Ducks, Dynastys, Devil & Division

Posted: December 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

1Corinthians 1:10-13 (ESV)
“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?”

Beware of the devil and his schemes. I’ve noticed a very disturbing trend worldwide and most notably on social network. People taking sides and quick to jump into an argument. Now, I’m not going to act like I’ve seen Duck Dynasty ..or any other reality show. Like most disease or stinky trash heaps I avoid it. Exploiting people, putting societies worst characters before the masses.. Satan knows well that ‘by beholding we become.’ Flipping channels however, media has been working overtime to put out an ‘us vs. them’ mentality. Choose a topic, get two or more folk with an opposing viewpoint, pit them against each other & then watch them go at it! Reminiscent of the Roman arena.

With that said, have we been duped into going backwards in our development? Sadly even Christ followers are in the fray of these controversies.. Is this God’s plan? Did He intend to have us fight? Oh.. Maybe He made an exception in the Bible for politics, Hollywood actors, reality TV, wayward preachers from L.A., ghost hunters and cussing moon shiners who claim to somehow represent Jesus? Not the word of God. Not for today nor any day. Unity and love …even a rebuke is to be done in love.

God’s word says clearly that “if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 ESV
When we have fellowship, including social networks we need to “watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.” Romans 16:17-18 ESV

I could hardly believe there is a show on TV called CHRISTmas Light Fight.. Really folks?! Tis’ the season to covet thy neighbor with how many lights go up & then fight for the title of what?!? Did Hollyweird learn nothing from that flick “Deck the Halls” with Danny Devito & Matthew Broderick? We got to ask ourselves… where is the focus? Sure ain’t on God where it belongs…

The Facts: We have three enemies as I.D.’d in God’s word; (1) the world, (2) the flesh & (3) the devil. If the world says ‘fight amongst yourselves over needless things’ by order of Satan & the flesh complies.. Can we honestly say we are doing God’s will?

Who seeks to gain by dividing, not only Christians but the entire human race? Think & pray about it. “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1Peter 5:8 ESV

Satan seeks to sift us like wheat (see Luke 22:31). Meaning, as farmers have to separate the wheat from the worthless chaff during threshing so does the devil desire to fool us into trivial arguments in an effect to divide us and thereby taking the light we are commissioned to shine away from people who desperately need The Lord. Furthermore, if God’s people are willing participants, to divide God’s warriors & faithful servants so the Gospel commission can be slowed and/or stopped, just what the heck we doin’?

Meditate on His word to direct your life actions from here forward is my prayer…
Galatians 3:28 ESV. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 3:11 ESV “Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.”

Jesus’ prayer as recorded the book of John 17:21-23: “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”

Avoid the dynasty ducks in life.. It is only Christ’s love that creates unity in the midst of diversity. So please miss the argument and instead focus on God and look to embracing the Savior in relationship and simply behold Jesus. It’s OK to agree to disagree… from there it’s Gospel forward. Now that you’ve been Phil’d in… Unify. ~by Pastor Pete

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