5/1 THRU 5/31
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ
"LET'S AGREE NOT DISAGREE AND BE ON ONE ACCORD"
The whole purpose of this lesson is to show two major reasons why there is so much discord in God's family and the answer to these problems which will bring us all together for God's glory. Satan uses these devices to cause us, God's true children, to be less effective and to separate us from the One who loves us beyond our comprehension, our heavenly Father above and to even have us against one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. The purpose of these devices is to bring dissension into the brotherhood of Christ so that we will be at war with each other rather than raging war on our real enemy the devil. In(2 CORINTHIANS 2:11) Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
I hate to say it but Christians can be so ugly when it comes to other Christians and this should not be so. We first must understand that not everyone who calls themselves a Christian is truly a child of God. There are two areas of deception going on when it comes to those who call themselves Christian and are not true children of God. Many believe that they are and are being deceived and then there are those who disguise themselves as Christians simply to cause problems among the body of Christ. Let's take a closer look at these two deceptions both created and utilized by the father of all lies to render us unproductive and to steal our joy. Let's also examine how these satanic devices ultimately cause God's chosen ones to be against one another when in fact we should be working together for the glory of our Father.
First let's discuss those who believe that they are Christians but the Word of God says they are not! Let's get something straight, I am not here to judge anything or anybody but you let the Word of God instruct you as to the truth. We are to love them no matter what but we are not to be blind to the damage that they can cause by their spreading of untrue doctrines. Jesus spoke about this and so did Paul, so we need to truly understand the principle of a true child of God. Only God knows the heart but God did not leave us without discernment or wisdom as to how to distinguish who is and who is not His. You see once you realized with using God's Word that a person is not your brother or sister then you will better understand why they are causing you or someone else so much pain and know how to deal with them accordingly. Christ said himself in(JOHN 8:30-31)30 Even as he spoke, many put their faith in him 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples." I have found that it is those who start crying about judgment, are the ones who are being convicted of their false beliefs. Christ also stated in (MATTHEW 7:21-23) 21 Not every one that saith unto me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name have cast out devils, and in thy name done many wonderful works?' 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Why would Christ give us so many examples of those who are deceived into believing that are His, simply because we who belong to Him need to know who are the brethren, not so we are to judge but to be spiritually discerned when it comes to the fellowship of these so-called Christians. Discord will be caused by those who are deceived because they will be followers of false doctrines which can lead true children astray as well. In(2 TIMOTHY 4:3,4)3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.So my brothers and sisters in Christ, lets not argue who is or who is not God's but rather let's agree according to His word that we need to be very careful about who we call our brother and sister in Christ, especially if they are a part of bad habits and bad doctrines that will initiate static and cause division among those who truly seek the truth. In (TITUS 1:16)16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for doing anything good.
Then there are those who are brought into the body of Christ to destroy us simply because their father is Satan. Christ also told us about them in the parable of the wheat and tares in (MATTHEW 13:37-40)37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.Rarely did Christ explain the parables because He wanted the disciples to figure them out but this one he made sure that there was no misunderstanding. Satan has his children deceiving many to infiltrate the body of Christ for the mere fact to cause discord among the true children of God, why? Very simple because they are here for one cause and they are to introduce false ideas and half truths that are against the will of God. They are also those who are gossipers and back-biters causing hatred among the family of God.
In (GALATIANS 2:4)4 And that because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves.This tells us very clearly why these false brethren are here and that is to spy upon our freedom that we have in Christ and to put us back into bondage, how? Through fighting and lies and back-stabbing each other. Just as Satan can transform himself into an angel of light so are His workers who can do the same. This is why we need to read the Word and know the true doctrine of Jesus Christ because if not then you will be susceptible to what ever you hear and believe in lies. In(2 CORINTHIANS 12:13-15)13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Even though there are two deceptions given by Satan solely for the purpose of destroying God's family, we can still have victory and enjoy our spiritual family if we again listen to God's Word and recognize that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. The key to being on one accord and being in agreement with one another is LOVE! It doesn't matter what church or denomination you come from for if you have received the Lord Jesus in your life and confess it with your mouth and believe in your heart that He died and rose again then you are saved.(ROMANS 10:9,10)9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believe th unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.So it is God's love for us and our love for Him which drives us to work together as brothers and sisters in Christ for His glory. We have to recognize that if we truly love Him and are obedient to His Word then we will strive together to do His will and to make Him happy. True children of God understand that it is not about religion but about having an intimate relationship with our awesome Father.
He wants us to work together and once we recognize those who are not of the body of Christ and don't let them interfere with our joy then we can concentrate on loving Him and surrendering to Him no matter what our differences! In (ROMANS 14:13)13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. Instead of looking at our differences, we need to look at our joint goal and effort and similarities. We need to come together knowing that there are so many lost souls out there and the body of Christ needs to wake up out of it's sleep and to be about our Father's business. In(PHILIPPIANS 2:2) 2 Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.We have to come to the understanding that when we bond together nothing can stop us from making our Father happy and the best way to make Him happy is to obey His Word and will in our lives.
As I said before and I say again this bonding with different brothers and sisters in Christ has to be conceived in Love. It is love that will solve all problems and heal all wounds. We have allowed Satan enough victories when it comes to keeping the children of the Holy One dormant and unaware. When it comes to getting together let's remember to uplift one another and encourage each other no matter what because Satan wants to get us by ourselves so that he can try to beat us up. In(HEBREWS 10:25)25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. If you don't learn anything from this lesson please learn this that it is God's incredible love for us that can and will teach us to respect other children of the Almighty. No matter what the color of the skin nor the type of church we go to nor the economic background of the believer. It is the love of God that empowers us and teaches us that in Christ and through Christ we can do all things. In (1 JOHN 4:7,8)7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. Yes we, who are truly His, know that His love is love, so join me all brothers and sisters in Christ and let's stop arguing over who is right or wrong and let us agree to not disagree and to love one another as God has loved us!
HIS LOVE IS LOVE!