April Partner Letter

April Partner Letter

Dear Faith Partner,

Did you know that one of the ways God fulfills His purpose in the earth is through unity or a unified body? This is why Satan fights against marriages, families and churches; he is attempting to keep us from working together- from being one.

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Jesus said in Matthew 12:25 (CEV), “Jesus knew what they were thinking, and he said to them: Any kingdom where people fight each other will end up ruined. And a town or family (marriages included) that fights will soon destroy itself.” (Emphasis is my own.)

Unity is more than just getting along with each other! Unity is working together for a common purpose or cause. It is unity that allows God’s will to operate through us and helps us stay focused; focused on His assignment for the local body as well as His individual purpose for each of our lives. Remember, God’s assignment is bigger than any one individual and unity helps us to accomplish that assignment!

We are strong and most powerful when we stand together as one! Let’s look again at Matthew 12:25, this time from the Amplified Bible, “And knowing their thoughts, He said to them, ‘Any kingdom that is divided against itself is being brought to desolation and laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will last or continue to stand.’” There is power in unity!

One of the most powerful verses in the Word of God that focus on unity is Psalm 133:1, where David said, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren (those in relationship, family, churches, marriages) to dwell (literally to sit down at ease) together (to be as one) in unity!” (Again emphasis is mine) For a thing to be “good” is good; but for it to also be pleasant is better! Every one of us loves it when things are pleasant. The word “pleasant” used in this scripture is used in Hebrew to mean a harmony of music. The word “unity” in this passage is the Hebrew word “YACHAD” which has a double emphasis on ”being as one” or junction. Do you see why our adversary thrives on us being in disunity or in strife? Anything God calls good and pleasant he wants to destroy!

Unity is vital to every relationship. In Philippians 4:2, Paul dealt with disunity in the church. “I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.” Paul was referring to two sisters in the church at Philippi who were having a conflict. He exhorted them to “be of the same mind” because their differences were troubling not only their own relationship, but it was having an impact on the local church. Disunity will destroy every relationship it touches, its very presence fosters a separation that is rooted in strife!

One of the things that Jesus prayed for prior to Him being betrayed was unity among us. In John 17:21 (AMP) we see His words to the Father, “That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one (unified) in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.

Unity is extremely powerful. God’s presence will always be the result of unity; especially where we are gathered in His Name. Jesus said in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Jesus in the midst of our unity; that’s power!

Take a moment to read Genesis 11:1-32. We often use this passage to illustrate where different languages came from, but the actual lesson from this passage is a demonstration of the power of unity. Unity is such a

powerful principle that it can actually be used in a negative way as we see in these Scriptures. However we know that God wants us to use our unity for good in our marriages, churches, and other relationships.

Let us look back to Psalm 133, this time from the New Living Translation, “How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the LORD has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.

Another aspect of the unity is that it is like the dew of Mount Hermon, which descends upon the mountains of Zion. Mount Hermon, a high mountain, signifies the heavens, the highest place, from which the dew descends. Imagine the dawn of a new morning on Mount Hermon as the brand new dew is falling; how refreshing, how energizing! In like manner so unity brings about a revitalizing, and energizing in our tired bodies and a refreshing to our spirit! Many travelers have reported that the dew on Mount Hermon is so amazing, that it brings a refreshing as if it has rained all night long. That is what unity does for the body, for our marriages, for our churches, and our other relationships!

Let’s look a little closer at these verses. The second part of verse 3 of Psalms 133 says “for there the LORD commanded (or bestows) the blessing, even life for evermore.”

THE PLACE COMMANDED – Where? There! The place of unity! The place of God’s presence! It is there in the midst of unity that God commanded or appointed the blessing; literally the blessing of God, by implication – prosperity.

THE PROPERTY CONTAINED – What is the “property” contained in this place – in this blessing? Life! Springing life, lively life and forever more – without end – continuous!

What a tremendous blessing; a continuous sense of the touch of God upon our lives; of His life within us, springing up even in barren times, times of drought! WHY? Because God has commanded it! Because there is unity among the family of God! Because they are as one! The appointing of the blessing by the Lord follows the unity in the family! If you are not in unity do not look for the blessing because the blessing follows unity. As I close let me say unity should be one of the core values of every church, marriage, family and business. God commands us through Paul in Ephesians 4 “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” When we dwell in unity we can expect six blessings as a result of that unity: goodness, pleasure, refreshing, anointing, God’s blessing, and life. Life created by unity with everything we need to be happy, content and peaceful. Together we can and are making a difference that the devil cannot stop! So let’s continue to strive for unity of the faith in everything we do and say to one another.

 

pastors_bottom_letterJanice and I love each of you and want you to experience the freedom, the liberty that has already been secured for you. It is our prayer that each of you, your spouses, your children, your children’s children, your congregations, and your other covenant partners abide in that freedom! Thank you for your continued commitment to RBP Ministries and the covenant relationship we have with each other and with God!  We sincerely appreciate you.

Your Partner in the Faith,

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Richard B. Peoples, Sr.

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