My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Unity in the Body
But He knew their thoughts and said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against itself falls.
(Luke 11:17 NASB)
But He said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”
(Luke 11:28 NASB)
Jesus had the power to cast out demons and this disturbed the
religious leaders of the day. They decided that the power that he had
gained must have come from Satan himself. Jesus pointed out to them the
ridiculous nature of that claim. Why would Satan work against himself?
It doesn't even make sense because even if that's done as a pretense
it becomes self-destructive. However, in all of this was a lesson
because on the other hand, the religious leaders were being critical of
one who was being obedient in the kingdom of God. Why would you be
critical of someone who is working to build the kingdom? When the
kingdom of God is divided, Jesus was warning them, it would fail. Then
he reminded them that obedience to the word of God is the most vital.
Their behavior was divisive to God's kingdom, and they knew it.
Why is it so easy to jump onto the bandwagon of division? It seems
that this is the number one ploy of the Enemy when it comes to the
Kingdom of God and the life of the Church. If the Enemy can get us to
turn on one another, then he divides the house, and the house will fail.
The Enemy is known as the "great deceiver" and he uses his powers of
deceit in very clever ways. One of the best ways is to convince people
that attacking the Kingdom will make the Kingdom a better place. Surely
if we can "beat" this organization into shape!
Jesus' advice was to spend time in the word, and be obedience to the
leading of the word. When we focus on the word and the ability of the
word to transform us and mold us into his image, then our critical
nature will be tamed. Rather than looking at others, we will look at
ourselves and realize our own short-comings and the things that need to
be adjusted by God, himself in our own lives. We will seek unity in the
body, and ask what we can do to bring peace and direction without
This is what Jesus intends for his children -- unity in the body.
What was Jesus' message for those who did not obey this truth? That
they might just clean house, but if they didn't fill it with the things
of the kingdom, the demons would return seven-fold and fill that house
and make it worse than it ever was before.
This is the result of division and deceit. May we, as God's people,
be set free from the blinders of deceit and the spirit of criticism. We
must stop tearing down our own house and be obedient to the word, and
accountable for our own personal walk with Jesus Christ.
Lord, please continue to mold me in obedience to your word. Amen.