“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.”
Two years ago this past January the following words were spoken to the United States:
“History, faith, and reason show the way, the way of unity.…For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos.” - Joseph R Biden Jr., Jan 20, 2021
These words are true on their face. Unity is the only way forward…the only path toward restoring peace and brotherhood. This is the message that I voted for in 2020. I was willing to roll the dice that Biden was telling the truth. In the two years since then I have waited for unity to be revealed as a priority of those who run our nation. Whether you voted like me or not, I hope you’ll join me in my disappointment that we have done more to move away from unity than towards it. By every available measure, we are more separate, more angry, and more bitter than we were two years ago, or six years ago, or ten years ago.
If true unity is our only way forward I’m drawn to consider the words of the prophet Joel: “And it shall come to pass afterwards, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.” (emphasis added) Jesus suffered on the cross to extend the grace of God’s Spirit to Jews and Gentiles alike, which really upset the Jews at the time. They could not comprehend how all flesh, all mankind could be brought into unity with God. We also must put aside our unbelief in His Spirit and accept that even the people who piss us off and we think don’t deserve it can come to accept God. Christ acting through us as the Holy Spirit is the foundation of unity. We can all aspire to something bigger than our selfish ambitions, and in this way we will dream dreams and see visions of God’s future.
Daily Battle Order:
Do you realize that God’s Spirit has been poured out on you?! That Spirit is here, right now! What are you going to do with that Spirit? What dreams and visions have been given to you? Today write down what actions you can take that will foster unity between the people closest to you and ask God to help you act according to His plan of unity.