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Satan hates enabled, grace-filled, fully-functioning bodies. He is working to bring disablement to the body of Christ as well. The second diabolical plan he uses is to isolate us from the household of faith.
Yes, a person can be a Christian and live divided from the body of Christ, but when doing so they are cooperating with this diabolical plan to isolate them from the household of faith.
Weekly gatherings with the body of Christ were encouraged throughout scripture and modeled throughout 2000 years of history.
Hebrews 10:23 – Let us hold fast the confession of Our Hope without wavering he who promised is faithful and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds not forsaking our own assembling together as is the habit of some but encouraging one another all the more as you see the day Drawing Near.
Acts 2:42 – And they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and the fellowship to the breaking of bread and the prayer.
There is scripture after scripture describing the household of faith relationship that God has called us to and what he calls the family, the body, the bride of Christ.
Satan would love to keep us from gathering together; gathering with God’s team, gathering with God’s family. I encourage you to recognize the inspiration to isolate from the body of Christ is not from the Holy Spirit. The inspiration and the intention is to disable the whole church, and to disable you as a part of the church. Satan knows that the manifold wisdom of the grace and the authority of God is manifested through the corporate church. See Ephesians 3:10.
Resist him, don’t cooperate with him, and press in to know the rich fellowship of the Saints!
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