When the Lord Builds His House

By Francis Frangipane

It is possible for Christ's church to be so properly aligned with heaven that the Spirit of the Lord actually displaces the powers of darkness over our cities. To the degree that the church is so joined to God, the Lord's Presence guards the city: crime and immorality proportionally decline; revival begins to spontaneously break out. But be forewarned, only if the Lord builds His house will He then guard our cities (Psalm 127:1).

The Corporate, Citywide Church
"And the house, while it was being built, was built of stone prepared at the quarry, and there was neither hammer nor axe nor any iron tool heard in the house while it was being  built" (I Kings 6:7).

During these past 25 to 30 years God has had His church "at the quarry " shaping the leaders, preparing their hearts to become a living dwelling place, a spiritual house of the Lord. Under the hammer of the Word, many pastors and lay people have softened their doctrinal opinions. God has been reducing their definition of Christianity to the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ (see 2 Cor 11:3). At the same time, the Lord has also laid His axe to the root system of jealousy and selfish ambition (see James 3:16).

All across the world holy men and women of God are being fitted together into a living temple for the Lord. Burning in their hearts is a new vision for a united, citywide church. Together with their congregations, these servants of God are building their churches, not upon the typical American base of self-promotion and human enterprise, but upon a substructure of corporate, citywide prayer and Christian love.  With great passion and deep humility, their singular goal is to see Christ Himself formed in the church (see Gal 4:19).  In so doing, they are laying the foundation for the house of the Lord. It is a testimony to Christ's wisdom and power how graciously these "living stones" accept one another and fit together. The Scriptures tell us that when Solomon built the house of the Lord,  "there was neither hammer nor axe nor any iron tool heard in the house while it was being  built" (I Kings 6:7).

These men and women, often of very different church backgrounds, are finding themselves kneeling in one another's buildings and praying at each other's side.  Their common prayer is that the Almighty might unite them in Christ and finish the house of the Lord - that Christ Himself might heal their cities.

God will answer their prayers.  The house of the Lord is beginning to emerge upon the building site of the praying, citywide church.  The time of devastation and shaping, of being hammered and cut to size, is nearly over.  The day of power is at hand.

Adapted from Francis Frangipane's book, When the Many Are One, available at www.arrowbookstore.com.