“If we see it, we can defeat it. In time the battle will be finished, and the Lord will not only prevail, but the church will enter a new phase of fellowship and power. We will have a breakthrough and our vision for 2020 will not be dimmed, but rather intensified and turbo charged.”
A few years ago my wife and children purchased some tickets for my birthday to go to a rock n roll concert of the Beach Boys. I have always been a fan of Beach Boys music. I have listened to several of their CD’s over the years when traveling on the road. When we were sitting in the auditorium and the live band began to play, it only took a few minutes to realize the atmosphere was way different in a live setting. Since that concert, I can put on their music, but I cannot recreate the sensation of the live performance of that night.
We have heard it said,” you do not have to go to church to be a Christian”. I understand the line of thinking. I respect everyone’s decision. But for the past six weeks, I have been sitting in a lazy boy recliner, with a hot cup of earl grey tea every Sunday morning watching several religious services on TV and calling that going to church. It did not take but one week, for me to realized something of critical importance was missing for me.
The Bible says Psalm 133:1 (KJV) Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! The Bible also says Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good
I have done some tasting and seeing these past six weeks. I have missed the church setting I had been so accustomed to. I have arrived at the following conclusions for me:
- I miss the dwelling together with the family of God.
- TV church is not getting the job done for me
- I miss having fellowship with the church family I have come to love over the many years of being together with.
- I miss the electricity in the atmosphere in a church setting where we worship together the presence of the Lord.
- My lazy boy recliner is not giving me the atmosphere.
- I miss the sensation as the presence of the Lord sweeps through the congregation touching the lives of people, hungry for His touch.
- There have been times in the sanctuary when the presence of the Lord sweeps across the auditorium and you are overwhelmed by an awareness that you are not alone. God has touched you. My lazy boy is not giving me that.
- I miss seeing others as they are impacted as the presence of the Lord captivates them.
- I love watching the presence of the Lord rest upon an individual, blessing them with what the really needed.
- I miss the live setting where you do not know what is going to happen next in a service, but you know it is going to be good.
- I have not sat one week in my lazy boy chair wondering what would happen next, like I do in a church setting
- I miss seeing the lost saved
- I miss seeing the sick healed
- I miss seeing the depressed, dejected, and broken set free because of the touch of the Lord during a service.
- There is something special about seeing the presence of God lift burdens off people in such a way their countenance even changes.
- I miss the worship, as worship leaders set the stage for us to enter together into the presence of the Lord.
- I miss what happens when we are in one place, in one mind, and in one accord.
Hebrews 10:25 (NKJV) 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 time, all this drama brought on by this virus is going to come to an end. I am sending out specific details to leaders and prayer warriors this coming week concerning a seven-point enemy we are going to overcome. The virus cannot be seen. But God does expose the tactics of the enemy. Once the enemy is exposed, we can see what we are really fighting.
If we see it, we can defeat it. In time the battle will be finished, and the Lord will not only prevail, but the church will enter a new phase of fellowship and power. We will have a breakthrough and our vision for 2020 will not be dimmed, but rather intensified and turbo charged.
I want you to get an idea of the big picture. God is stirring something up during this absence from one another, in the hearts of his people.
- A renewed desire.
- A renewed hunger.
- A renewed passion.
- A renewed unity
Two songs stand out to me concerning our coming back together.
I love the thrill that I feel when I get together with
God’s wonderful people
Let us go to the house of the Lord
9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
by Pastor Paul Tilley