When I read in this Blog a few weeks ago that we had the option of finding a new worship experience, if our current circumstances were less than ideal, the thought never crossed my mind that I would need to do that. I have been a member of my church for decades, led numerous bible studies, baptized scores of men, preached on occasion, and have virtually no friends outside of the church.
I earn a good income with my wife of many years, and together, our tithe is almost half of the church's budget. No one would dream of saying anything to us that might cause us to think of leaving. Nor would I have ever done so, in light of the church's finances.
Last week, I spoke to a friend who encouraged me to build my own church, one whose foundation is in Christ, whose tithes are used for the purpose that God intended, whose members know that they all are headed to eternity, whose fabric is of woven cloth, and whose founding principle is the Word of God. I thought long and hard about his comments, spoke to my wife, and decided that it was time to do what God has been calling us to do.
I don't yet know how I will feel the day after I have implemented our decision. I do know, however, that if I speak to God's indwelling Holy Spirit on a moment-by-moment basis, there is nothing that can stop us from accomplishing even the seemingly impossible agenda. The Lord God Almighty and the Lord God Messiah, Jesus Of Nazareth, know the travails of this earth. They know that the devil will seek to stop us, if we believe his lies, and if we allow ourselves to become intimidated by the devil's threats.
I make this promise to Almighty God: "We will never ever stop praising God and believing his promises. We will never ever believe any lie the devil tells us. From now until the end of this eternity, the Lord God Messiah, Jesus Of Nazareth, shall be our only savior. Eternal life shall be our only hope, the messages from God that are in the Scriptures shall be our only solace, and enmity with Satan shall be our abiding principle." The Lord God Almighty is a God of reason. The Lord God Almighty is El Shaddai.
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