Faithful Attendance

Faithful Attendance

“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

With so many people finding excuses these days to leave the church or to stay away from the church, it’s so refreshing to read King David’s prayer unto the LORD that he may remain faithful in the house of the LORD all the days of his life.

King David didn’t concern himself about the unfaithfulness of others to the House of the LORD. Rather, he concerned himself that he might be found faithful. In all honesty, remaining faithful to the House of the LORD should be the prayer of ALL saints alike.

Being faithful in our attendance and how we conduct ourselves towards the House of the LORD not only brings Honor and Glory to God but it also reveals our hearts and attitudes towards God. Going to church shouldn’t be a task that we try to get “around to” on our weekly “TO DO” list…Going to church should be our TOP PRIORITY list!

The Bible plainly teaches us to, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 6:33 KJV). Like many of you, it concerns me regarding the lack of attendance we are experiencing within our churches; especially among our teens, younger adults and younger families. But, like King David, I can only concern myself with my own attendance…And, like King David; I too pray that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life and be found “Faithful” in attendance.

Yes; we certainly need a revival within our nation (land) regarding the importance of church attendance and cooperate church worship. Sadly, it seems that our nation has become more interested in passing laws promoting promiscuity, adult pleasures, and sin than returning to God’s ways. (See II Chronicles 7:14).

As I recently wrote on my Facebook page, “Our nation once seemed like a canvas of Light with only patches of darkness here and there. But, today, it seems more like a canvas of darkness with only patches of Light here and there.” Oh, that our nation’s desire would be to “return” unto God by first returning unto HIS house; the blessed House of the LORD. And, I feel that the best way to do that is for each ONE of us to be found “Faithful in Attendance to our own home churches and synagogues. Like King David, let us behold the beauty of the LORD and enquire within HIS temple…Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed Author

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Help! Call 911; or 463 (God)?

Help!… Call 911 or 463 (God)?

In My Distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my GOD…(Psalm 18:6)

Emergencies; we all have them. Some “natural” emergencies are more serious than others. Some are even physically life-threatening. Others may just need a quick fix such as a Band-Aid or a stitch or two. Nevertheless, when we do encounter an emergency it requires our immediate attention. In our society, we dial 911 as our natural response to any given emergency situation.

“Spiritual” emergencies are the same way. They need our immediate attention. The problem is that many people still want to call 911 for help even in a “spiritual” crisis instead of calling 463 (God) who is the ONLY ONE who can fix or doctor any type of “spiritual” emergency.

Such was the case in the lives of Jesus’ earthly parents, Joseph and Mary. In the book of Luke, chapter 2, verses 41 through 52, we find the account of Jesus getting separated from his parents during their visit to Jerusalem. The two parents had traveled an entire day’s journey when they suddenly discovered that twelve-year-old Jesus was nowhere to be found. As any parent would do, they panicked. In this day and time an “Amber Alert” would be issued. Where was Jesus?

The key to this lesson can be found in verse 44, “But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.”

In a “natural” emergency it is absolutely correct and fully acceptable to seek out help among our kinsfolk, friends, first responders, and secular resources. But, such is not the case in a “spiritual” emergency. And, having Jesus missing from the traveling caravan was definitely a “spiritual” emergency. Anytime, Jesus is missing from our lives it is definitely a “spiritual” emergency!

The Bible teaches us that Mary and Joseph sought Jesus for “three days” among kinsfolk and acquaintances. Three whole days! Three entire days of asking the “wrong” people for the “right” answer. It was not until Mary and Joseph traveled back to Jerusalem and went “inside” of the Temple that they found Jesus being about his Father’s business. Jesus is always about his Father’s business! No need looking for Him anywhere else!

If Mary and Joseph would have called 463 (God) instead of 911 (earthly resources), they would have saved themselves three days of searching and three days of panic and fear. And, that’s exactly what you and I should do when we are faced with “spiritual” emergencies within our lives. We can seek out the help, assistance, and advice of “kinsfolk” and “acquaintances” (friends), or we can go straight to God (463) as our “first responder” and find immediate help for our problem(s), situation, spiritual crisis, or circumstances.

Like Mary and Joseph, it’s easier at times to seek Jesus out among our friends and family, but we won’t find Him. Jesus will always be with the Father. And, we can only find the Father when we find the Son; for they are One and the same (John 17). Where do we find both Father and Son? We can find them in the blessed old Book known as the Bible. We can also find them both on our knees in prayer and fasting (James 5:16). We can find them when we look for them in the “correct” places and not among the world, our friends, or even our family members.

Yes; of course, our friends and family can provide comforting and encouraging words in times of need, but they cannot COMFORT and HEAL or change our circumstances. I am sure that Mary and Joseph’s friends and family provided comforting words in their time of panic, but not even they knew for certain where Jesus was. Jesus can always be found with God…And, only God knows HIS will for our lives. And, we can only find HIS “will” for our lives when we seek God in the right places. It is then, and only then, that GOD can heal and fix our “spiritual” emergency and set us back on the right path.

So, the next time you are faced with a “natural” emergency definitely call 911 and seek help immediately. But, the next time you are faced with a “spiritual” emergency call 463 (GOD) and seek His help immediately! The time you save seeking God’s help instead of man’s help in a “spiritual” emergency may just save your life; both spiritually and physically. Our God is the FIRST RESPONDER we should seek when it comes to “spiritual” emergencies! Amen.

(*Please note, the numbers 463 spell out God on your telephones’ keypad.)

Remember, GOD LOVES YOU!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author