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Why would you not want to go to church? Do you need encouragement before you can attend church services? There are one thousand and one reasons why people, including “Christians” don’t go to church. But despite their reasons, God still desires that His people go to church and He has packaged great blessings for those who will obey Him. This article gives the benefits of going to church.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching – Hebrews 10:25 (NKJV)
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel – Hebrews 12:22-24 (NKJV)
The house of God (church) is an appointed place to meet with God and the hosts of heaven (Hebrews 12:22-24). It is also a house of prayer, as Jesus reminded those who were buying and selling in the temple (Matthew 21:13), and prayer is a two-way communication with God. God meets with His people in the church. His name is designated on every living church and his eyes and heart are always there – 2 Chronicles 7:16.
The Scriptures in Hebrews 10:25 admonishes that you shouldn’t forsake the assembling of Christians (which is done in churches), most especially as the day of the Lord draws near. And I tell you it is more crucial now than then, because the Day is nearer than that time!
Yes, you can read your bible and pray in your house, and watch men of God preach on the television or internet but it is never the same compared to when you are in the house of God, otherwise Paul wouldn’t have stressed the need to go to church. You go to church not just to meet with your fellow Christians but also to meet with God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit and other hosts of heaven.
An understanding of this fellowship with God and the heavenly beings will change your perspective towards going to church. It will make you to go with great expectation and you will never need to be encouraged again to go to church.
So, what are the benefits?
- Encounter with beauty
When you go to the house of God, (Zion, which also means where God dwells – Psalm 74:2) you encounter beauty – Psalm 48:1-2, Psalm 50:2. You encounter beauty of unity and the glory of God. If you are in the spirit, you will encounter the beauty of God, from the opening prayer, through the Word time to the closing prayer and you will leave the church most satisfied, desiring to return again and again. King David couldn’t help expressing the beauty in God’s house that he declared in Psalm 84:1 how lovely God’s house is and how his soul longed and fainted for the courts of the Lord. (more…)
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I do not want to die…until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown – Kathe Kollwitz. Making a difference is the desire of many people but the question is how to achieve it. You cannot give what you do not have. Building up yourself, increasing your knowledge and acting on it will increase your chances of making impact in your world. This article gives seven important keys you must possess to make impact around you.
7 Impactful Keys
The ability to make a difference starts with you having confidence in yourself and your maker (God). When you don’t believe in yourself, nobody will believe in you. A wise man said,”Confidence is the backbone of conquerors”. Look into God’s word (Bible), believe and declare what He says concerning you. God’s word is able to build you up – Acts 20:32. God did not make you a mediocre or a failure. You are made to succeed and make impact in your world.
Making a difference requires that you be a person of excellence. It is like a golden apple in the midst of silver apples. It will make you outstanding and draw men to you. Therefore, build up yourself to excel in the area(s) that you desire to be impactful. Daniel excelled greatly as an administrator. His enemies could not find anything wrong in him except that he worshipped the Almighty God (Daniel 6: 1-5). His excellence commanded the attention of Kings (Daniel 1:19-21) and provoked promotion for him.
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. For you to make a difference you must be a people lover. Human beings are so selfish in nature that any manifestation of love from someone will make a difference. It will always make impact on the recipient and the people around the recipient. Loving people demands some sacrifice on your part. But any show of love from you will always outlive you. For instance, the love of God for mankind, in that He gave His only son Jesus (John 3:16), is still being celebrated centuries after the death and resurrection of Jesus. (more…)
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How often do you read Christian books? The power of reading cannot be overemphasized and when you exercise that power in reading Christian stuff, your life gets better many times over than when you don’t read them. Christian books are life-support system for a victorious Christian life. This post helps you to understanding why reading Christian literature is vital for a successful Christian life.
Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas when you come-and the books, especially the parchments – 2 Timothy 4:13 (NKJV)
and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation-as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you – 2 Peter 3:15 (NKJV).
When I was younger still in my parents’ house, I noticed that my mum did the buying of the Christian books most of the time and my father did the reading of these books most of the time. My father handled anxiety far better than my mother; in fact she felt it was her duty to worry. When I became more matured in the Lord, having been reading Christian books, I concluded that if my mother read the books she was buying more, anxiety wouldn’t have been a problem for her.
Christian literature from proven authors are like explanatory manuals for the bible. God is no more writing scriptures to be added to the existing bible, but He is writing books now. Just like the scriptures never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21), so also these Christian books are written by holy men and women that were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Paul, the apostle both read and wrote books. His books were so important to him that the ones he forgot at Troas, he had to ask Timothy to bring for him – 2 Timothy 4:13. And Peter obviously read books written by Paul too as 2 Peter 3:15-16 implies.
The books of the New Testament after the four gospels are books that give deeper understanding of the gospel of Christ. The authors wrote according to the revelations they got from the Holy Spirit. Even so now, Christian believers write according to the revelations they get from the Holy Spirit and they give deeper understanding of the gospel of Christ too.
Many times, while reading the scriptures, there are some scriptures that won’t be very clear to you but when you hear a teacher teach on it, comparing scriptures with scriptures (rightly dividing the word of truth – 2 Timothy 2:15) and comparing spiritual things with spiritual (1 Corinthians 2:13), as revealed to him by the Holy Spirit, your eyes of understanding become enlightened – Ephesians 1:17-18
There is power in reading Christian literature. I have always believed that it is wisdom to watch what you eat and drink as you get older even when you believe that God will satisfy you with long life (Psalm 91:1, 16). But I didn’t have the strong will to work on it faithfully until I read in a book, “fulfilling your days” by David O Oyedepo, that long life is a product of wisdom and understanding. He used Proverbs 3:13-16 and Proverbs 4:7-10 to buttress this truth. The willingness to control what I drink and eat came on me after reading that.
These books given by inspiration of God, are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, so that a Christian may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work – 2 timothy 3:16-17.
Furthermore, God uses these inspired books to communicate revelations to millions. The author puts it down in a book, you read it and share with A and A shares it with B, B shares with C and chain continues down generations. This revelation remains long after the author is gone. This is in line with 2 Timothy 2:2, where Paul told Timothy, “The things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (more…)
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The Holy Spirit is the best companion to have. He is the Helper Jesus promised His disciples that He would ask the Father to give them. He is your present help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16), but if you can’t access Him, you can’t access His help. This post tells you how to gain access to the Spirit of the Lord’s help.
If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you – John 14:15-17 (NKJV)
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit – John 3:5-6 (NKJV)
How to access the help of the Holy Spirit
- Be a child of God
The Spirit of God can only be received by the children of God. This is because the world neither sees nor knows Him – John 14:17. You need to be born of the Spirit of God;
- Be obedient
Keeping the commandments of Christ gives you access to the Holy Ghost. Jesus said if you love Him and keep His words, He would pray to the father and He would give you another Helper, the Holy Spirit – John 14:15-16. Being obedient to God attracts the help of the Spirit.
- Have a thirst for Him
Matthew 5:6 says that anyone who thirsts for righteousness will be filled and righteousness is impossible without the Holy Spirit (John 16:8, 10). Thirsting for righteousness is to thirst for the Spirit who alone can help you walk in righteousness.
- Be filled with the Holy Spirit
The baptism of the Holy Spirit gets you filled with the Holy Spirit – Acts 2:1-4. The Spirit of God comes and dwells within you in His fullness: with all His power, majesty, splendor, peace, glory and honour. Jesus is the baptizer (Luke 3:16), so ask Him in faith and He will baptize you with the Spirit of the Lord. (more…)
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Light or darkness, which one is your choice? These two choices or forces are constantly in a combat with one another for control over human beings. The good news is that the determining factor is actually the human beings. They choose who has control over them. This post is to help you identify the winning team to vote for.
Why are these forces always fighting for the souls of men? This is because men are in search of supernatural powers for protection, powers and wealth. They understand that they need a higher power than what humans can offer. Now, light and darkness are supernatural but one is greater than the other. Examining them closely, you will discover the winning team.
Let’s start by defining the two forces.
Light is something that makes things visible or affords illumination while darkness is absence or deficiency of light. In other words, darkness has no definition of its own but takes its definition in relation to light. Light connotes good, while darkness connotes evil, lack of knowledge or enlightenment and lack of insight.
An understanding of darkness should make anyone choose light but many people would rather go for darkness. Why? Darkness promises and offers so much with little or no effort. But what those people don’t realise is that NOTHING IS FREE! Initially, the cost may be very little but the subsequent cost is more than you can ever bear. Not everything that glitters is gold. The devil (thief) has no good in mind for his followers. His mission is to steal, kill and destroy whatever they have.
Darkness offers immediate gratification but eats up the victim afterwards. Darkness helps people not to be truthful to themselves to their own detriment. It gives them a covering to hide their secrets. I will prove this to you by asking you a question. That thing you don’t want people to ever find out, because the revelation of it may destroy you or someone else, when or where do you do it – under light or in the dark?
Light on the other hand exposes everything done in the dark, no matter how long it had been. Shine light on anything hidden and everyone will see it. A flicker of light drives darkness away. Darkness, once light comes, must give way to light. Darkness wins in any area only because there is no introduction of light, no matter how small. (more…)