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Going To Church Ready To Receive Vs. Going Out Of Habit.


When you walk through the church doors each Sunday, what brings you there? Is it the comforting tick of a long-standing habit or the stirring in your soul, hungry for a divine encounter? As followers of Christ, we're invited to sit in pews and engage with the heart of God and one another. Let's unwrap this with wisdom from the Bible, encouragement for our hearts, and real-life application for our Spiritual journey.


A Call to Engage: Hebrews 10:24-25

Hebrews 10:24-25 implores us to provoke—to stir up—one another to love and good works. This isn't just an invitation; it's a divine strategy for a community where we're not passive attendees but active participants.


But let's be honest—it's easy to slide into the routine, right? Perhaps we've all been there, attending service after service, without the spark that used to light our way to the sanctuary. However, consider this: What if we each arrived with a specific prayer, or an encouraging word for someone, expecting God to use us in another’s life?


In the vibrant tapestry of Pentecostal tradition, there's this beautiful belief that every meeting is an appointment with the Holy Spirit. When we come ready to receive, not out of obligation, we align ourselves to the heartbeat of Heaven, opening the channel for unforeseen blessings and sweet fellowship.


Mirror of The Word: James 1:22-25

James doesn't mince words when he says to be doers, not just hearers, of the Word. When we attend church, are we there to check off the 'listened to sermon' box, or are we preparing to act on what we hear?


Picture a mirror, one that reflects not just faces but hearts. This is the Word of God. When it shows us who we are, we are confronted with a choice: walk away unchanged or adjust our lives to reflect Christ more clearly. It’s about allowing the Sunday message to resonate within us, transforming Tuesday’s decisions and Thursday’s conversations.


Pentecostalism deeply emphasizes the living Word—a belief that Scripture is active today, unlocking chains and breathing life into dry bones. So, when we go to church positioned to apply God's Word, we're not leaving it behind with the closing hymn; we're carrying it with us, an ember glowing brightly in our daily walk.


Enter with Praise: Psalm 100:4

The psalmist presents a beautiful picture of entrance into the house of God—with thanksgiving and praise. This isn't about putting on a happy face; it's about shifting our perspective to God’s faithfulness, regardless of our circumstances.


How different would our worship experience be if we approached it with an anthem of praise already on our lips? Imagine the collective strength as each person's note of gratitude joins together in harmony, creating a symphony of worship that welcomes the presence of God.


Within Pentecostal gatherings, praise and worship are not the prelude to the sermon; they're the keys that unlock Heaven's doors. It's not about the habit of attendance; it's the habit of heart. Going to church ready to receive means entering with hands raised, not in performance, but in surrender to the One who deserves every note we sing and every tear we shed.


Let Our Hearts Be The Fertile Ground

Let’s choose, family, to see the church not as a spiritual slot on our weekly schedule but as fertile ground for growth, transformation, and divine encounter. Let’s go with hearts plowed by expectancy, ready to receive the seed of the Word, which promises to bear much fruit. It’s the difference between the hollow echo of a habit and the harmonic melody of heavenly purpose.


As we wrap up, take a moment to ponder—what will you bring to God's house next Sunday? A habit or a heart ready for His transformative touch? I pray that we'll all lean into the latter, and together, we'll witness His glory in fresh and exciting ways. So go forth, family, with thanksgiving and praise in your hearts, knowing that God's presence is waiting for you.


Let's make every Sunday a celebration of His goodness and faithfulness!


Amen.

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