I just recently sent to the Library of Congress in Washington DC to writing, called, “The Church” that I penned. When I wrote the momentous writing, I was thinking of “the church” not a specific name of a church or religion to be attached to this writing. It is simply written about, “the church.”
If you freely open the front door to “the church” you will find it’s a sacred gathering place, where God is forever present. Anyone is “welcome,” all ages. God specifically designed the church to help us fulfill the five purposes he has for our life, and for us to meet our deepest needs. These are: 1. Worship 2. Fellowship 3. Discipleship 4. Ministry 5. Evangelization.
This is our purpose to live for, people to live with, principles to live by, a profession to live out and the power to live on. If we can do this, our Christian faith will live on as we embrace and celebrate the values that have been instilled within each and every one of us in a Christian way of life.
In today’s world, it’s pretty easy to recognize that the Christian’s life is not easy. God’s enemies oppose his work, and will in us. For a Christian it’s a real challenge of survival, at times. No matter who you are or what you are doing, we all sway, at times. We need to fix our thoughts on what is true and admirable. Think of things that are worthy of praise.
If we choose to think about things that fit God’s guidelines, our mind will reflect honorable things. His word is the protection we need to obtain survival in the world around us. However, all the spiritual training in the world won’t do any good unless we’re prepared to use it.
Our world will crumble at our feet if we choose to stand for nothing. That is why we all need spiritual stabilizers and a suit of armor to defend our Christian beliefs. They remind me of tree roots the pulling downward, the roots long and embedded in all directions, and anchoring with abundance, of never wanting to be removed from its place of existence.
The first stabilizer is, “identity.” We discovered that neither our culture nor religious background was sufficient. Our personal relationship with Jesus gave us our “identity.”
Our second spiritual stabilizer is, “trusting the Lord.” Our belief should not be in something, but in someone. “I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.”
The third spiritual stabilizer is, our “involvement,” whom we serve. Serving the lord will bring purpose into anyone’s life.
What are we to do when a storm hits? What stabilizes our life? With our spiritual stabilizers at work, nothing can move us. Our spiritual stabilizers are: I am his!, I believe him!, I serve him!
Nothing can move us, for our anchor in Jesus Christ stabilizes our lives. Then, we have armor that protects us from our foes, the belt of truth. The one thing the devil cannot stand is the breast-plate which protects the body. And shoes, which permit easier travel and keep us from stumbling.
Our faith, serves as a shield, warding off Satan’s accusations. The helmet protects the head from fatal attacks. The sword, which is the word of God, the Bible, and it is used both defensively and offensively. Above all else is . . . prayer.
Thus equipped, the Christian stands not in his own strength, but in God’s. We are encouraged to trust and rely on these weapons when the Spirit seems weak or challenged. With them alone, Christ toppled our mortal enemy at the cross. How well we are individually anchored and armored will determine our strength and our defense.
We are, “the church” under one nation, under one God. Every “church” has a “Welcome” mat. Come as you are, one and all, and God will do the rest.
When the world around you is crumbling, God is the rock on which you stand. Make the church your home that you and your family come and visit often.