Building up our Commitment to UNITY


 

Day 21 of 21 – Prayer & Fasting

 

OUR Commitment to UNITY.

Today marks the final day of the first month of the new year, we also conclude our 21 days of prayer and fasting today. It has been a fascinating journey, so many highlights, particularly the brethren coming together for early morning prayers. To God be the Glory. I’m expectant for what the Lord will do in us and through us for the remainder of 2016. I want to encourage you on this Day 21 to commit to the unity of the Church.We all have a significant role to play in maintaining the order within and without. Let us be all of the same mind.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Ps. 133:1
Psalm 133:2-3 NKJV
[2] 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. [3] It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing- Life forevermore.

2 Chronicles 30:12 NIV
[12] Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the Lord.

A Kingdom divided cannot stand, and a Kingdom united can never be defeated. {Dr. Leon van Rooyen}

John 17:20-23- Jesus’ prayer is that we demonstrate unity.

1- POWER of UNITY

A. When people are united, they can do ANYTHING (Genesis 11:1-6).

B. When people lack unity, they can do NOTHING (Matthew. 12:22-26).

C. The power of the Holy Spirit is obvious when we are ONE (Acts 4:20-37).

It is important for us to understand the power that comes through UNITY and the power of the Holy Spirit in honouring that unity.

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a three-fold cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12

An Illustration of UNITYIn a Peanuts cartoon Lucy demanded that Linus change TV channels, threatening him with her fist if he didn’t. “What makes you think you can walk right in here and take over?” asks Linus.

“These five fingers,” says Lucy. “Individually they’re nothing but when I curl them together like this into a single unit, they form a weapon that is terrible to behold.”

“Which channel do you want?” asks Linus. Turning away, he looks at his fingers and says, “Why can’t you guys get organized like that?”

2- PROBLEMS that prevent UNITY

A. Hindrances to unity come from FALSE TEACHING
(Rom. 16:17-18).

B. Hindrances to unity come from EGOTISM (1 Corinthians 1:10-13;
3 Jn. :9).

C. Hindrances to unity come from SELFISHNESS (Philippians 2:1-4).

D. Hindrances to unity come from SLANDER (James 3:2-12).

We cannot be ignorant of the Devil’s schemes to bring discord.
(2 Cor. 2:11).

“These six things the LORD hates…one who sows discord among brethren”

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16-19 KJV)

3- PROTECTION of UNITY

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” Ephesians 4:3

A. Pray for unity just as Jesus did (John 17:21)

B. Don’t be selfish, but think of others better than yourself (Phil 2:3).

C. Appreciate the gifts that other people bring into the body (1 Cor. 12:12-27).

D. You must forgive others if you expect to be forgiven (Matt. 6:14-15; 18:35).

E. If you have something against someone, you go to that person directly in a spirit of love and for the purpose of reconciliation (Matthew 18:15-20).

God has called us to peace and unity. We will be a light and salt to our community if we maintain the unity of the Holy Spirit!

In Conclusion

As we conclude our fast today, may we root out any traits of disunity, bitterness, grievances, malice etc…..’Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander,’ 1Peter 2:1

I conclude my series with the following story from the World War II;

During World War II, Hitler commanded all religious groups to unite so that he could control them. Among the Brethren assemblies, half complied and half refused. Those who went along with the order had a much easier time. Those who did not, faced harsh persecution. In almost every family of those who resisted, someone died in a concentration camp.

When the war was over, feelings of bitterness ran deep between the groups and there was much tension. Finally they decided that the situation had to be healed. Leaders from each group met at a quiet retreat. For several days, each person spent time in prayer, examining his own heart in the light of Christ’s commands. Then they came together. Francis Schaeffer, who told of the incident, asked a friend who was there, “What did you do then?” “We were just one,” he replied. As they confessed their hostility and bitterness to God and yielded to His control, the Holy Spirit created a spirit of unity among them. Love filled their hearts and dissolved their hatred.

When love prevails among believers, especially in times of strong disagreement, it presents to the world an indisputable mark of a true follower of Jesus Christ.

Let us ARISE and BUILD, and RELEASE the ARROWS. Destiny awaits us.

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