WHY WE NEED CHURCH GATHERINGS

Since more people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control guidelines have been relaxed, and now the masks can come off. That means that we can get back in church! Hallelujah!

God used online streaming for His glory. Many churches relayed that they reached more people through live stream than they would have through the in-house church service. That is awesome, but it’s so wonderful to be able to get back to the house of God because Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” So even though we had to forsake the assembling of ourselves together for a time, the Lord still wants us to meet together on a regular basis as believers for the following reasons:

  1. God says so. Hebrews 10:25 specifically says that we should not give up meeting together, and that exhortation is definitely relevant for us today. This verse unequivocally reveals that God Himself wants believers to meet together regularly.
  2. To spur one another on toward love and good deeds and encourage one another. That’s what Hebrews 10:24 relays. When we assemble together, that’s an opportunity for us to ignite a fire in one another to become more Christ-like.
  3. We can be kept accountable to live the Christian life. When we meet together, we create opportunities for us to connect, share what is going on in our lives, and keep each other accountable so that we can run our best race and be our best for Christ.
  4. There is a corporate anointing that you can’t get at home alone. Each Sunday you participate in praise and worship in church, you get the benefit of being saturated in the corporate anointing that is available to you to break chains of bondage off your life.
  5. God has ordained that some things will be revealed to you only through the man or woman of God. Some things you will not be able to get on your own, and that is why God put pastors over us to be shepherds of our souls.
  6. When we interact with one another and have to apply the Word to keep unity alive, we grow. When we have to connect with one another, work to keep the peace, and get over offenses, we grow and mature spiritually in a way that cannot happen in isolation.
  7. We can use the gifts and talents God gave us to bless others. Somebody needs what you have. Somebody needs your wisdom, your skill, your words of encouragement. You can be a blessing.

Beloved, of course, attending church is not necessary for us to be saved, and sometimes we can’t avoid missing church. God knows our heart. However, church attendance is necessary for us to become our best selves. When we meet, that’s our opportunity to be encouraged, edified, and held accountable by our brothers and sisters in Christ. Furthermore, when we become our best selves individually, we become the best body of Christ we can be, and we can maximize our impact in this world for Christ. Let’s not forget the assembling of ourselves together so that we can bless one another and continue to prepare for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

What are your thoughts about our need to assemble ourselves together regularly as believers? Please leave a comment below.

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EVERY DAY IS CHRISTMAS FOR CHRIST FOLLOWERS!
We must be mindful of the fact that the personal relationship we have with God on a daily basis is possible only because Jesus was born into this world to die. I encourage you to celebrate Christmas all year long and prepare to make a deliberate effort to keep Christ firmly anchored at the center of your family’s Christmas holiday beforehand. Get your copy of my latest book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday at Amazon.com or purchase copies for those you know and love with small children! Help the Revolution that began in 2020 to continue in 2021 and beyond!

Tracey L. Moore (a.k.a. The Purposeful Poet) is a poet, author and speaker whose goal is to challenge you to be your best for Christ. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University and is an Associate Minister at Chesapeake Christian Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. Learn more about Tracey at http://www.TraceyLMoore.com.

DON’T ABORT YOUR FAITH!

I pray that you and yours are wonderfully blessed and the fruit of the Spirit is flourishing in your life. I trust that you are safe and sound, and I pray that no plague will come near your dwelling. We are in covenant with the living God according to Psalm 91, and we can trust Him to be our protector and defender! Amen?

The other day I was on my way to the Salvation Army Thrift Store to drop off some items. I called ahead to see when they would close, and the attendant told me the store closed at 4:30 PM. It was 3:55 PM when I got off the phone, so I knew I had to move fast. I wanted that stuff out of my car, so I prayed and asked God to help me get there on time. Wouldn’t you know that traffic was horrendous! I told myself, “I’m not gonna make it.” So I decided to try to drop the load off at another thrift store that was half the distance away. I was in the wrong lane, so I put on my turn signal and tried to get over. However, the car in the lane next to me REFUSED TO LET ME OVER! I missed the turn and had to keep going. When I got to the Salvation Army Thrift Store, my original destination, I had three minutes to spare. Whew! I let out a sigh of relief, dropped off the items, and went on about my business.

Later when I got home, God had a discussion with me. He told me He was the One that didn’t allow me to move over to the next lane. I had asked Him for help to get to my destination on time, and He boxed me in and kept me from turning so He could teach me something. He kept me from aborting my faith for the following reasons:

  1. God wanted to care for me as any good Father would, and when I aborted my faith in the middle of the trial because it didn’t look like He would come through, I set myself up to rob Him of the opportunity to care for me. I Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety upon Him because He cares for you.”
  2. By aborting my faith, I was also going to rob Him of the opportunity to control circumstances and display His power. God wants to make Himself real to us even though we can’t physically see him. By using our faith and seeing Him move in the physical realm, He makes Himself all the more tangible.
  3. When we abort our faith, we rob God of the opportunity to build faith and trust in Him, and foster intimacy in our relationship. Faith comes by hearing, but it also comes by experience. When you hang on to your faith, you give God a chance to help you strengthen it when you see what you are believing for come to pass.

Saints, it’s important for us to exercise our faith. When I wanted to go to that other thrift store because I didn’t think my prayer would be answered, it was like I settled for second best. When you pray and ask God for something, and you feel you have gotten a Word from God, even if it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, don’t settle. Don’t abort your faith! Don’t throw in the towel! If you are going through a difficult time right now, I challenge you to hold on to your faith until you see victory. It’s important to your spiritual growth that you don’t “jump ship” or “bail out” in the middle of your trial. If you will just hold fast to your profession of faith, you will see God show out and prove Himself to be exactly Who He says He is.

Are you struggling to hang on to your faith? What have you done in the past to help your to help you to overcome? Please leave a comment below.

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Tracey L. Moore (a.k.a. The Purposeful Poet) is a poet, author and speaker whose goal is to challenge you to be your best for Christ. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University and is an Associate Minister at Chesapeake Christian Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. Learn more about Tracey at http://www.TraceyLMoore.com.