Ephesians 6:13-18, “Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” (MSG)
Proverbs 4:23, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (NLT)
“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)
The definition of epitome is a typical or ideal example. Basically, it means the perfect example, representation or manifestation of something. What do you think about when you hear the following question: “What is the epitome of unity?” What jumps into your mind?
We can think of many examples of unity, but are they really perfect? Are they ideal? I’m pretty sure most will have flaws and shortcomings. However, we see the perfect example of unity within the Trinity. The Trinity refers to God eternally existing in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All three persons are equally God. However, each person has a distinct role or function within the Godhead, and the three exist in perfect fellowship and community. Yet, there are not three separate gods, but only One. That is, the Godhead is perfectly unified.
You see, unity establishes oneness that will not negate individuality. Remember, each member of the Trinity has a separate role. God, in His infinite wisdom, replicated this reality in His creation. God’s design was to always have differences among people, seen by different races, colors, shapes and styles. Every race is unique and possesses an unique individuality. And yet, God’s desire is for His people to embrace their uniqueness while also maintaining Christian unity. He wants us to follow His perfect example.
How can you model God’s example of unity in your life?
Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
In Alcoholics Anonymous, one of the first steps they tell you on the road to recovery, is to realize you have a problem, accept that, and move forward.
Question for today: How do we as Christians, come to the realization that there is a problem in the world, and it is up to us to change the problem?
This world we live in is under attack, attack from the Devil…Satan… He is hitting us with all kinds of chaos, hate, self-pity, self-worth, and animosity toward our fellow man.
There is a lot of talk today about racism, people are self-assessing themselves to see if they are racist (which is good start)!!!! What I see is…. all people are racist!! Racism is not limited to one race…… I heard a statement on the radio yesterday that said (and I am paraphrasing) Blacks cannot be considered racist—racism is based on what the whites have done to others, not what blacks have done to others!!! Think about this statement! This shows that Satan is alive and well.
Remember, the first step to recovery as a nation is to realize that we have a problem to recover from!! The scripture above tells us how to recover from that problem……study these scriptures and learn from them!!!!
We as a people, as a nation, as Americans, are at war…. We are at war with Satan!!! Christians, we are the front line!! We need to stand fast, hold the line, and push back on Satan. We do not need to conform to the patterns of this world…we need to REPENT and move forward—change!!
Go to Church this weekend if you can…. worship with fellow Christians, (no matter what color—it really does not matter). If you cannot go to Church, join in a unified prayer for God to heal this country we live in, pray for whatever is pure, lovely, and admirable. Pray for anything that is excellent and praiseworthy!!
Be safe from this pandemic, be safe from this unrest, and God Bless
We have all heard the phrase divide and conquer. In war, this strategy forces the enemy to divide their defenses and leaves them vulnerable. Satan uses these same tactics against the body of Christ. He seeks to divide and conquer because he knows that a disunified church is weak.
But what is unity? Unfortunately, many think that unity means “sameness.” This is not true. Unity is not uniformity. Instead, unity can be defined as any group of people who are characterized by a shared purpose, vision or direction. It’s not about being the exact same, but about advancing toward the same goal. Think about a football team. There are different positions on the field. Each position has different skill sets, roles and responsibilities. But all players on the team march toward the same end zone because their goal is the same.
What we must realize is that race has always been a part of God’s plan, but God’s plan also included a way to create unity among the different races. That plan’s epicenter is Jesus Christ. Through Christ, racially divided groups get reconciled into one body, the church. The church is the place where all distinctions should no longer cause any divisions because of our unity in Christ. Our common goal is advancing God’s kingdom through sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. When believers, from every race, come together and operate in biblical unity, we will no longer be divided or conquered. We will be victorious.
“The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth” (Luke 3:5).
I love the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in the new cars. A voice comes on and tells me how far I have to go and when to turn. However, sometimes I get off course and the voice says: “Recalculating route.” The GPS is telling me I have gone off course and it is now recalculating the route based on my wrong turn. Sometimes we can make wrong turns in our spiritual lives. We think we are going the right direction only to discover it was never God’s will to enter that relationship, make that business deal, hire that person – the examples are limitless.
There is an amazing thing about God. He can make our crooked places straight. He has an ability to make whatever blunder you make turn out right. It may mean there might be some consequences to those decisions, but He will always allow your actions to work together for good for those called according to His purposes if we repent and seek Him fully to make things right. These lessons can even contribute to greater wisdom in our lives if we learn from our mistakes.
God’s omnipotence is always one step ahead of our incompetence. Do you think He knew you would make that misstep? Absolutely. Do you think your life was planned even with that misstep figured in? Absolutely. Isn’t it comforting to know you cannot plan God out of the equation no matter how bad you mess up? He will always turn crooked places into straight places for those who are humble and contrite.Do you need a crooked place straightened out today? Ask Him to straighten the course so you can flow in His perfect will for your life.