By Pastor Mike Batinich
Today I want talk today about togetherness and unity. About standing united as believers of the Truth.
Scripture tells us of the unity of GODLY people working together.
8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. 10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
As long as Moses held his arms up, Joshua & his men were winning the battle. When his arms came down, the Amalekites would start winning. As Moses became more tired, Aaron & Hur brought a stone for Moses to sit on and with one man on either side of him, they held up his arms so that Joshua could win the battle. We need to be there for one another to lift up one another in prayer and in encouragement.
9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
This scripture talks about being together in unity to be there for one another – to stand strong together in battle against anything that comes against us as blood bought believers. Together we can do great things through JESUS.
We will need each other to make it work. We need each other. I need you. We have to continue to pray for one another. Prayer will help us keep our focus on JESUS and to help us love one another.
31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. 32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
Togetherness and unity is important.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
We need to help our brothers and sisters. We need to pray for each other. If someone is discouraged, let’s encourage them.
Remember after the folks were filled with the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost – people gathered outside and they were making fun of them.
12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
Peter stood up and the eleven stood up with him to stand together in unity because they understood what happened.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
We are one body of believers.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
How’s this for final act of UNITY:
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
We’re living in a day and time where people want to be politically correct and some folks have no problem saying the word GOD but they have a huge problem saying the name JESUS.
People don’t want to offend the Muslims
People don’t want to offend the Jews
People don’t want to offend the Arabs
But I want you to know that there will come a time –
When every Muslim – Buddhist – Jew – Atheist – will have to get down on their knees and every tongue will have to confess that JESUS is LORD.
We believe in repenting of our sins, getting Baptized in JESUS Name, and receiving the gift of the HOLY GHOST. It’s for us today because today is the day of salvation.