Some of you have already commented here before I wrote this part (which is great…I love the immediacy of that), but I wanted to add something. First of all, I'm very excited about what happened with this blog through the last article. The term “taking it to a whole new level” is certainly overused these days, but it seems to me that that’s exactly what occurred with that whole piece on the word CONNECT…it actually caused a greater connection with all of us!
Now look at these pictures and Scriptures (yes, it’s another BLOGINTHENOW acrostic, and, no, I don’t have a form of OCD!) and tell me what you think. I am so intrigued with the prophetic potential of pictures…those of you who are an active part of CITN/cyber-CITN would probably agree with me that something shifted in the service last Sunday when the creative department showed that little video of the rain during praise and worship. It somehow activated an outpouring that resulted in a flood!
Pictures help develop internal vision, which is why Habakkuk said, in his famous passage about vision, “I will WATCH TO SEE what He will say to me” (Hab 2:1)…very interesting usage of words, since you would usually say that you would LISTEN for words, not “watch” for them or “look” for them. In the Amplified Bible he says “I will watch to see what He will say WITHIN me”. What word/words do you “SEE” about this cyber-community when you look at these?
B - ehold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing— Life forevermore. (Psalms 133 - NKJV)
L - augh with your happy friends when they're happy; share tears when they're down. Get along with each other; don't be stuck-up. (Romans 12:15 – The Message)
O - GIVE thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known His doings among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His marvelous deeds and devoutly praise them. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek and require the Lord [as their indispensable necessity]. (Psalms 105:1-3 – AMP)
G - reater love than this has no one, that anyone may be laying down his soul for his friends. (John 15:13 – CLNT)
I - f we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we're obviously lying through our teeth—we're not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God's Son, purges all our sin. (1 John 1:6, 7 – The Message)
N - evertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. (Philippians 4:14 – NKJV)
T- he whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn't even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, "That's mine; you can't have it." They shared everything. The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them. (Acts 4:32, 33 - The Message)
H - ow beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger bringing good news,breaking the news that all's well, proclaiming good times, announcing salvation, telling Zion, "Your God reigns!" (Isaiah 52:7 - The Message)
E - nter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!(Psalms 100:4 - AMP)
N - ow I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1 Cor 1:10 – NKJV)
O - nce again I'll go over what God has done, lay out on the table the ancient wonders; I'll ponder all the things you've accomplished, and give a long, loving look at your acts. (Psalms 77:11, 12 - The Message)
W - hoever believes in Me, as the Scriptures have stated, living rivers of life will continuously and freely flow from within their inner beings! (John 7:38 - John In The Now)
To which picture/Scripture do you most relate?