5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus The LORD, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily..” Colossians 2:5-9.
There is a very sad thing in the Church, under the sun, and that is the robbery done when unbelief is perpetuated through traditions of man.
For example, I have always believed in supernatural healing, that God wants to heal, and I remember moving to a place north of where I am now when I was still married, and I was astounded to find people in such a low measure of faith, not really EXPECTING God to do anything.
But I had been privileged to sit under a pastor in the beginning, who made you feel like you could do anything in Christ!
He had once prayed for a baby who died and then went home after an hour of praying with the family, when the baby was raised from the dead! It came back to life!
They had put him in another room in a crib — when suddenly he was crying! They called the family back in to see a healthy ALIVE baby! Interestingly enough, his middle name was Elijah (the Pastor).
So I was trained that GOD WANTS to answer our prayers. It says, “if any TWO or more agree as touching ANYTHING — it SHALL be done!”
Not it ‘MIGHT be done,’ but it “SHALL be done!’
But I found after I went through a dark night of the soul myself, where I almost died and had been under so much attack from witches and covens of Satanists, and of Jezebel in the Church, that my faith had weakened.
I had become tired and I needed others to lift me up, and at the time, I was not attending Church.
The Church had driven out the prophets and I was a marked sheep by the enemy. HE will devour us if we don’t work TOGETHER in unity and submit ourselves to each other.
Even if mistakes are made, it is SO important to have other Christians to pray with you, to not be alone in the pastures… a mark for every wolf that comes along.
He made us interdependent. Can the arm say to the eye, I don’t need you?
Can the heart say to the lungs, I don’t need you?
WE need each other and FAITH should be built up in sharing testimony of what The LORD is doing in each other’s lives. It strengthens us to see prayers answered!
~ Priscilla Van Sutphin
PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN is the founder of Upstream Ministries, California, online at www.upstreamca.org and blogtalkradio.com/ Upstream. Donate to Upstream: via secure Paypal by sending as gift to upstream.ca @me.com or send to: Upstream, PMB 545, 14311 Newport Blvd, Suite G, Tustin, CA 9278, USA.