Satan wants to harm the local church, divide the church, sidetrack and derail the local church, because the church is the threat against his kingdom.
We have to ask, what is the tangible manifestation of the Kingdom of God ?
The Kingdom is more than just a set of guiding principles.
The Kingdom is not just an ethereal vapor of spiritual power.
Just as the Kingdom of darkness is manifested in the disobedience and lawlessness of it’s subjects, the Kingdom of light is manifested in the Body of Christ…the righteous, obedient upon the Earth.
That’s where the Church of the Lord Jesus comes in to play
The Kingdom of God (dominion/ influence of the King in Pierce County)is best represented by the sum total of the churches in Pierce County.
There are 800,000 people in Pierce County
There are at roughly 80,000 who attend church each week, though up to 30 % claim to have a religious affiliation. (City-data.com)
There are roughly 600 churches in Pierce County, making the average congregation size to be 133 people
Your county or region might have different numbers, but the churches are still the tangible hope against Darkness in your region.
The Church is a unified, strategic collection of people who make one body to combat evil in a community and or region.
The Church is a collective group of people who work together in a local community to bring the light of the gospel.
The church is the local expression of the many membered, many celled, Body of Christ.
This is why Strong churches are so important…
We need churches across that are alive in their faith
We need worshipping churches
We need spirit filled churches
We need Bible preaching churches
We need praying churches
We need friendly Churches
We need unified Churches
As it goes with your church, so it goes with the Kingdom. If there are strong local churches in a region, then the darkness will be pushed back.
The Church is not something passé…something traditional to be discarded, something powerless or foolish.
Fact is all the more, even as the earth gets more reformed and restored we are to gather to gather as His body.
Hebrews 10:23 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.
When you attend your local church, you don’t just drive to a building or gathering in vain, you are joining yourself in unity to the many faceted expressions of Jesus, unified in His faith to be the full expression of Him in a geographical region.
We, together, carry the blessing of healing, and transformation, and the saving mission within our region.
This is why we are called to a local church and this is why we don’t pick our own church.
I Corinthians 12: 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.
This is why God’s call upon us for where He wants us supersedes every other call or desire.
Your call, as a lay member to a local church, is just as important as the pastors and the other members of the body.
So, the kingdom of God is made up of strong local bodies (churches), but churches are only as strong as the individual Christians in that body.
I want you to see this progression:
Healthy Christian (cell or part or piece of the body)
Strong Church (whole body in a region) – (Complete army piece)
The Kingdom is meant to grow, meant to take over – or bring effective influence, but only as the Church grows, and no local church can grow unless the Christians are healthy and growing.
Don’t let yourself be talked out of involvement in and with a local church. The Kingdom of God and it’s effectiveness against darkness is depending on your partnership with a church.
If you’ve been pulled out of church fellowship and communion realize that this was Satan’s plan, not God’s. You might have “valid” reasons, but underneath there is an element of spiritual influence because Satan hates the local church. If we aren’t careful we can let things pull us out of the church wherein we are called…offenses, disappointments, distractions, busy-ness, prosperity, worries, pleasures, etc.
Guard your heart and keep in the Local church. Make the place where you are planted a powerful impacting kingdom center.