes.

Some homes are a mess. It is time to change it. Prepare your homes!”

After church a woman approached me and said, “Thank you so much for sharing. When I moved into my home 12 years ago I called it a ‘safe haven.’ I even had a worship room with a piano. Over time, as my kids grew, things got packed away and it became another room in the house. Holy Spirit has been convicting me to get the piano out and prepare the worship room again. I was supposed to do it yesterday, but now I know I need to get it done.”

She went on to tell me that she had also recently gotten to know her neighbor a little better, and another neighbor was facing cancer. She knows her house will soon become a “safe haven” for those around her.

Friends, here is a verse we all have heard:

Matthew 16:18

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (NIV)

 I also tell you this: you are Kefa,” [which means ‘Rock,’] “and on this rock I will build my Community, and the gates of Sh’ol will not overcome it. (CJB)

The CJB gives a more accurate description here. God’s original intent was to build “communities.” It will be HIS Community. A lesson I always taught when I was in Magdala or Capernaum in Israel is this:

“God wants us to LIVE in our neighbors and communities. ‘Going’ to church is fine, and the Word does say, ‘Go and make disciples…’ BUT, if we cannot BE a part of the community around us, we are missing the mark. We miss the intent of being a LIGHT to our neighbors and a LIGHT in the place He has placed us. Early communities of faith met in homes. They WORSHIPPED in homes. This is where true fellowship took place. It did not happen at the synagogue.”

Covid has already given us the experience of not being able to meet together. Countries/Governments around the world have already stopped communities of faith from meeting. The Word is clear that we will face more and more challenges and difficulties as the return of the Messiah grows closer. I believe the day is coming when Governments will shut down communities of faith and we will be forced to gather and fellowship with those who are “in our community.”

The verse above from Haggai clearly says that the “new house will surpass the old and it will be filled with PEACE.” When we have Holy Spirit in the middle of it all, HIS peace will fill our house. That peace can, and SHOULD BE, shared with others.

The New Testament Communities of Faith grew FROM THEIR HOMES. They gathered together and shared together DAILY in their homes. Are you ready to do this?

We must begin to prepare our hearts and HOMES. We must purge and clean out physically, spiritually, and emotionally so we can be READY to approach the throne with “clean hands and a pure heart.” We must be ready to be HIS LIGHTS to our neighbors.

You ARE His vessel and will be used for His purposes. Don’t be afraid or fearful.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

Photo by Kylie Lugo on Unsplash

I Don’t Dread Anything…

I don’t dread anything …

I don’t fear the unknowns…

I don’t live in anxiety about what will happen…

The specifics don’t really matter to me…

I KNOW that I will conquer, overcome and be victorious with and through Jesus Christ my Lord!

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us so much that He died for us. — Romans 8:37 AMP

—XXOO Michelle Bollom

Dreams

I receive emails from The Passion Translation. The one I received today spoke about “following your dreams.”

It is the New Year. It is a time to evaluate for many people. This year is different than many years because of Covid. The “pandemic” has changed everyone’s life. Dreams should be important. I believe God wants us to dream. He wants us to have dreams at night while we sleep. He wants us to listen to Him and follow His dream for our lives. There are lots of verses about dreams.

Numbers 12:6 he said, “Listen to my words: “When there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.

Joel 2:28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.

Ecclesiastes 5:7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.

We know that in the New Testament Joseph had a dream to take Mary as his wife. We know that they experienced visions in the New Testament as well. We know MANY people in the Old Testament had dreams. Daniel and Joseph were given the gift to interpret them for the kings and leaders. The verses above show us that dreams and visions will happen in the “last days.”

Dreams can take so many different meanings. I know I have had some that have “layers” to them. There could be several different ways of “interpreting it.” If that is the case, than how does one know what is “really truth?” I’ve told two people the same dream and gotten two interpretations. Scenarios such as these tend to make me cautious. I do believe we need to be careful when we rely on only dreams and visions, or “Words from the Lord.”

It is quite clear that Ecclesiastes gives a warning about dreams and Words. I found that verse interesting because so often if we have a dream, or are “dreaming big” for a certain event or plan to take place, we get so excited. Someone gives us a “Word of knowledge” and we run with it, BEFORE it is time. I know that when I have a dream I often want to know immediately what it means. If I feel like God wants me to do something, I want it to happen NOW.

More and more I am seeing that sometimes God has us wait. Sometimes the dream is NOT for now. Sometimes the dream needs to be walked out step by step. Sometimes we place too much emphasis on dreams and we miss Him and the timing He wants for the plan.

Think about Joseph and the dream he had about others bowing down to him. That dream came to pass YEARS later. We are living in different times and the return of Christ is quicker than we probably want to admit, but God still wants us to work in HIS time and on HIS timetable.

In these last days we must be on guard. I am sensing more and more that we must be cautious about whom we believe and what we believe. There is so much propaganda out there trying to trip us up and trick us. We get so caught up in “hearing from the Lord” or receiving a “Word from the Lord” that we actually miss Him.

Remember how Elijah heard God…

I Kings 19:11-13 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

God was in the whisper. God was in the quiet moment. We often want Him to be in the BIG powerful places, but God often is found in the lowly, quiet places.

As you begin 2021, remember that you must DREAM BIG, but pace yourself and go with HIS timing. Don’t get ahead of what HE needs you to do. Day by day and step by step…

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton