"These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren." (Acts 1:14)

Do you know how hard that is? Not just the men, "with the women", but this: "Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Ephesians 4:3)

His Exigency

I find that while no one person is the enemy ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood..." Ephesians 6:12) getting on the same page as those, complex though they may be, with a thousand different outward trajectories, can be the struggle of our lives. Or at least of the season in which we find ourselves. But in order to advance to that which God the Father has for us and is preparing even as we step into it, it's necessary. We need each other. And by God! We need to lay down the fight. How to do this? Your viewpoint is just as valid as mine but if neither are willing to humble themselves, God's Kingdom cannot advance as He wants.

"Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. And they reasoned among themselves, saying It is because we have taken no bread. Then understood they how that He bade them not beware of leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees." (Matthew 16:6-7, 12)

As Jesus and His disciples travel by ship from one coast to another, He reminds them by way of admonishment to take heed to the strains of thought they took in from outside sources. While the Pharisees were the illogical outworking of a perfect adherence to the Law of Moses, the Sadducees were the opposite, in a sense. Oh, they professed belief in God but stopped there. They floated above the fray on intellectual underpinnings more in line with a modern-day humanism bereft of real  world application. I would say that the two are the polar opposites, akin to the "right hand" and "left" from Isaiah (30:21) from which "a word behind thee" keeps you from touching. For a time, God will allow you to anfractuously stray into ways off the path He has for you but after that time, the only way forward is the "strait gate" (Luke 13:24). All the strain you've gone through--you know what it feels like--becomes a marker that, after your season comes to an end, is clearly defined from that which God has for you going forward.

God has things He wants to get done and to do for you. They may well involve people to whom you're not accustomed to giving the time of day. This makes no difference. You can either while away the loans you received for this education. Or you can set foot, one in front of the other, and press on. God help you.

"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting." (Acts 2:1-2)

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