Hebrews 10:16-25 “16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21And having an high priest over the house of God;
22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Isn't it the 3rd Commandment (out of the famous Ten)? It seems that people today don't even want to talk about the Commandments that I memorized as a little girl.
The devil tells people they don't have to keep that command (because we're no longer under the law).....
But what about spiritual fellowship? What about belonging to a spiritual family, as in the family of God?
What about going to a church to receive healing from wounds received daily in the world?
What about hearing God's Word preached? What about learning more about the bible and what the Lord is telling us through His Word?
What about sharing your God given talents with others? Even if it's secretly wiping off the sink counter tops in the restrooms, picking up trash on the floor, or putting another roll of toilet paper on the roller in the restrooms. Those talents are not limited to musicians. We could teach someone else how to sew or type or use a computer, in our spare time. What about singing in the choir, or teaching, or even just giving someone a hug and asking how they are? Some people don't like for us to ask about their children or spouse, because of problems they may be going through, but what about asking how the person is, that you’re speaking to? Someone told me to focus on the person, not the problem.
What about going to church just to sacrifice your time to the Lord and thank Him for all He's blessed you with?
2 Samuel 22:50 “Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.”
1 Chronicles 16:8 “Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.”
1 Chronicles 16:35 “And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.”
Consider our church building, the four walls, to be like a hospital, and we are all nurses and doctors who administer band-aids and ace bandages and crutches and walkers and wheel chairs to those who need them. Then, as we each are healed each Sunday, we can be there for others when they walk in.
Do you ever remember a time when you were faithfully attending a church and then, due to changes in your life, you quit going? What brought you back?
Did you ever go back when you were barely able to crawl through the door? I have.
Exodus 15:2 “The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.”
What about going to church to sing praises to our Lord? Even if you go just for that reason, why not go?
Exodus 32:18 “And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.”
Don't believe the lie that you don't need to go, because you can praise God by yourself in your living room or in your pasture. If you’re unable, that’s different, God knows our hearts. But some people let the devil rob them of blessings they could receive in church by their mere presence, hearing the Word, singing praises, and absorbing the love and fellowship that is in the Body of Christ, "us”, the believers.
God does bless us for giving Him our time. But you shouldn't expect anything. Give without expecting. Give because you love the Lord, don't go expecting a miracle, go just to love Him and receive His Word into your heart. Don't go expecting some dynamic sermon or healing, just go as a humble servant of our Lord, like a fly on the wall or a snail crawling on the ground. Even a snail leaves a trail, and someone else may follow it. God knows our hearts. Who knows? We may even be able to give someone a smile or encouraging word that they really needed.
Exodus 20:8 - [Lev 19:3, 30; 26:2; Exodus 31:13-17] "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”