Goodmorning everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful morning so far! As you are reading this, I am currently getting ready to head to church. Today I’m going to be sharing my testimony with one of the ministers in our church so I ask that everyone who is reading this, that they pray that I have the courage. This is in preparation for me to share my FULL testimony to a full congregation, something I, myself, never thought of doing. But God? Shoot. He has bigger plans for me then I had for myself.
First Topic: Unity.
Unity is such a beautiful word, but even so, a much greater feeling when it actually happens. Have you ever experienced a time where you felt so unified with every one else around you? Where there was such a pleasant feeling of just being around those you were currently surrounded with? Yeah, I’ve felt it before too and I LOVE that feeling! Unfortunately, though, the world we live in today is so divided and cold, it’s hard to ever feel that feeling. We as Christians are called to live in unity with everyone around us. To love, to forgive, to serve those around us, which, in effect, causes us to be unified. What causes division? Well, there are lots of things that cause it… Pride, selfishness, greed, unforgiveness, bitterness, hate, gossip, slander, and so many other negative things. Because of our natural human nature, it is hard for us to naturally love, forgive, serve and be unified with those around us. Even Christians are naturally selfish before they receive the fruits of the Spirit… That is why it is SO important for us to live ABOVE our fleshly desires and to allow the Holy Spirit to control us so we can have that unity and togetherness.
Question: What can you do to today to help the unity around you? What are you willing to do today to fix the relationships that you have damaged due to the bitterness and unforgiveness you have had for so long? Take action NOW!
Scriptures: Psalm 133, Romans 15:5, Ephesians 4:3
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
Blessed Unity of the People of God.
1: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!
2: It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments.
3: It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing — life forevermore.
1-3: Two similes are used by David to describe the joy of brethren literally “sitting together” in unity: aromatic anointing perfume and refreshing mountain dew. See John 17:23 for NT affirmation of this necessary congregational ingredient.
3: Mt. Hermon is located on the northern border of Israel.
5: Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,
1-6: Christ is the model of conduct in relationships between weak and strong Christians. His example demands mutual forbearance and love, and if followed will result in a unity of harmonious praise to God (v.6).
* Do not allow your freedom in Christ to cause someone to stumble or sin. Be sensitive to others in love. *
3: endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
2-6: Unity is the responsibility of each believer and is to be pursued earnestly.
* Love One Another ->> John 13:35 *
[All notes were taken out of the NKJV: New Spirit Filled Life Bible and are not my personal thoughts.]
Because He knows when we act with a spirit of love, everything changes.
When we take the attitude towards others that He has, miracles happen. When we find a way to truly be happy for (and even pray for) the blessings of others. When we hold our tongues behind our backs and speak life face-to-face, when we look at others with His adoring eyes instead of looking for holes and flaws, suddenly, the acid evaporates.
And instead we are left with the most precious of oils. (Psalm 133) It fills the air with sweetness, it spreads over His people, not as burning acid, but as the calming Holy Spirit. It refreshes instead of destroying. And when we have unity with one another, we receive His greatest blessing, both in the freedom we find ourselves in this life, and in being used by Him to give that freedom to others.
Father, soften our hearts for those we don’t see eye-to-eye with. Let us learn to disagree without being disagreeable. May we do all things with a spirit of love. Help us unify our hearts with each other and in doing so, unify our hearts with Yours. Amen.
Second Topic: Praise … Coming in an hour!