Desires of the enemy: Division

May 21, 2021

Desires of the enemy: Division

Desires of the enemy: Division

“...walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” - Ephesians 4:1-3

It feels like division is everywhere we look. In our country, in our communities, and mainly among believers in the Church.

Whether it’s our beliefs, our cultural associations, our denominations, or the people we associate with, it’s easy to get caught up in dissension as Christians.

But is it possible that Satan is using our interpretations of the Bible, religious traditions, and cultural differences to keep us from following our very basic commandments as followers of Jesus - to love God and love people?

We can’t let our differences keep us from realizing we are united by the strongest thread that bonds us together: the blood of Jesus. Through Him, we are one body. And we can’t let Satan tear us limb for limb.

Jesus tells us in Luke 11:17 that “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.”

And we read in Titus 3:9 to “Avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.” 

Let’s recognize that division - especially among believers - is one of the greatest strategies of the enemy to keep us from our call as Christians. To love God, love people, follow Jesus and bring more people into His Kingdom.

When you feel the need to step into conflict or pull away from someone because of differing beliefs and backgrounds, take it to the Lord first. Before you post, pray. Before you speak, listen. Before you respond, repent.

Seek to hear His voice and direction before you assume your actions or judgment are warranted. You never know if this situation is just another division tactic from the enemy.


@Jantzenmiller #wheatfulwednesday

 
 
Jantzen Jolly-Miller is a marketing consultant, speaker, and freelance writer who helps women pursue authentic lives and create positive change in their everyday routines to reach their unique potential. In addition to her marketing strategy work (www.jantzenjollymiller.com) with female-owned small businesses, she is the founder of Emerge Church Solutions, a church consulting firm helping small and medium-sized churches uncover new opportunities to connect with more people.





Also in Wheatful Woman Blog

Amazon Maternity Favorites
Amazon Maternity Favorites

November 29, 2022

A few of my favorite things on Amazon this pregnancy!

View full article →

Walking Through The Valley
Walking Through The Valley

October 05, 2022

There’s something powerful about the view from a mountaintop. It’s something we hope for, and desire to see…especially in seasons of walking into a valley. We all have valleys; some, may have just been overcome…others, may have just begun.A valley is a place, a journey, that at times fills us with complete uncertainty. But it’s also a space, and if you’re willing - an open invitation, for The Holy Spirit to heal you, to redeem you, and to set you free. “Even though I walk through the darkest ...

View full article →

How do we respond to the nearness of God?
How do we respond to the nearness of God?

August 24, 2022

How do we respond to the nearness of God? Sometimes, I think we fear that He is all knowing, aware of our every shortcoming. Believing we are far too broken to be recipients of His grace and love. It can be very overwhelming to be human and become easily overwhelmed, frustrated and sad. Our flesh sometimes leads us to respond in ways we are not proud of and ways that do not reflect our Father. God's great desire for us is that we would recognize our need for Him. Without awareness of our weak...

View full article →

Join our email list to receive weekly Wheatful Wednesday devotionals!