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September 22, 2015, 5:15 AM

It's Not About You...


Psalm 122:1 (KJV)

"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord".

 
I often tell folks to find a good daily devotional to help jumpstart your day in the Word. I read several different devotionals regularly, however I do enjoy the devotions that Bible Gateway sends out.
 
I wanted to share this one with you as it is a reminder of the importance of gathering to worship. Yesterday during our morning worship service we sang several songs including "This is the Day" and "He has made me glad" when I read this devotional I think about for each of us, and how for some of us going to church feels like it did when we were kids, like pulling teeth (and yes, we can feel that way at times as an adult).
 
My immediate thought was, is this about me or God? Sometimes we get our feelings hurt, we get weary or feel down each of these examples are covered in God's word.. If we have a problem we fix it we don't quit because of it. If we are weary or burdened we take it to Him. God wants to walk with you each and everyday and wants to help you and wants you to fellowship and worship one with another. As the devotion mentioned there are people who are dying gathering like we do freely.
 
Pray this week for our church and that you will have the true excitement of worshipping and gathering in The House of the Lord. God has placed you where you are by Devine appointment, not by accident and He wants to bless you and your family. Just listen to Him, Follow Him, and watch what He will do in your life. When we worship, when we go to church.. It is all about Him not about us. Encourage one another and pray for those being persecuted for doing the same. 
 
May your day be full of Joy as you worship our Lord and Savior.
                                    This is Next Level Living. Are you ready to move to the next Level? 
 
Pastor 
 

PS: original devotion is below. 

Devotion Presented By: Bible Gateway

Into His House with Joy (Psalm 122:1)

  • Why is it important to go to church?
  • How would your life be different if you couldn’t go to church?

Sometimes it’s a struggle to get ourselves up and going for church. But God wants us to go into his house with joy. This doesn’t mean that we will always be excited when the alarm clock goes off. But it does mean that we need to work to prepare our hearts and minds for what God has in store for us.

God wants us to gather together with other believers. He wants us to study the Bible, to hear the Word, to sing praises together and to bless others. All of this should happen in church. If you find yourself dragging, ask God to replace your lack of enthusiasm with his joy.

Many believers in this world are being persecuted for gathering together. Some people are even being killed. That’s how important it is to gather. For those of us who have easy access to a church, it can be easy to take it for granted. But we shouldn’t.

If you find yourself bored with church, ask God what you could do to make it more exciting. If you find church a difficult place to be due to problems with fellow believers, pray that God will heal those relationships and restore your joy.

Prayer

Dear God, thank you that we can gather together in your name. Please help us to have nothing but joy in our hearts as we step into your house. Amen.

 

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