Invisible Benefits

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You’ve probably heard this story, but I need it to set up my point today. So, sit back and listen like it’s your first time!

A young man fell on hard times once he decided to try life on his own. He found himself low on funds, so he called home and humbly asked his Mom for help. Mom, a seasoned Christian, goes by his apartment one day and delivers a Bible to her son. The son, who had initially been very excited to learn she was coming to visit, soon felt his smile of anticipation change into a feeling of disappointment.

The mother told her son to read the Bible daily, beginning with Proverbs as it was written by the wisest and richest man to ever live. She said she just knew God would help him. As you could imagine, the son disagreed at the top of his voice and told mom that what he needed was money, not religion! The mother quietly and reverently repeated to her son, I love you, God loves you, read the Proverbs. She kissed him on the head and retuned home.

The boy threw the Bible on the countertop and mumbled a few expletives. A few days went by, and the mother called to ask what he thought about the first few chapters in Proverbs. The boy said he hasn’t had time to read the Bible yet. Then he followed with, “Mom, I am about to be evicted if I cannot pay my rent. Can you loan me the rent?” His mom stood her ground and reminded her son to read, and God would help. This scenario went on for a month. Finally, in total despair the son picked up the Bible and flipped to Proverbs 1, and this is what it said: 

1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,  to help them understand the insights of the wise.
3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.

When the son finished reading verse 4, an envelope with a note and $1,000 fell out of the Bible. The note from Mom said, “Son, I love you. I’m so glad you allowed God to supply all your need. It’s amazing the correlation between obedience and blessing! – Mom.”

Just as the mom in this illustration had hidden a blessing behind obedience, God has done the same for you when He asks you to forsake not the assembling of yourselves (Hebrews 10:24-25) and to keep the Sabbath Day holy (Exodus 20:8). He knows there are hidden benefits for us when we attend a good church every week. When we worship and sing songs that remind us of our commitment to God, our covenant, the promises of God are implanted into our spirit. There are so many distractions that we allow in our lives every day, all day, that God knew for us to maintain a strong walk of faith, we need the fellowship of other believers, so we aren’t discouraged and backslide or quit all together.

When our faith is strong, we can ask for anything, and He promises to give it. When we allow the things of this life which are temporary to distract us, we are allowing ourselves to get off track of our purpose, and we begin to wander into places we swore we would never return to. The Word of God is full of instructions for us to not forget the Lord (Psalm 103) or to remember the Lord our God (Deuteronomy 8:18).

Church, reading the Word, discipleship, witnessing, worship, pastors, staff all have one thing in common, they are all created by God to keep your mind on the covenant you cut with God when you gave Him your life!

From the moment you commit your life to Christ, the enemy begins to try to distract you from accomplishing your purpose! God’s invisible benefits reside in His house. He wants us to remember Him and what we committed to do and why we committed to do it. The world has 6 days and 22 hours a week to help us forget what we committed to do and the passion we had to do it.

When we receive or take communion, we repeat the words of Jesus, “Do this in remembrance of me!” We take the wine and the bread to remind us of His sacrifice of flesh and blood for us, which caused us to commit to Him. And so, just as the boy in the initial story was distracted by rent and need, we are distracted by needs and wants as well. However, as the mother used The Word to bless him with what he needed, God uses people to represent God’s perfect will for our lives.

Here are your action items: Find a great church that leads you into God’s presence and blessings, then go to church! Read your Word daily. Get involved in helping people for God. (Read Proverbs…you never know!)

– GF
GFWatkins.org

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G.F. Watkins
G.F. Watkins is an international leader, speaker, visionary, church planter, and an author of seven books. From his humble beginnings as a high school coach, G.F. has gone on to plant churches around the world starting with PowerHouse Church in Katy, Texas, Powerhouse Namibia in Africa, and PowerHouse Peru in South America.  As a spiritual son to the late Dr. Edwin Louis Cole, father of the modern day men’s movement, G.F. Watkins’ principle of ministry and church planting is the restoration of the world through the restoration of the man. This fundamental belief, that men are God’s answer to the world’s  problems, birthed the world wide movement known as Man Church over 20 years ago.  Man Church teaches that manhood and Christlikeness are synonymous. It is the foundation on which all of PowerHouse Church and its covenant churches are built on. Reach the man, change the family; change the family, change the church; change the church, change the community; change the community, change the city; change the city, change the state; change the state, change the nation; change the nation, change the world. It all begins with men taking responsibility and taking their rightful place. After pastoring PowerHouse Katy for 20 years and planting churches around the globe, G.F. has stepped into the role of an apostolic leader and coach through his organization The Genesis Team. The Genesis team serves as a covering and a resource to pastors and business leaders, their families, and their staff. Sharing the wisdom gained over 30 years of ministry he guides young pastors and leaders as they navigate the obstacles of life. Pastor G.F. travels the world equipping God’s leaders with strategies for increasing commitment levels, developing and growing strong men’s ministries, and impacting the world with the gospel.

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