Power in Unity
I pray that your week is going well! I am exited to write this next blog on this new series, "Unity Unveiled." Today we are going to look at the "Power in Unity." We often hear the phrase together we stand, but divided we fall. That is a practical way to look at the power of unity, but I want to take a closer look at it as it relates to what the Word says about unity for believers.
In the Bible, there are many accounts of how the power of unity causes individuals and groups to be able to prevail even in unconventional circumstances. Unity is our weapon against the enemy. The enemy likes to isolate and destroy because he knows that believers are stronger together. Matt. 18:19-20, 19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” There are some situations where you will have victory once you connect with some other like-minded believers. They will help pray with you, help carry the burden with you, help keep the faith with you, and help you reach your healing. James 5:16, "6 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail." Your victory can come with unifying with others.
Gideon- Judges 6-7
The children of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt by the hand of God, but on multiple occasions as they journey through the wilderness, the children of Israel kept serving other gods. Nevertheless, God loved them so much that every time they repented and got back in right standing with him, he would deliver them out of bondage. In Judges 6, the Angel of the Lord tells Gideon that he was going to use him to free the children of Israel from the bondage of the Midananites. There are more verses in chapter 6 with further discussion between the Angel of the Lord and Gideon. Have God ever told you to do something and you thought you needed a sign or further clarification? That was Gideon.
Then, we finally get to Judges 7. In Judges 7, God tells Gideon something very interesting. He tells him that he has too many people who are prepared to fight. God said if he wins with the number of people with him, they will say that you have won the battle rather than God. So God did a series of tests to remove the people that did not need to be a part of the Bible. Aren't you glad that God will remove the ones who you don't need to help you fight your battles with you? From over 22,000, God dropped the number down to 300. They were victorious in their fight because God was with the 300. Judges 7:7, "7 Then the LORD said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men who lapped the water I will save you and deliver the Midianites into your hands. But all the others are to go home.” It is not about the number of people you have with you for the power of unity to be revealed. Instead, it about the right people; people of Faith, people who will pray you through the hard times, and people who will believe for the impossible with you.
The story of Gideon and his army is a perfect example of the power of unity because it shows that it is not in the number of people nor in the people alone; instead, it is about the right people and the only true and living God. God will show you who to connect with and who to trust.
Don't let the enemy discourage you by how many close friends you have. Don't feel like you have to handle hard times alone. Don't believe that God is not ready to meet your needs. Someone needs you to help them get to their freedom, healing, and more.
My experience: The most challenging times in my life has been won because of connecting to the right women who would pray with me and for me. I knew that some of the challenges that I face without my friends would have caused me to loose my mind. You have to put fear aside. You have to put pride aside. You can experience the Power of Unity.