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Ezra 4:24-6:22
The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord like channels of water; he turns it wherever he wants.(Pro 21:1 NET.)

As God spoke to the heart of Cyrus seventy years after the Jews’ exile to Babylon, so too he spoke to the heart of King Darius that the work of building the Temple would continue. Darius could have said that his reign was a new day and he would not be held accountable for what another man did. Darius also did not allow Israel’s enemies to give him the only information about Jerusalem he heard what the Jewish leaders said. The people remembered to mention the decree King Cyrus had issued, and petitioned Darius to look for the decree, which he did.

Too often we look at our environment and the political atmosphere of the times and say, “I can’t do that because so and so is or isn’t in office; We can’t because the Democrats; The Republicans; the Liberals, etc.” But God says, “No, not so!”

When GOD approves of your life, even your enemies will end up shaking your hand. (Pro 16:7 MSG)

This lesson is something I need to take fast hold of and keep in my remembrance. My success is not based on a political party or a law that has been put in place, but on my relationship with God. If my success is not based on me, you or Aunt Sally, then neither is yours.

I Corinthians 3:5-23

5 Who is Apollos, and who is Paul, that we should be the cause of such quarrels? Why, we're only servants. Through us God caused you to believe. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. 6 My job was to plant the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God, not we, who made it grow. 7 The ones who do the planting or watering aren't important, but God is important because he is the one who makes the seed grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters work as a team with the same purpose. Yet they will be rewarded individually, according to their own hard work. 9 We work together as partners who belong to God. You are God's field, God's building--not ours.

Sadly today, we find ourselves in the very predicament Paul rebukes the church at Corinth for, divisions and divisiveness. When we are divided because we have grouped ourselves based on callings and purpose that is a good thing. We don’t expect our hand, which is part of our body, to have the same purpose and function as our heart. However, we as the body have divided ourselves into groups based on alliances and affiliations, and argue over which or whom is better than what part and which function is more important then the other. By itself, each part will fail, but in unity we work together, in bringing the body to become an effective and efficient move of God.

Yet, we fight over denominations, we fight over schools of theology and it goes on and on and on, seemingly without end. I’m not sure if the Body of Christ is imitating our political and/or ethnic and cultural groups, or if they are imitating us. What ever it is we need to put a stop to it.

We need to be like Paul and say,
For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified.
(1Co 2:2 AMP)

Psalm 29:1-11
This Psalm seems to compliment and confirm that indeed the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord (Proverbs 21:1). No matter what anyone does to go against the Lord or God’s people, they will never prevail. No matter that God’s people are attacked they will never be totally cast down nor destroyed, God will always have for himself a remnant no matter if His people go astray or they are attacked by enemies, God and God’s Word will always remain because it can never be destroyed.

Proverbs 20:26-27
A wise king winnows out the wicked [from among the good] and brings the threshing wheel over them [to separate the chaff from the grain].(Pro 20:26 AMP)

Just a thought: If the threshing wheel (Usually grain is thrown up in the air because the chaff is picked up by the wind and blown away while the heaver grain of wheat falls to the ground), is brought over wheat or some other grain; good from wicked; then pressure is being applied to all even the godly.

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.
(Pro 24:10 AMP)

Grace and peace,

Just wanted to comment briefly regarding your question of the different denominations within our Christian church today.

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:11 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20Corinthians%203:11&version=NIV

Foundation is Jesus. We build the house differently depending on different callings. As long as Jesus is the foundation we need to respect our differences We need to love each other. Years ago I prayed about this and asked the Lord why we had so many dominations. His response: “it’s all about personality. People like to worship differently based on their personality.” As long as Jesus is the foundation we need not judge another denomination; we do need to pray for each other.

I love that Pam! True as long as Jesus is the center of it all we are ok.love indescribable!

Don't boast about human leaders! It's all about Jesus..

Ps 29 worship the Lord in his splendor and holiness

Proverbs the Lord's light penetrates all darkness! Yes amen

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