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Time for the Church to be the CHURCH

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Hebrews 10:23-25 (NKJV) Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhort- ing one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

In Hebrews we are challenged to do these 4 things as the church:

  1. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope.

  2. Let us consider one another.

  3. Let’s not forsake the assembling of ourselves together.

  4. Exhort one another as we see the DAY approaching.

Why did the writer of Hebrews think these four things were so important? The answer to that question is simple; he knew that we needed each other to survive life in this chaotic world. He knew that we would never serve humanity at our full potential unless we first had a safe place to be restored. In essence, being part of the church is twofold:

  1. We need the fellowship of other believers. (This is the “inside the part of the wall.”) Without this fellowship and the protection it offers, we become very vulnerable. Being alone is a recipe for disaster as we live life.

  2. The fellowship we enjoy as a part of the body enables us to better serve the hurting. (This is the part when we go outside the walls.”) Together we can accomplish much more than we ever could alone. In other words, being a part of the body always includes outreach to the world. If we only do the “meeting together” part and fail to also do the “reaching out” part, we miss half our reason for being His. My challenge to all of us is this: We need to stay in the battle by meeting together as the body and we need to use this platform as the launching point for touching the lost and broken.

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The REAL war!

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Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Spiritual warfare is by far one of the hardest disciplines to accomplish in my spiritual journey. I think it’s hard for all of us. It requires us to place our attention on things in the spiritual realm instead of things in the natural realm. Our tendency is to stay in the natural.

For example, let’s say that I am upset with someone for talking about me behind my back. My first response is to always lash out with a response, a defense of who I am to prove my value. In God’s economy, this can never be my first response. I’m not saying that time won’t come later to address the careless word, but that can only come after I have dealt with the real source of the word. What I am saying is this: The Father always wants our first response to be against our enemy; the origin of our hurt.

True spiritual warfare causes me to have to train my mind, my heart, and my actions to let my first response be against “the” ONE who is the source of all our pain and disharmony. Satan is the accuser of the brethren and he loves for us to walk in chaos. Since he is the root cause of all of our pain, he must be the ONE we deal with first when pain comes upon us. How do we accomplish this? Simply put, we must take every concern to our Father. He is our defender. He is our comfort. He is our Deliverer. He is our peace.

The next time someone or something comes against you to inflict pain, take it up with your Father first and watch Him work. The REAL WAR we are fighting isn’t against humanity, it is against Satan. Our battle isn’t against each other. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, the rulers of darkness, and a spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places!

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