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Do You Have to Go to Church?

Let’s find out the true meaning of church.

Written by Joy on 30/11/2014
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Church And Community
“Do not give up meeting together as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25

There are church services on television and the Internet. But is it ok to stay at home and watch a church service? Or do we have to go to a physical church building? Let’s find out the true meaning of church.

Church: The Body of Christ
When God talks about the church, he isn’t talking about a physical building. The church is all the people in the world who have put their faith in Jesus, sometimes called the body of Christ.

Christians are instructed to meet together regularly. (Hebrews 10:25) Many Christians go to church buildings (local churches). But if there isn’t a local church near you, don’t worry. You can meet in a house church, a secret meeting place or a public place where you can fellowship. The important thing is to meet with other Christians so you can learn, fellowship, and work together to teach others about God.

Divide and Conquer: Enemy Strategy
It’s not easy to overpower a group of people because there’s strength in numbers. But if you divide them, you can easily conquer. The Bible even talks about the benefits of being with another person instead of being alone. “Two are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

As Christians, we have an enemy who wants to divide us. “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (I Peter 5:8). Satan tries to separate you from other believers because he knows you are weaker when you are alone. When we are in a group, we can support each other, hold each other accountable and pray for each other. Satan will not be able to drag one of us off into the wilderness of unbelief, doubt, or despair.

United in Love: Jesus’ Prayer
Jesus prayed for us to be united. (John 17:9-11). He told us to “Love one another” (John 13:34) and “Encourage one another” (I Thessalonians 5:11). You’ll be able to do all of that and more when you’re united with other believers by meeting together. If you haven’t put your faith in Jesus yet, become a part of the body of Christ today and you can begin meeting with other believers too!

Pray this week:

That God will direct you to a local church where you can belong and how you can be an encouragement to other believers.

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5 Benefits of Memorizing Scripture

You may not always have a Bible on hand – memorizing Scripture is another weapon in spiritual warfare.

Written by Joy on 02/11/2014
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Personal Transformation
“…Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” Ephesians 6:17

In spiritual battle, you must use God’s Truth to fight the lies of the enemy (Satan). Jesus used scripture to fight Satan’s temptations in Matthew 4. Here are five ways that memorizing scripture will help prepare you for Spiritual Battle.

1. Your Desires Change
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

Focusing your mind on God’s Word will cause your desires to line up with God’s desires. You will start becoming more like Christ, which will produce Godly characteristics in your life such as love, peace, and purity. (Philippians 4:8)

2. You Gain Strength to Fight Temptation
“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11).

When you memorize scriptures about the sins you struggle with, they help warn you and guide you in the right direction when you face those temptations.

3. You’ll Have Clear Direction
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105).

Thinking about scripture throughout your day will help you understand God’s ways and enable you to apply His principles in your life decisions.

4. You’ll Be Ready to Share the Gospel
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believer in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:13-14)

Jesus gave us eternal life, and He wants us to tell others so they can be free. How can they believe if no one tells them? (Romans 10:13-15) When you memorize verses, you are ready to share the Good News with others.

5. Your Prayers Become More Powerful
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God; That if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if he hears us, we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15).

Jesus taught us to pray, “God’s Will be done.” How can you pray for God’s Will if you don’t know it? Using God’s own words from scripture gives power and confidence to your prayers.

There is no better ally in battle than God Himself, so call on Him and repeat His promises to strengthen your faith. (Ephesians 6:18)

Pray this week:

for time and commitment to memorize verses.

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How Do You Know That God Is Faithful?

The moon is a faithful witness in the sky

Written by Susan on 30/08/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Faithfulness, God, Love
It will be as eternal as the moon, my faithful witness in the sky!

Psalm 89:37
Let us explore one aspect of God’s character today: faithfulness. One Word is not enough to describe God. God is many, many things, and faithful is just one of them.

As sinful, fallen people, we may doubt His faithfulness, or not fully trust it at times. We run across hard times like the loss of a job, a broken marriage, or financial struggle and we question things. However, God is always faithful. When we come to understand that, we are able to feel more and more blessed by it!

Here are three ways we can better understand how God is always faithful:

1. His faithfulness is constant, like the moon in the sky.
“It shall be established forever like the moon, and the witness in the sky is faithful.” (Psalm 89:37)

God has placed a constant reminder of His faithfulness in the sky. It may seem strange to think of the moon as a reminder of faithfulness, but remember that God created this good world for us to live in and enjoy.

Did you know that the moon stabilizes the rotation of the earth? All of our being depends on God’s intricate design! It is over time that we begin to realize that He can be trusted to be who He says He is.

His faithfulness can be known through His creation. Imagine all the detail that went into making our world! Continue to look at the moon as an example of who God is, how He loves us, and the way He has made the world for us to live in.

2. God’s faithfulness makes it possible to trust Him with the details.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye on you.” (Psalm 32:8)

Once we begin to trust God’s faithfulness and know that God is who He says He is, and that He will do what He says He will do, we begin to realize that He also has a very detailed and intimate interest in each of us.

Not only does God give us creation for us to enjoy, but He is also aware of every detail in our lives, and we can trust His faithfulness with details. He watches over us, teaches us, guides us, and cares for us as only He can.

Our lives are as important to Him as His creation, and we can trust in His faithfulness!

3. God is faithful to provide.
“He found him in a desert land and in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye. Like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions. The Lord alone guided him…” (Deuteronomy 32:10-11)

These verses refer to how God led Israel through the desert and provided for them.

Provisions are another example of how God always works on our behalf, even in ways we don’t realize!

He works in the visible and invisible world. He knows how fragile we are, and is aware that we can’t make it on our own. We are surrounded by His faithfulness, and we would not exist without Him.

Praise His holy name!

Pray this week:

Dear Father, I am so grateful for Your wonderful provisions. I thank You for placing me into Your creation with such thoughtfulness and kindness. Would You open my eyes to new examples of Your faithfulness? Would You make me know You in a deeper and more trusting way because I see how I am surrounded by Your faithfulness? Wherever I am, You are with me and faithfully provide what I need. Amen

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Move From Believing To Faith

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 Peter 2:24)
Some Christians find themselves having a
conflict between what the Word says and
their actual experience. For example, they’ve read and
believed our opening verse, yet they’ve battled one
ailment after the other and now they’re asking, “What
am I supposed to do that I’m not doing?”
A dear lady asked me a similar question, drawing
attention to 2 Corinthians 8:9 that says Jesus was made
poor that we might be made rich. Then she asked,
“If this is true, how come so many Christians are still
poor?” She wanted to know what could be done to
make that scripture real in their lives.
Here’s what you need to know: When you were
born again, you were brought into a life of absolute
prosperity, absolute health, strength and victory; it’s
been done already. Whether or not you’re enjoying
it is your responsibility. The Bible says, “…work out
your own salvation…” (Philippians 2:12); meaning that
you must live the Word of salvation. Act according
to the Word. In Christianity, we do the Word; we’re
Word practitioners. You must personalise the Word
for yourself and act accordingly.  You’re the one to make the Word real in your life.
You’re the one to subdue the circumstances around you. You’re the one to subdue the forces that come against you and the symptoms that try to attack you.
You’re the one to use the Word to effect changes. Things won’t change by themselves; they won’t
change because you believe. Believing isn’t enough; to effect the change you need in any area of your
life, you must go from believing to faith! You must fight the good fight of faith. The fight of faith is when you consciously live according to the Word of God,
irrespective of the circumstances around you and what your senses tell you. It’s when you insist on the Word and hold on to it as the only reality.
Confession I experience the reality of the Word of God as I meditate on, and live in, the Word! I’m making progress, and circumstances are subdued to conform to the reality of God’s Word for my good. The Word of God has the pre-eminence in my life, and it continually produces in me what it talks about, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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Exercise Your Faith

Your faith is God-given and it works. Jesus said,
“…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed,
ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to
yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall
be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20). Notice
what He said: “If ye have…” because at one time,
His disciples had no faith. That was when He asked
them, “…how is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40).
However, for us, the new creation, we were born again
with faith in our spirits.
There’s no Christian that lacks faith. God gave to
each one of us “the measure,” not “a measure,” of
faith. He gave us all the same seed of faith, but you’re
required to grow your faith and make it effective. The
circumstances and the crises of life are at different
levels, and require different levels of faith. There’s little
faith and great faith, and then there’s weak faith and
strong faith. You increase your level of faith by hearing
more of God’s Word (Romans 10:17), but to improve
the quality of your faith—the tensile nature—you have
to exercise your faith; you have to use it.
For instance, that someone has a large body with
a lot of flesh doesn’t necessarily mean the muscles are
strong; you strengthen them by using and exercising
them. Keep using and exercising your faith by acting
on the Word; faith always works. If you acted your
faith and it seemed like it didn’t work, go back to the
Word and learn some more, and try again.
It’s like a child learning to walk; it gets more perfect
with every step. It’ll be wrong to say of a child who’s
learning to walk, “Since this child has fallen three times,
I’ll never let him walk again.” The child would have to
keep at it until finally, his muscles are strong enough,
and that same child starts running.
Keep building and developing your faith by
learning more and more of God’s Word and putting
what you learn to work. Be quick to accept, believe,
and do the Word. Affirm and declare the Word,
irrespective of the contrary circumstances. That’s how
to build strong and prevailing faith,
Prayer
Dear Father, I rejoice in your
Word that’s at work in me and
building my spirit strong! I’m set
on the path of life, guided by your
Spirit in glory, and everlasting
triumph. I live the glorious life of
righteousness, dominion, grace
and power, today and always, in
Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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Faith In The Word

Have you ever heard someone say, “I have faith in the Bible?” That doesn’t really make
any spiritual sense. You can have faith that the Bible is true, and that it contains the Word of God, but to have faith that it’ll protect you if you place it under
your pillow at night won’t work. Don’t rest your faith on “the Bible,” but in the Word
of God contained therein. Remember, we observed in our last study that the Bible is the testimony of God, but it contains the words of men, Satan, demons, and even a donkey. So to have faith in the Bible in that generic sense isn’t what works. Your faith has to be in
God’s Word, and by that, faith requires to be definite and directed. True faith originates from God’s specific Word; and that’s what produces results. The “logos” of God is life (John 6:63), but it won’t
do anything for you until you receive it and act on it. For instance, there may be several electric sockets with electric power in a building, but to use the power, you have to plug an appliance into a power socket for it further study:Romans 7:7-25
Psalms 64-67
Ephesians 5:17-24
Isaiah 54
Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for
giving me your engrafted Word,
by which I live. I succeed and
make progress by the Word
today, and my victorious life is
evident, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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