"Write The Vision And Make It Plain On Tablets, That He May Run Who Reads It" (Habakkuk 2:2).
Our vision at New England House of Worhsip is to allow the Lord to move fully and freely among His people and to minister to the heart of God, expressing our love, need and desire for Him. Therefore, we place a high emphasis on worship and staying in God's presence. This is the secret place, the inner chamber ministry, the bridal anointing, for truly we are Christ's Bride. We desire that God's people would be deeply strengthened and healed of brokeness, and walk in their God-given destiny. This can only happen in His presence and through the life-giving teaching of the Word of God.
It is our aim to love and appreciate God's people. We desire strong marriages, strong families and children who are on fire to do God's will.
Lord, have your way among us so we may fully see these things come to pass!
We desire to surrender to the Lord allowing Him to raise up those who have an anointing to teach the Word of the Lord and who desire to minister to the Body of Christ in various types of ministry, so that God's people can be an do what God has called each unique individual to be.
We desire that the Lord would send to this Church those who are hungry for God, whether they come from lofty mansions or from the streets of Waterbury, and we fully expect our gracious God to send the needed help to accomplish all that He calls us to do as a part of the Body of Christ.
We believe that it is God who builds and adds to the church - not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord (Zechariah 4:6).
Vision for 2014
"Come up Here" (Revelation 4:1)
Vision For 2013
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).
Let us seek the things of God before all else as we worship and serve.
Vision For 2012
"And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested" (I Chronicles 4:9-10).
"The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it" (Proverbs 10:22).
Let us seek the Lord this year and ask for His blessing, that our coast would be enlarged, that His hand would be with us, that He would keep us from evil, and that in all this, we would not be grieved.
We seek many things. Those gifts which come from God bless us, and as they bless us, they do not add sorrow and grief in addition.
Vision For 2011 - "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" (III John 2).
Vision For 2010 - Are We Ready?
Vision For 2009 - That We Would Be Sober Vision For 2008 - A Year of Restoration and Upholding All That God has Done For Us Vision For 2007 - We Are Called To Repentance We are blessed to be called to repentance.
Vision For 2006 - Chosen To Worship
"Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple" (Psalm 65:4).
We are blessed to know that God has chosen His people to approach Him in his House. We are satisfied with His House, as we worship Him.
Vision For 2005 - To Be In His Presence
In the coming year God desires that we would know his presence, and dwell in it. In His Word, Mary and Martha both were in the presence of Jesus (Luke 10:38-42). Both heard Him, both saw Him. Only Mary though, chose that "good part". Martha saw value in her actions - which was working in the kitchen. Mary saw value in sitting at the feet of Jesus. God has called us to dwell in His presence. If there is a need for action, we very well may act. However, if we have to choose between action and dwelling in the presence of God, it is His presence that we shall cherish.
Those of us who have children know that while we enjoy immensely "doing" the many things we do with our children, isn't it wonderful to have a little one run to us, cling to us, jump on our lap and hold us - for no apparent reason at all?
This is best shared from a book entitled "God Calling" written by A.J. Russell which we quote in part from pages 38-39:
"To the listening ear I speak, to the waiting heart I come. Sometimes, I may not speak. I may ask you merely to wait in My Presence, to know that I am with you.
Think of the multitudes, who thronged Me, when I was on earth, all eager for something. Eager to be healed, or taught or fed. Think as I supplied their many wants, and granted their manifold requests, what it meant to Me, to find amid the crowd, some one or two, who followed Me just to be near Me, just to dwell in My Presence. How some longing of the Eternal Heart was satisfied thereby.
Comfort Me, awhile, by letting Me know that you would seek Me just to dwell in My Presence, to be near Me, not even for teaching, not for material gain, not even for a message - but for Me. The longing of the human heart to be loved for itself is a something caught from the Great Divine Heart.
I bless you. Bow your heads".
Vision Of New England House Of Worship - 2004: Boundaries
During the end of 2003 and throughout 2004, the Lord has spoken to us about “boundaries”. He said that if we diligently sought Him,and promised to remove from our lives things that we knew He wanted out of our lives,that He would equip us and empower us to have the strength to live without those things.
As an example,if in December 2003,we promised the Lord that we would not buy any more cigarettes and stop smoking,He would take away our desire for nicotine.
The Lord desires that we would have delineated boundaries.In other words,for 2004 He has asked that we review our relationships and where there are relationships which drain us,that we would end them.
Everyone, from time to time,will have a relationship, that,when the other person departs from our company we say “boy am I drained - s/he sucks the life right out of me!”.
God’s desire is that He would dwell within us fully.If we have inappropriate relationships,these bonds that we make drain us,so that God cannot fully dwell within us.
A classic example has to do with young men and women.When a man and a woman,who are not married to one another, go on vacation together, even if no outwardly visible sin takes place,bonds can be formed between the two,that can be detrimental to their spiritual life.Another example has to do with someone outside of our immediate family living in our home. Examples would be a neighbor, friend,distant family member or renter.Much like Joshua’s struggle with the Gibeonites at Canaan (Joshua 9),we can allow things in our lives which drain us,and cause inappropriate relationships to be formed.
We find that for instance,when the unmarried couple goes on vacation,or a renter stays in the home,the habits of one person can be transferred to another.So for instance,a mom allows a renter to live in a spare room in the house,and her 15 year old son learns to smoke cigarettes (or worse) from the renter.
Sometimes we call these inappropriate bonds “soul ties”.
The Bible gives us a clear Word on these matters:“Neither give place to the devil (Ephesians 4:27)”, abstain from all appearance of evil (I Thessalonians 5:22)” and “Resist the Devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7)”.
We encourage you to have healthy boundaries in your life as this is His vision for our Body in 2004. Individually, and as a Church, God has done this for us.
Vision of New England House of Worship - 2003
"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let if not be once named among you, as becometh saints;Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking nor jesting which are not convenient:but rather giving of thanks.For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.Be not ye therefore partakers with them" (Ephesians 5:1-7).
“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things:and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.For by thy words thou shalt be justified and by they words though shalt be condemned”(Matthew 12:34-37).
During the end of 2002, the Lord has focused our vision in three areas:
God has called us to live in holiness. He has commanded us to examine our lives, and if we find sin, as described in the above passages for instance - stop doing it! Someone involved in fornication or adultery for instance has at least three choices: 1) stop sinning; 2) get married; or 3) face the consequence of hell. Such a person that chooses not to repent is really saying to himself and to God: "Hi, my name is Joe, and I'm going to do whatever I want to do". The Bible teaches very specifically that God's Spirit will not always strive with man. Make the choice to serve God today if these passages apply to you.
II. The Words We Speak
The Lord has impressed upon us the power of our words.It is true, that the Bible makes plain that the words we speak should be pure and should not include profanity.However, there is a deeper meaning to the power of our words.With our words we can bless and we can curse.For God’s children, He has called us, as we speak to others, and especially tothose in the Body of Christ,to judge our words, and to speak gracious words, and words that bless.For instance,when a parent looksat their child and says: “you’ll never amount to anything!”or “you’ll never be good like your sister!” that parent is cursing the child. Not only is there a negative spiritual impact upon the child, but the child will remember this forever.In addition, the enemy will use it to full advantage.
When we read various Scriptures concerning prayer, especially as taught by Jesus,it is clear, that what Jesus is teaching in many cases, is that it is our words that can bless. Jesus would often teach that when we pray, and when we say certain things, and believe in faith, those matters shall come to pass and be resolved.
There are negative people all around us.Have you ever spent time with someone that is negative?I’m sure you have.On a sunny day they say “it’s going to rain”.In June they desire to go skiing and in January when it snows, they exclaim “I hate snow”.Or how about in the church situation – there are always those people that have something to say about everything, never really positive, never really constructive, but just letting you know that if they had the gift and talent that you do, and if they could do what you do, they’d do it differently.Sometimes, we have to separate ourselves from these individuals because they will suck the life right out of us!
And so God has called us as we enter 2003,to judge our words, and speak blessing upon others.
III. Jezebel and Balaam
God has again emphasized that we should not allow Jezebel or Balaam to operate in the church or in our lives (Revelation 2:14, 20-23). You can review below the vision for 2002 for more details about this.Simply put, we cannot allow liars and manipulators, that is, Jezebels,to operate either in the church, in our family or in our personal lives – and you should not either.When you experience manipulation – SAY NO! Don’t allow yourself to be a part of the manipulation process in any way.Balaam is one who has a “racquet”.Jezebel thinks she can use a prophetic gift to manipulate others but Balaam uses his prophetic gift to gain the “preeminence” over others – he likes to be greeted, to get a good seat in the house, and to be wined and dined.Jezebel wants what she wants and will do anything to get it, but Balaam likes playing the game.
Jezebel and Balaam really represent evil spirits that operate in either men or women.Remember,the warnings to the churches in the book of Revelation are not just to these evil workers, but rather, the churches themselves are warned and are in trouble with the Lord, because they have allowed these actors to operate in the Body of Christ. God’s warning to us today – don’t let it happen to you and don’t let it operate in your sphere of world!
Have a wonderful and blessed 2003!
Pastors Charles and Yvonne Svitlik
Vision of New England House Of Worship -2002
Beginning in January 2002, the Lord has further clarified our vision using Ezekiel Chapter 44 as His foundation. Here, in this chapter, from verses 9-19, the Lord tells us who will minister to the people and who will minister to Him. In this chapter, there are two groups of priests mentioned: 1) the Levites that went away from the Lord and 2) the priests of the house of Zadok.
The judgment and punishment of the Levites who went astray was for them to work in the house of the Lord not coming near to the Lord, but only ministering to the people. This call was of the flesh, requiring much labor. In contrast, those of the house of Zadok, that remained faithful to the Lord, were blessed by being called to minister to Him. This call was of grace, not works, as they were not to sweat as they ministered.
Why were the sons of Zadok called? Because they supported the Lord, when He chose Solomon as King (I Kings 1 & 2). The sons of Zadok supported the authority that God chose, and did not rebel against the Lord by attempting to set up their own authority especially by trickery or deceit (I Kings 2).
When we submit to what God has ordained, we place ourselves with the house of Zadok. This can be in any part of our lives. If trouble or danger exists in our lives, or something doesn’t go as we planned, we may have the option to simply walk away. However, when we rebel against God ordained relationships or situations, and rebel against our spouse, or our parents, or the moving Hand of God, especially in His House, we put ourselves in a situation in which God may allow us to minister in the House of the Lord, but not to Him.
Often, we hear the question – what is the greatest judgment of God that a person can receive? Sometimes people can really let their imaginations go wild. For years, we have taught that God’s greatest judgment is that He would not interfere and intervene in our lives. Ezekiel 44 though, shows that for ministers, the greatest judgment of God in this life is to let us work real hard, thinking that we’re doing what He wants us to do, doing it for Him, and yet never knowing, that not only are we not ministering to Him, we’re actually living out His judgment upon us.
In the Book of Revelation, Chapters 1-3, the Lord spoke concerning seven churches in operation at that time. The Church at Ephesus left its first love. Notice that God judges the church, not by physical means, but by their response to Him. How do we leave our first love? The Lord further explains through examples of other churches in these first three chapters of the Book of Revelation: by allowing the operations of the Nicolaitans, by allowing the work of Balaam and by allowing the work of Jezebel in the church and by allowing the church to operate in a performance based mode (Laodicea).
If you are a child of God with a call on your life and you have been a part of more than one church over the years, think about why you may have moved on from one church to another. In Connecticut, more times than not, people become discouraged with their home church for one or more reasons including but not limited to: 1) displeasure when being controlled; 2) worldliness in leadership; 3) displeasure when being manipulated by leadership; and 4) displeasure with performance-based operation that has lost a focus on the presence of God.
As you can surmise, our church can leave its first love if we allow leadership to Lord over people and create a “pecking order” in the church. This is essentially the operation of the Nicolaitans. While we’re not totally sure about this sect, it is generally thought that the doctrine of the Nicolaitans would come from the Greek roots for this word, that is, Nico, meaning “to conquer” and laity meaning “the people”. It refers to the distinction between those over and those under. It is the process of control we see can see in a church.
The doctrine of Balaam in the church today can mean many things. However, when we use our gift and position as a means to elevate ourselves for the sole purpose of “playing around” and gaining a position, we probably are under the influence of the doctrine of Balaam. Remember, the shepherd stayed with the sheep. Have you ever seen a shepherd in the pasture wear a $2,000 suit and hob-knob with political and financial giants? That’s not to say that pastors or evangelists cannot meet with leaders of our society. However, when we get to the place, where we use our gift to gain a pre-eminence whereby people come to us for “guidance” and we accept reverence and gifts from them and elevate ourselves above where we should be as a result, instead of allowing our gift to minister and allow God to place us where we should be, we’re in trouble. This is the proverbial “parking lot prophet”. A person who has a great gift, but instead of using it to bless the whole body, holds back and encourages people to have special meetings and bring gifts, and in this way elevates his or her self, instead of allowing the gift to flow through the church giving God all the glory.
When the leadership sets forth a plan, like leadership training classes every Tuesday night at 6:00 pm for a year and no one shows up, maybe the plan should be brought to prayer. Instead, so often, we hear that “if you really loved God, you would have come”. This is the work of Jezebel. Remember, she took her husband Ahab’s stationary and sent out letters in His authority (seal) to have someone killed so her husband the king could get a vineyard. Think about it - if a husband goes to work in the morning and comes home to find another family living in his house because his wife sold it and even gave his consent to sell it, is this going to increase his love toward her or cause a strain on their marriage? Likewise, when we manipulate in the church, it strains our first love.
The Laodicean church did good works, but their hearts were far from God. Jesus saw a fig tree, but then when He came close, their was no fruit on it. When we allow the church to be defined by our programs rather than God’s presence and our desire to be in his presence, we have left our first love.
Think for a moment about how you would define a family. Some will say, we have a house, a mortgage, two kids, and a minivan – clearly this looks like a typical family. In contrast, we would say – we adore each other and just love to hold our three children on our laps.
The Laodiceans are like the Levites in Ezekiel’s day, doing lots of work for the people, but not ministering to God Himself. Remarkably, these Levites didn’t know they weren’t ministering to God’s Face. The Laodiceans also couldn’t “see” beyond their state. They thought they were doing the right thing, but it turns out they weren’t. It is these that the Lord spoke of in Matthew 7:21-23 that prophesied and even cast out demons, but He said “I never knew you”.
And so as we approach this New Year, please set your heart’s desire upon the Lord. Desire to be of the house of Zadok and allow your first love to dominate your life. Are you in the house of Zadok? Do you minister to God Himself?