UNITY is the Kingdom Way Of Life
One of the clear identification marks of Kingdom People is their Unity.
Where there is unity, there is always victory. P. Syrus
(and the Kingdom of God will advance)
The truth is we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.
A chain is only as strong as the weakest link.
There is nothing the devil fears more than Christians who are united.
When we are in unity, we defeat the enemy. (It builds a wall up against the enemy)
The devil’s number one tactic is to bring disunity in the church. (If he can bring Discouragement – Disunity wins)
If we allow him to succeed, then the church is crippled and the kingdom of God cannot advance.
Matthew 12:25 (NIV) – Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”
Where there’s Disunity there is Disaster
The reason why the church lacks unity and lies broken, is because man is disunited with himself.
Unity starts with ME!
Jesus spoke about the power of agreement.
Matthew 18:19 (NIV) – Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.
Dr. George Truett, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, was preaching his first sermon in West Texas.
After the sermon he asked people to come forward and kneel to pray at the altar bench.
A big rancher marched forward, looked Truett in the eyes, held his Bible high and asked, "Do you believe in this book?" Truett was offended at that question. Of course, he did, he was a baptist after all.
Then the rancher asked, "Do you believe everything that is in the Bible?" Now, Truett was getting agitated, "Of course I do! What is it that you want me to do for you?"
The rancher opened his Bible to Matthew 18:19 and asked, "Would you agree with me in prayer that God would save my ranch foreman and his family at tomorrow night's service?"
Well, Truett had no choice but to agree. The rancher smiled wide, grabbed Truett's hand and shook it and exclaimed, "You're the first preacher I've met that believed in Matthew 18:19!" Well, they prayed.
Dr. Truett went home that night and could hardly sleep. He began to struggle with thoughts contrary to what they had agreed for in prayer.
Yet he knew he had to stay in agreement that the entire family would be saved.
The next night, the service began, but the rancher and the foreman were not there.
Just before Dr. Truett was about to preach, in walked the rancher and his foreman with the entire family.
Joy leaped into Truett's heart. He preached a mighty sermon on salvation and boldly gave the altar call, confident that the foreman and his family would respond. And they did.
We need to have that simple faith that anything is possible when we are in unity in prayer.
We cannot put limitations on this scripture. Jesus says what He means
We can receive anything if we agree (in unity) about it in prayer.
Unity is plural* and, at minimum, is two. B. Fuller. (If I’m in unity with you and you are in unity with me – Unity has began)
(Means: More than one)
The Greek word Jesus used which is translated “agree” comes from the word, “symphonize”.
If you’ve been to a symphony, you’ll appreciate the importance of “agreement”.
When the orchestra warms up, each one plays his own instrument without consideration of the others. That noise is atrocious.
But when the conductor lifts his baton, the racket stops and all eyes are on him.
Then, with a gentle wave of the baton, the orchestra plays such heavenly music.
What makes the difference?
The orchestra is in ‘one accord’. No one is on their own. When each one plays in unity, the music is lovely.
The point is, as God’s children, we too need to harmonize together.
Jesus said when we do; the world would come to believe in Him.
John 17:21 (LB) – My prayer for all of them is that they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are, Father—that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.
Unity reveals God’s reality.
Deuteronomy 32:30 – One will put one thousand to flight, but two will put ten thousand to flight.
In other words, you can do ten times as much with someone agreeing (in symphony, in unity) with you as you can by yourself.
There is power in unity.
A good example of the power of unity is found in the Bible:
Genesis 11:4-6 (NIV) – 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” 5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.
Even if they were wrong, it was amazing what unity could achieve.
Note verse 6 – what God says about their unity.
God knows the power of unity.
Psalm 133:3 – Where there’s unity, God commands a blessing, even life forevermore.
Paul encouraged unity in the church:
Ephesians 4:1-3 (NIV) – 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity* of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
*keep the unity = because potentially you could lose it
Colossians 3:12-14 (Ampl) – 12 Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behaviour marked by] tender-hearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].
13 Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. 14 And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].
It’s time that we stop divisions and strive for unity in the body of Christ, because it is a Kingdom way of life..
If we do, what a mighty force we will be.