by Jeff Tunnell
There are many reasons for banding together with others: sports, clubs, cars, cooking, children, school groups, work, missions, and the list continues. Most of these associations crumble or dismiss meeting when extreme difficulty comes to the community or personal hardship arises.
The Bible says,
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:4-8)
Stressful times are upon us, all around the globe. Wherever you are reading this blog, there are world-shaping problems that affect the body of Christ. Challenges, troubles, tribulations, all indicate the last days environment predicted in Scripture. These are not times for walking alone. The cell is a family, is the church, is a place of refuge in time of trouble and there is no reason to pause living in relationship and walking in safety. Staying together throughout the summer months is wisdom; don’t disband! Keep the cell available at all times for the fulfillment of this last days word from Micah & Isaiah,
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the Lord’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And peoples shall flow to it.
Stay together so the people have a place to find refuge in time of need.