“AN AGGRESSIVE PURSUIT OF UNITY”

When a church or any movement is experiencing revival, they will inevitably feel the attack of the enemy. The devil hates it when God’s people begin moving in a Holy, anointed progression. He will strategically plan a way to try and stop what is going on. The problem is, there’s not a lot he can do. We are the church, and Jesus said the gates of hell could not prevail against it. So, what can the enemy do to hinder it? He can only do what he has always done, and that is to try and destroy us from the inside out. He can’t defeat us, but we can bring defeat to each other. Our unity is what helps bring revival, and when we cease from being united, we will eventually be defeated.

We need to be aware of how the enemy is going to attack. He will try and cause division between the members. Hurt feelings, gossip, and sowing discord is the only successful strategy the enemy has. When one brother gets offended at another, and a sister begins to harbor feelings about another sister, the attack is on. We cannot afford to start fighting each other. That’s what the enemy wants us to do. We have to understand what is going on and turn our fighting toward the enemy and not each other.

None of us are perfect, and at times we’re going to say things we don’t mean. We all have bad days and mood swings. But let us work hard on protecting the unity of our church or group. Learn to forgive and work hard on putting things in the past. If you feel like someone has an issue with you, stop waiting on the other one to make the first move and go ahead, make it yourself. Put aside your agenda, keep your problems off social media, and protect the body of Christ.

We need each other.
We desperately need to build up one another.
We need to choose love over everything.
Give your brother or sister the benefit of the doubt.
Stop chasing rumors and aggressively pursue unity.

“WE MUST UNITE”

We need unity. It is not a time to separate and fight, but instead, come together and unite. We can accomplish and do so much more when we are united and not divided. I think you would agree with me, right?

So, how do we unite?

I believe unity can be achieved through these three things.

1. A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.

No one taught and practiced unity any more than Jesus. Let us not forget that He said, “That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” In my opinion, anywhere there is a problem with unity, I can assure you, at the root of it is relational. When there is a lack of relationship with Jesus, division will find its way in. The closer we get to Him, the further we will be from dissension.

2. EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW.

I believe this is where leadership comes in. If unity is not observed, it will not be practiced. People can’t follow what they can’t see. If the leaders of a church, business, or organization aren’t promoting and performing the example of leadership, it will never be executed. As a pastor, I have to realize how important my position is in the completion of unity. I am an example that people will follow, and how I treat everyone around me will send a message of division or unity.

3. MARRIED COUPLES, TO LEAD THE WAY.

I firmly believe that the decay in marriages is one of the things that has led us to such disunity within our churches. Marriage is something spiritual and must be entered into by a man and woman that is first committed to God. If a couple isn’t properly aligned with God, they will never be in alignment with one another. The Apostle Paul told us that marriage is a representation of Christ and His Church. How Jesus loves His Church is how a husband should love his wife. The respect and love that the Church shows Jesus is how a wife should treat her husband. I don’t have time to write about why some marriages end in divorce, although, I think I covered it. My point is, it’s been affecting the Church for the last several years. Husbands and wives; you must realize how essential your covenant is between each other. You are a vital part of keeping our churches together. Why do you think the enemy fights marriage so hard? It’s because he knows if he can break-up and marriage, he can create discord in the Church.

Husbands and wives, I’m calling on you for help. Love each other and lead the way to unity. Quit fighting over stupid stuff. Learn when to speak, and when to shut-up. Stop bringing up crap from the past. Get over yourself and stop letting a personal problem become a marital one. Your kids are watching you, and so is your Church. Get it together so we can keep it together. Be friends, be lovers, and most of all, be united.

Pardon me for being so plain and bold, but I believe that unity is imperative. We need it in our world, our Nation, our homes, our churches, our work, and schools. I know we can do it, but we’re beyond that now; WE MUST UNITE!!!