The CommissionHandbook 3: Article 55 - My Personal Journey

Remember the commission given to those of us who have come out?

"Now for a brief moment grace has been shown from the Lord our God to leave us an escaped remnant and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our bondage. ...our God has not forsaken us, but has extended loving-kindness to us... to give us a reviving to raise up the house of the Lord, to restore its ruins..."

Ezra 9:8, 9

And remember the word given me at the beginning of this personal journey when I asked God: "How do I do the Revelation?"

"Let your hands be strong, you who are listening in these days to these words from the mouth of the prophets, those who spoke in the days that the foundation of the house of the Lord of hosts was laid, to the end that the temple might be built."

Zechariah 8:9

Both Scriptures speak of the house of the Lord to be raised up, its ruins restored.

A foundation to be laid, a temple to be built!

And at that time I didn't know how to respond or what to do -- so I echoed the words of Ezra:

"And now, O Lord, what do I say after this?"

But now I do know some things to say! On my personal journey I have through His grace gained knowledge of Him, of the work He is reviving, of what He is looking for in His people, what He is looking for in me.

The "reviving" is the relaying of the foundation which is Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God in each one He has called out! And just as the calling out is One on one, the reviving is One on one, the correcting is One on one, the measuring is One on one, the rebuilding is One on one, the restoring is One on one, so the relaying of the Foundation is One on one. For we, His people, are at best a mixture of clean and unclean, truth and error, precious and worthless. And until we are cleansed, revived, measured, restored we are not stones that can be built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, living stones that can offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ, nor can we serve Him as His "house of prayer." But all hope is not lost. The brief moment is still ours.

"Now for a brief moment grace has been shown from the Lord our God to leave us an escaped remnant and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our bondage. ...our God has not forsaken us, but has extended loving-kindness to us... to give us a reviving to raise up the house of the Lord, to restore its ruins..."

Ezra 9:8, 9

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