In life we need each other, I say this from the bottom of my heart.The word of God teaches us a lot about unity, love, forgiveness and relationships. It’s like God knew that we needed each other in order to live this abundant life. We are able to pull each other up, keep each other’s sanity, encourage and pray for each other, help build each other’s faith and continually provoke our trust level in God. The reason why we need each other is perfectly depicted in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT). “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”
So how can we help each other succeed in this life’s journey;
Equipping through experience
In this season, God is taking us into a place of relationship, where we are able as a church to pursue each other differently. We are more open to share our experience demonstrating the redemptive love of God, this way we are able to pray and teach each other directly. Growing up in church I never had this level of relationship with church members. We are now building a bond a unity in mind body and spirit that benefits the kingdom. We want to see each other live in soul prosperity. In that way we fully walk in the commandment of God to love one another as God loved us. We are placed in each other’s lives to stir up purpose, hunger for the word of God, to call those things to order that are lacking, to be that support and shoulder to cry on; our brothers keeper. If you haven’t found your circle yet, ask God to place you in the right groups where equipping can take place, growth takes places in these groups.
Equipping through pursuit
In my life experience there were some church people as we would say that give up on me because my life was not aligned. I can remember being pregnant and they would not talk to me; that was one of the most hurtful things I ever had to endure, rejection my trigger. I always thank God for those that didn’t, the ones that pursued me while I was in a fallen state, the ones that showed me the heart of God, the ones that encourage and did not condemn. These were the people that God has placed in my life to bring me back to him. As a child of God I now use my experience to help others pursue God and live a life of holiness; a set apart vessel ready and prepared to used by God. The best way to show that you have not given up on someone is to live as an example for them to follow, let them see and know that you see the Christ in them beyond the current fruit that they are bearing.
Equipping to preserve
Second Corinthians 11:3 (NLT) says; “But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.” The why in equipping each other, what are we seeking to preserve. The purity that is in Christ, our purity in Christ, the very nature of God that is formed in us. The dictionary explains purity as freedom from immorality or contamination. In our relationship with each other as we build each other our main goal should be to defend our pure and undivided devotion to Christ. How do we do this by encouraging each other to develop and pursue a relationship with God one that can not be corrupted by any wind of doctrine and cunning craftiness of the devil.
In a resent bible study our pastor said something that we should all apply. His words were; when we come together for fellowship it should not only be about the hype. We should take time to actually speak to each other build that relationship. How is your prayer life, how is your personal bible study going? We are here to equip teach other and we can’t by just asking how are you, and our response be I am ok. Let’s do it differently as distinguished people of the most high.
We have work to do, let’s walk together in this journey.