United As One

This morning the Lord reminded me of a verse that I want to share with you. Psalm 92:12-13 Amplified says, “The (uncompromisingly) righteous shall flourish like a palm tree (be long-lived), stately, upright, useful, and fruitful); they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon (majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible). Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.”

Are you planted in a church body? It is the Lord’s design for our spiritual growth. I love the words: flourish, thriving, verdant. They are the opposite of dry, stagnant, declining. 1 Corinthians 12:18 says, “But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.”

Every member is essential for the whole. Verse 22 says, “No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.” Verse 27 says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.”

Colossians 2:19 says, “Not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.” We need each other. As a predator likes to single out a weak animal and pull them out of the herd, so the enemy of our soul seeks to isolate believers to prey upon their lives. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

You knew I’d go to this verse. It’s a great reminder for all of us. Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” United. Strengthened. Fortified. Growing. Fruitful. Flourishing. Verdant. Thriving.

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