Hebrews 10:23-25 – “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” NASB
Those of us who have confessed or professed Jesus as our Lord and Savior need to hear this passage in the deep recesses of our spirits! We dare not waver in our commitment to that confession or profession. The devil would bring doubt, questions, and vain discussions about the Bible’s validity, supposed errors, and interpretations, but Jesus is The Son of God! If you believe He is, remind the devil there is nothing more to discuss regarding your Confession of Faith.
We need to seek to stimulate or encourage each other in that commitment and profession or declaration of our faith. We do so through Love and Good Works. We do so by becoming a part of a local assembly where we can unite with other believers and use the strength of numbers to help us make it through both good and bad times. We are part of each other. None of us are islands to ourselves and need each other.
It is more than just getting together for fellowship and mutual sharing; it is a time when the Master Builders that God has chosen for that Body can fitly frame us into a Spiritual House through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is a time when we, as living stones, are assembled into a fully functioning army of the Lord to accomplish His purposes. Does that mean you will agree with everything that the church leadership does? I doubt it! I doubt they will agree with everything you think, do, or say. We all are still human, in case you have forgotten.
When I find people who cannot or will not submit to legitimate spiritual authority, I find people that are easy targets for the devil in deception and are easily swayed into wrong and even false doctrine. Does any local congregation have it all absolutely right? No! Is the local assembly needed, and does it serve a ministry? Yes! Do I think there is room for improvement in becoming more in harmony with the pattern of the New Testament Church? Absolutely! So how do we accomplish that? We work together, encourage each other, and refuse to allow schisms and divisions among us.
May God be with you as you go through your day in Him!