Today, as many go to a church building, remember whom it is that you are to worship! Remember that “church” is not the building itself.
“Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.”
“But it happened that night that the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying, “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in? For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought the children of Israel up from Egypt, even to this day, but have moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about with all the children of Israel, have I ever spoken a word to anyone from the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’’ 2 Samuel 7:3-7.
“Where would one worship me? Where is the temple that you would build for me?
For I have never been confined to a building. Many have built temples and places of worship for Me, and they thought that there is where they could truly worship Me, but I have asked you to worship me in spirit and in truth.
Do you think that the only way to worship Me is to go to a church service? Do you think that My Spirit enters in through the pipes of the organ? Those dressed in their robes surely are more reverent than others.
Come now and stand up when I tell you stand up. Truly I tell you, does the Spirit truly move when you are told to stand up now and sit down then?
How can My Spirit move freely in these things? How can the new wine be held in this old model? For houses of cedar and gold trappings have their place, but I desire that your heart becomes your place of worship for Me.
Truly this is man’s way of entering into worship of Me. Would you have man hold you in bondage of these things? Would you be told how to worship me?
Truly, I AM a rewarder of those who diligently seek after Me. Ever since the beginning of My people in Israel all have had an idea of how they must worship Me. Many built elaborate temples for Me. Some wore expensive robes and ephods.
Schools of the priesthood followed these traditions and now man has set up a plan according to the traditions of man rather than what My original intent was to be.
Truly, you cannot take these things and hold them in the palms of your hand. If you cannot hold them in the palm of your hand then why would you think that a building would contain them?
I AM ever moving upon the people of the earth; and I travel throughout the land looking for a man or a woman who would truly worship me in spirit and in truth.
I AM looking for a man or a woman who would throw away their man-made robes and their pretenses. For the time will come when you will be left without your buildings.
The time will come when you will only have My Word and whatever dwelling place that you can find. Did I not teach upon the hills and the meadows? Did I not preach to you upon the waters?
I tell you that wherever you are worshiping me, there I AM in your midst. Do you not know that I can bring one man down and lift another one up? Do you not know that your houses of worship stand or fall at my command?
One nation is lifted up and another one falls to the dust. And yet, few know the reason why these things happen.
Your ways are not my ways, and you cannot understand the wisdom that has been inherent throughout the ages. But those who truly know me, know how to worship me in spirit and in truth.”
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?