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Summary: You don’t know you misplaced something until you need it.
Have you taken your fellowship with Jesus for granted?
Have you ever misplaced something? You knew you hadn’t lost it, you just could not find it.
Maybe it was your wallet, a pen or your car keys.
You know what I’m talking about.
What do you do when that happens?
First off you don’t know there’s a problem until you need what it is you thought you had.
It is not until you go to pay your dinner bill at the restaurant that you reach for your wallet and it’s not there.
When you are getting ready to take the number down you realize you pen has vanished in thin air.
Or as you hurry out the door to go pick your child up and you discover you no longer have your car or house keys.
Then what do you do?
You begin to retrace your steps so you can find what you have misplaced.
It is a good season to do that spiritually as well…
Have you lost your connection to Jesus?
You don’t realize it – you will, when a crisis comes and you notice you are not as close to Him as you need to be
Maybe you have lost some of the passion you once had
Could it be that you are no longer as excited and enthusiastic as you once were?
Is much of what you believe today really biblical or just religion?
Have you replaced Jesus – and, in His place, now have a devotional life
Maybe your head is engaged but your heart is no longer in gear
Going through the motions without the emotions
I Miss My Time With You
In correspondence with Ed and Sheila – they visited us a few months ago – they are working to recover Jesus after many years in religion…
“I think a chunk of what I thought I believed but discovered was mere religion has been flushed down the toilet. I felt like everything I believed was a lie. I went through a long period of not really knowing what I believe other than Jesus. I felt like almost 40 years was wasted. I didn’t even know for sure what to believe. I feel like what I do believe is beginning to settle.”
I am deeply concerned, as well, that the Church in general has also lost or misplaced Jesus
The institutional church has replaced Him with religion
The following, again from Ed and Sheila, is an example of “religion” on steroids
On May 14, 2018 Israel will celebrate its 70th Anniversary of being restored as a nation and back in their land of promise. I believe this 70th anniversary is a prophetic plumb-line that brings clarity to what time it is in the earth, it’s what Acts 3:21 declares; “the time of the restoration of all things.” This prophetic journey will be a reclaiming of that which was stolen and plundered by the Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church and prophetically reclaim and return it back to Jerusalem.
Amos 3:7 states; “Surely the Lord GOD does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets.”
There is a Divine Summons being released to an appointed company of prophetic intercessors who discern the times and understand the urgency of the hour and the importance of this assignment.
We will travel to biblical sites throughout Rome & Israel, having times of worship, teaching and releasing prophetic decrees..
This is NOT a normal study worship tour; this is a prophetic womb moment that will give birth to the Father’s eternal purposes for such a time as this!
The 7 Mountains to 7 Mountains – Rome to Jerusalem Journey is a prophetic plumb-line journey that the Father will use to: Reclaim – Unlock – Align – and Unleash
• What the Roman Empire & Catholic Church plundered from the Jewish People and the Ekklesia
• The Truth Concerning the Feast of Yahweh and His Appointed Times
• Jerusalem’s Menorah – a Prophetic Lamp-stand that releases revelatory light in Israel
• The End-Time Book of Truth/Amen’s (Daniel 12:4)
• The Scrolls of Original Intent for the Nations and the Original 70 Bloodlines
• The Apostolic Mantles that were captured by a Religious Political spirit
• The 7/22 Revelation: The 8th & Great Day of the Feast – The Fullness of the Body of Christ
• Alignment of the Body of Christ to Jerusalem and Yahweh’s end-time plan (Joel 3:1-2)
• Aligning the Heads of Government – a Global simultaneous Vav initiative from Capitol Hill in Rome to all 50 State Capitols in the USA and various Capitols in the Nations
• Alignment of all 50 State Capitols in the USA to the Eternal Capitol – Jerusalem
• The New Sound in Rome and Jerusalem
• The Movement of Messengers with Plumb-line Revelation – Who Finish the Reformation
• The 3rd Day Priesthood who are able to Carry the Ark of Glory (Jos. 3:1-6)
• The New Era – The Glory Era – “The Period of Restoration of All Things
It is time to get really honest with ourselves and to realize that, in many ways, we have misplaced Jesus in our lives OR replaced Him with something else…
Let’s look at the story when Jospeh and Mary misplaced Jesus….
Luke 2:41-52 “Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and man.”
A telling of the story:
Mary and Joseph had been to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover, their twelve-year-old son was with them.
When the feast was over they began to travel back home.
They had traveled a whole day’s journey and made camp that evening before they had realized they had misplaced Jesus.
Before you write them off as being bad parents and not keeping up with their kids understand they were traveling in a large group, the women and children generally would begin the journey ahead of the men, seeing how they traveled a little slower.
By evening time when they would make camp – the men had caught up with the women and children.
I am sure Mary thought Jesus was with Joseph.
And the thought of Joseph was Jesus is with Mary.
So it was not until that evening they discovered Jesus had been misplaced, and even lost at this point.
How far would you have traveled before you realized that you had misplaced Jesus?
Or should I ask are you sure Jesus is still with you in your travels?
Are you sure you have not misplaced him?
Replaced Him with something else
When is the last time you felt that you really needed him?
When was the last time you had to call on him?
There are some here – you really don’t feel like you need Jesus.
Maybe you feel like you are smart enough on your own or strong enough on your own.
You’ll save Jesus for the BIG stuff
There are others that have such a shallow relationship that you think Jesus is with you but really you have misplaced him and have not realized it yet.
The needs in your life have not necessitated your calling out to God from your heart as it is then and only then that you discover that Jesus is missing
Mixing the story together with our every day life…
1> Misplacing Jesus – How does it happen in our lives?
Luke 2:41-45 “Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him.
We simply don’t really understand the impact that He can and does have on your life
We have missed the point that Jesus is God and that we were created in His image and for His purposes
So, He has not become a big part or an important part in our lives
He is not a priority until we hit a major crunch or crisis
He is a “take it or leave it” part of life right now
Not that we would admit it
But our schedule and life cream it out loud and clear
We became born again and know that we are going to heaven when we die and that is where it starts and ends
For some they have not understood that being born again is a journey of discovering more and more about Jesus whom we follow
And, in the process, it is a journey of self-discovery because we are created in His image – so the journey involves massive and continual change
C> The pace of life
“Life in the fast lane” can leave Jesus somewhere back there as we move forward with the many issues we face on an almost daily basis
There is always so much to occupy our limited time each day
D> Taking him for granted
Joseph and Mary lost a whole day of fellowship with Jesus because they supposed him to be in the company.
They took for granted something of which they should have made sure
We too take Jesus for granted – that He will be there when we need Him
And He will be – but….
E> We drift – neglect
Hebrews 2:1 tells us, “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
It is a slow slide into no longer being with Jesus … slowly happens and we simply don’t notice until we have lost Him and, like Mary and Joseph, wonder where He is
And then, we need to go looking for Him – rebuilding what we once had
There is a second thing I noted …
2> There are places we are not going to find Him
As we look again to reconnect with Jesus – to find Jesus – there are places we look where He is simply not going to be found
They did not find Jesus in their company.
They were travelling with family and friends and had assumed that Jesus was somewhere in the midst of this crowd from their home town
Of course, we know, that He was not to be found in the midst of family and friends
If you wonder at times where He is in your life – you will not find Him / reconnect with Him among your relationships
Reconnecting / find Him on an intimate level is personal – very personal and private
You need some time alone – silence, solitude, stillness, and the Holy Spirit
Yes, you are involved in corporate worship with others celebrating His goodness and acknowledging that He is an awesome and powerful God
But, public or corporate worship does not negate your need for intimate times with Him – as this is where you really reconnect
3> Finding Him – reclaiming your relationship with Him – is your responsibility
Luke 2:48 “And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.”
You cannot blame Him for your lack of relational connectedness
“If you feel far from God, guess who moved!”
You cannot blame others – they are not responsible for your personal relationship with Jesus
You cannot blame the Church …
Finding Him and reconnecting so that you have an intimate relationship with Jesus is totally your responsibility
To note here: (Luke 2:46-49) … too often we want Jesus to be where we are at
When really we need to to be where He is at …
4> As Christians we are responsible for maintaining and developing our individual relationship with Jesus.
Don’t assume everything is or will be okay in your relationship with Him
Luke 2:44 “…but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances…”
Samson made this assumption and it cost him his life
Judges 16:20 “And she said, ‘The Philistines are upon you, Samson!’ And he awoke from his sleep and said, ‘I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.’ But he did not know that the Lord had left him.”
This is why Paul the apostle tells us we need, from time to time, to take stock of where things at at
2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
It is so easy to get caught up in religion
It is so easy for the tools to become rules (legalism)
It is so easy to neglect the tools and simply live life (License)
5> We need to come to the place in life where we recognize that without Jesus nothing else matters
Luke 2:45-46 “… and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.”
We need to rediscover His importance in our life
To do this we might need to rediscover who He really is
Seeing Him in His fullness
Seeing Him in a new light
Seeing past the Jesus we have created
Seeing past the Jesus of our childhood / religion
We need to come to the point where nothing else matters – we need to find Jesus
We need to reach the place where we know that without Jesus nothing else matters
When we reach that place – we will then take personal responsibility for our own relationship with Him
And stop blaming other people for the lack of a relationship
And stop blaming other things for the lack of a relationship
And stop blaming the past for the lack of a relationship
Jesus I need You
So, let’s get personal … where are you at in your relationship with Jesus?
Like Ed and Anne – needing to remove the “religious and traditional junk”
Like Joseph and Mary – needing to go find Jesus because you have “lost Him:
Like me personally – needing to reengage my heart / emotions…