Who do you spend time with?
It's important because we become like the people we hang around with! Someone once said, "If you hang round with a dog long enough, you end up getting fleas!"
It is important for our spiritual lives and growth that we spend time with other Christian people, who are born again, Bible believing, faith talking, sons and daughters of the Living God.
Learn to fellowship upwards, not down.
We should spend time with people we can learn from, not those who are always taking from us. In other words, spend time with those who are older and more mature spiritually in the faith so you can glean from them.
Spending time with the 'old crowd' we used to run with before getting saved, will continually cause you to be challenged in your faith by criticism and temptations.
Get to as many Church meetings as you can - because good things happen as you are taught The Word of God. The presence of God can be very real in the meetings as God confirms His Word with signs and wonders following the preaching of His Word, and as the people believe it.
In the early days you will be excited about what has happened to you and if you do not keep in fellowship, you will be like a coal taken out of the fire; that soon loses its heat and effectiveness. However, if that coal is put back into the middle of the fire where it belongs, it will soon burn brightly again and be effective and producing again.
As we fellowship with other Christians, we begin to notice we do not enjoy the company of the 'old crowd' any more, as they are not born again and have different interests. We end up in conflict with them, if we continue to ‘run’ with them.
The whole idea of Church is fellowship. It is a group of people coming together as a family in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Jesus gave us an example to follow in Luke 4:16 "When He came to the village of Nazareth. His boyhood home, He went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures."
Fellowship is not just 'receiving' from The Church and the Ministry, but it is participation, as we get involved to enhance the lives of others.
Amos 3:3 "How can two walk together except they agree?"
Find people of like mind and vision who are going the same way you; who are saying the same things and fellowship with them.
It is vitally important for us to have fellowship with such people and God's Word suggests we tend to it.
Hebrews 10:25 "Let us not neglect our church duties and meetings as some people do, but encourage and warn each other especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near."
SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection continues Thursday September 6, 2018 from 7.30 - 9.00pm. Please pray about these monthly meetings, they will continue on the FIRST Thursday of each month through 2018. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! There will be BRIGHT SINGING and also I will bring a word about successful living. There will be opportunity for prayer for needs and testimonies to praise God.