Tim recently had a dream and in the dream there were weight scales, tipping back and forth. On the left side, in wavering orange, was the United States as a nation. On the right side was the church, wavering blue and green and rainbow colors. The Lord showed Tim that 2010 will be the year of weights and balances for the United States, and for the church. We are being weighed in the balance at this time!
Jesus called his Father's house a "House of Prayer for all nations." But he also said that a house divided cannot stand. As Jesus lifted up his eyes and prayed to the Father in John 17, "Father I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."
I believe that God has given us two primary things that I want us to contend for this year. The first is what David Bryant calls a Christ-awakening. A Christ- awakening is defined this way, "Whenever God's Spirit uses God's Word to Re-introduce or Re-convert the people of God back to God's Son for all that He is!"
I believe we are the verge of an awakening and Revival in America of historic proportions, unprecedented in our nation's history! It is time for the Bride to "Wake Up" and "Return" to Christ for all that He is! I believe this year his judgments will continue, but this will be our greatest hour. As deep darkness increases on the earth, the Glory of the Lord will appear over his people. As Jesus is lifted up, and we get our eyes off ourselves and onto Him, we will be drawn together in unity under the banner of God's Glorious Son!
Our second strategy growing together in Unity is learning to love one another. I am convinced that all of us one day will be stand before Jesus to give an account for how we spent our lives on the earth. The burning question will be this, "did you learn to love?" If you and I were standing before Jesus right now, how would we answer that in our personal lives, in our families? How about the church in this region?
I remember the other morning, I was making tea for my wife. As I was putting the tea in the microwave and getting the tea bag, and her favorite mug.all of a sudden it dawns on me: Jesus you live in my wife! Not only am I serving tea for my wife, but I am actually serving tea for the King of the nations.
The other practical application is to see our brothers in and sisters as His Beloved Bride. Jesus bled for her, he fought for her unto death.she is the very delight of his heart. She has been fit for King, adorned with the righteousness of Christ! She is enthroned at his right hand, seated with him in heavenly places, indwelt with the Spirit of Glory. She is wife of the Lamb! How then do we treat the Bride of Christ? With the uptmost respect and honor, serving her as royalty, loving her as the One who belongs to Another: a jealous Bridegroom! J
I truly believe that loving one another is one of the greatest strategies for establishing unity in the body of Christ. It brings us together, even when we have a difference of opinion about certain traditions or ways of doing church. If we would see them as indwelt with Christ Jesus, it would bring us together, Baptist and Pentecostal, Arminian and Calvinist, Methodist and Presbyterian.
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