The Spirit of God is empowering us to make an extra effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Because of the anointing that comes from unity and the greater works God has purposed to do through us, this endeavoring is increasing for such a time as this. Endeavoring means to exert ourselves to do or affect something; make an effort; strive; to attempt earnestly; endeavor to succeed; to be diligent and prompt.
As we focus on maintaining unity, we stand against the wiles of the enemy with power and might. The enemy’s primary plan is to divide, separate or isolate the people of God. We do not war against flesh and blood. Instead of quickly battling one another, we have to make an extra effort to stand together. The literal translation of the word division is to divide the vision. The enemy cannot succeed and is being pushed back as we are resisting him, in unity and fresh anointing.
As we pursue peace and pray for one another, more is accomplished than our natural sight can perceive. We are watching and covering one another. We look out and pray for protection for one another. How grateful we can be for the love and peace of God that keeps us close to one another, inseparable. There may be opposition against every effort we make, but we can trust the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to manifest, from glory to glory.
Ephesians 4:1-3 “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
As the Spirit of God leads us to move together in unity, competition is eliminated. We are called to complete one another; not compete against each other. Competition can hinder every member of the body from flourishing in the place God has them positioned. In the world, competition is celebrated, but this is not the way of the Kingdom.
We are of one mind, and one accord. We are all one in Christ. We are one body, one family. When one is blessed, we all rejoice. We do not compare our achievements with others because they are not separated; they complete each other. At the pool of Bethesda, Jesus showed us how to handle competition. At that pool, whenever the water was stirred the first one who got in the water would be healed. Jesus went to a lame man who was in the very back, not fighting to get ahead, and he wasn’t helped by others. Jesus told him, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk.’ Jesus didn’t help the lame man be the first one in the pool; He took him out of the competition altogether. What the Lord calls you to do, He will enable you to do, regardless of any opposition expressed through competition.
The Lord tells us to rise up and walk in what He tells us to do, looking unto His spiritual ways. In the natural it may appear as though another person has a position better than ours, but there is always more we don’t know regarding someone’s life. The best position is the one we all have–in Christ. Our desire is to be who He calls us to be, to do what He calls us to do and to rest in knowing how much He loves and values us, from glory to glory!
John 5:7-8 “The sick man answered Him, ‘Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk.’ ”
Since the spiritual birth of the Body of Christ, we have all been called to be in one accord. The Holy Spirit is bringing unity among members so the Body can move effectively to enforce the victory of Christ. Our shield of faith, individually and corporately, is being positioned to quench all the fiery darts of the enemy.
In battle, the enemies of the Roman soldiers would not only send fiery darts directly at them; they would shoot arrows into the air over their heads. The soldiers would hold their two by four foot shields in front of them, side by side, to form a protective wall. Other soldiers would hold their shields over their heads forming a protective roof. We stand side by side through our prayers, our agreement and our faith. The unity of our faith enables us to help one another.
The fiery darts come from all directions, and sometimes with great speed, but they come to nothing when they meet our shields. The prayers of the righteous avail so much more than can be seen. The Lord anoints our shield individually, and then places ours next to others because greater works can be done when we are united. Faith without works is dead, but faith with works is alive, powerful and moves mountains. We are protected, provided for, positioned and powerful in Christ, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 6:16 “… above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
As unity is increasing among us, insecurity in relationships is being eliminated. Insecurity is part of our “old” man, who we are in Adam, before being born again and being a new creature in Christ. The more secure we are in our relationship with God, the more secure we can be in our relationship with others. Through the grace and love of God, we walk in newness of life.
Insecurity causes people to assume and receive rejection, build walls and try to control others. It feeds their fear of losing what they have because deep down they do not trust they really have it. It disables intimacy and steals joy. It causes people to have faith one day and fear the next. In our security with Christ, insecurity is defeated. Relationships will not remain the same, but our position in Christ will never change. Others will not always be responsive to our love but we love regardless.
The love of God conquers all and destroys the walls that have been built. We unconditionally love, care and unite with one another. No matter what the changes are in relationships, it can never change our bonds in Christ. We are accepted in God, even when rejected by others. We are loved by God, even when disliked by others. We are safe in the Lord, even when threatened by others. We dwell in security in the Lord, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 1:5-7 “…having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
The power of the Holy Spirit moves mightily when we are in one accord with Him. As we hear and believe the word of God, we come into agreement with the Lord. When we minister in the name of Jesus, we declare and enforce the truths of the gospel. This is done individually and corporately. Much more can be manifested when we are also in agreement with one another.
It’s important to be in one accord with the Lord before we seek to agree with one another. When we become aware of the presence of the Lord and are inspired to minister by going to visit someone, or to speak a word to someone, we must stop and remember He is first. Before we talk to someone, or touch someone, we must ask the Lord, “Is this a good time for this?” We yield; we give Him the right of way; we let Him go first. We follow the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t follow us.
There are power issues with unity; satan brings strife and division in an effort to stop the flow of His power which frightens, scares and intimidates him. The Lord surrounds us with those we can trust to pray with us, with one heart, agreeing with what the Word says and with who He is. Together we stand; we conquer; we have the victory, from glory to glory!
John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”