A friend of mine posted the following on Facebook, yesterday:
When people say they know the Lord & are filled with the Spirit, but lack humility or unity, I wonder what they are filled with.
That question has been on my own mind recently. The ministry I work in was founded in uniting women who are leading in the church together. The scriptures talk so much about unity (uniting us to God, uniting us to one another, etc). I love Ephesian 2:14 where through Christ the two groups are made one destroying the barrier wall that divides. It continues on to share how in this unity we find peace, hostility is crushed, fellow citizens, joined together.
So, when something comes along that seems to divide that work… I must wonder what is really happening? What I do know is that as a ministry walks strongly forward in it’s calling, as it moves closer toward the destination God is creating the pathway for… the more it will be under attack. The enemy seeks to destroy, divide, and discourage.
The good news is that we are told to expect these things, and so we put on the Armor of God.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:10-13
What is this armor?
The belt of truth: The Truth of the scriptures is secured around us. We also have the truth of our lips, as we do not use the tools of the enemy such as lies and deceit.
The breastplate of righteousness: The breastplate protects our heart, and we are covered by our reputation as being moral and just.
Our feet are fitted with readiness that comes from the gospel of peace: We are prepared to walk forward confidently because we know that we are walking in the pathway He laid before us. We move at His pace, and in His timing. We step out in peace because He is not a God of chaos or confusion. He directs our steps.
Shield of Faith: Our faith protects us against the arrows that the enemy will sling at us. We can stand strong against the blows because we hold to the promises that the Lord has made to us and hold fast to His promises of a future.
The helmet of salvation: Our minds and ears are protected against the lies of the enemy that would tickle our ears with what sounds like truth. We know that our salvation does not come from anyone but Christ and was given at the Cross.
The sword of the Spirit: We know what the Lord says, we know His character, we know His heart, we can test anything that is presented before us against the Word. It is a weapon that shines light upon the darkness, and slays the enemy who has no defense against it.
Praying in the Spirit: Our final defense, and offense, is praying all kinds of prayers and requests that are in alignment with the will of God and praying for all of the Lord’s people.
As we march forward, dressed in our armor, we know that we do not need to worry about the plans of the enemy because we are equipped to stand against them.
I know that our ministry work has been affirmed, and I know that the Lord is not going to divide it. It is not in His character to destroy or fracture something He has created. There is a difference between expanding territory and dividing. Thus, we proceed in confidence that His hand is directing our steps and that His will is being done.
Whatever comes against us, what ever stands in the way, whatever confusion tries to be set us… has zero power.