NOTE: I think these "three things" brought out below are quite profound. Take time to ponder them. ******************************************** Date sent: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 10:03:27 -0500 From: "Robert G. Harms" <rgharms@...> The 3 KEYS to UNITY - a Vision My first vision occurred in the early 1980s. I was attending a meeting in Ohio. The main speaker was Bob Mumford, a well-known Christian teacher from Florida. During his presentation Bob Mumford was talking about unity among Christians. He said that God was "crunching" His people together so that we would no longer look at each other and say, "You are of one group and I am of another group", but we would say, "Hi, brother, let's serve the Lord together." Then Bob Mumford said, "I don't know what we can do to promote this process." Immediately I lost consciousness of being in that meeting, and was surrounded in white, like a dense fog. Three questions came to my mind and heart: First, "How is it that you call yourselves by this name or that name? My people should be called by My name." Second, "And how is it that you say, 'I belong here' or 'I belong there'? You belong to Me. Third, "And how is it that you bind yourselves together with bonds of covenant when I would have you bonded with love?" With those three questions ringing in my heart, I realized that I was still in the Bob Mumford meeting. I didn't know whether to stand and prophesy those questions, or to go forward and tell them to Bob Mumford or the host pastor. So I prayed, "Lord, what do You want me to do?" In response I got the impression that they would not receive this word, but it was for another time. (Acts 22:18) I believe the time is now. The answer to the question, "What do we do to promote unity among believers" is: REPENT. We need to repent of the pride which has separated us from one another. We need to repent of naming ourselves. Since "Christian" is the generic term for followers of Jesus Christ, let us unite in Him. Do we really belong to this church or that denomination? No! We are "bought with a price". (1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23) We belong to Him alone. Let us follow Jesus wherever He might take us. Let us fellowship with whomever He wills, and be free to fellowship with believers everywhere. Let us no longer bind ourselves with covenants to the exclusion of other believers. There are no cousins in the Body of Christ, only brothers and sisters! [Surely this refers to signing up for "membership" of just one particular denomination. -ed]. The answer to the question, "What can we do to promote the unity of believers?" is: REPENT. Father, please forgive us for naming ourselves by this name or that name. We confess it as sin. From now on let us be ever so grateful that You allow us to bear the Name which is above all names - the name of Jesus Christ. To be a true, faithful, humble-minded, loving Christian is the highest calling there is. And please forgive us for believing that we belong here or there. We belong to You, and may we all be free to be led by Your Spirit wherever You want us to be, doing whatever You want us to do. And please forgive us for binding ourselves together with bonds of covenant. Please set us free from all bondage of heart and mind. Let the only bonds on us be the bonds of love for You, for one another, and for all people. In Jesus' name. Amen!