Biblical wisdom laid out in plain English by Elect Lady Owens
Ecclesiastes 4:9 says: “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour;” Don’t you want “better” for you? Better is defined as: “Of a more excellent or effective type of quality; more appropriate, advantageous, or well advised.” So, two people are more effective, appropriate, advantageous, and well advised than one person. You want to make sure rewards are good and not bad. Good is defined as: “to be desired of; pleasing and welcome; expressing approval.” Good should not be a solo gratification but an inclusive gratification that benefits others. That’s when power comes in! Power is defined as: “the ability to do, act, or produce; great ability to do, act, or affect strongly; vigor; force; strength; the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.”
So, power is ability, strength, and influence which increases supernaturally when coupled with unity. What makes unity supernaturally powerful? First of all let’s define unity. Unity is defined as: “the state of being one, or unified; oneness; singleness; the quality of being one in spirit, sentiment, purpose, etc.; harmony; agreement; uniformity.” The supernatural power comes in with unity because God gets in the midst of our unity. Jesus said Matthew 18:20: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
That’s why Deuteronomy 32:29-30 says: “O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end! How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to fight, except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?” That is not mathematically or scientifically possible (1,000 people subdued by one man or 10,000 people subdued by two men) except God intervenes.
So, there is power in unity, but it must begin with you! Amos 3:3 says: “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” If we would make up our minds to walk in agreement or unity with one another, we could get far more great things done for the betterment of all. Unity will always add or bring increase while division will subtract and make things decrease. King David was successful because 600 men unified and agreed with him. But, King Rehoboam was unsuccessful because Israel did not unify and disassembled from his authority.
David later writes in Psalms 133:1: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Again, Jesus speaks on the power of unity when He says in Matthew 12:25: “… Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:” So, unity helps us to stand strong and not fall. However, we want good rewards as we unify in a positive way and not a chastening from God.
Genesis 11 speaks of the Tower of Babel where Israel unified on one accord to build a tower to heaven which was not God’s will. But, unity is powerful because this is God’s response to the people building the Tower. Verse 6 says: “And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one (unified), and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained (or impossible) from them, which they have imagined to do.” Verse 7 tells how God destroys their unity by bringing confusion to their language and they are scattered across the earth. Foreign languages now replace a one world unified language.
So, when you look at the word “unity” the first letter in it is “U”, which means U (or you) must first begin to pursue and have a heart to unify with others. You must make a decision to let the peace of God rule in your heart, and that takes effort. Unity may require you to humble yourself to get things accomplished for the sake of the whole and not personal gain or preference. Only then, will you experience the power of unity when you allow it to begin with you!
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