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Power In Numbers

In order for us to continue to advance in God’s kingdom, we must be aware of our need for the body of Christ. I have seen many people go through Bible training or school, realize they have a call for ministry, then like some ‘lone ranger’ venture out on their own in the name of pursuing the call of God.
Heb 10:27 And let us not neglect our meeting or assembling together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

God loves seeing a committed people gather together for the purpose of glorifying His name, growing in the faith, and drawing others into the kingdom of God. Pastors, leaders, and others are a gift from God. They are there to protect, guide, nurture, and at times correct us when we need it. When we stray from the body of Christ, we are asking for trouble. One of Satan’s strategy can be summed up in one word – isolation! If he can isolate us from the rest of the body, he will decrease our effectiveness and purpose.

Prov. 18:1 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
 He rages against all wise judgment.

God sees people who choose to isolate themselves as selfish and unwise. "Ouch....who wants to have that label on them?" We must always remember the purpose of the church – the church is meant to continue to spur us on towards the cause of Christ! Also, we are meant to take our position in the body and become encouragers, worshippers, prayer warriors, plus fulfill and utilize the specific gifts and talents God has given each one of us. If we aren't around to take our place....the church is weaker than it could be with us.

How do we become more committed to the body? One word...'discipline'! We must set 'patterns' in our lives that will show God, others, and the kingdom of darkness that we are seriously and aggressively going to seek God and His will for our lives. The spirit of the world would like us to be a passive people who occasionally show up in church, rarely pray or read our Bibles, and as a result never minister out of God's presence or power.

2 Tim.1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

God wants us to be a people who aggressively discipline our lives to live for Him. I am not talking about being legalistic or to do this out of some obligation to man. No~ it should be because we are a passionate people who really put God first in our lives above ALL else! So, be sure to stay connected in a strong church body...strong in prayer, the word, also His presence, power, and healing! We are better together than apart. So, stay connected, their is 'POWER IN NUMBERS'!

Posted by: Sheri Deobald