“Encourage one another daily … so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13, NIV
When you watch wildlife programs and you notice how the lioness does. She stalks and waits for an animal to stray from the pack. That is when she chases the lone one and kills it. That’s what the enemy does. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (I Peter 5:8)
A church family will help keep you from backsliding. None of us are immune to temptation. Given the right situation, you and I are capable of any sin. God knows this, so he has assigned us as individuals the responsibility of keeping each other on track. The Bible says, “Encourage one another daily … so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:13, NIV).
We are called and commanded to be involved in each other’s lives. If you know someone who is wavering spiritually right now, it is your responsibility to go after that person and bring him or her back into the fellowship. James tells us, “If you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back” (James 5:19, MSG).
A related benefit of a local church is that it also provides the spiritual protection of godly leaders. God gives the shepherd leader the responsibility to guard, protect, defend, and care for the spiritual welfare of his flock. We are told, “Their work is to watch over your souls, and they know they are accountable to God” (Heb. 13:17, NLT). Satan loves detached believers, unplugged from the life of the Body, isolated from God’s family, and unaccountable to spiritual leaders — because he knows they are defenseless and powerless against his tactics.
SAY THIS PRAYER
Father, I receive grace to genuinely care for my brother my sister in Christ in Jesus name!
The enemy will not find you straying and attack you in Jesus name.
After I came back from America, I went to different churches and prophets but I did not get what I was looking for. During a Tuesday service, Pastor Larry called me out and gave me a prophecy about my daughter in America losing her job. According to the word of the man of God, she was sacked few days later. I went back to him and he prayed again. To the glory of God, my daughter is back to her job as a doctor. Praise God!
– Chief Mrs. Okere [Mbaise]
(You are next in line for a testimony!)
[*Use the “30 days of Total Victory” prayer book to pray – Day 22. http://www.praise-tv.org/category/join-the-prayers/]