Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"The Restoration of Unity"

I prayed for friends who would walk by our side
And we, beside them, as Father would guide.
To strengthen and encourage, His Word to share
To lighten the burden as we offer up prayer.
Casting upon the Lord every weight and each care
Helpers through life equipped and prepared.
Through the challenges we face well able to stand
For we hold to each other as we hold the Lord’s hand.
Traveling the path before us He’s paved
Unfettered and free to walk in His ways.
With His love in our hearts, His truth to speak
Our vision made clear, His harvest to reap.
How good and how pleasant when brethren abide
The blessings of heaven opening wide.
Agreeing together to loose and to bind
Secure in Christ Jesus, our hearts to Him tied.
Sticking together through thick and through thin
Watching out for each other, protected from sin.
For we are one body and each has their part
Possessing God’s gifts, diverse, yet His heart.
Made one by His Spirit in the bond of His peace
Full grown, in love and in Jesus complete.
For Jesus is coming and so I pray our lamps, full
That we’d be wise virgins not found as the fool.
Awakened and ready, the Bridegroom to meet
On fire for Him, not those who sleep.
As iron sharpens iron we’d remain sharp
For the light of His face cuts through the dark.
And shows the way in hard places, awakening dreams
The visions of God realized as we would lean
Into Him who has promised and cannot lie
His ingrafted branches joined to the Vine.
Producing much fruit, His joy to remain
Loving one another, His truth to sustain.
I pray release of God’s counsel, establish Your plans
God utters His voice, we heed His commands.
We are firm, we are stable and shall not be moved
But declare that our lives show the praise He is due.
And so we tear down the walls that keep us apart
Releasing true unity, the kind of Your heart.
Bring about communication and the friendships You’ve formed
Forgive us jealousy and competition, where we’ve divided, we mourn.
Fill us with psalms, and hymns and sweet songs
Together making melody all the day long.
Giving thanks unto You, my God, for all things
Submitted to one another in Christ as we cling
To our Father who loves us and calls us to the same
To be imitators of Him, as the dear children He’s named.
Heal the brokenness we’ve suffered, Lord, touch Your church
Bring Your restoration, pour Your balm on each hurt.
We speak reconciliation, the resolve of disputes
Every entanglement pulled up by the root.
Come bring release from the plots, schemes and snares
From every trap that’s been laid, no longer impaired.
In humility and love, forgiveness we extend
Moving on, filled with peace, for You set right and mend.
Where there’s been a separation, You close the gap
Repairing the breach that there’d be no lack.
Thank You, You’ve called Your people to come and break bread
Continuing daily in one accord, just as You’ve said.
So where misunderstandings have stood in the way
I call forth Your clarity and Your community to pray.
Through eyes You have given to see our Reward
No disconnect but made a strong cord.
Demolishing strongholds we conquer new ground
As we march to the beat of the “oneness” that sounds.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 - Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Psalm 133:1-3 - Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.
Ephesians 5:1-2 - Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

(Additional Scripture for study - Mat. 18:18-20, Gal. 6:1-2, 1 Cor. 12:12, 
1 Cor. 12:25-26,Eph. 4:1-6, Eph. 4:15-16, Mat. 25:1-13, Pro. 27:17,
Jhn. 15:5-17, Pro. 11:14, 
Pro. 15:22, Eph. 5:19-21, Act 2:44-47,
Mat. 5:21-26)

Click on the YouTube link I've posted below to view this video. It's precious and I believe you'll be greatly blessed. It ties in so nicely and I was so excited to have come across it just as I had finished writing this devotional. I knew I had to include it. Perfect timing once again from our faithful Father in Heaven.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK9Xj7eY0UU

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