READ: Mark 7:25-26 In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
I hear a lot of believers make the comment that they don't need to go to church. They argue that churches are filled with hypocrites and they can read the Bible, worship, and pray at home. And we can and should do all of those things from home, but we are instructed (in the Bible) to meet together with believers. Hebrews 10:25 "And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near."
Going to church shouldn't be made into a law that we feel we have to do - it should be something that we "desire" to do and enjoy.
In todays scripture this is a gentile woman who had a need - her daughter was possessed by an evil spirit. The Bible tells us that when the woman HEARD about Jesus - she went to Him. This woman received the miracle because she ACTED upon what she heard - she showed up! If she would have heard of Jesus, and yet stayed home, she would have missed out on a great blessing for her and her little girl. When you decide to stay home from church, you too miss out on a great blessing.
If you want to receive from the Lord - show up! Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you. It's actually more than going to church - it's a relationship with Him. "Show Up" in your relationship with Jesus - talk to Him, walk with Him, and tell Him all your deepest thoughts and dreams. He will listen, He will care, and He will be your best friend - but you have to SHOW UP!
I come to the garden alone While the dew is still on the roses And the voice I hear, falling on my ear The Son of God discloses And He walks with me And He talks with me And He tells me I am His own And the joy we share as we tarry there None other has ever known