And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: Matthew 12:25
We typically think of this verse as referring to a home or family–literally, a house divided cannot stand. Too often, we see the affects of a divided house: a husband and wife run in completely opposite directions until one of them, or even both decide that life would be better if lived apart. Rebellious children expertly divide the home, sowing seeds of discord by their attitudes and actions. It is a divided house, and woe to them that are trying to function in such a situation.
This weekend the Lord showed me some other areas where life breaks down if it is divided.
You cannot “stand” if you are “divided” against yourself. That may seem odd, but let me explain. We are three-part beings, made up of body, soul, and spirit. As born-again believers, life works best when we allow God’s Spirit to control our minds, which in turn, control or bodies, or fleshly actions. But what happens when our flesh has a plan of its own? The Spirit within says, “Read your Bible,” and your will says, “Read your Bible,” but your flesh says, “I want to stay in bed.” Conflict–a divided “house.” Suddenly, your life is out of sync, because the Spirit starts convicting your will while your flesh battles for its way, and you are divided against yourself.
You cannot “stand” when you are “divided” against God. Last week, my computer went on the fritz. I told myself not to crash and burn: God had allowed it. I worked hard to get my mind and body under the control of the Spirit; however, when the report came back that it was my hard drive and they would have to “ghost” it, the cost quadrupled. Still, I worked to maintain a united front. Three days later, the ghosting didn’t work, they would have to wipe it clean, and the cost crossed the two hundred dollar mark! OR, I could save about a hundred dollars and do some of the work myself. After four failed attempts to communicate with the Dell recorded lady, I decided I needed to put the whole problem on hold and go do something successfully: vacuum out the car. BUT, when I plugged in the vacuum, it made a hi-pitched squeal and had half the suction power. That’s when the division happened. I needed to blame someone. I wanted to blame my husband, but he was really innocent and so sympathetic–I had a hard time making him the scapegoat. So, then it was obviously God’s fault. After all, He knows my bank account. He could have avoided this all from happening!
Division now reigned everywhere: my relationship with my spouse, my God and myself! War was raging and battles were being fought on every front! What to do? I did something I’ve never done before. Before reading my Bible, I scribbled all my woes in my journal in the form of a prayer. Then I pleaded for God to help me . . . and He did. In His gracious ways, He fed me, healed my broken spirit, forgave me, and lead me on my way!
Satan wants to divide and conquer, and he’s an expert at it. Jesus can restore, and He’s the Master of everything good. We just need to allow Him to do so. So, what happened with the computer? I called the techie and said, “Fix it, please.” I still don’t have it back, so there might be another post, :) but after making that call, the burden lifted.
Just do it! That may be the NIKE theme, but it’s a good one! Just do what needs to be done, stop stewing, and get on with life! I know it’s not always that easy, but speaking the truth in your heart and staying submissive to God are great division destroyers! Satan will happily take just a toehold in any part of our lives, and who wants him to win? :)