“For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” – Romans 12:4-5
God hates division, so Satan loves it. Division in the heart, division in the home, division in the church, and division in the nation. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us that “Satan is like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” So ask yourself, how does a lion hunt? He divides and conquers. He knows that he can not take on a whole flock or a united herd. So he hides, ambushes, frightens, confuses, separates, then pics his pray, and destroys and devours them. Usually he targets the young, the wounded, and the sick but even the strong can become pray simply by being separated and worn down to exhaustion until they give up their will to fight. I’ve even seen animals turn on, trample, and injure each other in the confusion of a lion attack making their fellow herd members and their on family easier pray to the lion. However, I have also seen herds stand united, chase the lions off, watch them flee, and claim their land, unwilling to be divided and defeated.
In a nation division comes by way of blaming others for what’s offending or troubling you, or what you want but don’t have. That’s easy enough to see, yet if we step back and look honestly, we realize that division in the church and in the home come from exactly the same thing. However, when we look inwardly at division in the heart (between the spirit, soul, and body), the same applies, but more. You see when Satan seeks to bring division internally, he starts externally and though the blame of your offense or troubles may start out being against others, often enough they are turned against God without us even realizing it.
“God, I did Your work and got rejected. God, I ministered to that person and invested myself into them and they betrayed and hurt me. God, this isn’t happening the way I envisioned. God, where are You, You’re taking too long. God, everything is coming against me. God, why are You letting this happen. God, I don’t wanna pray for them anymore, help me. God, I’m tired. God, You could fix everyone and everything that offends me in my timing. God, I have faith that You could change all of this right now.”…. In all of this what our heart is really saying is “God, I have faith that this is all Your fault because You could serve my will if You wanted to, and I don’t really trust that You have a good reason not to“.
Ouch, yea admit it, we’ve all done it. I know I have, and sometimes it’s really hard to recognize. We can see a little easier when we are offended with people, even people we love or care about. We either get quiet with them or start complaining a lot. We may even notice ourselves getting overly critical toward them, and everyone else for that matter. We don’t want to talk to them, we only want to talk at them or about them, even when we HAVE to talk to them because it’s the right thing to do, theirs a wall up. A wall meant to protect your emotions from further offense. There is no trust so we put a division between us and them. However, though it’s not as easy to see when we are offended with God, we do the exact same thing. We cause a division between us and Him, we talk at Him with great complaints and demands, but not with Him. We allow the enemies lies to manipulate our emotions, causing us to build walls to protect against further offense or perceived disappointments. We put a division between us and Him because, though we may not even truly realize it, we have lost trust in His wisdom, justice, reasoning, and love. This is a dangerous and frustrating place to find yourself in because trust is required for faith, and faith is required for grace, and grace is required to overcome the enemy, hence the reason Satan does it. This takes us full circle back to the lion seeking to divide and conquer, and how they wary and disarm their most dangerous pray. Know that this is a tactic used by Satan to defeat his greatest threats. The prayer warrior, the intercessor, the evangelist, the discipler.
So how do we prevent this subtle tactic from taking root, and if it already has, pluck it up? Examine your heart for where you are placing blame. Is it on others or on God? This is the root of the problem. God wants to be in righteous (right standing) communion with us, so if we find ourselves feeling separated from God, it’s our fault, not His, and it’s certainly not anyone else’s fault either for Scripture tells us that no one can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:35), only we can do that (Isaiah 59:2 & Jeremiah 17:5). So ultimately the fault is always our own, and that fault can usually be traced back to a lack of (or loss of) trust.
Commit today to humbly stop looking for blame outwardly and start working on tearing down the walls you’ve erected inwardly. Bitterness, unforgiveness, fear, lack of trusting that God sees all, knows all, and does all for the good of all that love and serve Him. Know that there is a reason for everything God does and doesn’t do, and sometimes the reason is us. Submit to God’s perfect love, knowledge, and sovereignty. Put your full trust in Him, His will, His timing, and His ways. Tear down the walls and put God back on the thrown of your heart, that you may joy in the salvation of the Lord, relax in the peace and refreshing that comes when we truly trust in Him, and walk in the clarity and authority of His grace. Remember this and don’t be fooled by the tactic anymore. Don’t fight your fellow countrymen, don’t fight your church brethren, don’t fight your family, and don’t fight God… Come together and fight the devil.
“And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” – Mark 3:25
“And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12
“For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” – Psalms 33:4-9
“Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God? Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:27-31