Do you know how important unity is to God? Let me show you the 133rd Psalm:
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descends upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."
Can you see the power of these comparisons? God says that unity is like the anointing oil and moisture from Heaven. The anointing oil symbolizes God's supernatural choice and empowerment. Moisture symbolizes abundance, refreshment, health and the presence of God. So holy unity comes with selection, empowerment, abundance, refreshment and health directly from God. Places of unity also receive the manifest presence of God. (Remember, when two or more Christians are gathered together Jesus is in their midst.)
The Psalm also says God commands the blessing on places and people in unity. In fact, a blessing has already been commanded of God over those who are unified. So much so that if God sees unity for an ungodly purpose, He will divide (Genesis 11). But when unity arises for Godly purposes, the world and the forces of darkness better look out. When in unity we are chosen, empowered, provisioned and accompanied by God Himself.
In these last days we must have unity in the Church. Christians, all Christians, unite. Put away from yourself all strife, envy and malice. Put it out of your home and out of your life. Seek to be a unifier in all areas of your life. Most importantly, be united with all other Christians. Put down your judgment and criticism of other denominations or sects. Put down your arguments over doctrine and scriptural interpretations. The time for those things has passed.
See yourself as a unifier. Focus on the areas of agreement. Focus on the core doctrines, salvation by grace and the sanctity of the Holy Bible. Be joyful with Christians of all groups and names. If your group insists on division and separation from the other Christian groups, leave it. Where no unity exists, there is no commanded blessing.
"There is one Body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one Faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Ephesians 4:4-6.
Are we united as the Body of Christ or aren't we? Can we have disunity within the Body and still thrive, no. Every house divided against itself will fall. I long to see the Church thriving in the prominence, position and power God intended. But without unity this will never happen.
I decide that I am in unity with all Christians. Yes I have certain doctrinal beliefs you may disagree with, but I still love you and am unified with you. I won't argue them with you, but I will rejoice that we will be in Heaven together for eternity. Here we can focus together on winning the lost for Jesus, feeding the widows and orphans, and doing other undisputed exploits for God. I decide I'm unified with you regardless of your decision on unity with me. God will see a group striving for unity when He looks on Exploits for God.
Decide today that you are a member of the global Body of Christ. Seek unity with all believers. Leave aside all strife and disunity, especially in your Christian walk. We will see the commanded blessing on our lives and on God's Church. We will see God's selection, empowerment, provision and presence. Nothing will stop us. We will be as one, and nothing will be impossible for us. Glory to God.
Recently my wife and I have been going through a rather difficult situation. We lost our jobs and our former company is going under. We are short-selling our house. My wife is six months pregnant with our first child. We didn’t have company insurance so our medical bills are $1,000.00 per month. We need many things, and we sort of need them now. Have you ever been in such a situation? I imagine you have. Now the issue becomes how we go through this time. I’m not saying I’m in the wilderness and I’m not saying that my own mistakes caused this situation. I’ve sought God and I firmly believe that this is a change of season. When the brook dried up God told Elijah to go to the widow. God always supplies everything we need, but sometimes the resource He uses changes. I’m here to encourage you if you are in a difficult time, and I want to discuss appropriate attitudes while in the trenches. It’s been over three months now since we lost our jobs. I’ve spent many days fired up in faith, and
"When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, 'Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?' And they said, 'Some say that you are John the Baptist: some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.' He said unto them, 'But whom say you that I am?' And Simon Peter answered and said, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' And Jesus answered and said unto him, 'Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but my Father which is in Heaven. And I say unto you, That you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven: and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:13-19) What an amazing passage which is worthy of our most focused at
“I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:1-3) If you read my last post you know that we have recently had some personal difficulties. Well, today I can shout, “Glory to God, I can see His hand on our lives and He’s mightily bringing us through.” Just to recap, we lost our jobs, put up our house for short sale, and have huge medical bills. This season of trial and change began in March, and we are still walking through it. But recently we have seen God move us through with His exceedingly mighty hand. Within three weeks of putting our house on the market we had a great offer. We submitt