I was given the hard copy of this vision, around the same time as 'Living Stones' which I have shared on JBTV before. http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/bbpress/topic/832 There are other visionary teachings, that complement and confirm, the concept of 'building' and were also given (in NZ) around that time.
I believe that this 'vision', (IMO), may add to Cory's "Call to Rebuild" thread, http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/bbpress/topic/2930/page/4
I do not have the writers name, I can confirm that he is a builder in the South Island of NZ., and that the following is only a part of his writing.
The full vision will be posted in parts, for easier reading :-)
When God started talking to me about this message to do foundations, he gave me the following vision, parable, spiritual insight --- call it what you want. All you've just read came after it and is around it.
The vision is different but adds another dimension to the picture of building a foundation for his end time house.
I am a carpenter and builder and sometimes God will use familiar things to show me something. This was the case when he focused, on the "with foundations" part of the scripture about the "City whose builder and maker is God".
I woke early one morning in March and this is what God showed me in the context of modern foundation building. As I mentally went through the progressive stages of laying a concrete slab it all fitted perfectly with what God is doing in the Spirit.
An Empty Section
Once the decision is made to build, the first thing which happens is finding "a piece of bare ground" (as a friend puts it). You can't build on an occupied section unless you first remove the structure already there.
In the mid-eighties, as I've already related, God declared his intention to build, and called people out of the busy-ness of the "City of Confusion" to become his "empty section". He took these people out of town to a quiet country place he called the “wilderness" This is the place God chose to "prepare the way of the Lord"; to prepare a foundation for his end time house.
Now, using some Holy Spirit license (those with eyes and ears will understand ) the wilderness is the place but also a tool in God’s hands.
The Top Soil Scraped Off
The wilderness is a bulldozer to scrape off all the religious herbage, verbiage and garbage acquired in the church system . God needs clean, flat ground on which to build and it is He driving the bulldozer clearing lives of theologies, traditions, church laws - written, spoken or unspoken.. The wilderness is empty and barren and quiet. It cleanses away the external religious activities and understandings and changes our focus to the internal, the Holy Spirit. "Okay Lord, what will I do today?"
In the wilderness there is just you and God and your everyday life. It teaches us to be reliant on God for our direction and needs, and not reliant on man or church. It fosters personal, intimate relationship with Jesus who said, " My sheep hear my voice and they follow me".
Having cleared the section to a clean, even , flat surface the next stage in foundation laying is putting in boxing and digging footings. Some box first; some dig first. Let's deal with the boxing.
People once released from the confines of the church system into the liberty and freedom of the wilderness all faced a similar dilemma. What is okay and what is not?
Can we meet? Should we meet at all and what format if any? Is it sacrilegious to call God "Dad" or "the Boss" or to call Jesus "brother"? What can we say about the church we left? When does speaking the truth in love become church bashing? When do jokes become dirty or slang become swearing?
I looked at the boxing timber God was using and noticed some words stamped on it. On closer inspection I read these words "The Fear of the Lord".
The people whom God had set free needed to set new boundaries. These boundaries had to be established out of relationship and revelation from God and policed by a deeper personal awareness of the fear of the Lord.
As God put in the boxing, people found there was quite a bit of liberty, laughter and freedom to be themselves. Yet there was the awareness that God's righteousness is pure and straight. The foundation people will all be poured within the same boundaries of God's boxing.
Digging The Footings
To anyone who has built a house from go to whoa, they all know this is the hard part. This is the donkey work, the hard yakker. And so it is in the spirit. Also, digging down the first six or eight inches is usually easy. The deeper digging is much harder.
The first six or eight inches God does in our lives I see as dealing with relatively superficial problems. Evil spirits must go. Unconfessed sin and unforgiveness must be exposed and dealt with. Wrong or bad relationships past or present needed to be healed, parents forgiven. False idols of sports, vehicles, tools, television, computer (games) if they be idols need to be put in proper perspective. Religious understandings and hobby horses must be dealt with.
The deeper digging is much harder. I've referred to it already as the four "giants" in the promised land. Religious Bondage, Total Surrender, Death of Self, and Marital Stability.
When these four giants are dealt with in the lives of God's foundation people, then the footings have been dug. At the bottom will be found solid rock.
Jesus advised to build on rock and this rock he later revealed to be the Rock of Revelation from God. Until people can freely hear and receive revelation from God they will be on shaky ground. Walking day to day in relationship with Jesus and in obedience to his voice is to be founded on the rock.
To make the concrete slab strong the builder puts in steel rod and mesh.
So too in the spirit, God allows trials and hardship in this wilderness school of hard knocks. God knows exactly where the weaknesses are and just where to thrust his sword in. But he will not test us beyond what he sees we are able to bear. He does however, take us beyond our present comfort zone so his chastisement always feels painful.
Weathering trials and tribulations produces strength, stability and rock solid faith. Paul puts it this way, "Tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance proven character, and character hope…”
God needs men and women of integrity; honest, righteous and stable people who are strong enough to carry the load of the building to come later.
To be continued...