GOD OTHERS

THE IMPORTANCE OF UNITY IN THE CHURCH

THIS IS A POST THAT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING, AND I SEE HOW THE LORD WORKED EVERYTHING OUT SO PERFECTLY

FROM THE TIME WHERE I WASN’T IN THE MOOD TO EVEN TRY TO MAKE CONNECTIONS WITH OTHER PEOPLE TO VIDEO CHATTING WITH LIKE-MINDED WOMEN AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK NOW. 

I WAS ONLY FOCUSED ON MY OWN LIFE AND MY OWN SITUATIONS BEFORE ACTIVELY INVOLVING MYSELF WITH OTHERS.

THEN HE CHANGED MY HEART AND PERSPECTIVE ON COMMUNITY WITH OTHER WOMEN.

AFTER THAT, HE SHOWED ME MY ROLE WITHIN FRIENDSHIPS THAT ONLY HE COULD HAVE REKINDLED AT THE PERFECT TIME.

THEN HE SHOWED ME THE IMPACT OF HAVING THOSE WOMEN SPEAK CORRECTION, ENCOURAGEMENT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY DIRECTION TOWARD HIM.

HE PUT IT ON A GROUP OF OUR HEARTS, INDIVIDUALLY, ABOUT THE CHURCH AND THE IMPORTANCE OF GATHERING TOGETHER, BUT ALSO THE PERSEVERANCE THAT THE CHURCH SHOULD BE ADOPTING RIGHT NOW.

THIS IS MY PERSPECTIVE, BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO EVER PUT WORDS INTO ANOTHER PERSON’S MOUTH, HOWEVER, THIS IS WHAT I GAINED FROM THESE CONVERSATIONS.

WHAT GOD’S SHOWING ME

WE AREN’T FIGHTING AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD “…BUT AGAINST THE RULERS, AGAINST THE AUTHORITIES, AGAINST THE COSMIC POWERS OVER THE PRESENT DARKNESS, AGAINST THE SPIRITUAL FORCES OF EVIL IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES.” 

WHETHER IT BE WITHIN OUR OWN MINDS, THE OBVIOUS CHAOS PLAGUING US GLOBALLY, OR WITHIN OUR RELATIONSHIPS, IT’S A SPIRITUAL BATTLE.

THE WORLD IS LOOKING AT THE CHURCH IN THIS TIME TO SEE HOW WE’RE RESPONDING TO THE CHAOS AND TO FIND OUT IF WE’RE GOING TO SINK OR FLOAT.

LIKE IN ROMANS 1:16,  IT’S TIME TO SHARE OUR FAITH BOLDLY, NOT SO WE CAN SAY “WE’RE RIGHT” BUT TO SAY TO OTHERS, “YOU’RE SO LOVED BY YOUR CREATOR THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON FOR YOU. ”

THE GOSPEL IS THE HOPE THAT WE SHOULD BE EXTENDING TO EVERYONE RIGHT NOW… NOT FEAR OR POLITICAL OPINIONS.  

THE WORLD NEEDS JESUS AND WE ARE TO GIVE THEM JESUS THROUGH LOVING EACH OTHER WITHIN CHURCH AS WELL AS THOSE OUTSIDE OF THE CHURCH.

EACH BELIEVER HAS A SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITY WITHIN THE CHURCH BODY.

WHAT I’M GUILTY OF AND WHAT I SEE

WE CAN CRIPPLE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE CHURCH IF WE’RE FIGHTING AGAINST EACH OTHER.

THERE’S LOTS OF DIVISION WITHIN THE CHURCH AND IT SHOWS BIG TIME.

THIS IS NOT THE TIME… THERE SHOULD NEVER BE A TIME WHERE THE BODY IS LIVING DIVIDED.

THIS ISN’T A COMPETITION ABOUT WHO CAN BE LOVED BY GOD MORE.

THIS IS ABOUT HUMBLING OURSELVES BEFORE GOD AND DOING EVERYTHING FOR HIM AND THROUGH HIM.

LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION THAT I HAVE TO CONSTANTLY ASK MYSELF…

DO I HAVE A CONCERN FOR PEOPLE’S SPIRITUAL CONDITION?

IF NOT, THEN WHY IS THAT?

I SAY THAT THE SPIRIT DWELLS INSIDE ME, BUT IF THAT WERE THE CASE, THEN WHY WOULDN’T THE CONDITION OF OTHERS,  IN ANY CAPACITY, BE OF CONCERN TO ME?

WE MAY LOOK AROUND AND THINK, “WHY ISN’T THE LORD MOVING IN THE STATE WE’RE ALL LIVING IN?” AND I WANT TO ASK, “WHAT IS THE CHURCH DOING ABOUT THEIR ROLE WITHIN THE BODY?”

IF ONE PART OF THE BODY (JUST LIKE AN INDIVIDUAL PHYSICAL HUMAN BODY) ISN’T WORKING PROPERLY, THEN IT ISN’T ALLOWING THE REST OF THE BODY TO BE EFFECTIVE.

THERE’S NO SYNCRISY THERE, AND IT’S EVIDENT TO THOSE OUTSIDE OF THE BODY.

RIGHT NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BECOME LAXED AND BEGIN ADOPTING THE “SMALL” DISTRACTIONS OF THE WORLD.

IT’S TIME WE PUT THOSE THINGS AWAY (COLOSSIANS 3:1-17)

IT’S TIME WE WAKE UP!

WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE

IF WE’RE TO BE UNITED, IT’S TO BEGIN WITHIN THE HOME, AND THEN IN THE CHURCH.

1 THESS 5:14-19 

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle,[a] encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit.

WHAT ARE WE DOING TO BUILD THE KINGDOM? TO DELIVER HOPE?

TO INTRODUCE OR REINTRODUCE PEOPLE TO THE PRINCE OF PEACE? WHAT ARE WE DOING?!

WE SHOULD BE PRAYING MORE THAN WE’RE SPEAKING THESE DAYS.

FERVENTLY (HAVING OR DISPLAYING A PASSIONATE INTENSITY) PRAYING!

THAT MEANS TO PRAY WITH EVERYTHING WE ARE.

WHO DO WE HONESTLY THINK WE ARE WITHOUT PRAYER?

PRAYER SHOULD BE THE FIRST RESPONSE WE HAVE TO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING, MORE NOW THAN EVER BEFORE!

THAT MEANS TO PRAY PRAYERS LIKE “BREAK MY HEART FOR WHAT BREAKS YOURS” SO THAT WE MIGHT BE LED BY THE SPIRIT AND NOT BY OUR FEELINGS OR SOCIETY’S OPINIONS.

PEOPLE WILL KNOW US BY OUR LOVE FOR OTHERS AND FOR GOD (JOHN 13:35)

WE SHOULD BE DIGGING AND LEANING DEEP INTO THE WORD OF GOD AND HIS PURPOSE AND PLAN FOR OUR LIVES.

WE CAN NO LONGER HAVE ONE FOOT, TOE, HAND, FINGER, MINDSET OR ANYTHING WITH THE WORLD AND THE OTHER WITH GOD, CHRIST FOLLOWERS.

YOU’RE EITHER FOR HIM OR AGAINST HIM. NO IN BETWEEN.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO’VE BEEN IN ANY FORM OF LEADERSHIP, WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY ABOUT CAUSING OTHERS TO STUMBLE?

WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT A LITTLE LEAVEN, LEAVENS THE WHOLE LUMP (1 CORINTHIANS 5:6-8)?

WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT NOT CONFORMING TO THE WAYS OF THIS WORLD BUT BEING RENEWED (ROMANS 12:2)?

EACH PERSON (INCLUDING MYSELF) WILL COME FACE TO FACE WITH GOD ONE DAY AND HE’LL ASK, “WHAT DID YOU DO WITH MY SON’S GIFT TO YOU AND HOW DID YOU REPRESENT HIM???”

2 CHRONICLES 7:14 “…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

LIKE I SAID, THIS WAS A POST THAT WAS A LONG TIME COMING, BUT I THINK WITH THE LORD’S PROMPTING, IT’S TIME THIS MESSAGE BE HEARD.

AS I SEARCH MY HEART AND INTENTIONS, I PRAY FOR THE CHURCH, INCLUDING MYSELF, TO STAND FIRM IN THE TRUTH THAT IS THE GOSPEL.

HE’S COMING SOON AND THE WORLD IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY MORE AWARE, AND ARE SEEKING NOW MORE THAN EVER.

THE HARVEST IS RIPE.

Are you hoping and praying for unity? Have you prayed for unity within the church? Find out why now more than ever the church must wake up and unite.

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