Keep the Unity of the Spirit

Keep the Unity of the Spirit

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 long-suffering bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. – Eph. 4:1-3

The Spirit of God is empowering us to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. The anointing of God flows in greater measure through unity. Because of this and the greater works God has purposed to do through the Body of Christ, this endeavor is increasing. The opposition that comes against some of our efforts only strengthens our determination.

Because of our power of agreement, our adversary’s primary plan is to divide, separate, or isolate the people of God. Instead of quickly battling one another, we must strive to stand together. With long-suffering (exceeding patience), we bear with one another in love. United in Christ, we walk in a fresh anointing for our calling.

As we pursue peace and pray for one another, we accomplish more than our natural minds can perceive. We keep watching, covering, looking out for, and protecting our brothers and sisters in the Lord. How grateful we can be for the love and peace of God that keeps us close to one another, as we keep unity of the spirit,  from glory to glory! 

The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes

Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes. – Song of Solomon 2:15

It is the little foxes that spoil the vines. We are to catch them as soon as we realize they are appearing. As we care for our vineyards, we become more skilled in watching out for them. We learn to pay attention to the little things that become significant when they should not.

For example, it’s the one little negative word spoken to us that tries to silence the wholesome words expressed. It’s the one little failure that attempts to overshadow successes. It’s one minor flaw in our character that aims to hide positive traits. It’s the one minor disagreement that strives to turn into an offense.

Foxes dig holes in unseen areas. The Lord helps us build protective fences to set proper boundaries. We determine to enforce them by His grace. When we do not keep a boundary, we open the fence to intruders. We maintain our boundaries when we believe in the value and growth of our tender grapes. The little destructive foxes have potential, but in God, His constructive fruit will cause much more and remain forever. Let’s tend to our territory! Order intruders out in Jesus’ name and enjoy our vineyard, from glory to glory!

The Fire of God

The Fire of God

And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. – Luke 9:54-55

When we are in battles, it’s important for us to know the source of our troubles in order to war effectively. Is it the fire of God or the fire of satan at work in the situation? Whose fire is it? Our warfare is not against what we see in the natural, but what is in the spiritual realm, and we can only fight it in the spirit. We can discern whether the fire is of God or of satan with many easily recognizable clues.

The fire of God comes to lift us higher, not crush us. It purifies us by removing impurities and drawing us closer to His purity. We can walk in the holiness we have in the Lord. The fire of God doesn’t destroy us but makes us whole. It doesn’t hurt but helps. It doesn’t kill but brings life, hope, love, and peace. The fire of satan, on the other hand, comes from outside sources trying to bring destruction, death, despair, and desolation.

God loves us, and His mighty works are to bring us closer to Him and to one another. He moves from above to lift us up, not from beneath to bring us down. He doesn’t condemn us but convicts us so we can walk in the purity of His holiness. We receive His healing and walk in His glory,  from glory to glory!

Let Us Press toward the goal

Let Us Press toward the goal

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – Phil. 3:13-14

Stretching helps prevent injuries and increase flexibility in physical exercise. To stretch is to expand or extend something to a greater size or length. In our spiritual walk, stretching increases our effectiveness and fruitfulness. Similarly, God stretches us spiritually to assist our growth and our reach for His best.

The Lord stretches us when He leads us to do something our flesh opposes, or to refrain from something our flesh desires. He might lead us to express love that is not reciprocated or to forgive an offender. God might close a door we wanted opened. We learn to press through our physical weaknesses and our inabilities. As we take a step in obedience, we experience His enabling power.

The Lord leads us to press through our limitations so we can depend on Him alone and learn to trust Him at deeper levels. He challenges us to step out of our comfort zones and draws us closer to Him through circumstances. God’s purpose is our transformation into the image of Jesus, and He works all things together for that to be done, from glory to glory!  

Every Member of the Body Matters

Every Member of the Body Matters

“…from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. “- Eph. 4:16

Every member of the Body matters and every joint supplies. There is only one body of Christ, and Jesus is the Head. Everyone matters. We do not compete but complete one another, and we do not compare ourselves with others. We are all gifted because of the greatest gift that lives in us, Jesus Christ, our Lord. By His Spirit, we shine forth His glory!

Low self-esteem can cause us to believe we have no gifts at all, while pride can make us think we are more gifted than others. No one is greater than another. To minister means to serve. We are all servants, and we need each other. United, we can do greater works in the name of Jesus. When we disregard one part of the Body, we hinder others, including ourselves. The whole Body matters.

We serve and stay faithful wherever we are, in whatever we do, with no complaint. It is all for the glory of God, so it’s never insignificant. Above all, we walk in love: appreciating, encouraging, and celebrating one another. We rest in Him and rejoice forevermore. We endeavor to be good stewards of what God places in our hands, from glory to glory!

Remain in Fellowship with God

Remain in Fellowship with God

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.- 2 Cor. 13:14

Struggles with fleshy temptations might make us feel disconnected from the Lord. Guilt and self-condemnation try to push us away from the very thing we need the most: to draw closer to Him. Understanding the distinction between our relationship and fellowship with God is crucial in overcoming these struggles. Staying in fellowship with the Lord keeps us Christ-centered.

When a parent tells his son to go to his room because he did something he shouldn’t have, it breaks their fellowship, not their relationship. The child is still home. When he returns to fellowship, he finds his dad cooking his favorite meal while they were apart. Our loving Heavenly Father never ceases to amaze us!

As believers, when we trust in our personal relationship with Jesus, we can reach for His forgiveness, love, and grace. Repentance and faith in our relationship leads to the restoration of fellowship. The key to living the abundant life we have in the Lord is through our fellowship with Him. When we remain in fellowship with God, we walk in freedom, from glory to glory!

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