By Blake Higginbotham
The following passage of scripture is a part of the prayer that Yahshua prayed in John 17 and it speaks of His desire for us to be one in the Father and the Son. The truth is it could have been one of the last prayers that Yahshua prayed just prior to His passion and it is still being fulfilled today through the lives of those who are coming together for His greater Kingdom purpose.
In the Eternal Now His prayer is being answered by those who have chosen to embrace the Father’s heart concerning our oneness. However, our oneness will not be fully realized apart from our agreement, acknowledgment and a willingness to work together to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
John 17: 21 – that they may all be one; even 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 sent Me. NASB
Ephesians 4:3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. NKJV
In order to acknowledge that we are one in the Spirit we must agree to love one another. Loving one another will involve walking in humility, patience and longsuffering. Our capacity to love one another is directly proportionate with having received the full embrace of the Father’s love and forgiveness, and we are inexorably held together by the bond of peace.
Colossians 3:12-15 Therefore, as the elect of Yahweh, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Messiah forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Yahweh rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. NKJV
Spiritual agreement is an important part of our coming together in Him and acknowledging the reality our oneness will help move us closer to enjoying the life changing benefits of real and living relationship. However, in order to move from agreement in principal to the truly acknowledging our oneness in Him we must be willing to deal in truth with our own hearts concerning why we are divided in the first place. Based on the discovery of truth we must be willing to pull down the strongholds of human reasoning in our own hearts and minds, and that for the purpose of honestly embracing one another in the ongoing work of the ministry of Yahshua. Moving forward, true heart-felt repentance and lasting change in the way we think and interact with one another will be part of the foundation for developing lasting relationships beyond our present level of understanding.
Note: I am concerned that our move to agree with the prayer of Yahshua and fully embrace the Father’s heart concerning our unity will be limited to our own preconceived notions of how we should be together. It is my hope that we will consider all of the many possibilities available to us and come into agreement with what the Father is saying and doing in this hour. Our coming together in Him should not be limited to venues and arenas to which we have grown accustom, and our considerations should include responding to what Holy Spirit is obviously orchestrating. Forsaking not the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is involves recognizing what He is putting together in the moment. We must be willing to adjust our schedules and even forego our plans in order to embrace and respond to what He is saying and doing in the moment.
Note: If ten seconds in the presence of Yahweh is worth more than a lifetime of meeting and gathering, then it behooves all of us to aware of the reality of His movement at all times. Part of seeking the face of Yahshua will include learning to listen and being acutely aware of which direction His head is turning. Case in point, if His head is turning and looking in one direction and we insist on looking in another direction, it won’t be long until we feel as though He is moving away from us. My concern is, we are still trying to limit His movement to what we are willing to see about our being together in Him.
WE ARE THE MOVEMENT…
WE ARE THE NEXT WAVE…
WE ARE THE GLORY BRING HOPE…
Note: We are free to worship whenever, wherever and with whomever we choose. We are not obligated to worship with any one expression of the body of Messiah in our locale. Our allegiance is to the King and His domain. Nothing more, nothing less!
WE ARE THE BODY OF MESSIAH….
WE ARE THE EKKLESIA…
WE ARE SONS OF THE KINGDOM…
WE ARE ONE…
Note: All of creation is groaning and travailing for the full manifestation of the sons of Yahweh. It is not waiting for the advent of the second coming of Messiah. Yahshua has, is and will continue to come to those who are the called according to His purpose. We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and prized possession of Yahweh. We are not waiting for Him to return. He is waiting for us to show up, so He can appear.
“Where two or three of you are gathered together in My name, there I am in the midst of you.”
“Fear not little flock, it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom”
Father, we choose by our own free will to be a part of answering your call to unity. We are in agreement with the prayer that Yahshua prayed in John 17 and are answering His prayer in the way we love and relate to one another. We also choose by our own free will to fully embrace the Father’s heart concerning Ephesians 4:3. We are one, and there is one Lord, one faith and one baptism. In other words, Yahshua is Sovereign. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and we have been baptized into the everlasting covenant of the Kingdom. So it is!