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.
I tithe by my faith in God,
He will open the windows of Heaven.
He will give me many blessings, He will honor my faith.
I cannot please my Father without faith, so I lend my ear to His Word.
My faith will not fail me
because my Lord will not fail me.
PRAY FOR THE CHURCH OF AFGHANISTAN
“SO PETER WAS PUT IN PRISION, BUT THE CHURCH WAS EARNESTLY PRAYING TO GOD FOR HIM”!
BOLDNESS: Repeat the prayer of early church in Acts 4:29: “Now Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness!”
PROTECTION: For missionaries, pastors, and leaders trapped. Heavenly authorized jail breaks as in book of Acts. Heavenly and angelic interventions. Taliban - Saul to Paul encounters!
UNITY: Churches in America and world united in prayer. Kingdom issue revival across Middle East! Underground church will continue to grow and expand.
GOD GLORIFIED: He is the King of Kings/Lord of Lords no power or evil can match His might. He will be glorified as World watches.
“THE WORD OF GOD CONTINUED TO INCREASE AND SPREAD!” Acts 12:14