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Where Brothers Dwell in Unity…..Blessing!

Rick Joyner in his Book ‘Visions of the Havest’ made a very interesting statement: “ The church cannot accomplish its mandate without unity. As a single congregation comes into unity it will be entrusted with authority on that level. As the church in a city comes into unity it will be given authority on the broader citywide basis, increasing dramatically over its previous level of authority. As the church in a region or nation comes into unity, it will be given the authority to take spiritual authority over the region or nation.”

 

Psalm 133 tells us that where brother dwell in unity ..there God bestows His blessing.

 

I hear a lot of talk about unity in the local congregation and a little talk of unity across the denominational divide either at a local level or nationally. It is of course right that there should indeed be unity within the local church, fellowship, congregation, but if we are not careful we can somehow get stuck just there and close our ears and hearts to the prayer of Jesus, “that they may be one….that the world may know…” All who are in Christ, whatever the denominations label or baggage, belong to Him and are part of His body the Church.

 

I believe that where church fellowships (Catholic and Protestant, Orthodox and Messianic..or whatever your label is..) get together in the love of Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and teach us, with all our differences in style, practice and theological and doctrinal understanding… the Church will truly shine as a light in a dark world and the world will see how we love one another, and Christ will be proclaimed in power and God will bestow such a blessing that the mountains and the hills will break forth into song and the trees of the field will clap their hands!

 

 

Michael Daly. C.J.

Feb 2011

 

Isaiah 55

 

Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.


Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.


Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.


See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a ruler and commander of the peoples.
Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.

Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.


Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.


As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.


As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.


You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.


Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the LORD’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.

 

 

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February 26, 2011 - Posted by | Thoughts

2 Comments »

  1. Liked it. Question: What would this kind of unity look like?

    Comment by Sr.Beth Willis, C.J. | February 26, 2011 | Reply

  2. A good question Sr. Beth.

    As we haven’t really seen such unity for a very very long time, it is very hard to imagine. But looking at the New Testament and early Church writings it would I imagine look very much like heaven on earth. The Lord Jesus Christ will be central in all our actions and words, central to all we are and do. He alone will be glorified, praised and honoured. There would be no finger pointing, or trying to score over another Christian, denomination or group. Instead of accusations being thrown at each other we would live and work together protecting one another for the glory of God and for the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ. It would be so radically different from the way we perceive unity to be in our once a year efforts to show that we have some common ground with one another. It would still have our different ways of worshipping and our different interpretations of Scripture and our different understandings of doctrines. But it would all be transformed by our love for one another in Christ. We would see with the eyes of love and understand with the heart of love and walk together in the bond of love and peace,bound together by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and cries out, “Abba” Our Father!

    Instead of getting stuck in our denominational trappings, we would freely share together, pray together and learn and grow together. We would lay down our lives for one another instead of fighting our corner. This in part is something of the vision of unity I have……I believe it is developing and pray it soon becomes a flood to sweep through the Church at every level and in all hearts that seek to be one, as Jesus prayed in John’s Gospel Chapter 17.

    I would be interested to know your thoughts.

    Comment by michaeldalycj | February 26, 2011 | Reply


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