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United We Stand-Divided We Fall!

United We Stand-Divided We Fall!
     Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. Luke 11:17 (NKJV)
    I remember when I was young how I liked to place chess. It was a challenge to think through, as your opponent would make a choice by moving his game pieces on the board with hopes of capturing your King. Each piece on the board could move in different, unique directions; some forward, some diagonal, and some horizontal. The more directions a certain piece could move, the more valuable it was, and the more you would protect it.
    As I continued to play the game, and the opponents begin to get better, I would learn new moves, and become better at defending my King. I eventually found out, that there were only so many moves that really posed any threat. Once I could defend them, it was easy to play the game. Until I learned these moves, I was vulnerable to them, and it cost me every time. Sometimes I would think I would look at what was happening, as if it were something new, but it would be one of those same-patented attacks, that would result in loss.
    I think that the devil and his emissaries play us just like a beginner chess player. He only has so many moves, but they have crafted them to look like many different types. Their playbook is a thin one, and it is used over and over again to divide those players on the opposing team so that they are no longer a team. Once they have done this, they goe in for the kill, as they use us to do their dirty work. Instead of building up, and gracing others, we are now attacking and finding fault in those who we are supposed to be united with.
    No place is this more evident than in relationships. It doesnt matter whether it is a:
    "Marriage relationship
    "Family relationship
    "Business relationship
    "Friend relationship
    "Political relationship,
    And, most importantly, our relationship with God.
    Divisiveness is one of the main ways the enemy defeats us in our Christian walk. He tempts us to see others shortfalls and to negatively comment on them, pick at them, and even expose them. This is not what God has asked us to do. We need to love and encourage others when they are walking in darkness; sharing the Word of God with them and even praying for them. We do not have to be their conscious, or the ones who convict them, that is Gods job.
    The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked. Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins. Proverbs 10:11-12 (NKJV)
    God has made each of us uniquely different, and I believe He did this for a specific reason. Each one of us adds something to the Christian body with our individual ways and personalities. I dont believe God intended us to be playdough people; being pressed through a template so were all identical.
    The enemy can use many ways to cause divisiveness, and it is a cancer that can and will affect the whole body. We need to identify that there will be times when people come into our life and attempt to divide our relationships. We need to communicate with, and pray for, these people, as well as those they are affecting negatively.
    I find the easiest way to identify someone who is being divisive is by looking at the byproduct of his or her deeds. Take a look and see what kind of fruit is coming from their efforts and actions. If it is bad fruit, then you know it is from the enemy. If it is good fruit, then it is of God.
    Its real simple, either we abide in God, and we produce good fruit, and build up unity, or we do it our own way, and the fruit isnt good. When this happens, we become divisive. We cant abide in the Lord and still be divisive (Read John 15).
    STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 10:11-12, what kind of person stirs up strife?
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: What kind of person do you desire to be?
    APPLICATION: Read John 15. Abide in the Lord, and His Word. Apply what you are learning, and you will see that you will be the kind of person who builds up the body of believers.
    Father, Thank You for teaching me Your Word. Help me to apply what Youve taught me today. Give me the wisdom and discernment to give good counsel to those who need it. Help me to build up Your body of believers today. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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