Friday, 12 October 2018

The Unity of the Holy Spirit

Scripture: Ephesians 4 v 2- 3: "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

When the Word instructs us to keep the unity of the Spirit, we can be absolutely sure that our enemy is trying to reverse it and bring divisions into the Body of Christ.  Taking a global bird's eye view of the church as a whole, the enemy may be winning.

There are so many denominations, sects, groups, churches, organisations and cults all claiming to have the only right way to God, and are divided on some doctrine that man has added to the Bible.  There is zero lowliness, meekness, humility or patience among the leadership of these groups in coming together to fix the problems.

We must find God's plan for unity, and its not the new favourite, Interfaith, which is truly destroying true unity in the church at an alarming rate.  Interfaith is the core of the Antichrist's One World Church ruled by him.  We know that when the enemy comes in like a flood, then God raises a standard.

In our modern speech when someone raises a flag or a standard then it shows serious errors are in play.  Sort this out before it gets worse.  Our God is raising a flag about unity in the Body of Christ and we need to be mindful.

The Holy Spirit, our Teacher, Strengthener and Comforter, wants us to be in unity in our spirituality so that we conform completely to Him.  He is the third member of the Trinity and is never an 'it' or an 'influence'. He can be grieved and quenched and lied to - with serious consequences!  Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 died after lying to the Holy Spirit about their financial contribution to the ministry.

When we are in unity with Him we will be in one accord in the Body of Christ with no divisions or differences or discord of any kind. The exhortation to be in unity with the Holy Spirit means that we are fully submitted to the will of God and to each other.

It does not just mean great harmony in worship while singing in tongues together although that can greatly encourage that unity, and be part of achieving it. It means humbling ourselves and loving one another, praying for each other and protecting one another.

What we really need to focus on is unity of purpose to line up with God's actual will for us rather than what we think His will should be. We know His will is for all men to be saved. What we don't always know is what we as individuals, or groups, or churches, should be doing to achieve that.

We all have different abilities, talents, strengths, skills and functions. The Holy Spirit wants to harmonise all those into one effective, well-oiled, whole machine. That "machine" is the consecrated Body of Christ consisting of born again believers wherever they are on this planet.

Every born again saint has received the Holy Spirit at the moment Jesus comes into your heart. After baptism we can, and should, be baptised in the Holy Spirit. The word baptised is from the Greek word BAPTIZO meaning "immersed". Just as we are immersed by water baptism we need to be immersed in the Holy Spirit. The evidence of this is usually that you begin to speak with other tongues, as the first disciples did on the Day of Pentecost.

When we speak or sing in tongues our spirit is refreshed, our soul released and we are edified or built up in the Holy Spirit. In this way He can begin to engage us in different ways to achieve the purpose and will of God. The closer we get to Jesus and listen to His voice, the closer we will get to one another spiritually speaking.

When we are in unity with the Holy Spirit we are able to be led as a flock and guided to the right pasture to eat the correct nourishment that will contribute to us going in the right direction to achieve God's purpose for the Body of Christ.

So endeavour to be in unity of Spirit through seeking God through fasting and prayer to determine His true will for your life and you will find yourself coming into a whole new experience in which you flow with others in spiritual awareness of your true purpose and God's real plan for your life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father we want to do Your will to achieve Your purpose and it needs us being in unity with the Holy Spirit.  Help us to acknowledge the flag You have raised.  Change us Lord to conform and flow with all other consecrated Christians to glorify You and edify the Body of Christ. In Jesus' name. Amen.