Today’s Verse

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.

Matthew 18:20

Thursday, October 20

We should spend time with God every day, but there is something special about meeting God with other believers. This is what Jesus spoke of in today’s verse. We need to meet with God BOTH privately and publicly. 

God’s power through His church is greater than the sum of His power in our lives individually. There is great power when I meet with God. There is great power when you experience God. However, the greatest power is when you and I experience God’s presence together!

We know we ought to experience the presence and power of God in church but many times, we do not. Quite honestly, many times I do not. My mind is on my message, the attendance, offering, visitors, etc…

How can we consistently experience God in our church? Let’s examine six steps we can follow that will ensure we experience God’s presence when we come to church.

Step #1 – I must prepare my heart

In Acts 3 there is a remarkable scene in which the apostles, Peter and John were in the temple in Jerusalem, when a beggar, lame in both legs, asked “alms” from them. Peter said to him, “Look on us.” The beggar thought he would receive a gift, but Peter said in verse 6, “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 

Peter’s heart was prepared and available to be shared with this beggar.


Weekly Memory Verse

And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:27

"There is no joy in the world like the joy of bringing one soul to Christ."
- William Barclay

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