Topic: The believer’s Authority; the fire of Fellowship
Date: Saturday, 1st May 2021
Text: “But if we keep living in the pure light that surrounds him, we share unbroken fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, continually cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
Welcome to the month of May, this month’s favor will be your everyday experience, you shall possess the gates of your enemies. God is on your side; henceforth, you are in charge. Today, we shall wrap up our series on what we need to do to keep engaging the believer’s authority. Summarily, we have examined, eating the infallible word, fireful prayers, alignment, fasting, service and fatherhood. Today, we shall be looking at the issue of fellowship.
There is a furnace we set up when we come together with our individual fire. The church is like a shrine for the believer, it’s a place of rekindling our faith.
Men who make an impact on earth don’t face the world without first consulting and contacting grace. God did not ask the disciples even though all authority was already given to them to return home for the Holy Spirit visitation, no! He asked them to tarry together. Matt 28:18-20, Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4. Heat is generated when we worship together, we invoke power!
God is committed when we come together in fellowship. See how the message communicated Matt 18:20 “And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” God does not delegate it, He said He is there. So to see God is to join the brethren in fellowship.
Sunday tonic Christians can’t go far, the disciples met daily, no wonder the church was not just another parish but a movement that gave rulers sleepless nights. Attend mid-week services, don’t only make a date with destiny on Sundays. When there are special meetings in the church, find it as another privilege to contact grace. A last enduring fire is that one that keeps rekindling. The fire dies if nothing is fueling it up. Psalm 84:7 NLT says They will continue to grow stronger, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.
Lack of attending fellowship or dwindling joy when you attend services is not just a sign that a believer might not be functioning effectively but its a sign of clear backsliding. A famous preacher once said “show me a professing Christian who seldom attends Church, and I’ll show you a backslider who needs to get their heart right before God.”
Joy is a solid attribute in God’s presence. The psalmist said “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord” Psalm 122:1 – King David got a full grasp of the efficacy of staying put in fellowship, no wonder he revealed vital secrets why a believer must constantly attend church.
1. To behold God’s face(worship) and to seek direction (safety) Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.
2. Fortifications: Psalm 27:5 says “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”
3. Quality time: Psalm 84:10 says “A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked”
The Bible admonishes us in Heb 10:25; 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.
Stay committed to the body of Christ, don’t run off at every slight provocation, this only demonstrates spiritual immaturity. Believers in authority stay committed to the body of Christ regardless of the circumstances. You don’t pull down the kingdom and expect to reign. A man with a crown and without a kingdom is only wearing a cap. Similarly, no believer exhibits authority without a base in the body. Today, make a resolution like the Psalmist and say “I am glad when they say unto me; let us go to the house of the Lord”.