Do you plan to attend church tomorrow? If not, why not?
Tomorrow is the Sunday following the the one designated on the calendar as Easter. You know, those of us who regularly attend church to worship the risen Savior do so in celebration of the resurrection each week and not just on one Sunday. For us, it's Easter every week when we gather to acknowledge the God-man who died to pay the penalty we owe for our sin and give thanks for His resurrection.
You really should go to church tomorrow and the next week, too.
Some might say, "I'll stay home and worship privately." Okay, I won't argue with you about your sincerity. But I must warn you that it's hunting season and you're fair game.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV)
I've watched enough nature programs to know that the ploy of the hunting lion is to separate one member of the flock from the others. It usually chooses one of the weak as its victim. Get the picture?
Is it any wonder that support groups follow the Biblical leading found in the Book of Hebrews? They know that those recovering from any form of trial or addictive behavior don't stand a chance of successful acceptance of critical circumstances or will receive healing if they try to make it alone. As my friend said in her comment in my last post, there are many times that she has felt so alone. That's exactly when we're the most vulnerable to Satan's attacks. There's relative safety in numbers.
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Heb 10:24-25 (KJV)
But we're not meant to be alone. We're meant to be part of a herd. We'll stop being "prey" without ceasing if we'll get together and "pray without ceasing" (I Thessalonians 5:17) as the Bible exhorts us to do.
We're all being hunted. Some of us just don't want to admit it so we wander off and try to make it on our own. Take a friendly word of advice and get back into the safety of the flock.