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IN PLACE OF SOUND DOCTRINE
GOD HAS FOR YOU
Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he is faithful that promised. Consider one another to provoke unto love and good works. Do not give up meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and even more, as ye see the day approaching.
(Hebrews 10: 22-25)
When someone turns away from God and not congregate, weakens, loses strength, faith begins to fail and begin to gain strength as some concerns: the need for money, prosperity, success, future, education, politics The company and others that are mundane issues!.
Then that person can believe that God has abandoned him, who does not listen or that sentences do not "pass the roof" and in severe cases, there is no God, that God went, who does not love him, that allowed " unfairly "pass this or that.
At these times, when the enemy knows you are vulnerable, fragile and weak, and then attack, in all areas of life without mercy, without mercy: the relationship with God, family, finances, faith, force, and when he has more chances to win, to bring down, to doubt, using lies and deceptions that seem true, using friends and relatives and even to the family shifting to other ways, disappointing in God and his son, our savior, Jesus.
These attacks are perhaps not physically, no one is coming to hit or to attack directly, the fight is subtle, camouflaged and the battlefield is the mind.
You may think you do not need to go to a Church that the pastor or his congregation, you do not like or do not arrive, you do devotions at home, you read the word and pray daily that you see on tv a "Christian channel" but that's not enough.
Gather the people, men, women and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, to hear and learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe all the words of this law;
and children, who have not known it, and learn to fear the Lord your God every day that live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
1 - To hear: it was customary in biblical times the people you meet somewhere, in this case the tabernacle, to hear what God wanted to tell through some priest or prophet, or to have read the book law when it was already in town. Furthermore, God put teachers in the church (1 Corinthians 12:28), so that they teach the people assembled to hear the brethren lessons.
2 - and learning, the young people had an education of the elderly, students of teachers, the children of parents had to learn what God had done for his people, the wonders and greatness of him who created the heavens and the land.
3 - and fear the Lord, here is the beginning of wisdom, all the people should be aware of the power of the Lord, everyone must understand that there is no other way of salvation other than Jesus Christ.
3 - and observe all the words of this law, this commission is that the longer it would take to people, so often had to congregate, should be careful to obey the Word of God.
4 - To see their power and glory, worship and dive into the River of God in worship.
"Send therefore now, and congrégame all Israel at Mount Caramel, and four hundred fifty prophets of Baal and four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table." (1 Kings 18:19). The story is well known, the prophet Elijah challenged 850 prophets of false gods (four hundred and four hundred and fifty of Baal Asherah), the following verses seem to suggest that the four hundred prophets of Asherah managed to escape the fighting. The truth is that the god Baal was ridiculed, and their prophets as well and all Israel could see the power and the glory of the Lord of hosts.
In Exodus 40:34 - we see as "... A cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled. And when the cloud was taken up the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: But if the cloud were not taken up, not moving until the day she was taken up. For the cloud of Jehovah Day was upon the tabernacle, and the fire was on it by night, in full view of the whole house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. "
5 - To publish the Name of God: "For Zion published in the name of the Lord and his praise in Jerusalem when the peoples and kingdoms gather in one to serve the Lord." (Psalms 102:21, 22), as we see it is important to gather to publish (advertise) the people the name of the Lord (his word), we note that says we are gathered to serve the Lord, the text suggests that we can serve better if we have the habit of joining (congregations) for assistance.
6 - To serve God: "When the peoples and kingdoms gather in one to serve the Lord." (Psalms 102:22), the psalmist speaks of the future, but it is obvious that it best serves God when believers come together to organize the service, as did the Levites to minister in the tabernacle and the temple built Solomon.
7 - to cry to God: "Proclaim a fast, call an assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord." (Joel 1:14), the prophet speaks God's Word to the elders of Israel and the inhabitants of the earth (verso. 1), in difficult times for every nation in the days of the prophet (read verses 1 to 13) . There was hunger in all regions, farmers were confused, the vine was dry, the fig tree died, there was great scarcity and the people suffered hardships. What is the answer to this situation, which gives the prophet Joel: "Proclaim a fast, call an assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord."
We need to understand, therefore, the need to meet together, Jesus said: "Again I say, if two of you agree on earth concerning anything you ask, it will be done by my Father who is in heavens. " (Matthew 18:19), again I say, it seems that the teacher is emphasizing an education that previously had which you want to be very clear in his disciples. And then the Master concluded: "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18:20.
The Lord wants us to join (congregations) so that together we cry out to Him
8 - To ask for spiritual strength, "and released, went to their own ... When they had prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly." Acts 4:23-31.
Why should congregarte?
-Because it is direct command of God - congregate. Hebrews 10:25, 2 Timothy 2:22.
-For God commanded identity with Christ and God's family. Matthew 10:32, 1 Timothy 6:12.
-Because obedience to God in other areas depends on the fact obey congregate. Hebrews 3:13, Galatians 6:2, 1 Peter 4:10, 2 Timothy 4:2, Galatians 5:13.
-Gather each week because it was the custom of the New Testament church. Luke 4:16, Acts 20:7.
-Because our testimony is for new Christians and unbelievers. Matthew 5:16.
We meet together, loyalty, love and obedience to the word of God, if indeed we are of Christ, we can not rally. The Church is the place where all together, united in harmony (Psalm 133), we are confident that we are not alone, that we are part of a body - the Body of Christ - and that is where He anoints us with His Holy Spirit and strengthens us spiritually, to withstand the attacks of the enemy gives us discernment and wisdom, and when two or more are gathered in His name, He Himself is with us and we can feel and have the manifestation of his presence is where we worship freely, The Father seeks true - worshipers - in spirit and in truth (John 4) and our praise of God touch the heart, opens the gates of its courtyards, open the windows of heaven for blessings upon his people, his love and His Holy Spirit and, finally is in the congregation where we can also be witnesses, when listening to each other about the testimonies of healing, restoration, love, blessing that God has done in our lives.
Congregate and invite your brothers who have left to do and see as Christ is strengthened in you and everything begins to settle into your life, to strengthen you spiritually and to live from one victory in Christ.
God has chosen for you pastors according to his heart. Allows live in harmony to bring blessing to your life and the lives of others, do not let any problems you away from the Lord, are you basing your life on the rock or sand? Congregate in the place of sound doctrine that He chooses for you.
If at this moment you are not congregating in any place and want to come to the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart to love, worship, doing the Lord of your life or if you've understood through God must be born again, repent and obey his word and want to come to a place to be nurtured and grow in God's purpose can recommend somewhere. If you are in Bogota Colombia, join us and worship God together. Write to email@example.com.
WHO EVER THAT IS GOD guide us and have built NOS IN YOUR TRUTH AND IN YOUR LOVE.
God bless you,
Jenny and Hugo G.
(Note:This translation was done by software. The Original Spanish version is here)