Updated: Apr 2, 2018
We, the church are called for unity. It is the way God has designed us. Not to build our own empires by excluding other members of the body because of their different calling, but to cheer each other on and compliment one another in the race that is set before each and everyone of us. Its saddens me when I look around and see the many broken people within the body of Christ who have come stuck in their journey with God because they suffer from some kind of disagreement that led to a split or better said breaking of covenant. Yes, of course each individual has it’s own unique calling that is expressed in it’s own unique way, but should that stand in the way of us being one? We can actually be one in diversity. God loves diversity. In the end we all want the same thing. To give God the glory that He deserves. Through Jesus Christ whose blood was spilled for us, we are all who believe in Him made One. One with Him, but also One with each other.
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
THE WORLD WILL KNOW
The words of Jesus can easily just stay words, but can become a strong force when we do not take them lightly and instead start running with them. Jesus ensures us that the world may know that "You have sent Him" because we have been made perfect in one. Criticising and hating on the ministry or church of your brother or sister in Christ is moving in the opposite spirit of what Jesus is trying to teach us. Therefore, as a follower of Christ we need to seriously lay down any offence or hatred towards our brothers and sisters in order to see the Kingdom of God established in our midst. The world WILL SEE the goodness of God displayed through the unity of the saints working in oneness like a real body, when we choose to embrace and support one another! We should not fight against each other as the bible refers to flesh and blood, especially not when we are one body! Maybe you are not even doing that in physical way, but you might mentally. It’s time to take those thoughts captive.
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."
HOLDING UP OF HANDS
There is room, more than enough for each child of God to flourish in that area in which he or she is called to. There is no competition, no need to strive for God’s attention. We can have many leaders in the body of Christ, who instead of looking sideways at each other can love each other and even by doing that influence a whole new generation of young believers (who believe me, are looking at their leaders) and teach them by example to love well. If you are not closely connected in fellowship to certain person, in which you can hold each other accountable, but you do see a flaw in his or her life, don’t take it out but instead take it to God in prayer. By this we support each other in a Godly way. God will “prune” each child of Him in the right time. Until then fight the good fight. Just as Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hand’s on each side and kept them steady, so we should pray for the saints. TOGETHER we can move mountains, TOGETHER we can see the enemy defeated.
"But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. " Exodus 17:12-13
IT IS TIME
With the celebration of Passover in my heart, I have been wondering if this is right time to release this word. I believe today with all of my heart that it is. The cross and everything that it stands for, gives not only the world a chance to be renewed from the inside out, but also us. The saints like myself who try and mess up. But by each try they become bolder even though they sometimes get hurt. As long as we run back to the foot of the Cross every time we have stepped out and it did not went the way we planned, it will be okay! One time in prayer I saw an playing image of a dance, swirling in and out the Father’s arms. It is just like a little child that tries it’s first moves and runs back to it’s parent for safety. We need to admit that we need His love and forgiveness in order to be that salt and to be that light in the earth.
"Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."
1 Corinthians 5: 7-8
In Jewish culture leaven is banned in the Tabernacle/Temple at all times and also during the week of Passover. To fully understand these verse it would do you good to read this interesting article on Huffington Post. A few sentences stood out for me. “Leaven is a symbol of both death and life in that it smells like death and yet produces the growth of the bread or the beer or the wine. While it is acceptable for people to eat leaven during normal times, it is prohibited on the altar as an offering to God because God is life itself and death cannot be in God’s sanctuary. Thus leaven is not fit for sacrifice.” And so I want to close down, by urging you to get rid of the old leaven, for the Lord wants us to walking in sincerity and truth in order for us to grow. We can not give love when we hold on to bitterness, grudges and hatred. Even though 1 Corinthians 5 is dealing with sexual impurity in the church, the apostle exhorts them to use all diligence to search out and remove ALL sin. Let’s enter a time of celebration in purity. Experience the cleansing of Jesus and start fresh by being a blessing to others especially your fellow Christians.
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith."
Galatians 6: 7-10
“If we can unify as a church and show a strong front, as well as preaching and bringing the gospel,if those two elements of the army came together you would have an Holy invasion” - Ben Fitzgerald
by Anne Boerhout