Father has been bringing up the topic of godly community to me for a long while. Every time I hear from Him, it’s always the same words “find a community”. But because I was feeding off of pride at that time and was going through a phase of church hurt and rejection, I declined.
And the enemy kept using that wound to target me. Each time I had the idea of joining a community, I’d be so worried about getting rejected to the point that I would run away and live in isolation.
I would isolate myself from friends, community, church and pretty much everything that required being around a group of people. Because of the fear, I stuck with watching online sermons and believed it was sort of my community. But I didn’t realize that it was a lie the enemy kept using to keep me in constant isolation.
Thankfully, even though the enemy kept bringing isolation to me, Father kept trying to bring a community into my life. In fact, one time, this church community that I’m about to tell you guys about contributed $300 for me when I first lost my dad. And mind you, I only attended their church once.
In fact, the leader still kept checking up on me continuously to make sure I was doing okay. And it was such a surprise to me because I didn’t think I belonged there. Yet, Father kept putting them in my heart continuously. But still, I kept brushing it off by believing the lies the enemy kept feeding me.
But I thank Abba for allowing me to become aware of these lies and the isolation I kept living in.
On Sunday, Jennifer told me to come with her to the church. At first, I had plans of going to another church that didn’t really have the community that Father was trying to give me. But right before service, I sensed it in my heart that Holy Spirit was using her to speak to me about becoming a part of her community.
So in obedience, I followed her to church and declined to attend the other church I initially planned on visiting. And in all honesty, I’m so glad I did.
After service, I got to talk with most of the church attendees and everyone was so loving and welcoming to me. No joke, I felt like the atmosphere itself was telling me that I belonged there.
It was so nice to see how Abba was working behind the scenes to bring me into this wonderful community.
By the way, the community is called First Love Church.. and the people there are honestly amazing. Plus, it’s filled with college students and graduates which makes it the perfect place to build friendships.
I even got invited to attend a barbecue with the members that Sunday and it was truly amazing. I didn’t even prepare to swim, but there happened to be a pool near the barbecue area, and I was given a shirt to join the fun.
I’m so blessed because this community really makes me feel welcomed and appreciated. It removes a lot of the pain I felt from previous church hurt. Also, since a lot of us are growing in faith, it’s the best place to pull wisdom and learn from others as well.
Word of Wisdom: Godly community is important
If you’re currently in isolation due to rejection or you feel the need to seclude yourself from a godly community because of your walk with Christ, I advise that you reconsider your choices. Seclusion and Isolation are oftentimes a strategy the enemy uses to kill, steal and destroy. When he takes you away from a body, it’s much easier for him to bring confusion, depression and death. Since you won’t have members to be accountable to. Don’t give in to his nasty schemes!
Find a local community to join and know that Abba wants you to be part of a body.
The disciples all remained in fellowship with one another and stayed in a community. So don’t think you can stand strong on your own without the help of others. Even Jesus needed His twelve.
The book of Ecclesiastes speaks about the power in community. “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12″
Do know that being part of a godly community helps you stand strong on the long run. Abba has deposited a gift in each and every single one of us and it would be a waste if you don’t use the gift He has given you to help others in the body.
Till next time,