Topic: Hebrews 12:21-24
"You are Peter, a stone; and upon this rock I will build my church: and all the powers of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18).
You and I can truly rejoice: no matter how weak and ineffective our church may seem to be at times, the fact remains that "all powers of hell shall not prevail against it." Remarkably fulfilled to this date, this promise has the Word of God Himself to back it up.
Sometimes, we see the human frailties of one another in the church - which will always be there - and we forget for the moment the great strengths that are present: the Word of God; fellow believers who are fully committed to the Lord; genuine worship of our heavenly Father.
Primarily, we have the promise that the church is God's instrument for worship and instruction of His children. It is a rallying place for believers; a powerhouse of prayer; a training school for sharing our faith.
A parallel to this promise has to do with the Word of God. Men have tried to destroy it down through the ages, but it remains the all-time best seller and so shall it ever be. Men have tried to count the church down and out many times, never with any degree of success whatsoever. And so shall that ever be, as well.
Rejoice: all the plots, stratagems and machinations of the enemy of the church shall never be able to overcome it. You and I, meanwhile, can do our part to help make the church all that God intends for it to be.
I will praise God for His protecting hand over the church and do all in my power, the Holy Spirit enabling, to keep it strong and triumphant - the center of spiritual revolution.