GET TOGETHER- Unity An Important Key To Seeing The Holy Spirit Move.
Ps 133:1 -3 <<A Song of Ascents. Of David.>> Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing-Life forevermore. (NKJV)
Have you ever been involved in something whether it was at work, play, or even in the church where there was constant bickering? It truly creates an environment that hinders the purpose and intentions of the group. I can remember coaching Slo – Pitch softball teams. Sometimes we would go places and play and some of our opponents may have had more talent, but sometimes they would argue and bicker among themselves and we could beat them just because we were in one accord and they weren’t.
How much more do we need unity in the Blood bought Church of Jesus Christ? Jesus knew how important that unity was. He prayed that we would all be one. Joh 17:20 ,21″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
The Apostle Paul wrote about how as the Body of Christ that we all need one another:
1Co 12:12 -18 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and have all been made to drink into one Spirit For in fact the body is not one member but many .If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.
J.J. and I are so thankful for the many brothers and sisters in Christ that God has allowed us to know and serve with across the Body of Christ. There are certainly some that may have certain distinctives in the part of the Body of Christ that they serve in that may differ from the distinctives that we serve in. However, we praise God that we can agree on the essentials and serve, visit with and love our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
I just finished working a Christian retreat where the team was made up of believers from different parts of the Body of Christ. It is amazing what God accomplished in the lives of the people that we were ministering to and in our own lives as we focused on the Lord Jesus Christ and trusted in the Holy Spirit to work in a mighty way. Where there is unity the anointing of the Holy Spirit will be there in a very special way.
Over the past few months I have been in several different services across denominational lines. What a blessing it is to see people worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth with different styles of worship.
I have been to prayer meetings and in prayer rooms with different members of the Body of Christ recently. Sometimes those prayer meetings were loud. Sometimes those prayer meetings were a little bit quieter in some ways, but none the less the Spirit of the Lord was at work in all of them in a special way.
One thing that I am trying to say here is that we don’t have to abandon whatever distinctives that we may have, but I do think that it is time for us not to shoot at each other, but to use that energy in prayer. I think also that when we seek to honor Jesus Christ that we will get the blessing of seeing how God works through some of our other brothers and sisters in Christ. One of my dear friends and brothers in the Lord who serves in a different part of the Body of Christ than I do pointed me to this passage several years ago. It has been very instrumental and prophetic in my life as a Christian. 1Co 9:20-22 “and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”
I pray that God will use all of us working together to see souls come into the Kingdom. God bless you all. Know that God has a place for you in the Body of Christ. Remember what Jesus told the disciples in Mr 9:38-40 Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. “For he who is not against us is on our side.”
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we thank you for the beauty of the Body of Christ. Lord help us to love one another, honor one another and pray for one another. And may we not be a Body that is its own worst enemy, but a Body that labors in prayer, love, and unity so that the real enemy Satan and his demonic forces will tremble as we love, pray, honor, and serve together.
In Jesus Name
I have had a blessed and busy last couple of weeks. J.J. says that I am the worst retired person that she has ever seen lol! We know that as Kingdom people that we never retire from serving the Lord. God bless you all. We love you! Thanks for how that you encourage us in the Lord!