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Division Bites the Dust

fallen houseMatthew 12:25  He knew what they were thinking and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” 

Jesus had just finished healing the blind and deaf man who was also demon possessed.  The Pharisee’s told others this only happened because Jesus was doing this because he himself was also a devil.  Jesus then answered with the Scripture noted above.   In the modern day “church”, like the Pharisee’s questioning the source of deliverance, there are many who would question the power of God through a manifestation of healing or deliverance of one who has been bound.  Some think only healing or the operation of the gifts was of Biblical days or the time of the Apostles.  Today, we continue to see the blind eyes opened, the deaf hear, the lame walking, and the oppressed delivered which many believe and glorify God. We give God the glory!  Again, just as Jesus said, if we were of the devil we would be divided since God is getting the glory.  In a fierce battle one conquers over the other, one comes out victoriously and the other ultimately loses.  However, if two of the same are fighting against one another, both will end up in defeat as “A House Divided Cannot Stand”.  It will ultimately lose its foundation, and come plummeting down.  As the church continues to grow, the church is healthy, wealthy and alive and it gives God the glory.

Lincoln delivered this famous speech, noted for the phrase “a house divided against itself cannot stand,” when accepting the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate from Illinois in June of 1858.  He spoke how the government couldn’t be half slave and half free. He didn’t expect the Union to be dissolved, nor did he expect the house to fall — but what he did expect was to cease to be divided. He stated, “It will become all one thing, or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new, North as well as South.”  Lincoln demanded unity.  He often used Biblical language because of his moral beliefs.   He realized, perhaps more clearly than we do today, what it takes to bring nations together. More specifically, what it takes to bring nations together on the principle of equality and how necessary it was for nations of that description to endure.  At the heart of his stand lies the logic that made wandering men at the beginning of time to form into bands, groups and communities. That made nations spring up.  We as Christian believers must have that same mindset and unity.

A soul under Satan’s power, and led captive by him, is blind in the things of God, and dumb at the throne of grace; sees nothing, and says nothing to the purpose. Satan blinds the eyes by unbelief, and seals up the lips from prayer.  Two on the same team battling against one another defeats their own purpose and ultimately ends up the loser, how can Satan cast out Satan, and why would he go against his own plan to defeat the church?  It is foolishly dangerous to call that which is good, evil and that which is evil good.  Do not believe the skeptic who refuses to believe in the power of the Holy Spirit.  A person must be in unity with God’s Spirit to see Godly results or manifestations.

The Scriptures also tell us that you cannot have one believer married to an unbeliever or unequally yoked.  The house divided cannot stand.  You cannot have a church with one believing things one way and the person sitting in the same pew believe another way without having somewhat of an argument.  If one didn’t believe in healing and the other did, the house would be divided.  However, when healing takes place it doesn’t take long for the unbeliever to change his or her mind and receive a healing too.  Once you have experienced it for yourself, there is no denying it.  If a church doesn’t practice using the gifts of the Spirit, then it will be more likely the people are not going to see or experience any signs, wonders or miracles.  Unity is a great tool.  Division only causes outbreaks of arguments, foolish talking and lots of headaches, unbelief and eventually a collapse.  A person can have their opinion and have the freedom to express it, but before one blurts out something imprudent, they must take time to seek what is in unity with God on the matter.  No one can fight against God’s kingdom or His Word and if you do, you might be the one left out standing by yourself.    Ribbons on a car will not make one a patriot neither does a Bible in a living room make one a Christian nor believe in its truths.  Unity with God’s Word brings not only powerful results but also ultimately a house that will not crumble.  Unity will continue to stand without wavering and without fear.  Anything other than unity bites the dust!

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