Memory Verse: "Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back is drawing near." (Heb.10:25, TLB)
Scripture Reading: 1 Kgs.19:1-21.
Moving on to the second spiritual pillar:
Spiritual fellowship with other believers.
The need for fellow believers cannot be overemphasised. We need God and we also need people.
Spiritual fellowship assists a person in the maintenance of godly character.
I always love to explain spiritual fellowship using the firewood principle and I did so extensively in the devotional post of Sunday, August 07, 2016 titled: [A] Lesson From The Firewood. I encourage us to read this post [again] so we can have a better understanding of this subject.
Just like I did yesterday, I'll share with us few benefits of fellowshipping with the brethren:
- The fellowship of the brethren supplies strength for spiritual growth. It imparts on you the strength to handle both the devil and the temptations of life. The church is not a social gathering; it is a strength-refueling center (see Ps.84:7).
- Supplies you the courage and zeal to continue the race. It's in fellowship that you see people like you serving the Lord with passion and fire. When you see people in the same circumstance with you refusing to compromise, the courage and zeal to continue the race is released. Read today's Scripture Reading passage meditatively.
- Instills caution and discipline in you. In fellowship (spiritual partnership), someone could ask you if you're keeping up with your personal bible study, prayer and fasting schedule. And if you're not, this person can encourage you to.
- Provides you opportunity for counsel and correction. The worst thing that can happen to anyone is to live above counsel and correction.
- Gives you the ample opportunity to be fed spiritually. The spirit of man thrives on both the word of God and the presence of God.
These are the things you get to miss when you're not in fellowship with the brethren. It's never too late to get connected in spiritual fellowship. The moment the firewood is put back into the fire, it catches its own fire again and very soon, it becomes hot again.
Ponder Point: If you've got no time for spiritual fellowship, you are becoming busier than God intended you to be.
Action Point: Make spiritual fellowship a priority in your life. Let your schedule revolve around your schedule with God.
Prayer Point: A fresh love for spiritual fellowship, a heart that burns with zeal and passion for service is what I ask for, in Jesus name, Amen.