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.
Men have taught me the Word of God so, I sow into their ministry.
I am grateful to them,
I pray they help many others.
I put my trust in God,
He is faithful and just.
I will reap what I sow,
I will sow to the Spirit.
You will declare a thing, and it will be established for you
Declarations over our children:
I declare my child(ren) shall be taught of the Lord
I declare great is the peace of my child(ren)
I declare my child(ren) hear God’s voice and walk in truth
I declare my child(ren) serve God all the days of their lives.
Declarations over America:
We declare that the power of Christ’s redemption is greater than the power of sin and death in America
We declare that America will be saved
We declare that truth will win in America. Lord send revival
We declare that life and decency will prevail in the United States
We declare that the Supreme Court will honor truth and justice, not their own ideals and desires
Declarations over our church:
We declare that FOJ will have a platform for the Holy Spirit to work from
We declare we are making room for the gifts of the Spirit to flow
We declare the spirit of boldness is replacing the spirit of fear
We declare we are putting every distraction, anything that would entangle us and we run with endurance in our vision.
We declare and believe revival is coming