There are three things every Christian needs:
The presence of God
“they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine [teaching]...”
house of my pilgrimage = wherever I live
“…they continued steadfastly in… fellowship, in the breaking of bread...”
Having put their faith in Christ, these new converts didn’t follow Christ by themself.
They surrounded themself with like minded people and grew together!
They fellowshiped together, and did so in the context of shared meals.
In others, they did not only have brief conversations, they built meaningful relationships.
We need people
(Last person to see you is you!)
We need the right people
The Presence of God
“…they continued steadfastly… in prayers”
“Pants” is literally “longs for” (NKJV note) or “brays” (KJV note) i.e. the harsh cry of a donky or mule.
Translated “cry out” in Joel 1:20.
Why does the deer long for the water?
The deer is fond of feeding near the waters.
When hunted he will go into the river, stay submerged as long as his breath permits, then swim downstream in the middle so as not to touch the branches of trees on either side.
In so doing, he prevents the hounds from finding his scent.
Sometimes he will stay in the water submerged with only his nose out.
In other words, he finds protection in the water.
Likewise, the presence of God keeps us safe, protected from the what the devil wants to do.
The deer longs for water also for refreshment.
In the midst of life’s difficulties, we too need to be refreshed, and what better to referesh us than the presence of God!
“I have been anointed with fresh oil”
(Psalm 92:10 NKJV)
Once the Spirit has been poured out on us, we have acccess to continual refereshing from the presence of God, which we can access every time we pray.
Not only does God’s presence protect and refresh us, it also strengthens us...
From where did Jesus get the strength to go through with the cross?
It was from knowing that the Father was with Him.
But on the cross, Jesus cried out:
On the cross, Jesus received the bad we deserve, so that we can received the opposite good.
Jesus was made sin, so we could be made righteous.
Jesus was punished so we could be forgiven.
Jesus was bruised, so we could be healed.
And Jesus was forsaken, so that we could always have God’s presence with us.
Allow yourself to experience His presence and strength, by spending time with Him in prayer each day!
Every Christian needs:
The word of God for spiritual life, meditation, comfort, encouragement, worship, wisdom, guidance, and peace
Fellowship with like-minded godly people
The presence of God which protects, refreshes and strengthens us