God’s biggest objective throughout Scripture is to dwell with us. (Leviticus 26:11-12)
The Power of Detail
The power of dwelling is in its .
- Genesis 3:8
- Genesis 18:33
A dwelling place is the same as the proverbial “prayer closet” (Matthew 6:6)
A prayer closet does not have to be a literal closet.
Your prayer closet is where you go to dwell with God.
Your prayer closet is the time and place at which you and the Lord mutually designate to meet.
We must be about spending time with God and not assume that it happens just because we’re doing things for God.
Christian is often the reason we don’t spend time with the Lord.
The Power of Gathering
God likes when we spend time with Him and each other at the same time.
When we gather to worship and fellowship, we are answering Jesus’ prayer.
We need to answer Jesus prayer request before we start making our own.
Oneness is our .
The real purpose for church gathering: We gather to minister to God and minister to people. In the process, we benefit.
Many people already know how to be devoted; they just aren’t devoted to God.
I Corinthians 9:24-27
What Is Happening When We Are Ministering to the Lord?
The irony of serving God is that there’s nothing we can do for Him.
God meets with us so He can minister to .
What ministers to God is when we acknowledge the obvious: we can do nothing without Him.
Don’t neglect God to serve God.
When we neglect God, we actually neglect ourselves.
The absence of God’s presence in our lives is a gradual spiritual suffocation.
God hurts for us just as we would if we saw our children gasping for air.
The gift we give the Lord is a heart that is open to from Him in His presence.
The teaching ministry of Jesus continues today through the Holy Spirit (John 16:12-13)
The Holy Spirit communicates through pastors to feed us the words of Jesus.
How we with God affects what pastors teach.
The teachings of Jesus are vital our rest and renewal, especially in times of crisis.
© Joshua D. Smith, Ph.D., 2021