A few months ago, when all this global devastation started, I asked the Lord what did He want me to do? This is what He slipped into my spirit: Pray for the Church!
God was not referring to any local assembly; He was talking about the Body of Christ. Weeks after praying, my spirit became troubled as if my prayers were hitting a stoned wall; something wasn’t right. That’s when the Holy Spirit let me know: Even though the Church loves Him and wants to do right by Him, too many members were operating from opposing sides; she was fragmented; “truth” was swaying like a palm tree blowing in the wind to justify personal prejudices and stereotypes. That’s not to say members of the Church can’t have different opinions; however, those opinions must be grounded in the Word of God.
A house divided will fall.
Satan knows the Church can damage his kingdom if she harmonized; therefore, his mission is to cause division. His main tool is to pitch people against people, race against race, culture against culture, religion against religion, families against families, and the list goes on . . .
The enemy is cunning; he knows how to slice into our beliefs without us realizing we’ve been indoctrinated with his fabrications. That’s why it’s imperative that we routinely ask God to search our hearts; show us all sides of a situation—not just what we want to see and hear, but the Truth of the matter; no matter where that Truth leads or what it will expose. Now after the Truth has been revealed, anyone still holding to their incorrect preconceived notions, chooses to be part of the problem.
The truth will set us free.
If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:31-32).
I think the Church is accepting more Truth about her ways since the pandemic; and the bright spotlight that is shining on racial injustice. We are now listening and talking to those outside of our closely knitted clusters—just the way Jesus modeled. We still have quite a bit of work to do.
If we can’t learn to love each other, then we missed a huge part of our earthly mission. By faith, we must love one another. PERIOD!
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself
Truth will bring the Church together the way God intended.
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