A House Divided

In case you haven’t noticed……Satan is well aware of what we’re doing, and he’s not happy about it.  As far as we know, the Enemy continues to have a strong grasp on Jahar.  He’s got him in the palm of his hand.  He has complete and total control over him……and he wants to keep it.  But our God is stronger….and the Enemy knows that.  Our constant, passionate, and persistent prayers for Jahar are a threat to him – and over the past several months, he’s been making that known.  We’ve seen it all……struggles with faith, relationship challenges, tension, jealousy, disagreements, depression, mockery, bitterness, struggles with sin, loss of hope, physical barriers to communicating with one another, division – you name it, it’s probably happened.  And you know what?  This is a GOOD THING.  It shows that the Enemy has noticed us.  Something is happening…..and he’s going to do everything he can to prevent it because he wants Jahar all for himself.

Every single one of us has been hand selected by God to pray for Jahar.  Not one of us is here by accident.  God planned for us to find one another for a reason: We are stronger together.  God has used the blessing of modern-day technology to bring us together so that we can encourage one another…retain our passion…hold each other accountable…support each other in our weaknesses.  God’s word has a lot to say about the benefits of unity and working/praying together:

“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)

“From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:16)

“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:19-20)

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

“The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.”  (1 Corinthians 12:21-26)

It also has this to say about what happens when we are not united: “But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.” (Luke 11:17)

We cannot let our household fall my brothers and sisters.  We cannot allow the Enemy to win.  What is at stake is far too important to allow that to happen.  Let us put aside our differences, treasure the blessing that God has given us in each other, and make every effort to follow His word.  Let us join in prayer together and ask our Father for spiritual protection and unity amongst us.  Let us support each other through spiritual attacks and use them as encouragement and motivation to pray harder.  Let us not be discouraged.  When we start to struggle or doubt….when we start to get frustrated or feel like walking away – let us remember the moment we heard God whisper to us “Pray for him.”  Let us remember the feeling of discovering that there were more of us out there.  Let us be one.  We need each other.  Jahar needs us.

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4 Responses to A House Divided

  1. brokenheart4whatbreakshis says:

    That’s what bothers me the most about the SAMs too. And as much as I would love to be able to reach out to him and share Christ’s love with him – what bothers me even more is the fact that he is not allowed access to group prayer or any sort of spiritual advisor. I guess group prayer I could semi understand from a safety perspective – but not to allow him access to a chaplain or spiritual advisor or something? For what? I’m sure he may not even be remotely interested in that right now….who knows. But if and when he starts having dreams or wrestling with the idea of following Jesus – He’s going to need someone to talk to…..someone to ask his questions to…..someone to pray for him and with him. I know, as someone who kept falling away from the Christian faith without someone to walk alongside me – how important this is. I try to remember that God is all-powerful and He can call Jahar to Himself without anything or anyone……but it’s hard not to think about what a difference that would make and the injustice, it seems to me, of denying him that.

  2. brokenheart4whatbreakshis says:

    He does have this though 🙂 Our brother will be okay!

  3. Bri says:

    Whenever we have the temptation to start division or drama over something, we need to remember the broken and lost young man who’s sitting all alone in a prison cell possibly facing the death penalty. He needs our prayers too badly for us not to truly be Christians United for Jahar.

    • brokenheart4whatbreakshis says:

      Amen! LOVE this. We need to stay focused on what God has called us to. God’s purpose in bringing us together, I’m sure, was for us to build each other up, encourage each other, and keep each other strong.

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