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Friday, April 07, 2017

Psalm 84:4

 
Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; They will still be praising You.
Psalm 84:4

How happy are they who dwell in the house of God and rightly so. The house of God is that place of provision where He nourishes those who belong to Him. To them, the house of God is home, a place of belonging. It is in the house of God where individuals find family and true kindred spirits dwelling in unity.

The house of God is also a place of protection from the enemy. It is a place that is fortified on every side. First, there is the protection that comes from God's word being taught, forewarning the people of God of the enemies outside. Next, there is protection that comes from the Church, bound together as one Body with Christ as its Head. Thirdly, there is the protection that comes from a spiritual wall that surrounds the people of God on every side restraining the world from opportunities to entice and distract. Finally, the house of God is safe because of the increased spiritual strength resulting from lives that are spiritually strong because they are God's servants.

Knowing that the world is filled with wolves and seemingly endless deception, it is apparent why our Lord commands us to hang together in that place He calls His Church.

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)

Pastor Lyle Phillips

 

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