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#139: Why You Need to Stay Connected (Even When It’s Hard)

August 18, 2023

We’ve become experts at justifying why we can’t stay connected.

Church hurt. Leadership “scandals.” Differing opinions on worship styles or even politics. So many things can come up to tempt us to believe that disconnecting would be a much better answer than sticking around and working through it. But understand something —

Jesus told us himself (John 15) and Paul reiterated in his letters to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 12) and the Ephesians (Chapter 4) that God wants UNITY in His Body. Not only does He want unity, He commands us to value it and pursue it as a priority as we walk out our lives in this world.

So, why is it that we give ourselves a “break” so often, deciding to disconnect — from our church family, from our godly friends, even from our closest people — instead of staying connected and fighting for this unity, and growth that can only be found when there’s this sort of pressure and tension?

On this episode of the Positioned to Prosper podcast I’m sharing my message from last week’s REVIVE Woman Girls Night Out event. In this preach I share what I think the three reasons are for our subconscious lean towards disconnect and what we’re going to need to do instead if we want to stay connected in the Body of Christ, bringing pleasure to the heart of God. Are you ready for this? I knew you would be! So now, Grab your Bible, your journal and a pen, and . . . Let’s Go!

GET SIGNED UP FOR THE FREE 5-DAY BIBLE READING CHALLENGE WITH ERICA + REVIVE WOMAN! How would consistency in the Word of God impact your day? Would you like some help in getting onto a regular rhythm? Join us in this FREE Bible Reading Challenge and let’s get you set up for a powerful, Truth-led day with Jesus . . . every day! Hop over to revivewoman.org/BibleChallenge for all the details and to get registered. It’s time to uplevel your daily Bible reading!

Scripture References Mentioned in This Episode:

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

1 Corinthians 12:1-27 — Spiritual Gifts + One Body with Many Members

John 15:4-5
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

Ephesians 4:11-13
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God . . .

Links to Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

GET SIGNED UP FOR THE FREE 5-DAY BIBLE READING CHALLENGE WITH ERICA + REVIVE WOMAN! How would consistency in the Word of God impact your day? Would you like some help in getting onto a regular rhythm with a crew of like-minded, like-Spirited women to run with? Join us in this FREE Bible Reading Challenge and let’s get you set up for a powerful, Truth-led day with Jesus . . . every day! Hop over to revivewoman.org/BibleChallenge for all the details and to get registered. It’s time to uplevel your daily Bible reading!


Erica co-leads a local church alongside her husband, Doug, in Tampa, Florida called REVIVE Church of Tampa. You can visit the church’s website for more information about who we are, what we believe and how we show up as the Church in the heart of West Tampa and beyond.

REVIVE Church of Tampa

REVIVE Church of Tampa streams services live on Friday nights at 7pm ET and Sunday mornings at 11am ET. You can find those livestreams on our church Facebook page:

Live Services – Fridays at 7pm ET and Sundays at 11am ET

If you’re interested in joining the online campus of REVIVE Church of Tampa, you are welcome to join our community group on Facebook where we offer weekly discussion around the Friday and Sunday messages as well as discipleship Zoom groups and the opportunity to host others in your home as you stream services. You can find us here:

The ROCC: REVIVE Online Campus Community


About this podcast:

Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.

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