Unity …

Genesis 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

The first time the word “nothing” is found in the scripture occurs the moment God saw the construction of the Tower of Babel and said, “..nothing will be restrained from them.” He viewed humanity united under a single cause to build a tower to reach into the heavenlies. They thought to invade God’s throne room and become gods in their own sight. It was an awesome display of cohesiveness with the wrong motive. It was the height of mankind’s ability to work together motivated by sin. To that scene God said that nothing would be withheld from them. He said that they could do whatever they put their minds to because they were unified.

Perhaps the greatest challenge among any people, nation, or church is to achieve unity. The word is almost conceptual in nature because of its rarity. Unity makes demands of individualists. In order for amalgamation to be conceived, there must be an absence of opinionated people. There must be a single vision; a single purpose and a cause that is embraced. Sacrifice of self becomes the foundational principle and harmony is the flourishing attitude.

In my experience, unity in the church creates a mighty move of God. It literally removes the barriers of the flesh so that the Lord can do what He has already willed to do. When a church becomes unified, it acts as a school of fish moving in sync and in faith. To attain such a thing means we must govern our words and control our tongues. It means that we must submit to one another and to the vision that the Lord has given. Unity can only be executed and witnessed when the flesh is fully submitted and personal ambitions are set aside for this solitary cause. To be sure, God does not impose this most precious gift on His people, i.e., He will not make us unified. Only we can chose to seek for it and work to realize it.

I pray for this moment in all of my prayers, because I know the power it would bring if only we would set aside pride and the will of our flesh. What would God do if we decided to unite around revival, the Word, and work of the Kingdom? I say that the sky is the limit and we would be able to reach higher to sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole

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