A house divided cannot stand…

The people who lived there began to talk about building a great city, with a temple-tower reaching to the skies—a proud, eternal monument to themselves. ‘This will weld us together,” they said, “and keep us from scattering all over the world.” So they made great piles of hard-burned brick, and collected bitumen to use as mortar. But when God came down to see the city and the tower mankind was making, He said, “Look! If they are able to accomplish all this when they have just begun to exploit their linguistic and political unity, just think of what they will do later! Nothing will be unattainable for them” [Genesis 11:3-6, TLB].

There is power in unity; not just on the surface impression of belonging to a group or cause, but rather a total acceptance and devotion to a vision, cause or ideology. When men are united in their mind and spirit for a cause, there is no stopping them, nor the cause. In the opening scripture we see that God said that because of the unity of men, “nothing will be unattainable for them” [Genesis 11:6, TLB]. Unity is good and God desires for his children to be united. It is when there is unity that the Lord is able to command the blessing [Psalms 133:1-3], and we are able to stand against the hordes of hell. The Lord Jesus stressed the importance of this when He said, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” [Matthew 12:22-28, NKJV].

If we as the body of Christ are going to accomplish great feats for the Kingdom of God, then we must first start by being united in mind and Spirit not only with the Lord, but with each other as well. As the Lord Jesus said, if we are divided among ourselves, how are we going to be able to wage war against the enemy and his cohorts? While we are busy fighting against each other, the enemy and his cohorts are united in their vision to destroy us. Why do you think offenses, disappointments and opportunities for hurt keep coming your way, especially from fellow brethren in the Lord? Your offense against God, your fellow brethren, employer/employee, colleague, spouse and family member came for one purpose, and that is to confound their language that they many not understand one another’s speech” [Genesis 11:6, KJV]. With a cofounded or confused language, division ensues and the more divided we become, the less we can accomplish anything as a people. This is evidenced by the lack of continuity in progress in our homes, jobs, societies, nations and churches.

Remember that “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones” [ Ephesians 5:30, KJV]. It doesn’t really matter what denomination or ministry we belong to. Those affiliations do not trump over the unity we are to possess with the Lord, and with each other in Christ. Apostle Paul understood this on a term that many of us are yet to understand. In Galatians 2:20, when he boldly declared that “I have been crucified with Christ”, he had come to a place where he was so united with the Lord in Spirit and mind, that he can given up his identity, ideas, opinions, feelings for the Lord’s. That is why he was able to accomplish so much for the Lord and was unstoppable for the Gospel. It didn’t matter how many times he was whipped, stoned, imprisoned, persecuted or left for dead, he was simply unstoppable in his spread of the Gospel. This was the man who said,For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us” [Romans 8:38-39, TLB]. Imagine if we were all as united with the Lord as he was and with each other, as opposed to the denominational and ministerial lines we have drawn against each. Imagine how much we would accomplish for the Lord… just imagine.

In the story of the tower of Babel, the Lord stopped the men because their motivation for building the tower was selfish. They wanted to do it for their fame and not to bring Glory to the Lord. It is not good enough to be united, but to be united in love towards a cause. Remember that If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” [1 Corinthians 13:3, MSG]. Love is the lubricant that makes whatever is achieved a sweet-smelling savor unto the Lord. When love is at work, it causes the blessings received, to be the kind of blessings that maks rich and added no sorrows. The kind of blessings where everything that is done, becomes fruitful and flourishes. Indeed, walking in love is the highest form of warfare we can engaged in.

In your job, family, church, marriage “try always to be led along together by the Holy Spirit and so be at peace with one another.” [Ephesians 4:3, TLB]. No matter what it costs you, “walk continually in love [that is, value one another—practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God [slain for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.” [Ephesians 5:2, AMP]. Afterall, a house divided cannot stand.

 

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