April 24, 2019
“ Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” John 20:24-25 NIV
Don’t miss the meeting! Last Sunday we had an incredible turn out and a number of lives were transformed for eternity. Thomas missed the moment Jesus first appeared to the disciples. Where was he? Statistics say that the average church attendants in America show up to Sunday services maybe 3 out of every 5 weeks. When I grew up we had church on Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Wednesday night. We didn’t miss a service unless we were out of town. Life can be so overwhelming at times. Many struggle with getting in the habit of going to church. Others wrestle with other pressing things that overshadow the opportunity for them to come every week.
Each one us so need life spoken into us. Church isn’t just to hear a message or judge the worship. It’s an opportunity for us as the body of Christ to come together manifesting the gifts and stepping into a greater encounter with the one who broke through, delivered, redeemed, healed and set us free! We are living in the last days and the prophet Joel tells us that God is going to pour out his spirit upon all flesh! Revival is coming! I don’t want you to miss the meeting!
Who wants to really say to themselves “I should have been there!” God is going to show up this Sunday, are you going to be there and encounter the glory of His presence? Or would you rather just hear about it? Listen, if we gather with little expectation of what He is going to do, then we will not be disappointed, but If we come with great expectation of His presence, if we come expecting Him to speak to us and transform us in worship, fellowship and His Word, then we are going to see mysterious and unsearchable things.
Don’t come looking for a show, instead come expecting to step in the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of all creation. Come and encounter the wounds in His hands and feet, bow down before Him and exclaim “I believe!” God has chosen the Church, we are the church and when we come together as the church we can do the impossible!
When you show up, we are encouraged, blessed and the opportunity for us to do more for His kingdom becomes a reality. The Lord bless you and give you a great week. He is Risen Indeed!