The Lord has desired to have a people of His planting since before the Garden of Eden. In this dispensation He desires to plant His children in the House of His choosing. He wants them firmly established in the House of God, the local church of His calling.
Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established. Exodus 15:17 (KJV)
Many precious children of God are missing the blessing of belonging to a local church (Sanctuary) which God has established because of their own unwillingness to yield to His way of nurturing, developing, strengthening and maturing those who belong to His family.
Even full time ministers need a place that they can call home; a place where God has planted them for their nurturing and care. Traveling ministers need a home more than any other saint, if that be possible. It is for mutual protection and carries a promise of fruitfulness and prosperity.
Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more 2 Samuel 7:10 (KJV) (also 1 Chron. 17:9)
Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. Psalm 92:13 (KJV)
In The House
His promise to those in the house is that their ministries will spring up, fly out, break forth and flourish. Many go it alone simply because they have been hurt or disappointed by some one or something and so never really learn to enjoy the strength, comfort, joy and comradery that is available to every dedicated member of a local church. Fear that someone will control or restrict their ministry is nothing more than a root of bitterness that has taken hold because of someone’s immaturity or a misunderstanding that was not worked through to resolution and has given place to a spirit of fear. Being held accountable is not legalistic control and should hold no fear. If accountability is a problem so is integrity.
God wants each of us to be accountable to someone. First, to Him and His Word. Secondly, to the leadership that He has called to come along side us.
I have dealt in the past with the danger of soul peace and being lead by the impressions of the soul and allowing the ourselves to apply the Word of God to protect the soul (redefining terms and concepts to satisfy the context of our desire, thereby satisfying the soulish nature and achieving soul peace rather than the peace that agreeing with the Spirit brings.
Beloved, let God plant you so that you can be one who gives beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; so that every sheep of God’s pasture might be called a tree of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified. Let’s build the old wastes, raise up the former desolations, repair the waste cities, and the desolations of many generations as we return home.