It is our destiny to feel like we belong to a local family of believers.

A Spiritual Family that Excels in Love

by Mike Bickle
7/1/14 Teaching

A spiritual family where we have a sense of being connected and belonging to other believers is our place of safety and spiritual success. The Lord desires all His people to have a sense of belonging to a spiritual family and to do their part in serving and building it up. In fact, Jesus made it clear that people are going to know we are His disciples by the way that we connect with one another (John 13:35). We must see each other through the lens of how the Father loves and sees us—this will help us connect with one another more.

It is our destiny to feel like we belong to a local family of believers. The emphasis of belonging is not to be understood as an entitlement, but as a responsibility for us to take the lead to create an environment where others may feel connected, cared for, and valued. We are called to put courage into people’s hearts—courage to not draw back in their calling, courage to choose righteousness and obedience. We give them courage to say no to temptation and despair. We give them courage to sacrifice their resources for the sake of others. We give them courage by the Word, by our stories, by prophesying to them, by loving on them, and by hearing their heart. When we encourage them, we put courage into their hearts.

The effect of Jesus’ death for us is that He has made all of us to be one with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17). Therefore, all of God’s children are also a brother or sister to one another. His incarnation, death, and resurrection mean that He has become inseparable from all of those whom He redeemed and brought into His eternal family. The fellowship of the Trinity has an expression on earth in the relationships in the body of Christ. Godly fellowship makes visible on earth a small expression of the life of the Trinity that comes to us through Jesus. The glorious community in the Church is rooted in Jesus and His love; thus, our most noble calling is to excel in love.

Mike Bickle


  • Director, IHOPKC
  • President, IHOPU

Mike Bickle is the founder of the International House of Prayer, an evangelical missions organization based on 24/7 prayer with worship. He is also the founder of International House of Prayer University, which includes full-time ministry, music, and media schools.

Mike’s teaching emphasizes growing in passion for Jesus through intimacy with God, doing evangelism and missions work from the place of night-and-day prayer, and the end times. He is the author of several books, including Growing in Prayer, Passion for Jesus, God’s Answer to the Growing CrisisGrowing in the Prophetic, and Prayers to Strengthen Your Inner Man.  Mike and his wife, Diane, have two married sons and six grandchildren.

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