"Let them [some dead churches don't let you:] shout for joy and be glad that favor God's righteous cause! Let them say continually, 'The Lord be magnified" which takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants." (Psalm 35:27) They who put their trust in God "rejoice" and "shout for joy" (Psalm 5:11), but they who trust in their denominational affiliation wander out of the way of understanding and remain in the congregation of the dead (Proverbs 21:1).
No church can save you, because no church died for you! Keep your eyes on Jesus Christ the risen Savior and Lord of all flesh and mankind.
Nevertheless God has put "spiritual houses" in the earth whereby you might grow relationally, socially (among healthy, happy and holy people) and spiritually as we together in humility draw near to God and serve one another for God's glory.
They who love God, enjoy His house as well. Yet God's mature children remember that Christ alone is their resting place and the keeper of their souls. Aligning with a denomination is often a distraction if your church affiliation puts your worship and service to Christ in the backseat or a straitjacket to conform to their dictates and agenda.
Yet a good local church will enable you to wholeheartedly connect with the Father and God's family, growing in Christ and grace to serve simultaneously.
Jesus said, "I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). We therefore must know Christ by the Spirit (Ephesians 2:18; Romans 8:9) and join ourselves with people of like precious faith, heart, mind and vision to together go forward.
Truly none of us are as strong as all of us and when we die to "I" and decrease personally, Christ can shine and flow forth through us powerfully revealing the glory of the resurrection in and through us.
Truly they who are "planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of their God" (Psalm 92:13).
David a man after God's own heart declared: "But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever." (Psalm 52:8)
Psalm 1:3 - And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.
Spiritual authority brings not just accountability, but added discernment, divine direction, revelation, insight and spiritual momentum to propel you forward in your divine purpose. Therefore the way we say Pastors and the local church must change so we can receive the blessing of having spiritual oversight and being fathered so as to bring us into the fullness of the blessing of Christ as we connect with one another - Christ's body on earth.
God loves us all unconditionally, but His blessings are conditional upon our obedience.
Holy Spirit melt our hearts and give a willingness and desire to joyfully worship, obey and serve the Lord of life so we can live in God's glory, experience His goodness and shine bright in the earth to lead others out of darkness and be living witnesses of the power of the resurrection.
Thank God for Pastors who are undoubtedly the most mature, steadfast, unshakeable and unmoveable ministers within Christ's body ...daily and weekly persevering, going forward, loving the unlovely, praying and giving selflessly and serving tirelessly.
Honor, love, pray for and bless your Pastor, but always remember Jesus is the Chief Shepherd of your soul.
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