In Union – Part 2

Finally, grow powerful in union with the Lord, in union with His mighty strength!

~ Ephesians 6:10 — CJB ~

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A few days ago, I wrote a post entitled, In Union, based on what the Lord revealed to me in the scripture above, and isn’t it funny how He ministers to us sometimes? You see, the revelation that I had planned to share with you regarding this verse turned into something else entirely, as I shared the new revelation He was giving me as I wrote. As I began to study this verse, I was captivated by its meaning…

Finally, grow powerful in union with the Lord, in union with His mighty strength!

~ Ephesians 6:10 — CJB ~

I knew right away that the Lord was revealing something powerful to me about being in union with Him, and I wanted to be sure that I fully understood what He was telling me. Therefore, I looked up the definition of union in dictionary.com, and read through each of the first fourteen definitions. As soon as I read the eleventh definition, I got excited, as thoughts exploded in my mind. Like multiple flashes from a camera, a revelation of the union God wants us to have with Him flashed brightly before my eyes…

the process or result of merging or integration of disjoined, severed, or fractured elements, as the healing of a wound or broken bone, the growing together of the parts in a plant graft, the fusion of pieces in a welding process, or the like.

union — dictionary.com ~

I’m very blessed to be married to a man with many talents. If anything breaks or stops working in our house, he has always had the knack of knowing how to fix or repair it. We’ve never had to pay a plumber to repair our plumbing issues, because decades ago, when something went wrong with the plumbing in our 70+ year old house, he not only repaired it — he replaced all of the rusting, leaking pipes with plastic pvc plumbing throughout. Our furnace was placed in our quarter basement in 1958 (the year my husband was born!), and it still works wonderfully, because he keeps it repaired when necessary, and does maintenance on it every year. When we moved into this old house in 1986, it only had 60 amp electrical service, and we were constantly blowing fuses, until we got enough money for him and my dad to upgrade our service to 200 amp service and a breaker box. I’ve come to admire my husband’s gifts, and over the years, I’ve learned a few things from him, which is why I got so excited about the definition above.

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Did you take not of the part of the definition that said, “the fusion of pieces in a welding process, or the like”? My husband has a small engine repair business, and he often welds things together. In addition to that, he builds and flies radio controlled airplanes, and part of that process often requires soldering. Like any couple who loves each other, we often talk about the things we do, and often, as he talks to me about engine repairs, carburetors, check valves, etc., my eyes begin to glaze over, as his often do when I share the things that interest me, with him. Still, we love each other, therefore, we both try to pay attention to the other, though it can sometimes be very difficult to do so.

Nonetheless, over the years, many of the things he’s talked to me about have been absorbed in my brain by some type of osmosis, so that when I read the part about welding, something my husband once told me about welding jumped to the forefront of my mind. I remember him saying that if a weld is done properly, that piece or part can be made stronger than the original metal was prior to the weld…

Finally, grow powerful in union with the Lord, in union with His mighty strength!

~ Ephesians 6:10 — CJB ~

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Understanding crept into my mind as I applied what I had learned about the union of metals in welding… If I am in union with the Lord, then like a perfectly welded metal, I become stronger (more powerful) than I was before, because now I am united with His mighty strength! Wow! Isn’t that awesome? But then, as I pondered this, I remembered my husband’s words… If a weld is done properlythat piece or part can be made stronger than the original metal was prior to the weld…

My interest was piqued, so I did a little bit of researching, and I discovered that the strength of a weld is determined by how clean the base materials are before the weld is created. Wow — I’m on to something here! God, the One I want to be united (welded) to, is already clean, but I apart from Him, I am unclean… My uncleanliness creates a weakness in our union (weld) to one another. I want to grow powerful in union with the Lord, don’t you? Just think of it — if we want to be strong in union with Jesus, then we need to be clean...

Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.

~ Matthew 5:8 — NKJV ~

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If we want to be strong enough to withstand the battles ahead of us, and no one is exempt from the battles that come from living in a sinful, sin-filled world and from our fleshly desires, then we must be in union with Christ. If we want to see God and if we want to be in union with Him, then we must be pure and clean, otherwise we become the weakness in our welding together with the Lord. If we refuse to allow the Lord to cleanse us, we could weaken and sever the bond between us...

Please understand what I’m saying here… Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love — He loves us so much more than we could ever think or imagine! And His love for us doesn’t end, not even when we stumble and fall, although we mustn’t take that as a reason to sin. In fact, because of His great love for us, He will let us go if we choose to sever the bond of unity (the weld) between us, even though separation from God will lead us straight to hell…

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

~ Romans 8:38-39 — NLT ~

This doesn’t mean that you have to be clean in order to earn salvation. It’s important for us to remember that we are saved by grace, not by works. Nothing you or I will ever do is enough to save us or earn us a “Get Out of Hell Free” card. 

We want to be clean so that we can become one with the Lord. Therefore, the question is, How do we become clean? I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried to clean myself and my act up many times, only to wind up falling flat on my face into the muddy mire, so how do I become clean?

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

~ 1 John 1:9 — NKJV ~

I want the union between the Lord and me to be strong, so that I might become powerful in my union with Him. In order for that union to be strong, I must not allow any impurities to come between us. The only way for me to be cleansed from all of my unrighteousness is to confess my sins to Him. That isn’t easy, but as I do it, He cleanses me, enabling the bond of unity between us to grow strong…

And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

~ Matthew 8:2-3 — NKJV ~

You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

~ John 15:3 — NKJV ~

As we worship the Lord, asking Him to cleanse us, He tells us that He is willing… Indeed, we are already clean because of the word He has spoken to us… Have you allowed the Lord to wash you in His word? Do you hide His word in your heart, so that you might not sin against Him? Do you treasure His word, savoring each tasty morsel, meditating on it day and night?

I’m always so amazed at how the word of the Lord is carefully entwined, so that we can grow strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Jesus spoke these words to the devil, when he tempted Him in the wilderness…

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

~ Matthew 4:4 — NKJV ~

Do you see? If we want to live in union with the Lord, and in the power of His might, we must feed ourselves on His word, which not only cleanses us (allowing for a good strong weld), but nurtures us as well…

Finally, grow powerful in union with the Lord, in union with His mighty strength!

Ephesians 6:10 — CJB ~

© 2013
Cheryl A. Showers

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