A Devotional Thought for January 7, 2017:

Fellowship with Other Christians

It is no surprise to hear a house has been robbed when it is miles from the nearest neighbor. If you keep your distance from the saints, Satan can more easily sabotage you. But if you walk in fellowship, you have the added protection of their graces surrounding you and ministering to you in times of trial.

The apostle harnesses two duties to the same plow:

to ‘hold fast the profession of our faith…’ AND TO ‘consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together’ (Hebrews 10:23-25).

When you forsake the communion of saints, you take a dangerous step toward apostasy.

-William Gurnall, The Christian in Complete Armour, 1655