July 9th

"And they devoted themselves to the apostle's teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles." ACTS 2: 42-43

We see that after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we see the formation of the Pentecostal Church.  The Church is not just about religion and rules, but about Relationship!  We need relationship with the Lord and we need relationship with people!  The Church should be about rules but about relationship.  James Dobson has said many times:  "Rules without relationship will always lead to rebellion." 

We see the balance between rules and relationship in Acts 2: 42-43

The Christians that were in the upper room devoted themselves to Teaching!  We must devote ourselves to the Word of God!  We must be in the Word of God and committed to daily being in the Word.  What we focus on will be what comes out of our lives!

The Christians devoted themselves to fellowship (relationship).  We need one another in the church today.  We need other Christians to encourage, support, pray for us, and even correct us when we need it.  We need friends and some of my best friends in the world have come from the church.  We cannot be lone rangers, but we need fellowship and relationship with other believers.

The Christians broke bread together.  That means that they did life together.  How many have realized that sometimes our closest friends are the the family of God.  People that do life with us.  That is the importance of Bridge Groups and small groups that help us in our every day life. 

The Christians committed themselves to pray for one another.  When you have real relationship with other believers they are there to pray for you when you are down and out.  Prayer is better when you have relationship with people.

What was the result of the Holy Spirit in the Church?  "And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles."  When the church is about relationship with God and with one another, then God will move by His Spirit!

Lord, help us to focus on relationship more than rules and religion.  Lord help us to have a better relationship with You and others in the family of God! (edited) 

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