“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.”
Hebrews 10:25 KJV
“I believe in God, but don’t believe in organized religion.” “I don’t have to go to church to love God.” “God is everywhere, you don’t have to go to church to find Him.” All of these concepts are wrong. If you have read this far and you don’t go to church, I am sure in your head you are already generating reasons or excuses on why you believe I am wrong. But before you build your defense, walk with me, open your mind and listen carefully.
The first thing I am going to do is give you a natural analogy. If you are in an intimate relationship with anyone, is it sufficient for your partner to just say “I love you” but not show it? Is it okay for your partner to do whatever they want, cheat, lie or maybe it’s not that severe and they just refuse to listen to you. Let’s say your partner doesn’t listen to you and continues to do things that bother you, frustrate you, hurt you, make you upset and refuses to change but they “say” they love you. Is that okay?
If you answered yes to any of the above circumstances, you have some some self reflecting to do. Love is not an emotion. I don’t care what anyone says. Love is action. I bite my tongue when you irritate me so I won’t hurt your feelings is an action of love. I listen to you when you express your feelings is an action of love. I change how I respond or deal with you after you have asked me to prevent from harming you is an action of love. I don’t do anything that disrespects you, causes you harm or degrades you is an action of love. If you love someone, you show it in your actions.
So saying you love God is not and will NEVER be enough. If you don’t believe me, go check out 1 Corinthians 13 in it’s entirety. When you love someone it shows in your action. That goes for ALL relationships where love is the foundation from relationships with your partner, relationships with your children, and even relationships with your parents.
Second thing I am going to bring to your attention is apostasy. If you have never heard of that word, let me enlighten you. Apostasy is
the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief. The only way to truly defeat the enemy is to be aware of his devices. You can’t get tricked if you know the tricks. The less you “assemble” yourself in the house of God, the less you hear God’s word (faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God 2 Cor. 5:17) and the less you are around others with like minds, what do you think will happen with your relationship with God!? At some point your relationship with God will fade. Believe me I know, it happened to me. Then at some point you will be saying, I’m spiritual but I don’t believe in God. You cannot sit home, not being taught God’s word and think you are building or strengthening your relationship with Him. The power (God’s spirit) comes from His word so if you don’t read it, hear it, study it and get taught it, how are you gonna gain any power from God to get through this life and defeat the enemy?
And yes it makes a difference if you go INTO the church building. Again, before you generate the defense in your mind, let’s start with another natural analogy. How much did parents love their kids learning on zoom or virtual learning this past year!? It was okay for a few, but I can’t tell you how many parents I spoke to who said, “my child CAN’T do this zoom thing. They need to be in the building face to face to learn.” Just like it makes a difference when students come into a school building to learn, there’s power when people “assemble” or come together in God’s house to learn of Him.
The more I learn about God, the more I understand his characteristics, the more I get to know Him and what he expects, the more I get to apply them to my life. The more I know all of this the more I am able to resist the enemy and even break my own bad habits. So stop making excuses on why you can’t come to church. “I don’t like church people, they are bad as regular folk who don’t come to church.” Sometimes that’s absolutely true, however that same concept doesn’t cause you to quit your job because you need money to pay your bills. Therefore don’t let them stop you from coming to church either because you not only have a life to live but one to answer to God for.
Stop making excuses. Stop putting it off. We only have one life and it’s a short one. We don’t know when God is going to allow us to take our last breath. Therefore, get back in line. It’s time.
Happy Sunday my loves ❤️
Tiffany (Tough Talk with Tiffany)