In continuation of my previous piece, “The Power of Unity (I)”, I will continue as thus:
“12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit” Isa. 14: 12- 15.
“4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born” Rev. 12: 4
“12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” Rev. 12: 12
The above quotes verses are a fine explanation of what true unity is. Isa. 14: 12- 15 tells us about Lucifer who was an angel in heaven. He actually did nothing physical, all he did was to think in his heart, how he would exult himself above his creator, a rebellion against Gods set authority, an authority He (God) had set in His sovereignty and Supremacy.
The second and third quotation tells us that he (Lucifer) was not sent out of heaven alone rather with two third of the stars of heaven, he was flushed to the earth, where you and I are presently, he and his cohorts. They too did not do anything physical, but the connected and yielded to the rebellious thought of the devil.
This Is True Unity.
It is more of a heart thing than physical activity.
The organization of interdenominational meetings and fellowships, setting up of Christian bodies that believe or try to accommodate all irrespective of the standpoint on doctrinal issues and lots more are all a futile effort once there is no spirit connect and an agreement with the goals, mission in the hearts and minds of the constituent then consequently backed up by action. A concinnity, a state of oneness, a condition of harmony, continuity without deviation or change in purpose or action. This status must firstly be in the spirit; in the hearts and minds of the constituents (People). In my piece “Is the Church Invincible?”, I explained how the coming of Christ turned the table, rather than the physical determining the spiritual, the spiritual now determined the spiritual; the physical and seen realm is a total subject and at the mercy of the spirit realm. There was an activation of our spirit which is the prime of our existence, and courtesy of this, anything that is done on the physical that does not have its roots and core in the spirit is simply null and void of tangible effect.
Picture this with me: Victor, Sam, Daniella, Elizabeth and Esther are siblings, they joined hands in ‘unity’, praying and believing God for a restoration in their fathers health, While this prayer in ‘unity’ is on, Victor is thinking of his house mortgage, Sam periodically smiles when she remembers it’s her wedding anniversary and she keeps daydreaming on how wonderful the evening is going to be. Daniella happens to be fervently praying, but is not well equipped with the word of God which happens to be the only thing He aptly responds to. Elizabeth’s mind is on her son who has an appointment with the psychologist and Esther happens to be so anxious to receive her first pay cheque.
I’d like to pose a question here, is there unity in that prayer? Even if they prayed for two hours, what do you honestly think?
Now imagine these same set of people, living in five separate states, within or without the same county, but chose an hour of prayer maybe 1700 hrs, within which they would forsake whatever they were up to, focus their minds on God, equipped with his word and understand what they need from God, they call upon his name from their alters in their distinct states. Do you think their expectation will elude them?
In my country, there was a time we had a military head of state who was against everything that is Jesus affiliated. Believers were at the receiving end of all his propaganda. He had an agenda that would extinguish anything that is of Christ and he prevailed for as long as the church was asleep.
The church in my country finally woke up one day and having no one who could really help, not even international bodies such as the United Nations or African Union, the church decided to call upon He who answers; the one who said call upon me and I will answer and I will show you great and mighty things. Now amidst this calling, while some called and asked for mercy, others called and asked for judgment. Two parallels isn’t it? Confused church you may say.
While grace gives you what you do not deserve, mercy on the other hand saves you from what you deserve, the mercy that prevails over the judgment of God was what some believer cried out for. Two separate camps.
This discord continued until God expressed His heart through the mouth of His oracle and as soon as the people were one, the military head of state was taken out of the scene in no time.
Just like the Israelites who had to walk round Jericho for days so as to align and be united with the host of the heavenlies (in the spirit realm), so must the church learn to attain to a level of oneness and synchrony in the spirit first before it can wield the tangible and unlimited power in the name of Jesus.
God inhabits the praise of His people, the people who are called by his name and are gathered under the authority of His name, people who are united and focused, be in full agreement and oneness in spirit and also with the right heart posture (a broken and a contrite spirit I will not cast away). That coherence is not a choice; discord is a luxury they CANNOT afford. Their consequent action will be a proof of how united they are.
When God descends to inhabit the praise of His elect, He does not leave some part of Himself elsewhere, His whole essence and person comes, and He being a compendium of sufficiency, the multi-breasted one will surely ensure that we have life in abundance and we are filled beyond overflow.
Whatever dimension of Him we need will readily be manifested, be it The Lord of Host, The All sufficient One, The Lord Our Shepherd, Our Sanctifier, The Comforter, and it goes on and on.
“24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: 25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. 27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. 29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. 32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. 34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold” Acts 4: 24-34.
Please carefully read the above passage and see the unlimited quantum of power and invincibility available to a united people, even God could not resist them.
The whole of God is readily available when we learn to align in unity like the Israelites in Joshua 6.
“1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God” Rev. 19: 1
Notice that it was ‘a’ (connoting singular) great ‘voice’(connoting singular) of ‘much’ (connoting plural; multitude).
“6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth” Rev. 19: 6.
Observe also here that John heard the voice of a great multitude and not voices; as the voice of many waters. All connoting the singular.
This means that when we attain unto the state of true unity, we do not speak as one little man individually, we speak as one invincible colossus; consequently alignment is inevitably the outcome and the resultant effect of such is that God descends and commands his blessing.
Below Are A Few More.
“24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” Heb. 10: 24-25.
Our gathering which is a proof of our inward unity should never be neglected.
“41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” Acts 2: 41- 47
There was a strong power of commitment in fellowshipping and continuing in the apostles doctrine, breaking of bread, prayers which caused all to fear them greatly, wonders to be wrought, and a communal life. The power of unity and oneness is so glaring and its results are beautifully amazing.
“4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” 1 Cor. 5: 4- 5.
Unlimited power of attorney is given when unity is attained.
“2 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. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” Eph. 4: 2- 5
“8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous” 1 Pet. 3: 8
“19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” Matt. 18: 19- 20
Of the several things that the devil invests so much time, intelligence, resources to use to distract the church, disunity and discord is one of his most latent and potent tool and to a very large extent, he has succeeded. It is my heart cry that the body of Christ wake up to the reality that “UNITY” is spelt “I-N-V-I-N-C-I-B-I-L-I-T-Y” and that is just what we need to invoke the whole essence of God.
One shall chase a thousand, and two shall chase ten thousand. Imagine the multiplier effect of two united people, how much more a thousand united people??? Deut. 32: 30
May we keep aside the wall of doctrine, denomination, church, belief system and personal perceptions and interpretations resulting to discord and schism and embrace singleness of heart and purpose as the body of Christ. Let us be united in Love for only there and then do we stand a chance to be a success by God’s definition, perspective and standard.