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UNITY

Maintain the Unity of the Spirit; how do we do that? 

Unity, what is it?  And how do we do unity?  A lot of years ago, the Spirit of God pointed this statement of fact out to me in Ephesians 4:3: “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” 

Many people don’t understand, or maybe they just refuse to accept the fact that for many Christians: What they believe is their prized possession! 

It is the unity of the Spirit that we are to keep, not unity in the body of Christ. And the way to maintain the unity of the Spirit is through the bond of peace.

Here is an example of how to maintain the unity of the Spirit:

Two Christians meet.  We know that they both have the Holy Spirit living in them.

  • 1 Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?”

The two Christians get into a conversation and it becomes evident that they do not believe alike.  For example: One believes the message of prosperity is for every Christian, but the other one thinks all Christians need to be humble servants because you don’t know if prosperity is God’s will for every Christian.

  • 1 Corinthians 2:12 “We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, THAT we may understand what God has freely given us.”

Those two Christians have given the Holy Spirit opportunity to reveal things God has freely given to them.  As a result, one Christian knows things the other does not, at that moment in time.

Thankfully, both Christians know how to maintain the unity of the Spirit, so they remain at peace with one another.

They realize that the other has received revelation from the Spirit of God that the other has not, at that time.

Neither of them has the silly notion that he knows “the truth” or is the “true Christian.” They both rejoice in the fact that they belong to the family of God and Jesus Christ is not ashamed to call them brothers.

  •  Hebrews 2:11 “Both the one who makes men holy (Jesus) and those who are made holy (both Christians) ARE OF THE SAME FAMILY, so Jesus IS NOT ashamed to call them brothers.”

Isn’t that easy!  In order to maintain the Unity of the Spirit, you simply choose to be at peace with fellow Christians who know something you don’t know.  But then, that may be too simple for some people and too hard for others.

I’m thankful that I know how to maintain the Unity of the Spirit.  For example, whenever the occasion requires me to visit another church group, and what that group believes rubs me wrong, I am able to accept them and not be critical, even though it is evident that they do not accept me.

Aren’t we all glad that each of us will stand before the judgment throne of Jesus Christ instead of the judgment throne of one another?  Jesus will judge us accurately. We’d condemn one another just because we don’t agree with one another.

Personally, I’m at peace with other Christians, they are none of my business. They belong to God, not me.  I do not butt into their business.  I DO NOT ASSUME THAT I KNOW WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING.  I am free!  I do not judge other ministries, that way I can pass through quietly, hoping not to disturb the water.

Although, there are certain things that grieve the Holy Spirit, and we are not to grieve the Holy Spirit with whom we are sealed.

  • Ephesians 4:29-32 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." 
  • And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
  • Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
  • Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
  • Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

When were we sealed with the Holy Spirit?  And how?

  • Ephesians 1:13,14 “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  HAVING BELIEVED, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession (I believe that refers to moment of the catching up of all believers – a.k.a The Rapture).

Here is an example of what grieves the Holy Spirit: Christians rejecting other Christians just because they won’t fit into their group.

When I go around certain Christian groups I can sense their distaste for me simply because I have no intention of being a part of what they are doing.  I don’t judge those people; I don’t reject those people; matter of fact, I accept those people, it’s just that I cannot be a part of what they are doing.

Maybe some of them take my lack of desire to belong to their Church as rejection or judgment on my part. They shouldn’t.  And worse of all, not one of them has come to me so that I can calm their suspicions.

Matter of fact, I am so distasteful to some of them they cannot even look at me. When they see me, they get a pained, disgusted look on their face and turn their head away.  I must admit that their immature attitude makes me chuckle, on the inside.

They must think they are right and I’m wrong.  How childish! They must think of me as being a cavalier Christian.

The truth is: I’m a very secure person.  I know who I am in Christ.  I know how precious I am to God. I am me, and I act like me.  Because God loves me, I love me. I’m satisfied with me because I know the Spirit of God is at work in me, transforming me to be like Jesus Christ.  As a result, I don’t need people’s approval, nor their acceptance.  I do feel sorry that they can’t be at peace with me when I come around.  It would be much better if they would maintain the unity of the Spirit.

How are you doing? Are you still at peace with me?

In those churches I hear some of them ask, “How are we going to get people to want to come to this church?”
  The answer is clearly given in John 13:34.35.  Jesus Christ gives a new command.  Matter of fact, that is the only time Jesus uses the word “command.” He tells those who have ears to hear: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  That’s real clear instruction.

God knows that I make a lousy servant; He doesn’t expect that of me.  God knows that I make a loving son, and Jesus knows that I am a willing friend and a grateful brother:

  • 1 John 3:1How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
  • John 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead I have called you friends,
  • Hebrews 2:11d Both the one who makes men holy (Jesus) and those who are made holy (Christians) are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.

It annoys some Christians that I am constantly quoting Bible verses. Why, I don’t know, after all I’m quoting my Father, for “All Scripture is God breathed.” For me the Bible contains statements of fact, not Bible verses. And I know that the power of life and death is in the tongue and so, I love those statements of fact that I quote.  I also know that I need to get my faith out of my heart into my mouth.  I am at peace with my interpretation of the Bible facts I quote.  I can do that!

  • 2 Corinthians 4:13 “It is written: I believed; therefore I have spoken. With the same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak.”
  • Proverbs 18:20,21 From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
  • Romans 10:10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 

Motivational Gifts

According to 1 Peter 4: 10 there are two categories of motivational gifts.
  Motivational gifts are what the Holy Spirit puts into the hearts of Christians, and those motivations move a person to do what the Holy Spirit wants the Christian to do.

  •  “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 
  • If anyone SPEAKS, he should do it as on speaking the very words of God.
  • If any SERVES he should do it with the strength that God provides
  • So That in all things, God is praised through Jesus Christ.”

According to that information concerning motivational gifts, I can say with confidence that I am a VERBAL gift.  I talk, I talk a lot.  That is how I am to serve people and administer God’s grace.  I have no desire to do what the service gifts are supposed to do.  I teach and preach the Word of God, I prophesy, I pray for the sick and witness people be healed, and I cast out demons and see people set free from what had held them in bondage. 

So, if anyone would expect anything else from me, most likely will be disappointed, and their disappointment may cause them to reject the gift God has caused me to be.

In order to maintain the unity of the Spirit, people have to accept me as one of those “super spiritual” people who believes he speaks the words of God. 

My message and my teaching are not with wise and persuasive words, but with demonstrations of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith will not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. 

  • John 14:12 Jesus speaking : “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.  He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring  glory to the Father.  You may ask me for anything in My name, and I will do it.”

When I was in Bible college, one of the Professors who belonged to the denomination that sponsored that College, looked at me during a class and said this to the class: “There are some people in this class who knows too much Bible for their own good. They will never be able to fit in anywhere.”

The fact is: those of us who know too much Bible for our own good, are happy not being able to fit in anywhere.  We know God has not called us to “belong” but to “build.”  

  • Ephesians 2:10 "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
  • Philippians 2:13,14 continue to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, FOR IT IS GOD who work in you TO WILL and then TO DO according to His good purpose.

Matter of fact, I know for certain that the Holy Spirit has made me the overseer of the flock He chose to make me the overseer of: Dominion Chapel & Dominion Ministries.  I also know that Jesus Christ Himself has given me to His body as a Pastor and Teacher. And so, I have set my heart on being the overseer of this growing ministry.

  • 1 Timothy 3:1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.
  • Acts 20:28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.

It’s a fact that I am at peace with me, and I maintain the unity of the Spirit with those who disagree with me. When others want to prove me wrong, I maintain the unity of the Spirit with bond of peace and a smile.  I am cordial and walk away from contention and conflict.

Also, the Holy Spirit helps me maintain a tight grip on the vision of Dominion Chapel & Dominion Ministries.

The reason I chose to be ordained by the International Association of Christian Clergy is because you are totally independent.  It’s between God and you.  The Association expects me to pursue the vision God put into my heart and maintain a tight grip on the vision, and watch the Holy Spirit cause it to spring forth in the earth. 

  • Isaiah 43:18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”

 

I am the repository of the vision, and as the overseer, I am expected to impart this vision to those who the Spirit of God knits to this flock.

If I can’t hang on to the vision for this ministry it will sink like a flaming ship. I cannot hang on to the vision any other way except by faith.

  • Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is: being sure of what we hope for, and being certain of what we do not see.”
  • Isaiah 41:10-14 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing as all. For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand, and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, O little flock, for I myself will help you, declares the LORD.

 

Faith is NOW, hope looks to the future.  By faith, NOW you are sure you have what you hope for; By faith, NOW you are certain of what you do not see yet; By faith, NOW you know that without faith it is impossible to please God; NOW you know that all things are possible for those who believe: Now you know that nothing is impossible for those who believe.  NOW you believe every work in the Bible is God breathed and the Bible is God speaking to you NOW; NOW you know that every promise God has made are “Yes” to you,  and so you speak the “Amen” to the promises you need God to be faithful to; NOW you feed on God’s faithfulness to all of His promises.

NOW you need to maintain the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. NOW you at peace with those who believe MORE than you do. After all God is able to do immeasurably, exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or imagine according to the power that is at work in each of us.

 An Invitation: If you haven’t accepted God’s free gift of eternal life, but you would like to, simply pray this prayer:

          “Jesus Christ, I believe you are the Son of God and the only way to God.  I admit that I’m a sinner, please forgive my sins and come into my life; I want to be born again.  Please show me how real you are. Also baptize me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for accepting me.”

If you’re still a skeptic: “God, if this is true, please help me understand so that I can accept the gift of New Birth you purchased for me.” 




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