VOW: Don’t make the Devil happy

Verse of the Week:

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Acts 2:42 NKJV

Luke recounts how the disciples—the believers in Yeshua/Jesus—got together regularly to study the teaching of the apostles which they had learned from Yeshua, fellowship with each other, dine together, and pray together. They were steadfast in this practice. In other words, they did not let things stop them from doing this.

The disciples continued loyally, faithfully, devotedly, unchangingly, uncompromisingly in fellowship with each other and with the Father through prayer.

Remember, Yeshua said that when two or three are gathered in His name, He is in our midst—He is there with us. This is why it is so important that we make time to get together with fellow believers, corporately in a group such as church or bible study or just with a friend or two for lunch or dinner to break bread together and fellowship.

This quote from Corrie Ten Boom shows what happens when we neglect this practice. The adversary is glad when we neglect the things and people of God. Let’s not do something that makes the enemy happy.

“When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles, When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devils shouts for joy.”

~ Corrie Ten Boom

When we get together with fellow believers, we can strengthen and encourage each other. We were not meant to be alone. The Father wants relationship and fellowship with us, and He wants us to be in fellowship with others.

We need the habit or routine or discipline to fellowship with our family—our brothers and sisters in Messiah—on a regular basis. And daily with the Father.

Live it out this week

This past year has been hard on everyone and everything. Restrictions are being lifted, but if assembling in person is not possible for any reason, try Zoom get togethers with small groups or just one or two friends. Make a point to not isolate yourself. Remember, greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world, or whatever is out there. Also, be sure to find time and ways to fellowship with other believers. Be steadfast in your walk with the Lord.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to be quick to turn to You in prayer, slow to complain and steadfast to keep my eyes on You and in fellowshipping with others. In Yeshua’s name. Amen.


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