Monday, May 16 2016
Yesterday, church was amazing. We felt the presence of God as we worshiped and felt convicted by His Word. Truthfully, I learned more than three things, but as the old saying says, "We would be here awhile." So, in the interest of time and because this is a blog and not a novel, I will keep it brief.
1. There is no place I'd rather be David wrote that he had "one thing have I desired of the Lord" (Psalm 27:4). For many of us, we could whip out a "Christmas list" of things that we wish that God would give to us. Do any of these prayers sound familiar?
David did not give a list, but his desire was to be "dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life." When we prioritize God through our faithfulness, God gives us the help that we need. David continued to write...
Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
2. God demands unity Our Assistant Pastor, Rev. John Tarnovska, preached so beautifully at our Downtown Fredericksburg church about having another Pentecost. He preached about the infilling of the Holy Ghost, but his message centered around the unity that God demands to have revival.
On the Day of Pentecost, Luke wrote that the 120 in the Upper Room were in "one accord". The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Phillipi...
Philippians 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
I do not believe that this unity is demanded for each local assembly, but for the entire body of Christ. Pastors must work with pastors and churches with churches to fulfill the true purpose of the church of seeking and saving that which is lost.
The Psalmist wrote...
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
3. Church changes me It is common to see and hear churches say, "Come as you are." We say it to, but we should follow that with "leave changed". There have been many times that I have walked into church in a "bad mood" as I fought the flesh, but left changed. Why? Because you cannot remain the same when you are in the presence of God and hearing the preached Word of God.
The Bible is filled with those that were changed in the presence of God including the sick healed and possessed delivered. A great example of the life changing power of God is found in the story of Legion.
Luke 8:26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.
When I go to church, I need God to change me. I do not ever want to leave church the same way that I came. After a week of fighting the devil and my flesh, the presence of God that dwells in the praises of His people his sweet relief.