RETURN OF DRIFTING SAINTS: Blessed Assembly, Jesus’ Design

The theme for this week’s Devotional is Return of Drifting Saints. Prior to Covid the American Church saw a drop in attendance. Post Covid and the pandemic has kept a sizeable number of saints away from church. Our Devotional team shares testimonies and encouragement from God’s Word to stir up the return of love and good works.
SCRIPTURE: “And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24, 25 (CSB)
Who hasn’t heard the example of fireplace embers which have, for one reason or another, gotten separated from the other logs on the hearth? Their glow is short-lived because of their distance from other logs with which it once shared a common function—i.e., “edification” of the fire, you could call it. For Christ-followers this “fire,” which requires DAILY stoking—not just on Sundays—can be likened to an earnest pursuit of Christlikeness in our thoughts and attitudes, by regularly studying and obeying His word, and purposing to grow in our love toward one another. (2 Peter 3:18; Jn. 14:34) We can all too easily grow cold and lose our fervor for Christ and those in our local fellowship when we put church attendance on the back burner of life.

By now we’ve all heard the arguments (and jokes, too) about worshiping at “Bedside Baptist,” or about the soul that habitually forsakes assembling with other Christ-followers, expressing their preference for worshiping in God’s “nature sanctuary,”[the great outdoors], or by simply being a “good person,” etc.; but these reasons for avoiding in-house assembly are not at all supported in God’s Word. While we know that the church building itself is not the actual church, but that it is defined as the body of believers who have been saved by grace through faith in Christ ALONE, the words of twentieth century theologian Dwight L. Moody state it well:
“Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.”

PRAYER: Father God, thank You for ordaining the church as an essential pathway for our regular discipling in this sinful world through regular fellowship with like-minded believers—“iron sharpening iron,” helping one another to grow up to the full stature of Christ Jesus. May we not neglect this blessed privilege. Thank You, Lord, for loving us so fervently! AMEN!
Written By Denise Diggs


Deborah Whye - November 13th, 2023 at 4:20am

Amen sister Denise!! An encouraging and convicting devotional!!🙏

McNeal and Debora Brockington - November 13th, 2023 at 7:36am

Amen🙏🏽 So beautifully stated Sis. Denise. Since COVID's softening,we have come to appreciate being in the Lord's presence with other saints. It is such a blessing to gather together in the name of Jesus.

Cheryl Torain - November 13th, 2023 at 8:41am

Blessings for an encouraging reminder of God's desire for HIS church!

Novella D Carpenter - November 13th, 2023 at 12:57pm

AMEN!!! Sister Diggs, this is a well stated message to us who remain steadfast in Christ's Word. We can't grow and produce a field of corn, unless each stalk grows up next to one another, and is nourished by the same soil. If there is a substantial distance between each seed, then the produce develops stunted, undeveloped or produce nothing at all. Thanks for this inspiring devotional.

Wendy - November 13th, 2023 at 5:41pm

Amen Sister Denise! Praise God very compelling Devotional..

Denise Whye - November 13th, 2023 at 8:34pm

Amen 🙌🏽

Paula. S. - November 15th, 2023 at 8:34am

Oh the fellowship, spiritual gifts, ministries , ‘one another mindsets that are not operating to its fullest. Lord please move on the hearts of Your people who are called by Your name. Thanks for this encouragement.






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