SHINING LIGHT    7 MINISTRIES
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Isaiah 61
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JESUS CHRIST PRAYED FOR UNITY.  BUT WHAT KIND OF UNITY
DID HE HAVE IN MIND?
Unity in the faith is impossible without the doctrine of Christ. Without
such a foundation we have no basis for the faith, for the gospel or for
knowing Jesus for that matter, or for knowing anything pertinent to
the Truth!

The glittering terminology of ecumenical is seen, on close
examination, to be as hollow as a soap bubble and just as slippery and
hard to hold onto. Where is the "common ground" between belief and
unbelief? A believer cannot ignore the "major theological differences"
between him and an unbeliever!

Instead, we  should be cutting through those differences with the
Sword of the Word to win the unbeliever to the Lordship of Jesus
Christ.  I cannot agree to ignore an unbeliever's state without by the
very act of  compromising my own beliefs.

Our beliefs must include the Great Commission, which requires true
believers IN Christ to tell the world of the gospel of Jesus!  This is not
a poplar message today!
This is not unity of the world through compromise and tolerance, and or a
movement being advocated and advancing in the Church today, called
"Ecumenism"! Rather, Jesus advocated unity in His Word: Think not that I am
come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword (Matthew
10:34).

Jesus did not condone physical violence, so the sword He had in mind was
“the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). The
spiritual battle to be fought is to be the battle against the devil. The battle is
for our salvation.

It is the devil's desire to ensure that we never see heaven. The Bible calls him
the father of lies. He is the designer of deception. If we don't understand the
Word rightly, we can fall into the devil's snares. He has multiple paths to
destruction. Many of the paths look good and safe, otherwise we would never
go down them. Satan doesn't care if we go to church or even if we claim to be
Christian.

Even Christians can be deceived. There are many Christians who are
Christians in name only whose lives belie their declaration and who are as
deceived as the one that doesn't know God.





The Word is our sword against the devil. With it we can be fortified and
strengthened to withstand him. When we read the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit
to lead us as we read, and have a sincere heart that is willing to be changed
by the Word we read, then we are walking in the path that leads towards
eternal life. Read some tips on studying the Scriptures.

But if the Word is being discarded, ignored, belittled, or undermined, or even if
we pick and choose only the things in the Bible we like to read and want the
words to say what we want them to say, our defense against the wiles of the
devil is jeopardized. With this in mind, we can take a fresh look at Christ’s
prayer for unity. Jesus is clearly not praying for world unity but for Word-
¬based unity:








The Gospel of Jesus Christ is beautifully simple, but it does require that we
surrender our hearts to His sanctifying power. There can only be one Jesus
and He is the Word made flesh. The true can only be separated from the false
on the basis of the Word.

Because the Bible is the key ingredient to true unity, this unity will also
produce results that are in line with Biblical truths:








God wants to use His people. But this requires us to do more than believe in
Him. We need to earnestly confess our sins and come up to the standard of
the Word without compromising to the standards of the world.

Let us follow Christ's example. As we unite in humility and meekness, where
there are wrongs these will need to be corrected. While we support and
sustain each other, we will be able to deal with the erring in a gentle manner
(Ephesians 4:15).

God can and will use an obedient community of believers that live up to the
light that He has given them – those who keep the commandments of God and
hold to the testimony of Jesus (Revelation 12:7).

True Christian unity is Word-¬based. Jesus prayed, “I have given them thy
word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even
as I am not of the world…Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”
(John 17:14,17).

True unity is not about emotions and reckless inclusion or a movement called
"Ecumencism" which will propel the church into a "One World Church", better
known as "The Church of Satan", but rather  is based on the Bible alone,  
which means that a "Bible Only Belief" will cause friction with perverted and
apostate doctrines of demons.

Those who prefer a smorgasbord religion, where they pick and choose beliefs
that suit their comfort level or their personal agendas will not want a scripture
only basis, and is made visible by those who manifest their disdain, mockery,
or hatred towards those striving to make their lives holy, righteous and loyal  
with what they find in the Word of God.  

This is the time and generation, where true Christians must take their stand   
IN CHRIST no matter what the cost!
Regarding the subject of unity, Jesus prayed a significant and
profound prayer in John 17:22, when he said: "And the glory which you
have given me, I have given them, that they too may be ONE, even as
we are ONE"!!
"Take heed that no man deceive you...For there shall arise false
christs, and false prophets, and they shall show great signs and
wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the
very elect".  
Matthew 24:4, 24
"I have manifested your name unto the men which you have given me
out of the world; they were yours, and you gave them to me; and they
have kept your word.  I pray for them.  I pray not for the world, but for
them which you have given me, for they are yours.  I have given them
your Word, and the world hates them because they are not of the
world, even as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them through your truth.
Your Word is truth.  John 17:6,9,14,17
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
teaching us that, denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should
live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for
the blessed hope, and the glorious appearance of Our Great God and
Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us; that he might redeem
us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous
of good works."
Titus 2:11-14
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