If you looked in on us last week, you probably have a good idea what we’re about this week.
Yup. The countdown to our meeting continues and the excitement is still building. All week, I have been thinking about last week’s post and how it touched to the heart of that unfulfilled feeling that life without God brings and I hope you have been thinking about it too.
If so, here is your chance (or calling) to change course. After all, just because you have walked one way forever, doesn’t mean you have to continue down that path. God can change everything for you.
So there’s that, but maybe you have been with us for a while. Is this post just for visitors? I’m glad you asked and I’m not going to make you wait for an answer . . . no. This post is actually about you and me and what we can do to make this meeting everything God wants it to be.
In thinking about this, I can’t help but think about the book of Acts. I mean, Acts is the clearest picture we have of the way the early church was built and how it is to behave.
So what am I saying? In preparation for any meeting there is work to be done. Some may volunteer their time to clean or make repairs. Some are busy practicing new songs. Others spend hours scheduling the various teams that will make to meeting pleasant. Each minister devotes himself to studying and seeks those things that God wants him to share. Everyone has part to play if they want one.
Sounds like a lot, huh? It is, but if we stop our preparations there, we will have good meeting, but God won’t be able to have free reign.
So what’s left?
I guess Acts 4:32 makes my point pretty well. It says, “And when the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul . . . they had all things common”. Verse 33 goes on to say, “And with great power gave the apostles witness . . . and great grace was upon them all.”
So my point is that if we want God to bless us in the way He really wants,and only He can, we have to prepare ourselves to receive. We must bind together with a mindset that seeks his will above all else and binds his church together as one. When we accomplish that kind of unity, the church will be restored. God’s power will settle on His people, and He will be seen in way that hasn’t been seen since the early church faded away.
Now you may be saying, “How can I prepare myself for the meeting?”
Last weekend Elder LaFleur referenced our need to develop the Holy Ghost in us. Prior to that, he and Brother Nobles talked about activating the Holy Ghost in us. Doing so on an individual level will lead the church to the place we are talking about today.
Building ourselves individually, will build the church as a whole.
Elder LaFleur has always stressed a few keys to strengthen our spiritual side. He talks about reading the Bible, praying, and meditating.
That it’s? Read the Bible, pray, and meditate? Too easy, you say?
Not really, because when you start building yourself up spiritually, life will try to drag you down. Start reading the Bible and the phone will ring. Start praying and your mind will wander. Settle in to meditate and, well, you might fall asleep. Yup, just keeping it real. Don’t believe me, just try it. Go ahead prove me wrong.
Easy? Not really, but it’s not hard either and the payoff is real!
Now back to our upcoming meeting. Yes, it’s going to be great. We all know God’s in it and the Church is going to move forward because of it, but we don’t know how good it can be if we just put forth a little more effort to prepare ourselves to receive what God has for us.
Do you need something from God? More peace? Help forgiving yourself? Want to really feel God’s love? Want to be able to truly demonstrate God’s love?
In Acts we see that when the church was in one accord, the ministry went forth with boldness, and God work prospered. Our meeting starts on March 16th. The building is prepared, the band has rehearsed, the schedules are written.
Will You Be Ready?
– B. Bobby Wadleigh
13 thoughts on “PREPARATIONS UNDER WAY”
I am ready to do my part, show up, and be prayed up, ready to help.
Thanks Bro. Bobby for these encouraging words. I feel excitement every day as we get closer to our meeting. I know God has great things to give us that will help us to move forward, individually and collectively.
“Building ourselves individually, will build the church as a whole.”
I am thrilled to be here, grateful for the opportunity to do both. Thank you to the Elder and Sister Jean, the Ministry, and my brothers and sisters for leading the way. I am expecting something great!
You are right my brother! Thank you for your encouragement and inspiration. I am even more excited about our meeting. I know God will be there! It is the most important “happening” on this beautiful blue planet this week. I get to be a part!!!!!
I am so excited about being a part of God’s people and what he’s doing in the earth today! Excited about how he’s showing me to be a better brother (to the brethren), father, husband, and what we are striving for!
Excited to see what God is going to do for His people! I’m expecting God to do something great for me in this meeting! Ready to serve His people!
We’re in the final countdown and the excitement is palpable! Thank you for the encouragement not to lose sight of the most important preparation of all… that of our hearts and minds.
Really excited about this Fellowship Meeting. I know this is going to be the greatest Meeting yet. I THANK GOD for being able to be a part of what God’s doing and for what’s coming to grow and move forward in Christ. Amen.
I’m very excited to hear and see what God has prepared for us this weekend. I’m so thankful to be a part of this great family.
We’re looking forward to a great meeting! Praying for safe arrival of all our saints from out of town. I wouldn’t miss this one!!
I am so thankful to be in a church where his truth is preached and where the Spirit of God moves on his people. The past weeks services have been great and I know this convention starting tomorrow night will be awesome.
Powerful words that I put into action by taking a couple of days off from my busy worklife to focus myself on God and His word in my life~ Looking forward to tonight’s service.
The meeting was phenomenal!!