By Tracey Armstrong
Exodus 33:2 And I will send My Angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. (NKJV)
God wants unity. God desires unity for our families, businesses, ministries, and churches. Growth can only come from unity. The body is healthy and maturing as long as all of the functions of the body are working in harmony the way that they are supposed to work, and as long as it is not working against itself.
God only asks us to be separate from one thing and that thing is the world. The Bible says, “Come out from among them and be separate.” Separatism is not wrong if it is being separated to God, for God, and for His purposes. The word “church” in the Greek means “the called out ones.” So we know that God wants us to be different and called to separation, but the enemy also wants us to be called out to him. He wants us to be separated to his kingdom, and to his plans and purposes. Once we become Christians he sees us as traitors and defectors, and he tries everything to get us to separate to him again. When the children of Israel fought against the Perizzites, God sent an angel before them to drive out any Perizzites. The name “Perizzite” comes from the root word “paraz” (paw-rawz’); meaning, “to separate.” The enemy sends people, opportunities, circumstances, and anything else that has been designed, to separate you. He would love to separate you from your family, from your calling, from your ministries, and from anything else that God may be trying to do in you.
God will handle any workers of separation that the enemy may be sending to your life. But what you must do is set your eyes on your calling and make sure that everything that you are pursuing is directly related to your calling. Keeping the vision of your calling will cause God to send angels before you to remove anyone and anything that the enemy is using as a distraction and hindrance. Just keep the vision and God will handle the rest.
Father, please remove anyone and anything that may be sent by the enemy to distract or separate me from what You are calling me to. Father, stop any form of division in my life. Send your angels before me and cause them to remove anything that separates me from living and walking in Your harmony.
Check your heart for anything that would set you up for separation or disunity from God and His purpose. Do you have a clear vision? Are you a team player? Do you go out of your way to help others even though it will not directly benefit you? Look at your heart and ask God to help you walk in a greater spirit of unity.