Community, Connection and Crying Out for More

In an increasingly isolated and divided culture people are hiding from others or looking desperately for community and connection.  We are created by God for connection with Him our Creator and Redeemer and we are designed for community with each other. How did we get so far away from Creator God's plan and how do we cooperate with Him to get back to that original family plan?
From the first of Creation we see family in the Garden.  The first man and woman were
connected to God in daily communion and transparency.  They were connected to each other and God commissioned them to build that family community across the earth. But the entrance of sin severed that connection and community and the beauty of family and friendship with God was lost.  God already had a plan to rebuild that continuity of connection and community with His Creation.  Through the ages God built His plan and sent Jesus as the One Who rebuilds connection with God and restores community with each other. The early Church began to model that connected community in Acts 2.  Just after the world changing outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the community of believers began to grow.
"They spent their time learning from the Apostles and they were like family to each other.  They also broke bread (they ate together and celebrated the Lord's Supper) and prayed together." (Contemporary English Version).
The first community of believers in Christ spent time learning from the Apostles the Ways of Christ.  They invested their time and energy into study and learning of the Lord together.  
Followers of Christ were intentionally together and spending time as family in both shared meals and in Communion or the Lord's Supper. In Communion they were remembering the Power of the Cross and calling on the Power of the Cross in their own lives, their community and ultimately the world culture. In times of prayer together they were crying out for more of God in every sphere of life.  They had experienced much but they were also longing for more of God.  How can we as believers who have experienced God and have history with His faithfulness continually cry out for more of Him?
The history and experience of more of God (what we call revival) begins with our desperation.  In our desperate frustration we must make decisions to move toward God.  We often combat frustration and desperation with mindless activity or busy-ness.  Instead we look to the Scriptures and see in the prophet Hosea the instruction to:
"Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your
unplowed (hard) ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes and showers
righteousness on you."  Hosea 10:12
Will we ask God to show us the complacent and discontented places in our heart and ask Him to break up that hard ground?  Will we seek the Lord for more outpouring of HIs Spirit in our lives, in our family, in our community and in our nation?
When we intentionally connect together as community we can hold each other up and encourage each other while we cry out for more of God.  God comes where His is wanted and together as Believers in Christ we create an atmosphere of family that is healthy in accountability, stable in corporate faith for one another and joyful in celebration of every victory in God.

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