Unity: The Fuel of Revival

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.” (Psalm 133)

The power of unity is demonstrated throughout history and scripture. It is a tremendous power that always brings results. During periods of revival, it is one of the top Satanic strategies to destroy. History is replete with movements of God that have been shut down over division and disunity. From the Corinthians who claimed, “I follow Apollos, and I follow Paul” (I Cor 3:4) to the modern day Brownsville revival (1), Hell has always sought to disrupt Christian unity. Unity fuels the advancement of the kingdom.

The Bible describes human unity in very plain language. In fact, the Biblical character giving the description is God, Himself. In Genesis 11, the people are building a tower in order to “establish a name for themselves so they aren’t scattered abroad.” (Genesis 11:4) Their efforts are achieving success. God looks at the scene and makes a very important observation about it. He states, “Behold, the people are one, and anything they set their minds to do will not be withheld from them.” (Genesis 11:6) This is a unity apart from the anointing of the Holy Spirit and yet, anything that we, as united people set out to do, we will accomplish it. It gets things done. When Christians gather together, a spiritual force, as well as the human force, is released as well. This brings revival

On the day of Pentecost, we read that the people were “of one accord”(Acts 1:14, 2:1) Meaning, that they were united in purpose. An anointing so strong that it changed human history was released out of this unity. Jesus describes His unity with God when He states, “I and My Father are One” (John 10:30) Out of His Unity comes the reconciliation of humans to God. Spiritual forces are fueled by our agreement and released through our unity. This gives us insight into why God told Israel to “have nothing to do with the gods of the people that I drive out before you.” They disobey the command, and years later they are exiled from the land because “the worshipped the gods of the people that God had driven out before them.” (I Kings 17:8) Human agreement fuels spiritual power and the unity of those people release whatever spiritual force is present. Psalm 133 (see above) describes the anointing that is poured out of unity. It drenches the priests.

In corporate or individual revivals, every effort must be made to maintain unity. Division is a strategy from hell designed to disrupt revival. When we allow division to shut us down, it disrupts what the Spirit is doing. As the people of God, we should be on the look out for attempts of the enemy to disrupt our unity as a people to drive us into division. Division scatters the troops and decreases the release of anointing.

Jesus’ time was short. He knew He was about to depart the physical realm. He had one last prayer to pray after His Passover meal. The enemy was just a few miles away and they were closing in on Him. His prayer time was going to be interrupted and He knew it. What does he pick as the topic for the bulk of His last prayer on earth. Unity is His topic. Why? So that the world may know that Jesus is Messiah. This is the essence of revival. We will let the words of His final prayer end the discussion on this topic. “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. ”(John 17:20-23 ESV)

Endnotes

1. The Brownsville Revival went into a steep decline when a division took place in the church led by a “prophetess” of the revival.

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