“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers”
Acts 2:42 KJV

One of the most important things a sound local church will do for you is prepare you for tough days.

While it’s true that the believer has received a new life, it’s equally important to note that this new life doesn’t mean you are excluded from the reality of challenging times.

There are steps you can take to ensure that you stay encouraged every day, on good days and bad days.

Chief among them is continuous fellowship with the brethren. Fellowship is God’s design for your spiritual growth.

As the body of Christ, we fellowship with one another in the study of the word and prayer. We help each other grow in knowledge of the word.

The fact that we are regarded as the body of Christ already gives us the idea that we are not meant to be alone. A body has many parts, and these parts support each other.

Eph 4:16 KJV says: “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

If you will stay encouraged, you must find a local assembly where the word of God is properly taught and stay committed. That way, you have people who can pray with you, teach you, watch out for you and provoke you unto good works.

A Christian without godly fellowship is like a fish out of water.

Rom 15:1-2 KJV says: “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.”

That is the way to stay revived. When we are weak, there are those who can strengthen us. If we are strong, there are people we can strengthen.

By sharpening others, you yourself are strengthened. Fellowship with the brethren is a mechanism put in place for your constant revival. Don’t neglect it!

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 12:35-48, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, Psalms 149, 2 Chronicles 30-33