Most of us know the difference between a family that is united and a family that is separated by strife. When a family is united, it is because the members genuinely love each other as demonstrated by the parents. If a family is divided, it’s usually caused by greed, someone wants more than what they are entitled to.
Psalm 133:1 Behold how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.
I am talking about two different families here, the natural family and the church family. The principles that unite and those that divide apply to both families the same. The leadership of a family has
everything to do with the stability of a family. If a leader has his favorites, he will open the door to strife and wounds. If a leader loves everyone equally and instills this precept in all the members, behold how pleasant it will be in that house. Peace or strife are not an accident, it comes from the top down. I grew up in a family that was always in strife because my dad played his favorites, but the Lord brought unity before he died.
Ephesians 4:11-13 God gave some Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers for the maturing of the saints (family of God). Until we all come in the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God.
If we will listen to the Word and be doers of it, we will be in unity with one another. God is not a respecter of persons, He does not play favorites, He loves us just as much as He loves Jesus. When there is unity in a church family, it is because they listened to the five fold ministries the Lord sent to edify them. When there is strife in a church family, it is because someone disregarded what the Lord’s minister said to them.
God ministers unity, religion brings strife.
Christianity pleases God, religion satisfies the lusts of men. The only way religion can unify is for all the participants to all have the same lust, they will never know the presence of God.
Proverbs 6:16,19 These six things does the Lord hate: yes, seven are an abomination unto Him. A false witness that spreads lies, and he that sows discord among the brethren.
When a family member begins to publish lies about other family members for whatever reason, God says it’s disgusting. I don’t think it will be beneficial for any of us to do something God hates. Here is God’s plan His way, He speaks His Word which is His will. If you believe it and accept it we will be unified.
Romans 16:17-18 Brethren mark them which cause divisions contrary to the Word and avoid them. They do not serve the Lord Jesus but the lusts of their own belly.
We cannot come into unity with every person, there are some who do not accept the Word of the Christ. This is not an invitation to have strife but rather to stop from attempting something that can’t work. We are called to live peaceably with all men as is possible.
December 8, 2019
Lord You are heaven's bookkeeper, You have a record of every good deed.
And You never forget a seed sown because You are Lord of the harvest.
If I should meet You before I reap, I will my harvest to my family.
For You have taught me Your Word and no one can take it from me. You give me all things richly to enjoy.
Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat, drink the sweet drink, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
1. Separation from Family and Friends. (Examples: Military, Prison,
2. Praying against loneliness and isolation. (Yourself/Others)
3. Communication Romans 12:10 Act in love; prefer one another in honor.
4. Peace of God will reign in our homes.
1. Pray about unrealistic expectations of buying and receiving gifts.
2. Ask God for strategies and ideas that fit your budget and talents.
3. Pray for wisdom about what organizations you can help and be realistic about how much money you can spend toward their need.
4. Pray for increase in finances. God will supply all our needs through
1. Peace of God throughout this Season
2. Protection for all from enemies seen and unseen
3. Praying for God assignments
4. Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with us!