Sunday, May 20, 2012

Unity with God in one body; Ezra 3:1, John 17:21,

Ezra 3:1
"And when the seventh month had come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem."

The Bible says that one can put a thousand to flight and that two can put 10,000 to flight. In the book of Acts, the Church was united to the point that they were sharing everything they had with each other. Jesus, Himself, likewise prays for our unity.
John 17:21, "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."NKJV
When the Church walks in unity, it's like a fine symphony playing for the world to hear. But, imagine if each person in that symphony was not united. What if the percussionists walked over to the flutists and said, "You really need to beat on that thing to get a good tone out of it". Then the flutists walked over to the violinists and said, "You need to blow on it gently to get a good tone." The violinists then walked over to the trombonists and said, "You really need to use the bow to get a good tone out of that instrument." I just described to you part of what is wrong with the Christian body. Each and every one of us is designed to do something a little bit different than the other, and when we walk in unity, it is incredible. Today, look for ways to play your part while encouraging other believers to do theirs. Together, we will fill the world with God's beautiful song.

Life Lesson: There is incredible power in unity, while division drains power.

Dear God,
Thank You for the Church. I pray that You would unite us together so that we will be better used to reach the world with Your Gospel. Teach us to play our parts well while celebrating and encouraging the parts of others. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee

My Comments: Even in a family we see what happens when one pulls to go their own way instead of working for the good of the family. Sometimes we think we are better equipped than we are to run the whole show.
We forget only God is that good or talented. Instead we should be looking and saying where can I help, what can I do to make things better where I am? Not everyone is created to be at the head though there are many who are arrogant and think they are. It is the humble who really lead well yet the arrogant who think they do.
 Not everyone can be a toe and help balance the body yet many disdain being the toe because it does not carry much glory for them. The little finger is weak yet every woman knows it is the gentlest for smoothing ointment on the eyes as it doesn't tear or pull the skin. Each of us has a purpose in the body and when we work together as a body and not individual body parts then the body is healthy and accomplishes much!
Years ago there was a radio program called the "Hand" and it was a hand that went around destroying people. That is what individual body parts, trying to do their own thing, do. I have been at churches where some try to be their own gods and not work as a body. They are certain only they were given directives from God yet the only god they got directives from were themselves and they caused much harm.
Satan was and is like that and he works on peoples weaknesses to get them to pull the body apart by following his drum roll. "I did it my way" was a good example of what Satan did and does and will do.
Only God and His people work to make the body a whole working body working for God and in His will. We must always question ourselves and our motives and our actions to see if they are in right alignment with the will of God and the body.
Abba Father fill us with Your Holy Spirit and grant we will always be in Your will. Hearing Your Word and doing what You would have us to do. We pray we will work within Your body to do Your will and not follow our will. Let not our hearts follow after the evil one nor fall into the temptation of pride. Instruct us Father through Your Holy Spirit and give us understanding and a willingness to follow where You lead. Help us to build up the body and to feed it and keep it strong and as one. In Jesus Name we thank You and praise Your Holy Name. Amen

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