“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” Mark 3:24
The teachers of the law had just came up against Jesus. They tried to state that Jesus was casting the demons out of people by the power of the prince of demons. Jesus points out that if that were happening, the prince of demons would lose.
The teachers were unwilling to look at Jesus for who He really was and tried to come up with a reason for His actions. They tried to explain away what was happening rather than accepting it.
Even today, many people try to explain away the miracles of the Bible, rather than accept them for what they really are. Scientists and doctors will come up with all kinds of reasons as to why a person was healed, when in reality sometimes it was a miracle by God.
Looking at the divided kingdom, however, many in the church can create division. Many people in the church demand that every person follow certain patterns of acting and worshipping to be a Christian or a member of the church.
One common area is in how to worship. Do you worship with old hymns or modern choruses? Do worship standing or sitting? Is it three or ten songs?
In this area, and many others, the Bible is silent on the details. God wants you to worship and serve Him with your heart as an individual and as a group.
If you demand a certain way of doing things and do not allow any room for any other way, you are trying to divide God’s kingdom. How many churches have fallen apart and split because of a disagreement in what color the new carpet should be?
Allow for the freedom to worship and serve Christ in the way God leads each person. Do not allow your house to become divided over a matter that really does not matter. Be very careful in what you demand of others. Make sure all demands are exactly what God demands clearly in the Bible.
I pray today that God will guide you in your worship and service to Him; that you will see the freedom that you and others have in Jesus; that you will not stop others in their worship and service to God; that you will not allow division in God’s house; and that God will divide and destroy the kingdom’s of this world that are against Jesus.