Devotion:  Ephesians 6:10-18

A man named Philip Nation made the following statement.  “The church as a whole is armed only to the level that the members have armed themselves.”  How does the church benefit when the members within it pursue peace?  The answer is found in Ephesians 4:14-16

“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

When a church works in unity; there is no stopping the fulfillment of God’s kingdom purposes.  There is amazing strength and power in unity.  Achieving unity involves preferring one another; seeking peace and pursuing it.  Peace must be the goal. There can be no Big I’s and little you’s.  The brethren must dwell together in unity.

When church members struggle against one another; there is much division. According to Mark 3:25;  “A house (or church); divided against itself, will not stand.”  The churches one foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord. When there is dis-unity; the church as a whole cannot thrive nor operate the way God intended.

The bride of Christ must choose to don her armor, if she is to stand.  People will be drawn to a unified church.  They will be repelled by a church that has infighting.  Let the church put on the whole armor of God and be the bride of Christ to one another and to the community in which she stands.  When this happens; we will become armed and dangerous to Satan, as the peace of God and unity of the brethren will be paramount.

Prayer in Motion:

Oh God, may Your church repent and be unified.  I pray we can stop our petty in-fighting and be about our Father’s business. Help us to unite together, humble ourselves and pray.  Then You will hear from heaven and forgive our sins and heal our land.  In Jesus Name, I offer up this prayer.  Amen


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