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DAY 28 MONDAY: OCTOBER 2019

DO NOT ISOLATE YOURSELF FROM THE CHURCH!

You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5).

Every Christian is a member of God’s large family which is the church of God. This large family of God is divided into two folds namely; the militant and the triumphant church. God does not want you to isolate yourself from His church. The Bible says in the opening text that you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Of course, every Christian should endeavor to take note of the fact that God does not want him to isolate himself from His church forever.

The Bible gave us a vivid account of the early church during the time of Herod the king (Acts 12). Herod stretched forth his hand and killed James, the brother of John with the sword. To further please the Jews, he also stretched forth his hand and arrested Peter for the same execution. But thank God that the church intervened thus, “…but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church” (Acts 12:5). Therefore, it was the grace of the church that actually saved Apostle Peter from execution from the evil hand of Herod, the king of the Jews forever.

As a Christian, it is suicidal for you to isolate yourself from the church because you can become an easy prey for the devil. That is why the Bible says in Hebrews 10:25, “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.” In fact whenever a Christian isolates himself from the church, he becomes a lone ranger and easy prey to the devil and his cohorts in life.  A Christian should take note of the fact that iron sharpens iron forever (Proverbs 27:17).

Daily Tip: God expects your full participation in the church because it is suicidal for you to isolate yourself from it forever. Shalom!

Golden Text: Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God (Ephesians 2:19).

PRAYER: TAKE A WORSHIP SONG AS LED

  1. Thank God for today and about the Word of God you have just read.
  2. Humbly acknowledge your weakness and limitation before God.
  3. My Lord my God! I receive Your grace to fully participate in Your church all the days of my life in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  4. Holy Spirit! I bind the spirit of the devil that wants to lure me away from the church of Christ forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  5. Pray generally as led by the Holy Spirit concerning your life, situations and challenges.

For Further Study: Acts 12:1-19.                        RBT: LK 4-6

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