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"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (Matt. 24:14)

Satan is in a last-days panic. And in his fear and confusion he is using one of his number one weapons—the weapon of division. He's stirring up division and strife anywhere he can get people to agree with his deception.

He's stirring it up in marriages, in homes, in churches, in businesses, among social classes and between ethnic groups.

In the United States, we've seen divorce rates soar. Order in the homes has almost disappeared. The eyes of everyone have been riveted on racial division that has surrounded such events as the O.J. Simpson trial, the Million Man March and church burnings in the South.

"Well, Pastor Dollar, what is going to happen?"

I know exactly what's going to happen. Jesus told us. In the midst of this situation, the glory of God is about to take off as it has never taken off before.

Yes, we are seeing evidence that the world is getting darker. We are seeing the signs of the devil's panic. He does not know quite how to respond because he's feeling the pressure. The end-time outpouring of God has begun and His glory is filling the earth. Jesus said:
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places... But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
(Matt. 24:6-7, 13-14)
If you study the word "nation," you'll find it comes from the Greek word ethnos. We get our word ethnic from that. It means "a race, a tribe, an ethnic group."

Therefore, Jesus is saying that ethnic group shall arise against ethnic group and kingdom against kingdom. That's what we're seeing all over the earth today.

But notice that there is something else recorded in this passage. Believers are standing. They are resisting. They are refusing offense. They are not allowing the spirit of division to hold down the Body of Christ. They are preaching the gospel to all the world.

What's Really Scaring Satan?
What is Satan so afraid of? He's afraid of a powerful promise Jesus left to His followers: "If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matt. 18:19-20)

Satan knows what happens when believers multiply the power of their prayers through agreement.

In marriages, for instance, Peter tells husbands to honor their wives and treat them according to the knowledge of God's Word as "heirs together of the grace of life" so that their "prayers be not hindered" (1 Peter 3:7).

Walking in Unity
When two people start acting like one, they operate in a greater authority than they do by themselves. The devil knows that entire families walking together in unity can have everything the Bible says they can have, and there is nothing he can do about it.

If one can put a thousand to flight, and two can put 10,000 to flight (Deut. 32:30), imagine how much disarray a family of three, four or a dozen can bring to the enemy's forces!

They can lay hands on whomever outside the family needs ministry, because sickness won't come on those inside the family. They can walk in health and prosperity. And this can go from generation to generation. The devil doesn't have a chance with a family that's operating in oneness.

That's true for the church, too. Churches come out of families.

Now we can understand why the devil tries to raise up differences between us to separate and divide us. In his letter to the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul gives us a clear picture of how the spirit of division operates:
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided?
(1 Cor. 1:11-13)
I love his summary of the whole issue: "Is Christ divided?" Paul wrote that because separation is just the opposite of what Jesus came to give those who would believe in Him:
As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
(Gal. 3:27-29)
Black or white, worker or boss, male or female, we all have the same rights and the same inheritance. We are children of Abraham by faith, and heirs of every promise and blessing of the Old Covenant and the New.

Designed for Differences
God's answer to differences is covenant. Covenant is designed for differences. It's designed to eliminate weaknesses. You might hear someone get up and say, "We are all alike." Folks, we are not all alike. We have some likenesses, but we are not all alike.

We have differences, and I appreciate our differences. It would be a boring world if we were all alike. Just imagine if all of us had the same name—Creflo! I'm glad we're different.

I didn't marry Taffi because she was just like me. I needed someone who was different than me. Where I am strong, she is weak. Where she is strong, I am weak. When people get married in covenant, they eliminate the weaknesses. They're not there anymore.

Not only does that take place in marriage, but it also takes place in business. Someone may be weak in the area of business and someone else might be strong. They come together in partnership and eliminate the weaknesses.

It's the same way with the Church. The black Church may be strong in one area, and the white Church may be strong in another. God hasn't designed us to stay apart. His best is that we come together in a covenant to eliminate the weaknesses.

Recently, I was in a meeting where we started to sing praises, and all the white people started clapping on the downbeat and all the black people clapped on the upbeat. Whatever beat you wanted, we had it covered!

Covenant was not designed to get two families with the same strengths together. It was designed to match up one group's strengths with the other group's needs and weaknesses. It was designed to make one strong family out of two weak ones—each of them appreciating and drawing on the strengths of the other.

We've got a job to do, child of God. The solution for all division and strife is the gospel: "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" (Matt. 24:14).

When He was preparing His disciples for His return to the Father, Jesus declared, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:35). Isaiah prophesied:
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
(Isa. 60:1-3)
Nowhere to Come
The world won't have anywhere to come if we become just like them. We've got to be in a position to answer their questions when, after they've done everything, it doesn't make sense anymore.

After trying everything they thought worked, the world is going to look at the Church and wonder why, when division is ripping loose every seam in the fabric of society, the Church is walking in love and unity and appreciation for differences.

And we'll tell them, "Because we live according to the law of life in Christ Jesus which makes us free from the law of sin and death. We don't operate like you operate."

The gospel is the solution for every division. God has raised up men and women in every ethnic group in every nation to get it done. He has raised up men and women who are more concerned about your knowing Christ than what ethnic group you are from. It is so important that we learn how to overcome and not let the spirit of division and separation come in.

There is a new breed of believers in the earth in these last days. It's a breed of covenant people who are not going to allow the spirit of division to invade our marriages, our homes, our countries or the Body of the Anointed One and His Anointing.

It's a breed of believers who know the power of walking in oneness and want all of the glory in these last days.

Source: One Word From God Can Change Your Nation
by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

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Creflo A. Dollar
Web site: World Changers Ministries
 
Creflo Dollar is the founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church International (WCCI) in College Park, Georgia; World Changers Church-New York; and a host of fellowship churches throughout the United States and internationally. WCCI also has offices in Australia (serving the Asia-Pacific region), South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and the Ukraine.
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