I write this with reluctance. Not that I do not want to write it, but that, it has been in my heart for some months now. The Spirit of Christ telling me to write, and I kept procrastinating. Now, the Holy Spirit got me. (((Laughs))). Father God is amazing.
Okay, I was to share something with you. Alright, let’s get it done.
About three months ago, Father God put a word in my heart to share with the church. And it is this;
We have come to a time, where our unity (as the church) is more important than our personal preferences and opinions (including denominationally).
I could not really share it, for I was limited, having no platform to rant it from to the church. But I am very grateful to God. If a platform was needed, good will elevate one.
Now, the word put in my heart is very essential for these last times. I will say that, if the Church is to win the never-ending spiritual warfare it is engaged in, it must win in this aspect also. Our personal opinions and preferences must be surrendered at the feet of brethren.
Division sets in when our personal opinions and preferences are considered more important than that of others. More still, IT IS DANGEROUS TO PRESENT OUR OWN OPINIONS AND PREFERENCES AS WHAT SCRIPTURES SAY, OR INTEND. It is a work of the flesh.
We are not talking the opinions/truth of scriptures. Rather, we are dealing with our own personal preconceived ideas extracted from what the Word of God says.
For instance, in terms of food. Some prefer this, others like that. Some even say that they are vegetarians. Very well. Some even try to impose their preference of food, dressing, language, prayer style… knowingly or unknowingly on others. Be very careful.
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Rom.14:17)
In reality, the most division in our family (the body of Christ) today is caused by the outward things. What I prefer, what you prefer, what my small group prefer and we pick up scriptures to back it up. Amazing flesh. This is the flesh in spiritual attire. It is the nice kind of flesh.
Our personal opinions about governments and politics, sport teams, ministers of the gospel, ministries must be tamed daily. Only speak truth as the Holy Spirit would speak it. Again, speak truth as the Holy Spirit would speak it.
Our Unity as a family (the body of Christ), is more important than any personal/denominational preferences and opinions.
We need to look away from ourselves and consider Jesus. We need to return back to His words. 90% of the Church today needs to thoroughly study the teachings of Jesus Christ personally by the help of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is most times neglected in our lives. His words are not taken seriously. Check your life. How serious do you take and practice the words of Christ, the Lord of your life? Sunday worship is not enough to say, Lord, Lord.
There is a mouth that says Lord, Lord and there is a life that says Lord, Lord. And, both are different. The Lord hears one, but does not hear the other.
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: (John.17:1)
People can hide the contents and true desires of their hearts in every way. They can discipline themselves not to speak out what troubles them the most and many other things as such.
However, there is a place I found out that people cannot hide their real desires. From Mohammedans, to Shintoists, to Zoroastrians, to Buddhist and even traditionalists; and of course, Christians. All of these cannot hide their true desires in that place.
It is the place of prayer.
The place of prayer is where all hidden and deep desires are revealed.
You can hide your desires from everyone, but when talking to your God, you want to open up everything. Especially, when the desire is pressing.
If I want to know your desires, I will listen to your prayers.
In the verse of scripture above, Our Dear Lord, Jesus was in prayer. As we move from verse 1 down, we find out the depth of His desire for the church, which He was to die for.
He saw all of us. He saw through the ages. He saw the persecutions, He saw the dark ages of Church history, He saw the revivals, He saw division and denominationalism, He saw deception creeping as the age was wrapping up, He saw hell opening her filthy mouth against His church.
But, none of these things troubled Him, except Our Unity. Our Oneness with God and Our fellow brethren in Him.
And so He prayed,
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, THAT THEY MAY BE ONE, AS WE ARE. (John.17:11)
This is a deep expression of the heart of Jesus. A desire of God. That Our unity, should be as that of the Godhead.
I have given them thy word; AND THE WORLD HATH HATED THEM, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (John.17:14)
Jesus knew that there’s no genuine brotherly love that could come from the world. They hate us because of the Word of God.
I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine… NEITHER PRAY I FOR THESE ALONE, BUT FOR THEM ALSO WHICH SHALL BELIEVE ON ME THROUGH THEIR WORD; (John.17:9,20)
The word He gave the Apostles, were the exact words the Father gave Him.
For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them… have believed that thou didst send me. (John.17:8)
The Father gave Jesus His word. Jesus gave the Disciples the word. That’s why scriptures say,
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and WILL PUT MY WORDS IN HIS MOUTH; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto MY WORDS WHICH HE SHALL SPEAK IN MY NAME, I will require it of him. (Deut.18:18-19)
How about Hebrews,
GOD, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
HATH IN THESE LAST DAYS SPOKEN UNTO US BY HIS SON, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; (Heb.1:1-2)
What are we saying? We are saying that the very words that Jesus spake, were the words of God Himself to us. These words, are what He gave to the Apostles. The Apostles in turn passed it successfully from generation to generation until now. And now, we today, possess the privilege of having the very word of God all around us and even in our phones.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; (John.17:20)
We in this present time, have believed in His word and His word is in us. Jesus went on praying;
THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (John.17:21)
And Our Lord kept on repeating this matter of oneness. Why is it important?
I in them, and thou in me, THAT THEY MAY BE MADE PERFECT IN ONE; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (John.17:23)
1. Our unity is very crucial for our perfection. I realize that, new believers/old alike, grow faster and richly when there is cooperation/unity within a local assembly.
2. The world will acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Our unity will give unbelievers a revelation that Our Lord, is Saviour.
3. The world will perceive God’s love for the Church and Jesus.
How many unbelievers have walked up to you or your local church and say, “God really loves you all”?
The desire of Jesus is, boundless connection across the body. Oneness of heart.
And this deep desire, He expressed in this prayer.
HOW MANY OF US ARE IN PURSUIT OF THIS BOTH IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH BRETHREN IN OUR LOCAL ASSEMBLIES AND BRETHREN WE MEET IN THE STREETS, AND IN EVERY PLACE OF THE EARTH?
Be sincere. Is this desire of Jesus your desire? Until it becomes our desire, we have not really grasp what the width and length, and depth and height of the love of Christ is.
Danger Is Close
What is the danger? Hear the Lord,
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. (Matt.24:9-10)
The verses above refers to the last days, which we are now. In above verses, the external pressure of hatred and persecution from the world, stirred up offence, betrayal and hatred amongst brethren in Churches all over the world. This reveals a strong division that will threaten the church. It’s prophecy, it will happen. But, if the greater majority of us will arm ourselves today, the impact of this satanic attack will be greatly reduced.
What will be the resultant effect of this offence, betrayal and hatred in our family (the body of Christ)?
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (Matt.24:11)
False prophets could only come in while brethren were eating up themselves. Less love, no unity and peace. Deception cametointreve. And deception has a friend called iniquity (lawlessness or disobedience).
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (Matt.24:12)
Because, iniquity (lawlessness) will abound (increase), the love many will wax cold. Iniquity or lawlessness implies that the law of love, which Our Saviour emphasized on will not be obeyed. It will be disregarded. Because, brethren want to say how they feel and think, rather than follow Spirit. The Holy Spirit will be subjected to human rights.
The American church has already begun to experience a glimpse of this. It’ll spread out from thence.
What do We do? I do not know all of what we should do now. But as you read, the Holy Spirit will put things in your heart. But, we all need to get back to the words of Our Only Saviour, even Jesus Christ, the Lover of our souls. Read Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts again and again and again. Some things to notice;
a). And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.(Acts.2:1).
Togetherness is key. By constant physical fellowship with ourselves. Not just with the brethren in your circle, reach out to others.
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (Heb.3:12-13)
b). Lay aside all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. Those personal opinions and personal preferences that invites division, anger and strife in your midst.
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1Cor.1:10)
c). Know the teachings of Christ for yourself and teach others who are ignorant.
d). Remove rivalry from the pulpit.
e). Pray more for brethren outside your denominations, locality and nation.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication FOR ALL SAINTS; (Eph.6:18). You are not the only new creature, pray for others.
f). If we all have the same Father, Same Spirit, let us all walk worthy of Him.
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. (Eph.4:4-6)
I will leave you with the words of The Judge,
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (Matt.7:24-27)
Grace be with your spirit, Amen.