The Truth (the Bible) is the most important thing we have access to, but God, the Person of Truth is the most important Person we have access to. And hands down, a strong relationship with God will give you peace and joy now and during any storm that comes your way and that same relationship will lead you safely into eternity with Him as well. God is loving and good!❤
“The LORD said to Moses, “Has the LORD’s hand grown short? Now you will see whether my word will happen to you or not.”” ❤
Jewish Bible Complete
“For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I will help you.”❤
Psalm 100:1. “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”❤
– Bible Offline
Mark 1:17. ‘”Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18. At once (immediately) they left their nets and followed him.’❤
I love the book of Mark. It hit me when I re-read it this time that the word “immediately” is used repeatedly. Jesus was very action-oriented. He immediately healed. He spoke and immediately things happened.
The urgency of being “immediate” about obeying Jesus and the Holy Spirit has not been lost on me. It is imperitive we that we respond immediately to the urging and correction of the Holy Spirit. I have been working on dropping everything eight when I hear God tell me something I need to do or work on. And as I do that, He speaks more to me. The key is to have a contrite heart and obey willingly and immediately. And this is a life worth living for our loving God never lets us down. ❤❤❤
I used to like the idea of meditation, calming your mind, freeing your thoughts from the calamity around. And I realized one day (or God showed me one day, rather) that it doesn’t work that way and is really quite narcissistic and ego – inflating truly. And momentary calm and a temporary ego boost/pep talk is a poor substitute for inner peace only God n provides. So instead of meditation, and far more meaningful and beautiful, I pray and fast and read the Bible. And I find this dosage of truth and God – mindedness is truly rewarding and peace-giving. And peace is always there with me now, even in calamity. I can weather any storm with God. When I focus on Him, everything is as it should be and wonderful. When I focus on me, I get back a weak, flawed albeit really nice lol person. I choose God. Meditation is distraction and a negative one. I would rather study the truth of the Bible. Far more beneficial and proper.❤
There are reasons to go and reasons to go. Why go to church? Because we are told to by God in His Word (Hebrews 10:24-25). Also, we have thr example in many places where the church is together, meaning an example for us to follow (two are Acts 14:27 & 15:30) and also there are several verses on the importance of coming together as a church (1 Corinthians 12:24 and 14:26). And if you search for yourself, you will see quickly that it is God’s design.
Now, I believe most churches are not right in the Word. If a church is corrupt, it needs to be amended or left to find a true church. God is very clear as to what a church is supposed to be like, as in the kingdom of God where followers/believers in Jesus meet together to have communion, worship, pray, read the Bible, encourage each other and help each other. That is pretty much it. Simple and beautiful.
Never does it say we must fight to stay awake during one man’s narcissistic rant or speech for an hour, never is a building program involved, no exorbitant salaries are declared as part of it, and there are checks and balances in place to keep people focused on God and His Word (elders, deacons, etc.). And the people of the church should be loving and encouraging and real and absolutely not judgmental or abusing their position or finances. And the mission of the church is always growth and outreach naturally to save souls. Again, simple.
And that is the truth of church I have gleaned from Scripture, the only source of truth we have.
To not go is to disobey the Word. It is just that simple. Many Bible and Jesus-focused churches exist around you and if none are, start your own in your home like the early church did. That is just as much church as a fancy building. But church is mandatory.❤