(Fasting and prayer day 7)
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb 10:24, 25)
Today I want to consider you, my readers. I want to stir up your hearts to love God and His Word more than ever before. I want to challenge you to become serious committed mature Christians. I invite you to church! Once you become born again, it is your duty to pray, that the Holy Spirit will lead you to belong to a local assembly. Once there, pray that you may understand, submit and flow with the vision of the senior pastor. If you do not like it, then go away and find another church where you can freely submit to the leadership. But do not stay in a place you dislike and grumble at what you see or hear. This is rebellion and God shall judge that sin more than any other.
Many people are afraid to go closer to others, especially if they look different. From experience I know that many are afraid to go closer to pastors or their wives. This is because of un-healed hurts in the past. Gossip is a killer in all relationships. But you still need to attend a church. It is very dangerous to stay isolated and lonely. In the wild, you have seen that the lion attacks the young antelope that has left the safety of her flock. Even so, the devil will identify and attack the lonely, foolish and rebellious Christian. Attending a living church and being part of a local ministry is a blessing to all the children of God. It is also great spiritual safety. A living church is a spiritual covering. You will grow faster as a member of a Spirit filled assembly than if you stay at home each Sunday. TV Christian programs are good but cannot replace regular attendance to a church, except in special situations.
Attending a local church is not the same as going to a social club. The unique factor is that in the Church of the Living God, Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. He speaks and He rules. The Holy Spirit is there also to oversee, reward and discipline. Some people fear discipline. Fear not! We all need it, to mature spiritually! Pray for supernatural love and wisdom so that you overcome the temptations in your relationship with the other believers. Remember that not all Christians have the same level of faith or spiritual maturity. The church is a ‘mixed multitude’. There are many religious people there who are not saved. There are many superficial things that differ between Christians: the color of their skin, different cultures; the styles of fashion or the mode of worshipping. These are minor things and you should ignore them. Don’t be distracted! Look unto Jesus!
I testify that I have found a true home in my local church. I am a pastor, a pastor’s wife, a mother in Christ and a friend to many. I literally live in the church, both physically and spiritually. It is my privilege to live in the church’s building. It will take an eternity to describe the blessings, the peace, the safety, the joy of living at the center of God’s will. Nothing else matter for me. I have found my place and purpose on this earth. I taste heaven daily. I do not fear challenges, for in Christ I can do all things! I have a great spiritual family, many children and true friends. Together, ‘we are for signs and wonders’ (Is 8:18). No one is ‘ordinary’. They are all beautiful like Jesus and strong in the Holy Ghost. They are faithful to God and to the ministry! All praise and glory to the Lamb upon the Throne!
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I am an active member of a living church!
I am servant of God!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name,