Often in times of greatest need, we may find ourselves giving way to the stress and strain by battling one another, and forgetting who the real enemy is …..
Harsh words spoken, friendships broken; we choose sides and draw lines. Feelings get hurt. Betrayal runs deep. It gets harder to forgive and keep moving forward. And sometimes we get stuck, right there in the muddy mess of it all ….
Yet, it’s in those very times of tension and struggle, that we need, more than ever, to come together as one, unified, and strong. And we can be assured, it’s in those times, that Satan is fighting the hardest. For he knows that’s when we have the greatest potential to make a difference in this world …..
The enemy fights the hardest when he knows we’re making a difference. Don’t let him win. He knows that we’re stronger together as we encourage one another on. He’s aware that we’re courageous and brave when we’re covering one another in prayer. He understands that the unity of believers in Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Ghost is a force that can’t be reckoned with. For it’s hard to tear apart a cord of three strands, which can’t be easily broken ….
That’s why he’s determined to fight harder. And he’s there, in the midst of it all, cheering on the battle. He loves it when we target one another. He laughs when we gossip and applauds at evil, riots, and violence. He gains momentum when we forget that he’s the cause ….
Don’t be unaware. And please don’t be deceived by the schemes and devices he will use to draw you away. His schemes are cunning and cruel. He’ll twist words and truth, trading them for lies, and stirring up fires. He will use the pleasures and comforts of this world to sway you to that comfortable complacent place where you’re feeling safe, content, and so warm — recognize it: lukewarm!!
But we have a choice, to say, “No more.”
When we’re able to look beyond our disagreements and set aside our differences, we can look to the greater purpose in this life. To honor Christ as King. We’ll never agree on everything. And that’s never been the goal anyway.
Let’s choose to live out the Truth that says, “Let all that you do be done in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14)
ALL that you do…. ALL that you say… And ALL that you stand for. Let’s do it with love. For “perfect love, which comes from Christ, casts out all fear”. And that is what spurs us and compells us to move forward, propelled with His strength, empowered by the Holy Ghost, given boldness yet surrounded in peace, eyes on the One who gives us breath each day, filled with greater unity in our land, and purpose for the greater good of each other and the Kingdom …..
I’d like to share 10 Verses about our unity in Christ. May you be encouraged and blessed ….
“I in them and you in me; so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:23)
“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” (Colossians 3:14-15)
“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.” (Romans 12:16)
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:3-6)
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)
“To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit…” (1 Peter 3:8)
“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Matthew 18:19-20)
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26-28)
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
We are needy of You. We’re aware, more than ever, of our own weaknesses, and of the struggle with dark forces that try hard to divide us and gain more ground. We say “No more.” We stand our ground. We ask that You would fill us with Your Spirit of love and unity among believers all across this nation. We ask that You would help us to set aside our differences and look to the greater cause, the cause of Christ. We ask that You would help us to truly live a life of love. We know that this is only possible through the power of Your Spirit, so we ask that you would move across our land in fresh ways. With fresh filling and awareness. Turning your people back to You. Drawing others to come to know You. We thank You that You are always with us, and give us great purpose and hope. In Jesus’ Name, Amen …..