Mark 3:24-27, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house.” [NIV]
In John 13:35 Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” Yet, the church has never been more divided, more restrictive, or more offendable. In John 17, Jesus, Himself, prayed for our unity.
As we watch the chaos in the nations around us and marvel at our own political environment, we can only wonder that there appears to be more unity in Satan’s household than in God’s.
What do they know that we don’t?
My favorite thing in the morning is the dreamy moments between sleep and wakefulness. It is the perfect opportunity to hear His voice. Each evening, as I close my eyes and drift into a sea of unconscious oblivion, I allow His loveliness to peak my final contemplations. At first light and with flawless care His whispers are always there, resting, like sparkling gems crowning the surface of the waves in my brain. It is these moments that determine the rest of my day. I hold on to them as long as I can before the sun burns its way into my consciousness and I am forced to awaken.
This was one of those mornings. I was thinking on the most beautiful expression of unity in scripture; contemplating the perfect union in perfect Love as it is expressed through the name, Elohim, when He dropped this nugget into my heart: Creation is the power of two becoming one.
“In the beginning, Elohim…” Genesis 1:1.
According to Strong’s Concordance, the original, Hebrew word is אֱלֹהִים meaning God, Divine Being, Plural in number; Plural intensive… Therefore, the opening act of scripture is absolute unity. Father. Son. Spirit. Three, the number of wholeness, moving, speaking and acting as One.
Perfect Love finding expression through our Creator.
Genesis 1:1&2, “In the beginning [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of [Elohim] was hovering over the surface of the waters.”
Years ago, my brother was speaking at our home group, when he shared this scripture in a slightly different light: “The Father was the Thought. Jesus was the Word. And the Holy Spirit was the Action.”
The Father was the Mind where the Idea of Creation began. Jesus was the Sound of the Father’s Thought; the Expression of His Contemplations. The Holy Spirit was the Verb, the energy and force that flowed into the Thought…
And it was so.
This is how my mind imagines it:
As the Holy Spirit hovered over the face of the deep, He vibrated, brooded, and stirred the waters with the energy that came from the perfect union of Elohim. Jesus spoke the Word of revelation into this energy as it agitated, troubled and inspired the face of the deep. Suddenly, the atmosphere was pregnant with the authentic, unadulterated images of Elohim’s dreams.
The Holy Spirit wrapped His energy around the visions and imaginings of God that were spoken into the void by the Word and Life burst forth.
By the power of agreement, we live.
Not just believers. All of us.
Everyone, from Adam to the newborn babe who has just emerged from his mother’s womb, all were made in His image. We are like our Daddy.
Of course, it is so much better to know Him. Only then can we explore the limitless possibilities of what it means to be His children; offspring of Elohim.
“Jesus replied, ‘The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you,” Luke 17:20-21. (NLT)
We are King’s kids, representatives of the King’s Kingdom, but what does our disunity reveal about us?
Saved and lost, alike, we were made to express a kingdom. We were created to represent our Father’s Kingdom, but sin took advantage of that power. For that reason, wherever we go a kingdom is present because we are there representing the kingdom of the one we serve.
And where two or three agree together, the kingdom we agree with manifests.
Satan’s kingdom of darkness is manifesting all around us, so what does that say about unity in his realm? How is it that the Kingdom of God is not manifesting all over the earth?
Has the enemy deceived us? Have we come into communion with a lie that would keep us from the desire to spread the Kingdom of God over the world?
A lost person is powerful because they, too, were made in God’s image. Through acts of agreement, they also give birth. We see the fruit of their collaboration in television, movies, business, politics, education, governments, etc.
They are unashamedly furthering their kingdom.
On the other hand, believers live in an entirely different realm. Whether we realize it or not, we will never be un-powerful again. Our thoughts, our words, and our actions will either bring heaven to earth, or advance the division of darkness.
We are native residents of Elohim’s kingdom and our job is to subdue the earth.
Everything we think, everything we say and everything we do has the power of Elohim behind it.
No wonder Satan works so hard to keep his strongholds in our mind, our will, and our emotions. He often has more access to what we think, do and say than our true Father.
If the church persists in functioning by the rules of darkness, we will continue to witness the fruit of that kingdom. Anger, division, offense, abuse of authority, finger-pointing, accusation, titled, untitled, servants, masters, intimidation, manipulation, etc. These are the manifestations of a foreign country and one we don’t belong in. If we knew who we were, we would step into the vast unformed universe of faith, as Elohim did. We would speak the world we want to see into existence through the unifying power of perfect Love.
We would stop speaking division. Sorrow. Pain. Judgment.
So long as we use our thoughts and the words that proceed from them to protect Self, we may be God’s sons and daughters, but we are echoing another kingdom.