“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place”. Acts 2:1
“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren”. Acts 1:14
Welcome to today’s session of fasting, prayers and trusting God as the title suggests. As we have come with an expectant heart, I pray that God will meet us at the point of our needs and continue the good works he has begun in us all. Today we are going to discuss the phenomenon of Power In Unity (Coming Together as One).
Using the word, UNITY, as an acronym, we can identify several characteristics of Christ-honoring fellowship.
Unity uses “affirmative prayer.” Rather than begging or beseeching God, this method involves connecting with the spirit of God within and asserting positive beliefs about the desired outcome. Affirmative prayer is the same method of prayer Jesus taught when he said, “So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24).
One way to develop unity within the body of Christ and in our home is to make a commitment to follow the commands of God to uplift one another. Imagine the incredible spirit of uplifting these men experienced in this final phase of Jesus ministry with his disciples. He spoke of their great contribution when He said, “Guys, you’re going to take my gospel to the world”. They’re thinking, maybe I’ll go to my hometown or to the next village. Jesus says, “I’ve chosen you because I believe you can change the world. The world is going to know about the love I have for them.”
God has placed us here so that we can meet the needs of others. My favorite story about meeting the needs of others is about the child who wanted a bike for his birthday. When his dad tucked him in for bed, he prayed with an extremely loud voice, “God, I really want that bike.” His grandparents were visiting, so the father instructed the boy not to be so loud, “Son, God’s not deaf.” The little boy said, “I know, but grandpa is!” That child knew that God usually meets needs through the lives of other saints. Unity becomes possible when we acknowledge our personal needs and our responsibility to help other with their needs.
Jesus says, “I have given them glory” (17:22). Glory calls attention to the holiness and the purity of God. Jesus represented the glory and the holiness of God, and we have received the call to represent that same type of integrity or holiness. Verse 19 says that they would be sanctified in Christ. I John 1:7 says if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another. Unity flourishes when we live holy, clean, and pure lives. The dictionary defines integrity as a state of being that is complete or unified. Integrity means wholeness or completeness. The Bible reveals that Christ fills the longing of our soul, binds up broken hearts, or makes our life complete.
When there is integrity, the saints of God are willing to trust one another. The experience of unity is accompanied by a confidence in our brothers and sisters to fulfill their responsibility without being coerced or begged. You can focus on your assigned area because you trust other saints to do their job. In these closing chapters of John, you find Jesus calling these men to be one in Christ by trusting one another with their lives. They are going to work together, serve together, and some are even going to die together.
Two areas of our lives require yielding. First, we yield to the Lordship of Christ. Because God has exalted Christ, we submit our life to the authority of Christ. Jesus is Lord. Then, having yielded to the Lordship of Christ, we have the capacity to yield to one another in the glorious cause sharing the gospel. The driving call is “that the world may know.” We should be willing to yield our selfish desires to the greater goal of extending the love of Christ to a lost world.
When we diminish the importance of unity in the body of Christ, we risk being invaded by the enemy. God has called us to divine fellowship. That fellowship is one of the most powerful tools of witness to a lost and dying world. If we don’t protect it, strive for it, and do everything we can to promote it, we open the gate to the enemy. The enemy will attack our family and your church, causing ineffectiveness and destruction.
There is nothing the devil fears more than Christians who are united. This means that his number one tactic is to bring disunity in the US.Jesus spoke about the power of agreement in Matthew 18:19: “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” Jesus says what He means. We can receive anything if we agree about it in prayer.
PASSAGES 2 FOCUS ON:
Acts 4:8-12, 29-31
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is
“‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
1 Peter 2:9-12
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
James 1:26, 27
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
“Again I say to you, if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:19).
Psalm 133, Acts 2:1-3, Joel 2:7, Isaiah 7:5-7; 8:9-10
1. Decree that the bond of unity is strengthened amongst us and our families.
2. Father, destroy every plot and plan of the devil to cause division, confusion and contention in our lives.
3. Lord, frustrate the schemes and strategies of hell against us and our families.
4. Father, establish clear lines of spiritual authority and divine order in every aspect of our lives.
5. Lord , continue to guide us and our paths.
6. Father, protect us and our families all the days of our lives.