Psalm 133:1 – “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!” NKJV
I have long been convinced that the only thing that can prevent the Church from reaching this world and rising to greatness is US. The devil cannot prevent it and God most assuredly has no desire to prevent it so that only leaves US in the equation. One of the key elements in the Church’s success is U N I T Y.
It is important that we have a ‘common vision’ especially in the local fellowship. It is vital that we become Christ centered and be as those in the Book of Acts 4 – ‘…one heart and of one soul…’ Paul urges in Ephesians 4:3 that we are to “endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” He also declares in Philippians 3:16 – “…let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.”
In the Bible (KJV) we are told to MARK two specific groups of people. Sadly, I believe this is a message that has been somewhat lost by the modern church.
Romans 16:17 – “Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.“ NASU
Philippians 3:17 – “Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.” NASU
The first group to mark or identify are those who cause division. The second group those who set the right example. MARK THEM BOTH – – but – – AVOID the ones that cause division and cling to, immolate, and copy those who set the right example. Pretty simple isn’t it?
The devil is not going to win! However, he is going to do everything in his power to defeat you and defeat the church. One of the reasons that too many churches across the land are powerless and dryer than last year’s corn shuck is the devil has them backed into a corner and robbed them of their vision. They fume and fuss, bicker and squabble debating non-essential issues and act like children filled with selfishness and demanding their own way.
The work of God is too important for that and long ago I decided I would refuse to be a part of a brawl. Satan can never defeat the church from the outside. People can say what they want about us, criticize us, even commit character assignation, lay their hands to what we have, and seek to destroy us BUT GOD will raise us up above it all and set our feet on the solid rock victorious if we maintain the U N I T Y of the Spirit. It will never be the outsider, the critic, the jealous preacher, jealous church on the outside – THEY CANNOT DEFEAT US! The only thing that can hinder the Church is US. We are the only ones that can hinder the work of God in and through us. Therefore, let us lay aside every weight and sin that so easily besets us and realize that it is not us and the work is not ours but the Church belongs to JESUS and He is building His Church. We have nothing to defend or protect so let us rest in Him and live at peace!
May God bless you as you go through your day!