Fault Lines

For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.” (1 Cor 10:17)

I think that in these days we all have to be particularly vigilant about division. Because the Lord is taking the church in a new direction there will be many new projects and new initiatives, so just as the enemy tried to use Sanballat when Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem, he will do all that he can  today to frustrate and destroy the work.

If we put some very familiar scriptures together, we know unless God build the house, the labourers labour in vain; that where two of you agree … it shall be done for them; and the unity commands the blessing. If we, the builders, are in unity as we set out on a new work for the Kingdom, God is with us, the work is blessed, and He is building the house – or to couch it in NT language, Jesus is building His church. But this of course is the last thing that the devil wants, so he will do all that he can to stop it from happening.

One of his key weapons is to bring division. I felt the Lord gave me the word “Fault lines.” The word was this: “Beware of fault lines in your relationships. A fault lines become a fissure, a fissure become an earthquake, and the earthquake brings destruction.”

The Lord went on to show me that as soon as we start talking and thinking about “fault,” whether we are denying fault or imputing it, we start to draw a “fault line” on the ground. Each person then stands on their own side of the line and the division widens: the line becomes a fissure and the fissure becomes an earthquake, and the building work is stopped.

So as we open ourselves to His leading in initiating new works for the Kingdom of God we need to be diligent in ensuring that any potential areas of division are brought into the light and resolved. I believe this is a word for now, because it is always on the enemy’s agenda to sow division, and particularly, it would seem, in this season. But “we are not unaware of his plans.” Next time the enemy tries to tell you to draw a fault line on the ground – and that may even be right now – remember that God says this:

If you take away the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday. (Isaiah 58: 9-10, my italics.)

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