unity (part two)

The following is the second part of an article I wrote and released through Inscribe, the ministry website for my wife Kathi and me.

As we live and interact with each other in love as Jesus commanded us (John 13:34-35), we corporately understand the will of the Lord, and this gives us greater understanding and courage in our individual lives as well.

More than any time in recent history, we have been flooded with pronouncements that entice us to fear, to faint, to tremble with anxiety. The constant bombardment of cruel and shaming venomous words we write and speak towards one another in the guise of “speaking truth” or “exposing our enemy” are thinly disguised expressions of contempt.

The problem with our contempt is that it is foolish and misplaced. We aim it at each other instead of discerning the mind and will of the Lord. Our eternal King tells us that He mocks the impudent and foolish plans of wickedness as He laughs in derision (Psalm 2:1-4). When we react out of opinion or offense, we simply rage in impotent fury and accomplish nothing but furthering the chaos and destructive plans of demons. Our responsibility is to unite in love with Jesus and one another, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord (2 Corinthians 7:1). We are called to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might, as we stand girded in the armor of God, resisting all the spiritual forces of wickedness.

Is there wickedness being promoted by blind and selfish men and women? Yes. Have we as Christians failed to take notice and affect our culture? Yes. Do we need to humble ourselves before God and pray with intensity, crying out for mercy?

Yes, yes, YES!

But as we unite in Him, rather than fight against each other, we release the purposes of God and expand the authority and righteousness of His Kingdom.

But God…

Regardless of the way circumstances appear, our God is powerful and will accomplish His will and His word. He is not taken by surprise at any of the affairs of men or the secretive and vile scheming of those who have earthly power. Our Father is attentive and loving, caring for all His creation. His attention is kind and infinitely detailed: Jesus told us the Father takes note every time a small bird dies and He counts the very number of hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:29-30). The LORD has promised He will not forget us (Is. 49:14-16). He is closer to us than even the breath in our lungs.

When we are tempted to anger or despair or fear, it is important to remember a small but powerful declaration in Scripture: “But God…

My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73:26).

…you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…” (Genesis 50:20).

Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

…(we) were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He love us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive to together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the everlasting riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:3-7).

He is very near, present, close to each one of us (Acts 17:27) whether we are aware of Him or not. He invites us to participate in His profound and glorious purposes for human history. The Eternal One whose power holds the entire Universe together will never forget us or forsake us. He will not be dissuaded from His relentless pursuit of all men in every age of history. He is not threatened by the insanity and wickedness of satan and the demonic forces. He is not manipulated or chastened by any work or opinion of mankind. He is the supreme Ruler of all that exists.

    Lift up your heads, O you gates!
    And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
    And the King of glory shall come in.
    Who is this King of glory?
    The LORD strong and mighty,
    The Lord mighty in battle.
    Lift up your heads, O you gates!
    Lift up, you everlasting doors!
    And the King of glory shall come in.
    Who is this King of glory?
    The LORD of hosts,
    He is the King of glory (Psalm 24:7-10).

Together we unite as the Body and Bride of Christ and join the ancient cry: King of glory, come in to our land!

Selah.

As I finished writing this article, believers from many nations around the globe had just finished praying from Jerusalem for the US election. The government of God is upon the shoulders of Yeshua!

Kathi and I are part of the team facilitating this historic gathering. If you would like to join the livestream as meetings take place in Israel, here is the link:
 http://www.watchmen.org/live

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