Amplified Bible (AMP)
24 And let us consider and give [a]attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities,
25 Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.
26 For if we go on deliberately and willingly sinning after once acquiring the knowledge of the Truth, there is no longer any sacrifice left to atone for [our] sins [no further offering to which to look forward].
I love this set of scriptures.
Recently, I had not been attending church very frequently. Part of the reason was because we were spending family time at Busch Gardens but the other reason was rebellion. The details aren't really necessary but I will say I have been convicted and have repented. God is good. The entire time I felt Him in my spirit quietly wooing me as only God can. I have only seen this scripture once in my whole life but He breathed it into me and during my rebellion I couldn't shake it and all it meant.
During the last few months I have been praying for a family in our church who seemed to be going through something. I didn't know what this "something" was but once when I spoke with the wife she asked I pray that she and her husband would "get on the same page" about some things. He also had not been to church in months. This was all I needed, and I began to pray for them. Since that time I've seen her several times and the only question I would ever ask is, are you on the same page yet? And the most recent time I saw her she said that yes one of her prayers had been answered and that was so exciting but nothing could have prepared me for Sunday.
I got up Sunday and almost willingly went to church. It was tough, mainly because I was not feeling that great and didn't feel like breathing on everyone. But I just knew I had to go. We got there a few minutes before it started and visited with several friends in the lobby and by the time we entered the sanctuary the music had started. We found some seats and I immediately felt something amazing in my heart. Thats when Jayden leaned over to me and said MOM, look who's up there playing guitar. And there right before my eyes, back where he belongs using his talent for Jesus was my friends husband. I was overcome with emotion as I saw God's answer to mine and so many others, prayer. It filled my heart once again with renewed hope. He answers prayers. Why would I ever doubt that? Its just His timing and not ours. We all have work that needs to be done in our lives.
I am so thankful for God and for His faithfulness and my only response is to have a heart of thanksgiving and faithfulness right back.