Good afternoon! Grace and peace to you in abundance from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of division.
Luke 12v51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.
For many of us the devil receives power through this verse. Because we are deceived in thinking we are at peace with everyone and when we get persecuted or cursed we tend to give in because we are suppose to embrace sin and accept it in our homes, workplaces, churches and the world. Sin and God are separate! God separates us from sin not God accepts sin and we continue to live in it. The earth or the world is separated from God, it is only when we have faith in Jesus Christ being our Lord and our Savior are we connected with God and His love. We can not go on deliberately sinning and excepting sin in our lives and expect for God to continue to bless us and all the circumstances in our lives. We may be very tempted to accept sin in our children, family, churches and communities because we may think it will hurt their feelings so we live compromising God's power within us because we put others before Him. We do not have anything in common with unbelievers. We have repentance, forgiveness, love, faith, joy and all the other fruits of the spirit in common. If our children live a life of sin and want to bring that life in our house, we can not allow it; that is putting God first in our homes. We love them and discipline them because we love them. If we are living in a work place and a employee continues to sin, we can not allow it; that is putting God first in the work place. We love them and want to tell them about our Father and His love for them that saves them from a life of sin. We do not accept it and move on. God loves them through us! If we are worshipping in a church and someone continues to sin; we can not allow it, this is putting God first in our churches. We love them and tell them about the love of Jesus and how He wants to save them from living a lie. Jesus says He came to give us peace, the ones that are his, his believers, his children, his brothers and sisters that live through His righteousness by His gift of the Holy Spirit, these are the ones in His kingdom, these are the ones He gives peace too. Jesus did not come to bring peace to the earth because He knew the earth would not accept Him but He did bring peace to those that believe in Him and need a Savior. We all sin, we all need to repent, and we all need a Savior. So today if you feel you are divided from the peace, love and faith God wants desperately to give you, turn to Him and receive all He has for you and you will not feel divided from Him anymore. If the devil is deceiving you into thinking you do not need God or other believers, that is a lie; you are still divided from Him. Only Christ and His love for you can bring you to God and create in you a new person.( 2 Corinthians 6v17 Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.) If you are living a life of uncleanliness and you know the truth, come to Jesus he will forgive you, and so will all believers, and show you who you truly are, a child of God reborn through the Holy Spirit washed clean! No more division from God!! Thank you Jesus for your gift of grace!!!! Read 2 Corinthians 6 and Luke 12. I love you with all the love God gives me for you!