Guarding Your Heart from the Spirit of DIVISION.


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Hi Everybody!

I know I know, It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on here, LOL :D.

The 21 Day Daniel Fast this year for me has been rather different from the one I had last year. I’d say that it is just as intense as last year and so many new things are happening around me that I can’t get into it just yet. All I can say is that it’s been an uphill battle in this fast to keep my wits about me without getting weary lol :D.

For the past few days, the Lord has been talking to me about the Spirit of Division.  I thought to myself “What about it Lord?”, and that’s when He started to reveal things to me to keep note of for this year.

imagesCAK6X5LDThe Spirit of Division is the kind of spirit that prevents UNITY. It is the type of spirit that can come in various forms, but stems from the root demon spirit called PRIDE. It causes disunity and is known to be a Thief of time, effort, emotions and steals people’s Provision for God’s VISION for our lives (John 10:10). God wants a UNIFIED Church. If gossip mongers create strife, there will be divisions amongst the fold which means that the CHURCH will crumble if there is a lack of agreement and unity amongst its members (Amos 3:3 – Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?). If Division can be created to cause disagreements and arguments amongst the members of the Church, then how can the body of Christ walk in the same direction if the members do not agree upon any one thing? This is what will happen if DISUNITY is achieved which is exactly what the Devil wants in order to weaken the power of the UNIFIED CHURCH. I feel like the spirit of the Lord has been wanting me to say for quite sometime “Church of Jesus Christ, Guard your heart from this DIVISIVE Spirit!”God in your HeartWe must learn to guard our hearts from adopting such a Divisive spirit that seeks to kill, steal & destroy the Unity of the Church that is Strong in the Lord and in the Power of His Might.

[ Avoid Divisive Persons ] Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.

The Lord also revealed to me during my meditations that a Spirit of Division is also a characteristic of a DOUBLE-MINDED Man who is unstable in all their ways (James 1:8). The only way to keep yourself from becoming double-minded is by learning to remain humble in all that you do for God and for others by understanding the true meaning of SUBMISSION.

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Humility Cures Worldliness

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

DRAW NEAR TO GOD and RESIST THE DEVIL. It is so important to not allow oneself to be embittered with envy (jealousy),or temptations that lead one to lust, or acts of depravity, anger & hatred which are all sinful behaviours that contaminate a persons soul. Such behaviours stray from the path of righteousness and cause one to act with a divisive spirit that is unable to work with others as a team. This is what happens when one yields to a Spirit of Division. Such persons, cause strife, they cause arguments, they enjoy the breaking up of peoples who once walked in agreement and they are the ones that prevent UNITY by creating DISUNITY.

imagesCAU1G9XM1 Corinthians 1:10

[ Sectarianism Is Sin ] Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
UNITY is what keeps the Church of Jesus Christ STRONG. If the devil can find a few key members in the fold to cause division, then as the American saying goes “United we Stand, Divided we FALL”.
So what do you do about those members that cause DIVISIONS amongst others on purpose?
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[ Avoid Divisive Persons ] Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus[b] Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.

We are told in the Book of Romans to:
               1.) Take note of who they are ; and
               2.) AVOID THEM.

imagesCA1ANTEPAnd by avoiding them, I mean, DO NOT partake or imitate their behaviours…DO NOT do what they do…and DO NOT allow them to contaminate others who you know can be easily led astray by such individuals. Protect yourselves and your brothers and sisters from such a foul spirit. It is so important to build discernment applied with WISDOM so that you know how to tackle such a spirit strategically using the WORD of GOD and by praying without ceasing seeking God’s direction and instruction. This Spirit is not one to toy with, neither one to disregard. Haman Spirits act alike, Saul-like spirits act in the same-like manner so be wise and guard your spirit from ENVY, Strife, Anger, Jealousy, Hatred, Lust and such behaviours that contribute to being divisive and argumentative in Character and in Spirit.
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Jude 1:16-21

Apostates Predicted

16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

Maintain Your Life with God

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

heartWe are forwarned that those who operate with a Spirit of Division are sensual persons who DO NOT have the HOLY Spirit in them (Jude 1:19). Therefore, we must do what the Bible says in (Jude 1:20-21) and keep praying in the Holy Spirit and in the LOVE of God always pursuing the mercy of God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In essence, the point is to remain humble and practice humility as a way of life. Humility requires us to submit to the will of God in our lives and to heed the Godly counsel of our elders and not to be filled with self-seeking behaviours that seek to satisfy the desires of our flesh. When we yield to this wisdom, we can properly guard ourselves from becoming obstinate, callous, rude, calculative, and deceptive, not only deceiving others but ourselves from the Truth which is in GOD’s Word. The spirit of Division operates in the same way as one who practices False Humility  if you reference back to the post I wrote last year regarding The Importance of Detecting False Humility.

Guard your heart, your mind, your spirit and your soul from adopting this type of spirit. It will affect your Character and everything you do. Remain Humble and always abide in the Truth.  It is always better to esteem others above yourself and it is even better to give to others rather than to receive from others.

Unity is Strength

A United Church is a Strong Church

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

Acts 20:35

I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Such a person operating under the spirit of Division will always seek to esteem themselves higher than others and will always prefer to receive accolades, gifts, prizes (including bribes), and high recognition from others to puff up their PRIDE (this definitely reminds me of SAUL who was jealous of David in 1 Samuel 18:6-8). My dear brothers and sisters, we must avoid becoming such a person. Remain humble and learn what it means to SUBMIT TO GOD and also to submit to Godly counselors who watch out for your soul. Refrain from becoming bitter about any issue that arises in your life, for bitterness will lead you to sin in this way if you do not learn to manage your emotions well, so check yourself before you wreck yourself, and repent to God if you have harboured such traits that are described here regarding the spirit of Division and seek to humble yourself before God to purify your heart and to make it more like Jesus Christ’s heart which is filled with Love, Peace, Righteousness and Joy.

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I have two songs here to minister to your spirit today both my J.Moss one called Holy is Your Word and the other called Caught up in Love. May these Songs Bless your Spirit everybody!

 

13 thoughts on “Guarding Your Heart from the Spirit of DIVISION.

  1. Thank you. Whatever you have written is Spot On. I have encountered someone that fits all the characteristics above. It has taken me a lot of painful years of trying to reconcile and to win that person back. After several years and reading your article, I now know that this person will never reconcile with me since that will expose her true self and she knows it. I will AVOID her and keep my peace in the Lord and prevent her to cause me more harm. God bless you for sharing.

    • Hi Annette,
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am glad that this post blessed you. It’s not easy to reconcile with people that don’t share the same views or don’t intend on reaching some amicable agreement with you. But know this, as long as you are filled with peace after trying your best, that is what counts. Everyone at some point must learn to move on if the relationship with such a disagreeable person is only driving a wedge between you and other people.

      Stay Blessed Sis.
      Sherline 😀

  2. Hello, I realize you posted this two years ago, but still, thank you! I go to a little church with loving people! Recently I’ve been doing some self discovering, I have a problem with pride. I don’t know “exactly” where is sprouted up, but I have an idea it has something to do with the way I was brought up; things I was taught and just having prideful people raising me. I sing in church and I’m an active youth leader. I thought I was a humble person, I thought I was on the right path. I don’t want pride, I even prat for unity. I want to be used of the Lord, but he cant use a vessel that’s not humble. I googled spirits in the church and this came up! I just want to thank you for obeying the Lord when he impressed this on your heart and for sharing it!

    • Hi Ashley,
      Humility is a constant work in work in progress for all people. We don’t always get it right but the important thing is to recognize areas in which you are weak to pride and learning to repent before God about it. The worst thing about Pride is denying you have it in the first place, however, from what I can see, you acknowledge that you have areas in which you have to work with so don’t beat yourself up about it. Rather, praise God and rejoice that you now have an idea of what you need to improve. I’m glad this post blessed your spirit today. God bless you hun.

      Sherline 😀

  3. wow, we have had the spirit of division in our church for over 40 years. It has disguised itself in so many ways. we were attacking the people who we saw as hindering the work and persons have come and gone over the years and still today the same thing is going on. I know it is time to put an end to this because it is a spirit that was sent to the church to divide it. the person who sent it may be dead by now so in addition to the points you gave above is there anyway we can break this curse as we begin our 50th celebrations?

    • Hi Deborah,

      Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I really appreciate all my bloggers that visit me. I’ll try to answer your question to the best of my ability.

      With any spirit (not just the Spirit of Division), you can’t bind it if you don’t first repent over the actions committed against other people because of the spirit operating in the church. I would suggest, that as a church body, you come together as one, acknowledging that as a group, you may have failed God by entertaining divisions, discord, disagreements, arguments, etc. and even if you can’t get the whole congregation together, all you need is two or more people to come together for prayer in agreement and pray for the following:

      1. Repentance of any actions that sowed discord/division in the church to seek God’s forgiveness over what happened so that the Lord can restore all of the people to be in right-standing before Him again.

      2. Seek God to bind the strongman spirit of Division operating in the church to the foothold spirits attached to the strongman and seek God to cast these spirits out of the church. The spirit of Division doesn’t operate by itself, it has lesser spirits that accompany it but the most important thing is to bind the strongman and the footholds that have been operating in the church.

      3. Ask the Lord to purify the hearts of the people in your church (including yourself) and to ask the Holy Spirit to flood the atmosphere and clean the minds and hearts of the people to have a renewed spirit that believes in the power of the unity of the Holy Spirit, to come as one church body with one mind believing and trusting God together and praising and worshiping God together in one accord.

      4. Give God praise for the deliverance He provides from that spirit.

      This is what you can do to shift your church into a new direction. It’s all about humbling yourselves as a church body, acknowledging that you’ve all made mistakes individually and collectively whether anybody knows it or not and saying “God, we invite you to be enthroned in our hearts. Renew a right spirit in us again”. Humble yourselves before God and He will hear the prayers that are laid up in your church today.

      2 Chronicles 7:14 -15
      14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.

      I hope everything I’ve written is clear for you. Many people forget that repentance is vital to receiving healing and deliverance in many situations. It is so important to note that leaders encourage people who have wronged others to make things right with their brother or sister first before producing an offering in the church otherwise, any offering they give to the alter will not be acknowledged until this is done.

      Matthew 5:22-24(NKJV)

      22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause[a] shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

      Again, repentance is the key to bringing household salvation in your church. I hope what I’ve said helps you in some way. If something isn’t clear, just message me again and I’ll try to be more clearer. I pray that you have an amazing 50th celebrations. May God bless you and your church in Jesus Name.

      Minister Sherline.

      • Thank you for your post. I am surrounded by three relatives who are filled with this spirit. I walk away when they get together and start attaching our brothers and sisters in Christ. I used to tell them they should not speak ill of them but their reply is… we were raised like this. They are hurting my adult children with this spirit so I tell them I want no part of it and I walk away. They are starting to divide my youngest son and his wife who are also my brother and sister in Christ. I find it hard not to get angry with them but I do a LOT of praying. I can’t do this anymore, I need help praying that I do the right thing in the Fathers eyes. Surley this spirit can be stop! Christ can do all things. Please pray with me and believe with me. My husband is one of them and I love him but if he had to choose I am almost sure he would choose the dividers…

      • Hi Brenda,

        Thanks for visiting my blog. I understand that you are dealing with the strongman of this spirit of division and you have stated that you do a lot of praying. It’s time to step up the ante and consider that you might have to start fasting as well. Sometimes we pray but we pray amiss thinking that we have prayed the right way and get dissappointed when we do not see results right away. I think that you need to fast as well. When you fast, your whole mind and body will become aligned to the things of the spirit. Right now, you’re busy reacting to what’s happening around you rather than responding to these things by praying. When you pray seek God and command that which you want to see. Call forth those things that be not as though they are. Speak out what it is that you want to see and rebuke that which you no longer want to see. I’ll give you an example:

        “Father God, I call forth restoration in my youngest son’s marriage because you are the repairer of the breach, I command peace to come into my home and I rebuke, bind and cast out strife, arguments, anger, resentment,and anything that causes division in my son’s home and I command love, peace and Joy to rest in my son’s home. I arrest those spirits and cast them out of my home in Jesus’ Name. I call forth these things the be not as though they are. I rebuke and bind all demonic interference that brings strife into my son’s home out of his life and out of his household in Jesus’ Name. I bind the strongman of division and cast it out of his home in Jesus’ Name. I call forth peace, restoration, love and unity into his home and pray that the power of the Holy Spirit purifies the atmosphere of the home and floods the place with your peace and love in Jesus’ Name. No weapon formed against his marriage shall prosper and any tongue that rises up against his marriage, I condemn right now in Jesus’ name for what God has put together let no man put it usunder in Jesus’ Name becuase if God be for him and his family, who can stand against them in Jesus’ Name. I put my trust in the One who is able to to exceedingly, abundantly, above all I could ever ask or think in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

        Pray this prayer and personalize it. Fast and pray over your children’s marriage because it seems to me that there is something going on that you are not seeing becuase it is a spiritual attack on you and your family. Ask the Lord to dismantle the works of your enemies that are trying to come against your child’s marriage and to expose the truth. Also ask the Lord to rebuke every negative word and/or confession spoken against your son’s marriage and ask the Lord to cause every ill-spoken word spoken over your children to fall down to the ground and die and let not those words ever reap a harvest. Sometimes, people speak curses over people not realizing that such words spoken will not dissappear until they have accomplished what they were sent out to do. So that is why you have to rebuke any ill-spoken words spoken over you and your family because such things could still be in operation in your life without you knowing. Seek God to rebuke and bind any ill-spoken curses over your life and the life of your family and command blessings to take place over the curses. Command blessings over your family and you will see amazing things start to happen, Amen!

        I recommend this book by John Eckhardt called “Prayers that rout Demons and break curses”. That book will be very beneficial for you in your prayer life and will help you to break any curses that are operating in your life whether they are generational or spoken curses. I hope what I have written here helps you in Jesus’ Name. God bless you sis.

        Sis. Sherline.

  4. Thank you for your words and advice. I do believe you are right about the fasting as well. The peace of our Lord be with you always. B. Bruce

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