Hebrews 10 : 25 says, “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.”
Paul was admonishing the saints in Hebrews not to forsake their gatherings and I began to wonder why. Yes, I can have my own personal quiet time with the Lord, I can have my prayer programs personally. But once I come across this scripture, something strikes within me. And I began to ponder over the bible passage prayerfully. And the Lord led me to this…the reasons we must not forsake fellowships with other brethren.
1:- We are gathering unto God and not unto man. Psalm 50 : 5 says “Gather my saints together unto ME; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.” Again, in Deuteronomy 31 : 12-13, (Gather the people together, men, and women…that they may hear…) This is the Lord requesting our gathering.
Mathew 18: 20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
2: It shows that we are bound to God by covenant of sacrifice. We are covenated to God as living sacrifices. Forsaken everything that is dear to us just to be in his presence. Psalm 50 : 5b “…those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.” and Romans 12 : 1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” A living being, a living sacrifice not one slain on an alter.
3: When the saints gather, there’s always a divine visitation (Acts 2:1-4)
4: Our sins are washed away by the word of God and by the blood of Jesus Christ through our fellowship with God and other brethren. “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” (John 15:3)
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
5:- The faith of the weary and those that are about to give up is boosted. Proverbs 27 : 17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” Lots of believers are almost about to give up. But when they hear the testimonies of other brethren, they are lifted up in the spirit. I have heard people say that they wished the fellowship never ended cause when they leave the presence of God, they remember that they have bills they have not paid, they remember other issues bothering them. But when they hear how God dealt with the issues in the lives of other brethren, they believe that they are the next to testify.
6:- Every stubborn mountain is brought down. Every problem or trouble that an individual couldn’t tackle alone in the alter of prayer and fasting is dealt with permanently by the unction of corporate prayers. The scriptures say in Deuteronomy 32 : 30, that one shall chase a thousand and two shall chase ten thousand for the Lord had given the enemies up into our hands. You see that the margin of exploits in the group prayers is greater than just an individual praying. One, a thousand but two, ten thousand. But when the saints gather, we are more than two, calculate your exploits.
7: Assurance of answered prayers. Mathew 18 : 18 – 20 says, “…Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as TOUCHING ANY THING that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven…”
The major benefit of corporate prayers is that when we pray concerning a particular issue, the doubt of few can never override the faith of the majority to cause the prayers not to be answered. To help the unbelief of some members, a man of God always tells his members that his faith is greater than their doubts. So, they should expect their testimonies.
Jesus said to the man, do you believe that I can heal your son? He said yes but added…”Lord help my unbelief” (Mark 9 : 24)
8: You encounter fresh dew; fresh zeal; fresh fire to proclaim the kingdom of God (Acts 4:13-31)
In all these, there’s one striking connection in all the passages we read. Unity, one accord, they always did whatever they wanted to do in singleness of heart.
Psalm 133 : 1-3 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
So, whenever you gather, align your heart with the brethren for quicker testimonies. Never enter into his presence with a divided heart.
God bless you.
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