Spiritual Stronghold: Division
The satan opposes unity and stokes the fires of division by convincing us that our pursuit of Jesus is THE right way. That is brilliantly evil! Our enemy doesn’t waste time directly confronting our understanding of the Bible or God. Instead, the enemy sows disunity, causing us to question the validity of whose version of the truth is right. Church history is rife with examples of congregational splits, denominational fights, and outright violence toward one another. “Ecumenical” is a word that formerly referred to the promotion of unity among the world’s Christian Churches. Today, it is a sign of weakness…and we remain firmly committed to our preferred flavor of the Gospel message. This is a stronghold! God’s provision of unity does not water down the truth, but it does call us to maturity and a gentle commitment to provide evidence of God’s love and truth to the world around us. That must begin in our own church community!
God’s provision is Peace and Unity.
John 17:20-23 MSG “I’m praying not only for them but also for those who will believe in me because of them and their witness about me. The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind— Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you, So they might be one heart and mind with us. Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me. The same glory you gave me, I gave them, So they’ll be as unified and together as we are— I in them and you in me. Then they’ll be mature in this oneness, and give the godless world evidence that you’ve sent me and loved them in the same way you’ve loved me.”
Ephesians 4:1-6 NIV “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”