A House Divided
A HOUSE DIVIDED
"If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. "And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand." Mark 3:24,25
There is no "I" in accord, because "I" always involves pride and pride always results in division and defeat! Everywhere you look there is division, whether race or political, even among believers there is a terrible rift causing God's people to splinter into thousands of factions and denominations. The question arises, where did all of this begin?
It began in Heaven when Lucifer, the majestic arch angel allowed pride to seduce him and convinced him he was all powerful, even able to divide Heaven! With pride came selfish ambition wanting to rule the heavenly realm but he was not strong enough to defeat the angelic host led by Michael and Gabriel. This "Master of Disaster" even convinced one third of the angels to follow him in his rebellion, but they weren't strong enough and were thrown out, only to descend into earth's atmosphere landing in the garden of God!
Pride does come before a fall but Lucifer, being a shrewd and evil adversary filled with violent hatred for God and for His newly created "First Family" saw an opportunity to divide God's creation. As he arrived in the beautiful garden that God created for His children, Adam and Eve had received a commandment that they were not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and if they did, they would surely die! This is where the serpent saw an opportunity to strike, the women was a weaker vessel and she wasn't sure of herself or of the word given them by the Most High!
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman. "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" Genesis 3:1
GUARD THE HOUSE
Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. "For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:4,5
When the door is open in your home and an intruder walks in and begins to speak to the lady of the house and not the man standing there with her, there is a problem, because the house is out of order! Satan took advantage of the obvious authority problem and spoke to the woman and not Adam who was supposed to guard his wife and wash her in the water of the word so she would know what God had really said!
When the God-given line of authority in the home is broken it gives access to the enemy to break in and rob, kill and destroy. This is why the world, especially in America is totally out of order because Satan elevated the woman above the man! Because of the demonic scheme called "Women's Lib" fifty five million of God's precious unborn were slaughtered, the gays came out of the closet and the children of America were addicted to drugs and alcohol, not to mention the perversion of pornographic material and filth released upon the population!
When the devil began to speak, Adam should have run him out of the garden with a club, but instead he was mesmerized by the serpent's smooth tongue! Adam was standing next to Miss Eve the whole time listening to this devilish diatribe when he should have taken the role of leader and head of his own house, as should all men, especially believers! This is why the house, the kingdom and the country is in such a mess, because the line of authority is broken and the powers of darkness are ravishing the wives, the kids and literally burning down the house!
But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of a woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. I Corinthians 11:3
RESTORING ORDER IN THE HOUSE
For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head because of the angels. I Corinthians 11:10
When disorder broke out in God's house in Heaven, who did He send to restore what was broken? The angels! Who protects us? The angels! Lucifer was a disobedient son and the arch angels of God threw him out of the house so that the divine order of God could again bring about unity and peace. When we as believers restore our God given authority, power will begin to flow into the body of Christ and the enemy will be expelled and defeated.
Angels acknowledge divine authority and protect those who obey the Lord and submit under their God given linage. When a man is out of order from the covering of Christ, the enemy has a door opened as well as to the woman who is out of order with her husband and the devil has access to her children. The line of authority is not to rule and reign but to provide protection and provision for the women and children who are the weaker vessels.
The body of Christ is also out of order under the shepherd/sheep mentality, elevating the pastor above all, creating a pyramid that resurrects the old priesthood and greatly stunts the growth of the body and leaves them open to attack from the powers of darkness because they were never equipped or trained properly in spiritual warfare. When we all come back under the proper line of divine authority, the church will again receive power from on high and have victory over her enemies and peace will again flow to the body of Christ!
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church first, apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. I Corinthians 12:27,28
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin