ACTS OF THE APOSTLES - UNITED AND ANOINTED(3)

Division is what prevents the flow of Unction! But once we stand united we are bound to be anointed! And we know what happens when the church becomes anointed!

‘27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.(Isaiah 10:27) 

The Church will truly become the Lord’s battle axe in the world to shatter the thrones and palaces of darkness, bringing liberty to the oppressed and captives! But this great unction allows no room for division. This is why one of the vital elements of the prayer of the lord for the church found in John17; was that the Church will be one.

‘11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee.   Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me that they may be one, as we are.’

First, he prayed for the present church to be as one, but he did not stop there, he went further to pray for the future church that they will be one as well!

‘Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  21 That they all may be one;  as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:  that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.   22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them;  that they may be one, even as we are one:  23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one;  and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me’

The issue of oneness and unity was so crucial to the master because we are strong when we are one!

When Jesus was talking about the invincibility of the church in Matthew 16:17-19, an emphasis was laid on the power of agreement! The spiritual agreement of the church makes it invincible to the world.

The unity of the church doesn't necessarily have to agree with doctrine but agree in purpose! Our universal purpose is to make disciples of all nations. It’s why Paul said whether you are of Paul or Peter doesn't matter what matters is that Christ is our purpose our focus and our message (1 Corinthians 1:10-13).

‘10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you;  but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.   11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.   12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul;  and I of Apollos;  and I of Cephas;  and I of Christ.   13 Is Christ divided?  Was Paul crucified for you?  Or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?’ 

As long as there is one Christ, irrespective of the diversity in doctrines, we are one!

As the church comes united in purpose these last days, there shall be a great sweep and move of the Holy Spirit across the land that we change the entire landscape of the world. But to see this happen we must heed the words of the Apostles in Ephesians 4:1-6

‘I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,   with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;   Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.   There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;   One Lord, one faith, one baptism,   One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.’

We must forbear with one another, stand for one another, defend one another, and keep the unity of the Spirit inasmuch as we know there is one lord, one faith, one baptism and one God who is the father of all.

The Church in the book of Acts had a united heart and because of that experienced  an unusual dimension of grace, glory and power, today's church is coming into that dimension of anointing even in greater dimension as we put JESUS at the centre of it all!

 

 

 

 

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