Good Morning my Friends,
Life with Jesus is incredible and words can’t express what has been taken place in our lives laately. God has been so faithful and true to His Word and we are walking in the NEW in every area of our lives…………..it is so AWESOME to see God’s Hand REALLY ordering your steps and directing your paths. We know from His Word that the steps of the righteous are ordered of the Lord and that He promises us that if we acknowledge Him in all our ways He will direct our paths. Well my friends, this is what we are truly experiencing right now in our lives, and you can too!! Our new church building and thrift store is up and running, we are ministering to people on a daily basis, we are forming close friendships and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ and God is moving us to Zephyrhills, 3 minutes from the church/thrift store! GOD IS NOT SLACK CONCERNING HIS PROMISES!!
As I woke up this morning I was meditating on what God wants for our church. What is HIS PLAN AND PURPOSE?
I turned to Acts and read Chapters 1and 2. I would like to highlight some of the verses that God spoke to me about and the desires he is arousing in my heart for us to walk in during the next few months in our church…
41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Look what happened after the Holy Spirit was received. The word of God was preached with power and boldness and people GLADLY received the word and were baptized and that day about 3,000 souls were added to the kingdom of God! Could that happen in our churches today??? I believe it can and will for those who believe and are walking in God’s plan and purpose for their church. Lets go further and see what happens….
42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
The people continued steadfastly….. This is one area I do not see the body of Christ walking in at this time. We need to be steadfast or another word diligent in the things of God. Lets look at what they continued to do steadfastly or diligently….
1. was in the apostles doctrine, other words in the study of the word of God
2. Fellowship with each other
3. Breaking of Bread
Wow, These are the four areas that the first church focused on after the day of Pentecost and the results were wonderful! How diligent are we as a body of Christ in these four areas? Is there room for improvement?
43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
Here you can see the results of them being diligent and steadfast in the 4 areas listed above. A reverential fear of God came upon every soul and wonders and signs were being done. Can that still happen today? Of course it can!! Lets look in the verses below and see how the people lives were changed as they were STEADFAST and DILIGENT in those four areas of Studying the Word of God together, Fellowship together, Breaking Bread together and Prayer together
44And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
And all that believed were together…..Wow, that sounds like one body functioning together, sounds like one body with many parts fitted jointly together…..NOT individuals doing their own thing!!! and they had all things in common!! That means they didn’t have a heart that was selfish and thought only about themselves, but they were concerned and took care of their WHOLE BODY!!
45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
Lets look and see what happened as people got over themselves and thinking just about themselves and their needs and started really uniting with the other believers…… You are not an island unto yourselves. You need others and they need you!!
46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
The early church walked in the Commanded Blessing of God because they did it Gods way!! The result of their steadfastness and diligence in the word, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer was unity, singleness of heart, gladness, favor with all people and then the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved!
I am so thankful for this morning and the revelation God is teaching me here. I pray that you are catching it also and will walk in the fullness of His Word!!
God bless you and Keep you,