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Stop going to church.
You never thought you’d hear that from us, did you?
Here’s the reason why.
When you just show up every week at a church service, you’re shortchanging yourself, and you’re keeping yourself stuck right where you are in life. Which, if you’re merely a church attendee, is probably the same place you were this time last year.
But if you want to see the kind of change Kenneth Copeland talked about in the word of the Lord for 2020, which is the Year of New Visions, Manifest Power and Great Change, you’re going to have to start by being the change. You can’t live the same way year after year and expect a different outcome.
You can bring great change to your life this year if you stop just going to church and start PLANTING YOURSELF in the house of God. When you do, you’ll see firsthand how great change in your life starts at church.
Here are 3 reasons why…
1. Your Church Will Help You Financially
If you attend church once in a while and throw a couple bucks in the plate now and then, you’re not planted in the house of God.
What does it mean to be planted?
It means you don’t hop from one church to another. You’re committed. It’s your church. You faithfully attend services, you tithe regularly, you serve and you give. You’re involved and invested in its success. And you want to be an active part of the family of God.
Why is it important to be planted?
Some people like to think they’re checking a box by attending church, but Psalm 92:13 says, “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God” (NKJV, emphasis added). Flourish in what? Flourish in everything—including financially.
When you’re planted in a church, here is how it will bring great change to you financially:
- A good church will teach you about the biblical principles of handling money.
- Being planted in a church gives you the wonderful opportunity to tithe, which is a supernatural setup for financial success. (Find out what your tither’s rights are HERE.)
- When you sow into a church or ministry, you WILL reap a harvest. (Galatians 6:7)
Watch Jason and Lacy Kennedy share their testimony of tithing to their local church and the breakthrough they experienced in their business.
You can expect to flourish financially when you have a church where you are intentional about being planted. But if you don’t allow yourself the opportunity to thrive, you’ll be like a wildflower that’s pulled from the ground. It stays looking beautiful for a while as if nothing happened. But it isn’t long before it begins to wilt and wither from a lack of roots planted in good soil.
You can see great change in your finances this year, and it all starts at church!
2. Your Church Will Help Your Relationships
Finances aren’t the only area where you can expect to flourish when you’re planted in the house of God. Weekly church attendance has been proven to keep marriages happy and healthy, prevent depression in young people, and foster strong friendships. More than that, being involved in your church is an open door of opportunity for divine connections.
That’s why God instructs us not to give up meeting together (Hebrews 10:25). God is looking to do a mighty work in your life, and quite often, He will use another believer to encourage you, bless you and invest in you.
But if you aren’t there, how will you receive these things?
God didn’t create us to live separately from one another or isolate ourselves. In fact, He warns against it in Proverbs 18:1, which says, “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment” (NKJV).
If you think popping in and out of church and neglecting to develop relationships with your brothers and sisters in Christ is “good enough,” you’re missing it. Sometimes it’s a lack of commitment to the things of God. Still, others avoid forging great friendships within the church walls because of past experiences.
Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “Church hurts are the worst hurts.” A lot of people get burned by someone in church, then pull back in suspicion and fear of others. But while there will always be that guy or gal, you cannot allow yourself to uproot from the church.
Great change comes to those who are intentional about being planted in the house of God for these very important reasons:
- Because God said so. (Hebrews 10:25)
- Because iron sharpens iron. (Proverbs 27:17)
- To bear each other’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2)
- To find (and be) a Titus 2 mentor.
Many of us have experienced hurt in the church, but it cannot become an excuse to refuse to be planted in the house of God. Too many blessings await those who will take ownership of their church and become active family members.
Kenneth Copeland says, “I believe in the local church. It is the most important thing on earth. That’s where God’s families are.”
You need the church, and the church needs you! And great change in your life will be a welcome result.
Learn more about the power of the corporate anointing that happens when you are at church HERE.
3. Your Church Will Help You Spiritually
Church attendance is great, and you may feel like you’ve checked the box. But what are you missing out on spiritually by not being fully planted in the house?
Something SUPERNATURAL happens when a believer honors God’s Word and commits to being part of His Church, rather than just continuing as a spectator. Answers to your pressing questions will come more quickly, supernatural interventions will occur more frequently, impartations will flow more freely.
Being planted is being obedient, and obedience is a prerequisite for promotion. Great change is just waiting to happen in your life—and it all starts at church.
(Use our Checklist for Choosing the Right Church HERE.)
You can expect to see promotion and great change in your life when you:
- Attend church weekly.
- Tithe and give regularly.
- Serve in your church.
When you seek God first (in spending time with Him and obeying His Word) in everything you do, you can be confident that you will receive the desires of your heart (Matthew 6:33; Psalm 37:4).
The Power of Being Planted
Wherever you’ve been this past year, you can see a great change by making this simple adjustment in your life: Become rooted and planted in your church. When you lay down spiritual roots with God, you will begin walking in His perfect will, not just His permissive will. He will create all kinds of divine connections, and the doors of favor will open up for you to walk through.
Watch Gloria Copeland and Billye Brim teach you why the glory of God is found in the Church!
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