Week 50 Day 7
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Romans 15:6 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Church began in a prayer meeting (Acts Chapter 1-2) where desperate people who had no clue what the next moment would bring arrived at long last, after some ten days of being shuttered away coming first to a place of agreement. What was it they agreed upon? They agreed that the only salvation in this world, indeed from the predicament of not knowing what would happen next, was their recently departed Lord Jesus. His promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit changed everything. I believe, that even before the “grand entrance” with mighty sounds and “tongues of fire” the Spirit of God was in the upper room in each person calling to mind the promises, the hope and elation at the possibilities that Jesus had laid before them.
When the apostle Paul wrote to the Church in Rome he was writing to a Church divided by racial and cultural and historical issues. The whole of the letter is intended to bring about a sense of oneness that Paul understood was the key and essential quality of the Church Jesus was building.
So, how are we doing today? Sadly, not so well. We divide along every cultural fracture line that there is. The only thing that we can point to which has healed the Church in past times. There are three main points. (Call it the precursor to revival.) Prayer, Fasting, Repentance. With the coming of righteousness the divisions will eventually subside and unity will come like the waters after a storm are calmed and become a reflection of the glory all around them.