Daily Devotional – 7/20/17 “When the believers gather!”

Yesterday, I started to write the devotional, as I normally do but then I erased it. I started writing again and the same thing. I finally finished what I thought was an okay devotional but the spirit would not let me release it. So, I sat reading it over and over again until finally, I closed it without posting anything. Now, here I am feeling bad because I didn’t post but then I realized, sometimes the blessing is in just showing up. On last Sunday, I preached on the story of Paul, when he was stoned and left for dead. The bible says in Acts 14:20, “But as the believers gathered around him, he got up and went back into the town…” I pinned this scripture not because of what it says but actually due to what it does NOT say. See, it does not say the believers prayed, laid hands, oiled Paul’s head, spoke in tongue, danced or fasted but it says they gathered. See, beloved, sometimes the miracle is in the assembly and not the conversation. Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Yes, there will be times for all the things listed above but every once in a while, there will be times that all you need to do is show up.

I don’t know who this is for but you need to stop being mad at the person who didn’t say what you needed when they showed up. You need to forgive that person for not doing what you needed but they showed up. Quit being upset because pastor didn’t say anything at your program, he showed up. The bible says, when the believers gathered Paul got up. And if I can be honest, the only reason you haven’t gotten up yet is because you’re listening for what’s being said instead of looking at the power of the gathering. Stop worrying about the number of people in your church, when the strength is in the believers who showed up. You’re worried about those who haven’t text you while going through but you’re missing those who showed up. Sometimes you need to stop listening and just look because when the believers gather, some things can happen. When the believers gather you can breathe again, you can get up, prison doors can be opened, blinded eyes see again, mute tongues speak again, cancer is healed, organ functions are restored, closed wombs are opened, debts are paid off and applications are approved … when the believers gather. Don’t lay hands, just gather together. Don’t speak, just show up. Don’t text, just come. Don’t post it on Facebook, just show up. For when the believers gather!!

Sunday’s Sermon : “You left me for dead!”

Daily Devotional – 11/3/15 “Where’s the fellowship?”

How can we say we are ‘fellowshipping’ together if we aren’t on the same accord? Fellowshipping means we are gathering together with the same intent and purpose; a group of like-minded people coming together. Oh, you didn’t know that? Well, if we gather for a birthday party; everybody’s intent should be to celebrate whosoever birthday it is, right? It’s the same way with worship. If we all serve the same God, shouldn’t our intent be to worship Him during our fellowship? Shouldn’t our purpose be to follow Him, His teachings and give Him praise during our fellowship? If you aren’t doing that, when you fellowship, you need to rethink some things. Going to a building on Sunday doesn’t make you part of the fellowship if your intent isn’t the same as the others gathered. If the purpose of a church building is to worship God and you’re going there so that you can keep your status up, you are going for the wrong reason. If you are going into God’s house because you are the head of whatever board, you are going for the wrong reason. If you are going to God’s house simply because you are the one who counts the money yet you can’t be counted into fellowship, you are going for the wrong reason.

Fellowship

This is why Hebrews 10:25 says, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” How can you encourage me when we are on different pages or standing on uncommon ground? Chile, I can’t listen to you, in God’s house, especially if we don’t have the same intent to serve our God. Please understand, you can have your role (in God’s house) but don’t allow it to overshadow the reason why we fellowship. You can serve in your capacity but don’t allow it to dominate the purpose of the shepherd God has ordained and put in place to lead His sheep (if he or she is leading you in the right direction). Acts 2:42 says, “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer,” but how can we sit down to eat together when we are at odds? What happened to the fellowship? What happened to gathering together to worship God? What happened to going to church for deliverance instead of mess? What happened to following the pastor instead of our own agendas? What happened to helping one another? Where are the true Saints of God? Where is the fellowship among God’s people? Where’s the fellowship?