Donald Trump likes to refer to President Obama as the “great divider.” Wait! Don’t stop reading! This is NOT a political rant bent on causing some more Facebook drama. Trust me, Facebook already looks like Romper Room and it doesn’t need me throwing another temper tantrum into the screaming classroom of social media.
Folks, if you are still reading, I am going to make this simple and super, duper spiritual. The “great divider” has always been one person and one person only; Satan.
From that very first moment in the garden Satan has been hard at work causing division wherever He can. His subtle whispers of “Did God really say?” echo within our hearts and minds and at times end up as violent screams towards the very people that we know and love. It’s brutal and at times it just feels evil. And, Satan, who tosses in these grenades of emotions will just sit back and laugh like The Joker as the explosions of anger, hatred and intolerance blast everyone around us. And I will just come out and tell you that the worst offenders are those of us who call ourselves Followers of Christ. If you want to know why people don’t want to come to church then just look in the mirror; it’s our fault. We treat each other like trash to the point that we no longer recycle once strong friendships.
Jesus said that the world (those who don’t know him) will know us by the LOVE that we show each other (John 13:35).
Paul said that our battle is NOT against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12).
The book of Acts tells the stories of the early church and how everyone was unified, no one had a need, people shared their belongings with each other, and miracles, signs and wonders began to follow them and people came to know Jesus and because of this the number of believers grew.
We have one common enemy and it’s not each other, it’s not a political party, it’s not a social issue, it’s not your spouse, it’s not your kids and it’s not a church issue, but it is a spiritual one as Paul said.
My prayer is that we would all do what David did and ask God to search our hearts and see if there would be any issue within us that we need to give to Him (Psalm 139:22-24).
24“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25“If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26“If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished!…(Mark 3:24-26)
Men, it is our duty to not allow the great divider into our homes. If someone attempts to enter your home or harm your family I know each one of you would do everything in your power to defend them; whatever it took. We have an enemy who is out to steal, kill, and destroy. Perhaps it’s time that we turned the tables and gave him a dose of his own medicine. Don’t allow him to divide you from your walk with God, or divide you from your spouse, or divide you from your kids. Do everything to put on the full armor of God and stand firm against his attacks and when it’s time to unleash the power of heaven on your enemy be sure to do so with the same intensity that William Wallace went after his.
God bless you all as you in battle!
Jamie Zirkle currently resides with his wife and son in his hometown of Winchester, VA. He is licensed with the Assemblies of God. Jamie continues to serve as a lay leader in Victory Church while he waits on God to open the next ministry opportunity for him. You can read more articles from Jamie at his blog (http://jamiezirkle.wordpress.com/) and connect with him on LinkedIn