Tuesday, May 3, 2016

MAY 3 "YOU HAVE NO RELATIONSHIPS!"

     Whether this is a cleverly crafted strategy of the Enemy of our souls or not, is irrelevant, though....I wonder! Regardless, the outcome (easy prey and defeat) is more of what we need to focus on.  "There was no one to rescue them because they lived a long way from Sidon and had no relationship with anyone else."  There are numerous Christians sitting in numerous churches all over the world that are in this situation right now and it's just a matter of time before they are taken out. They have no relationship with anyone else and they too will have no one to rescue them when they need help.  One of the greatest joys, outside of Jesus himself, that we received when we became Christians was the Fellowship of the Brethren.  In the book of Acts we read,  42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals, and to prayer.
     How did we get here? How did we get to a place where we have no relationships with anyone? How did we get to a place where fellowship, sharing meals is no longer part of our Christian lives?  Could it be we are being cleverly and cautiously set up, by the Enemy, for a big fall?  And when we fall, who will be there to pick us up, who will be there for us when we are struggling, who will be there for us when we are faced with the disaster that could be up the road? The answer is....NOBODY.  Nobody will be there to defend us.  This group of people living in Laish had succumb to this mindset, "don't need nobody, we will be fine by ourselves, I won't bother nobody and nobody will bother me".
     What happened to entertaining people in our homes? What happened to desiring fellowship, forming close relationships and linking hearts with our brothers and sisters in Christ?  What happened to taking interest in one another, sitting down by a good meal and sharing stories, testimonies and getting to know each other?  What happened.......?
     Whether we are being craftily set up by the enemy of our soul or this is just part of becoming an older saint, the end result will be the same. We will have nobody to help us in our time of need; which will only solidify our reasoning for leaving the church (these people don't care).  I believe many have allowed the enemy to rip them off of one of the greatest blessing of being a Christian, the enemy has  convinced some that it is a waste of time, effort & money because nobody reciprocates; so therefore why should I?!  That is a bad mindset. It is the same as saying, "why should I forgive them, they haven't forgiven...why should I love them, they don't love me".  The question to ask is, "are we better off for having cast off fellow-shipping and sharing of meals together? Has this brought more joy and satisfaction to us in our Christianity, or less?! Entertaining in our homes is a ministry in itself and we do not determine whether or not we will be faithful in a ministry on how much we are appreciated or how much people reciprocate.  I believe there is a call for Christians to go back and re-visit what kept them and gave them the most joy as an early Christian, and they will find, that other than Christ, one of the greatest blessings was Fellow-shipping in each others homes, entertaining and sharing meals together. Remember.... "There was no one to rescue them because they lived a long way from Sidon and had no relationship with anyone else."