(The Church Is The Pillar And Ground of Truth)
TO THE BIBLE: 1 Timothy 3:15
“…I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”
“Hey Michael, it’s been quite some time. You’ve not been to church or care group meetings this month. What’s up?” Steve quizzed his friend on the phone.
“Well Steve, I really can’t make it to every meeting; I’m busy most of the time, but I’ll try to attend when I’ve got the time,” Michael responded guiltily.
When it comes to being regular at church, many people make excuses like Michael’s because they don’t realise how important it really is to their spiritual growth and development. Some would even stop going to church altogether, just because they’re offended at an usher or something the pastor said.
Truth is, there’s really no excuse good enough to justify skipping church. Fellowshipping with other Christians is too important (remember what we shared on Wednesday, April 6 about staying in the family). Your being in church makes it possible for the Holy Spirit to bring knowledge, understanding, and sound judgment to your life.
David said, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now Your word do I keep [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it]” (Psalm 119:67 AMPC).
For many Christians, before they were afflicted in their health and other areas of their lives, they went astray from the church. Thankfully, David learnt his lesson and made corrections. The Holy Spirit is the Lord of the Church; in Him, you’re protected from affliction.
Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). If you don’t go to church, how are you going to learn the truth of God’s Word?
Once you understand this, you’ll be ready to clear your schedule just to be at your church meetings. The church is the ground and pillar of truth; never forget it!
Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:25
Dear Father, my spirit is open to receiving instruction and wisdom each time I come under the influence and ministry of the Word in church. Thank you for teaching me the importance of going to church and being in the environment of faith, where I’m trained to be more effective in the work of the Kingdom, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Luke 17:1-19, 1 Samuel 3-7
Mark 3:8-19, Leviticus 18
Are you ready for this week’s Church service? It’s time to prepare yourself and invite others as well for the upcoming meeting.
Rev. Chris Oyakhilome D.Sc., D.D, the President of LoveWorld Inc. , a dynamic, multifaceted, global ministry, is the author of Rhapsody of Realities, the world’s #1 daily devotional, and more than 30 other books. He’s a dedicated minister of God’s Word whose message has brought the reality of the divine life to the hearts of many.
Millions have been affected by his television broadcast, “Atmosphere For Miracles,” which brings God’s divine presence right into people’s homes. The scope of his television ministry extends throughout the world with LoveWorld satellite television networks delivering qualitative Christian programming to a global audience.
At the world-renowned Healing School, he manifests the healing works of Jesus Christ and has helped many receive healing through the operation of the gifts of the Spirit.
Pastor Chris has a passion to reach the peoples of the world with God’s presence—a divine commission he’s fulfilled for more than 30 years through various outreaches, crusades, as well as several other platforms that have helped millions experience a victorious and purposeful life in God’s Word.