I recall a time in the early 80's of attending a conference with my husband in Palm Desert, California. They had some fun events for the wives of the men who attended. At one such event they had a give away of three designer hand bags. Everyone in attendance put their name in a container, to be drawn out for winning. My favorite was a beautiful brown leather bag. I purposely asked God for that purse. He in turn instructed me on how to fold the paper with my name on it before I put it in the bucket. And yes, my name was drawn for that bag! Needless to say, I was ecstatic and left Praising God! Some would say I was in the right place at the right time.
Being in the right place insures the blessings of the Lord. Eccl. 9:11 (NLT) "I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn't always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn't always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don't always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time." However, when this scripture was written, they had not yet received the Holy Spirit. I believe that we can be in the right place by being led by the Holy Spirit. John 16:13 "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come."
Being in the right church is very important. Some people think church is optional. It is Not! The local church is where we connect to God along with believers of the same spirit. It's the place where we feed our faith! "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." Rom. 10:17 One can't feed their faith at their job, at the lake, at the movies or the mall. You might say, well I watch church on television. Exactly - you WATCH. I would even say, you don't pray when they pray, praise when they praise or fellowship with those believers. You just Watch. There's no connection with God in watching! There's something to be experienced when you enter the church, where the anointing is present. When the song service begins and your heart stirs with passion to worship the Almighty God. When the Pastor steps up to the podium and begins to speak the Word of the Lord, your spirit comes alive. And the Holy Spirit begins to enlighten, through the Word of God spoken, instruction, correction and admonishment! (2 Tim. 3:16) That's where our faith begins to get stronger and we're challenged to live right.
Oh I would even venture to say, probably the reason most people don't want to go to church is because they get challenged to live right! Well, you do if you're in the right church! If you're not being provoked to live a righteous life, or adjust your lifestyle to conform to God's will, you're in the wrong place! After the service we should be being transformed - never leaving the same way we came in. 2 Cor. 3:18 (NLT) "So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord, who is the Spirit, makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image."
God puts things in our Spiritual leader, our Pastor, for our life! It's to bring us into maturity! And if we don't go, we won't get them. Every service we miss is where God wanted to impart something great into our life. It's like that beautiful brown leather bag. If I wouldn't have shown up, I would have missed it and someone else would have gained the gift God intended for me! Don't miss another church service - He has a gift for you! Be in the right place at the right time!
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."