a weapon called unity

a weapon called unity

I limped into Good Friday and Easter, concerned about many, especially some of those closest to me. It had been a long week. You have spouses, families and friends, so I’m sure you get the gist of what I’m saying. Some weeks are hard.

Arriving at Westover’s sanctuary Thursday night for a rehearsal, I was spent. As I sat, watching and listening to the worship leaders from 5 congregations work thru the songs for our Good Friday services…my soul began to rest, and then fill up.

No prayers, really. No verses of inspiration. Nor were there any words of encouragement. Just voices.

People of 5 congregations were being the Church. Though the music was good and the musicians are talented, it was the Spirit who began lifting my heart, soul and mind.

Our Good Friday message was on Jesus’ prayer the night before He went to the cross. Jesus said things like:

“I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one--as You are in me, Father, and I am in You. And may they be in us so that the world will believe You sent me. ... 

Then Your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them." – John 17:21,26

As I sat in the kind of unity Jesus prayed for us to have, and experienced it, my tired soul was refreshed. In the first few sentences of his gospel, John shared “in Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.”

When we come to Jesus, and sit in His Presence, we experience His life, and His light. Hard circumstances find their proper perspectives. His light allows us to see things from our Father’s point of view.

Our souls get restored. We gain the strength to keep moving.

I could have begged out. “Too much going on; you guys don’t really need me for the rehearsal, see you tomorrow night.“

I would have missed His Presence.

When the enemy attacks us, we often think our only spiritual weapons are His Word or prayer. Sometimes we need to sit with friends, in unity, in the presence of The Lord.

This can happen every time believers gather. Unity yields His Presence. Unity isn’t always easy. Ephesians 4 tells us we have to make allowances for one another’s faults. Being unified can be work.

But, it’s worth it! His Presence heals, restores, rebuilds and removes the footholds of the enemy.

Let’s be John 17 people. We need this spiritual weapon active in our lives.

“wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17

 me with Michael Dennis, Luke Norsworthy, Tom Goodman, Scott Warner and Ben Brummet. Fellow pastors that are my brothers in this community.

me with Michael Dennis, Luke Norsworthy, Tom Goodman, Scott Warner and Ben Brummet. Fellow pastors that are my brothers in this community.

He lets me rest...

He lets me rest...

who do you say I am?

who do you say I am?