Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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That is so good about God recognizing another sincerely humble soul. There is peace in that. He knows us and He loves us! I have been trying to take in what you said the other Sunday morning about how we are not in church anymore. Wow.
I am not in church at Pastor John's house.
I do not go to church.
We do not get up and get dressed in our nice clothes to go to church.
MY, MY, MY! I keep saying those things over and over again.
We are just going to meet with our family to praise God. It's our FAMILY, not our CHURCH. We are free from church religion. We are free from sitting in pews, or chairs, and smiling at each other. We are free to speak our hearts and to love the holy Spirit on our bodies. We are free to give someone a hug at any time the Lord leads us. I have not fully taken that into my heart. There is so much pride in saying, "I belong to the so-and-so church." Or even by saying, "I am in the church. I am a church member."
Jesus must be trying to help us not be a proud people by allowing us to see that we don't have any part in the church. But I still sometimes sit in my chair when my spirit wants to be praying on my knees or standing or hugging someone. I know others sometimes do the same thing.
But I believe that if we can really take it in that we are not in church, then God can use us much more effectively. What liberty there is in not going to church! I love my family.