Church is not a building, it’s a family of believers who gather for ministry to and from the Lord. The gathering together regularly is not man’s idea, it is all God’s plan for man. Why does God command His people to come together?
1 Corinthians 12:18 Now has God set the members, every one of them in His body, as it has pleased Him.
God is the Head and Christians are His body. A Head needs a body in order to fulfill His Will. Notice our text, He sets every one in His body. There is no such thing as an insignificant member of God’s body. If a believer does not take his place where God directs him, God must find someone else to fill the position and receive the blessings. Taking your place in His body is important to God but not to some Christians, some have other places they would rather be.
Acts 20:28 Take heed and tend to the flock, which the Holy Spirit made you officers to feed the church(body) of God, which He has purchased with His own blood.
The church needs to be fed the Word of God if it is going to live above the evil in this world. If a Christian is not edified with the Word they will have to live like the world does, they will need to cope with all the wiles of the devil. The world has no might against the evil in this world so they compromise what they will yield to. If a man is not strengthened with might in the inner man he will struggle to resist evil. The world cannot edify anyone, every day they report on how many more have contracted covid and how many died. They can’t pin point why all of this is happening, so they blame our president. The devil spreads all kinds of hell around and never gets credit for it, he always assigns a scape goat.
James 5:14 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord.
If a believer doesn’t have a church, how can they call for those who are anointed to minister healing? The elders are always in church on Sunday, they are not hard to find. There appears to be a rather large number of Christians who want the supernatural power of God but they don’t have time for any time-robbing relationships! When people become grateful for what Jesus did on the cross for them, they gather together to worship and thank Him. Some folks attend church and do nothing but murmur and complain about what the pastor does and says, they seem to take advantage of his command to leave all men.
John 6:66 Many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.
When the disciples could not understand what Jesus was saying they went back, in other words they no longer kept company with Him. Some Christians are very finicky, they must have things a special way or they will abandon you. But blessed is the man who endures temptation for he shall receive the crown of life. God talks about great rewards when a man connects with Jesus and holds fast to the end, great are the rewards now and in heaven.
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I know the will of my Lord,
He takes pleasure in my prosperity.
He died to make me rich,
He became the curse for me.
If I yield to poverty and lack,
I will disappoint my Lord.
Now I got my mind right,
I am ready to prosper,
spirit, soul and body.