The Regional Kingdom Network has been established to help facilitate the unity that the Lord wants for his church. Facilitate means to make easier or more convenient.
In this regard we have been speaking on foundational principles that we must align our hearts with so that they will facilitate unity, or that unity will flow out of them. No man can bring about unity, it is a work of the Holy Spirit done in our hearts as a result of our obedience to our Lord.
In Matthew 22:36 Jesus is asked, “Which is the greatest commandment in the law?” in Verses 37-40 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
In verse 40 Jesus is saying that all of our moral conduct, purity of heart, our future and the future of Gods’ plan depends on this foundational principle of love.
Jesus also said in JOHN 14:23 if a person (really) loves Me, he will keep My word (obey My teaching); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him. AMP
This brings us back to the first two foundational principles in our Unity Graph. The Lordship of Jesus and love in obedience to His Lordship, which will result in a purer heart condition.
To bring about this unity it is going to take a deeper commitment to these two foundational principles. It will take more love, more sacrifice, more trust, more forgiveness, more honour, more respect, more sacrifice, more of Jesus in us and less of us. Our foundational motivation must be our love for God so that no matter what difficulties we experience in this quest for unity, we will always be drawn back to the table of unity by our love for the Lord. If revival, experiencing the power of God, or our ministry growing is our motivation, then we will only have a social unity and not a true spiritual unity. That unity will still be tainted by the leaven of the Pharisees and Herod.
We are all imperfect beings and we all have some of the leaven of the Pharisees and Herod in us. It comes from our root problems of rejection, rebellion and pride that are in our hearts. The leaven is the need and desire in our hearts produced from these negative emotions, for position, acknowledgement and power. We grow out of these negative problems through making a determined effort to walk in this sacrificial love by faith, regardless of the emotions, feelings, insecurities and demands of our hearts. The worlds’ way of fulfilling these needs are through position, power, success and praise from others. But those things never satisfy the needs of our hearts and so our hearts always want more of them. This is why the Lord referred to them as leaven, because they will slowly grow and mess up our whole Christian life and perspective because the needs of the human heart will never be fulfilled that way. They will only become stronger and demand more. Sacrificial love and servanthood are the only spiritual attributes that will fulfill the needs of the human heart. Getting rid of all of the leaven is a process that takes time. This is part of sanctification or working out our salvation with fear and trembling.
Therefore, complete unity is also a process to be worked out. It is not an event. It is not a coming together for an event or purpose. It is a condition of the heart produced from our love for God and obedience to His Lordship as a motivation, and our loving others as ourselves as a result of that pure motivation of our love for God.
Wanting revival is a good thing but do we want it for Jesus and His Kingdom and for people to experience God the way we have? Or do we want it to appease the leaven of the Pharisees and Herod in our own hearts?
Our own hearts can deceive us in these issues. Only the Lordship of Jesus, love and servanthood will ensure that we stay on a proper course. These will fulfill the needs of our hearts and diminish the leaven and keep it from spreading in our lives and ministry.