Marie’s daily verse: The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.

DAILY DEVOTION, June 8, 2022

On this rock I will build my church (Matthew 16:18).

For the past 2200 years, Jesus has been building His church. Nothing can thwart His plan, not even the gates of hell. He has been, is now, and will continue to build His church. He is the foundation. Yes, he uses Christians in the process of building the church. Unfortunately, He frequently has to bypass our human failures and build in spite of our failed efforts.

I recall visiting a very large church in Mississippi during my DHF days. It was a magnificent building with a large sanctuary and lots of classroom space. Sadly, the building was largely unused. There were about 15 members left when I was there. Now that church is closed. Yes, churches close their doors. Churches fail in their mission. Read about the seven churches in the Book of Revelation, where Jesus points out fault after fault. None of those seven churches exist today. Church buildings come and go. The true church of Jesus, made up of all those with true faith who have been born again, will never die. Jesus continues to build His church despite human failures.

The church does not depend on human programs. Some of them are good, some not. A church survives because it is resting on the foundation. Where true faith predominates in a church, that church will never fail. Jesus will continue His building program.

Lord Jesus, I want to be a part of the true church. That church is not a building but consists of all those who love and trust you. The church is alive and well because You are alive and well. I pray I will not stand in Your way but will do my part in building the church. In Your name, I pray, Amen.

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