Division began before you, I, and all of mankind were born. Before the earth, sun, moon, or stars there was one angel that decided in his heart to rally other angels to help him to charge into heaven, make his throne higher than God’s throne, sit on the mount before all the other angels, rise above the clouds, making himself God (Is. 14:13, 14). God now had division to confront in His own house. God’s decision was to cast out that angel and his followers as fast as lightning from the heavens with the promise of hell and the pit being his new abode (Lu. 10:18, Is.14:15). This was the first house to face division.
We think of our homes where we live with family or others when it comes to a divided house. God said, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand” (Mtt. 12:25). Kingdoms, countries, cities, towns, large businesses, small businesses, groups, teams, families, couples divided against each other will be ruined, will be destroyed, and will fall. The word “will” means there is no other option and the answer is final of what is going to occur if the division continues. You and I have seen and are presently seeing countries divided in the news. We have seen cities, towns, businesses, corporations, our government, schools, churches, families, and couples facing division.
Please allow “A Divided House” to be an umbrella that covers all from the kingdoms, to the couples and other things.
Places we have worked for in times past and even in the present job we see division among our co-workers knowing if this continues someone is going to face the fall of being fired. We have been apart of teams with a goal to win and there was one or two among us with selfish ambitions to the point we could not truly win because of the division. If we did win despite their arrogant, cocky, better than thou, selfish attitude it was still a divided win with the physical higher points to prove the win, but the spirit within the teammates were thoughts and feelings mixed with happiness and anger. Churches may have members with the attitude “I’m right and it is my way or the highway for you” among the musicians, choir, teachers, and pastors. It is not God’s fault churches have these divisions, but where there is the flesh of mankind there will always be the possibility of “A Divided House“.
Have you ever had a best friend that you were always together having fun and one day you find yourself facing them from the opposite sides of opinion? We as people change with time and that change we make becomes solid concrete ground upon which we stand. We lock onto ideas and things we are not willing to give up. Even the best of friends give into the darker side. You have seen and felt the pain of “A Divided House” of friendship fall apart because there was no common ground found. You still miss them today even though you know it was for the best. If you knew it was you or them that was dragging the other down. The ruined, destroyed, and fallen friendship was the best release from the continuing danger.
A mom, a dad, a brother, a sister, an uncle, an aunt, a grandparent, a son, a daughter in your life has brought division into the house. They have inflicted their attitude, drunkenness, drug problems, controversial opinions, sexual perversion, brawling, hatred, jealousy, fits of rage, and selfishness in the house (Gal. 5:19-21). You looked into the face of these different things being torn inside for the hardcore division in your house. You cry out with your voice and scream inside your head “Stop!“, but it is though you are talking to a wall and it continues. The hidden pain and the sorrow of”A Divided House” almost goes unnoticed behind the closed doors to the world. The wishful thoughts of the memories bring up emotions and desires for things to be better, to be fixed, to be whole again.
You started dating someone. You learn a little about them as you go along. You start from liking them into thinking this may be deeper and could be the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. One day you come across a subject that you firmly believe in and found out they are absolutely the opposite and will not meet in the middle. You think about burying your side with the deceiving thoughts that you can change them realizing it will only bring misery. The heart breaking “A Divided House” of love rips through your life having to watch someone walk away. You could not and they could not give up even a portion of their side of the subject. This is a life changing experience when you face “A Divided House” no matter where it is or who it is with.
There is one more side to “A Divided House“. This is the most important part that you must overcome and not allow “A Divided House” to continue. It is truly crucial with the level of a matter of life and death to you. As you have read and as I have written about the many different “A Divided House” things from friends, family, schools, teams, jobs, churches, and different kinds of groups the emotions that have flowed through me and I assume you have ended with an air of sadness.
I mentioned in the beginning that God faced the first “A Divided House“. He threw them out separating them from His household quick as lightning to their own house of ruin, destruction, and fallen from grace. Before the sun, the moon, the stars, the earth, or mankind were created there were two houses in existence. God’s house was one and the fallen angel’s house was then other one. These houses are one in their thinking, believing, and their will. Jesus said, “If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?” (Mtt. 12:26). “And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come” (Mk. 3:26). What happened to that angel of God and its followers is the crucial part of “A Divided House” that you and I MUST overcome. The angel of God said in his heart, “I will ascend…; I will raise…; I will sit…; I will ascend above…; I will make myself like the Most High.” (Is. 14:13, 14). Before there was kingdoms, countries, cities, towns, large businesses, small businesses, groups, teams, families, couples “A Divided House” started forming within one angel of God. The angel started dividing his thoughts, feelings, and will power from the goodness of God. He lost his oneness within himself. The ruin, destruction, and fall came from within. His mind was divided, his heart was divided, and his will power was divided from God. This is why the tree of knowledge of good and evil existed. The “knowledge” that started within the angel from good to evil was “A Divided House” inside his mind, heart, and will power.
God’s oneness was now divided because of the free will choice of an angel and his followers. God’s answer to this “A Divided House” situation was to separate the good house from the evil house. Before we were created there was God’s house and Satan’s house. As the sun, the moon, the stars, the earth, and mankind came into being the free will choice was still absolutely in effect. Adam and Eve were created in the image and likeness of God with only goodness in them, but the crucial part of life and death of the free will to choose was inside them. God visited Adam and Eve. Satan visited Adam and Eve. God said everything in the garden was theirs to freely eat, except there is one tree of the knowledge of good and evil that has the death effect upon it if you eat from it. Satan said, ‘did God really say, you’ll die’ planting a seed of doubt hoping for “A Divided House” of thought inside them. He continued with proclaiming boldly against God, ‘you won’t die’ planting a defiance seed hoping for “A Divided House” of a believing heart. Satan finishes with saying, ‘God knows’, as if He is withholding power from them, ‘that if you eat from it you will have open eyes’, as though He was hiding something from them, and ‘become like God knowing good and evil’ hoping for “A Divided House” of will to choose the opposite of God just like he did.
Our first mother of mankind, Eve, looked upon the fruit with the words from Satan echoing in her mind, ‘death?’, ‘No death’, ‘become like God’, ‘possessing the power of good and evil knowledge like God’ put in motion “A Divided House” within her that the fruit looks ‘good for food’, justifying it as meal; ‘pleasing to her eyes’, implying if it were ugly it would be easier to refuse; ‘desirable for gaining wisdom’, a finale excuse of making her smarter. She and Adam did eat the fruit invoking the death sentence (Ge. 3) and since the house of Satan already existed they joined his house automatically. God did not need to cast out Adam and Eve like lightning out of the sky only from the garden away from the tree of eternal life. Adam and Eve are one with the house of evil, with death upon them, and the life of God removed.
Now, God is facing another “A Divided House” situation with the only two in all creation that are like His very own children created in His image and likeness. Separation would not be stopped, but the ruin, destruction, and the falling of His children was another matter. This was His children that under the threat of total separation, which anyone of us would fight for our loved ones not to be lost. God planted a promise child seed in Adam and Eve to one day remove the death sentence, fill them with His Spirit to aid inside them, and give them a oneness returning chance back to His household.
Adam and Eve did not have God inside them. God gave them a stand alone on their own two feet living soul known as the First Adam. The second Adam, Jesus Christ, had God inside him helping him with the crucial decisions to make in this life and giving him the power of the spirit and life (1 Cor. 15:45). We can be born again with the power and authority to leave the house of Satan and return to the house of God. We can leave evil behind us and walk forward into goodness.
The crucial part of life and death of “A Divided House” is what is inside you. You have a mind, heart, and soul. They are known as the thoughts, the feelings, and the will power inside you. Our spirit has them within us working all the time. They are listening, seeing, feeling, and processing every second that you are awake. You cannot afford to be divided in your thinking, in your believing heart, and your will of choices. You and I have seen and probably been a part of a divided mind in what should we do, the emotions of the heart wanting the opposite of our mind, and our soul wanting to not let go.
MOST IMPORTANT PART
The most important part in this life IS NOT the Kingdoms, countries, cities, towns, large businesses, small businesses, groups, teams, families, couples divided against each other headed towards ruin, destruction, and the fall. Adam and Eve lost their battle on the inside. We lose our battles starting on the inside. God came inside Jesus to help us inside out rejoining us to Himself not counting our sins against us (2 Cor. 5:19), but opening His door (Jesus, Jn 14:6) to His house for us to leave the door of Satan’s house behind. God said, “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (2 Cor. 6:16).
Peter became the keys to kingdom of God (Mtt. 16:19) speaking the words of God and the people were pricked inside their hearts (inside is our greatest weakness). They asked Peter what they should do? Peter took the keys to the kingdom that were given to him by God and unlocked what they must do in saying to them to repent (starts on the inside of us mind, heart, and soul), to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (forgiveness) of sins, and to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38), God helping us from within.
There are two households in existence and everything falls under one of those households. God’s household and Satan’s household, which we are born into Satan’s household automatically because of Adam and Eve’s sin that is past down to all generations of mankind. God inside of Jesus gives a free will choice to make like Adam and Eve had in the garden, but ours is ‘do we want the tree of life?’ We already have the tree of death in us. This born again chance puts God on the inside where the crucial decisions are made and He promised to guide us into all truth (Jn 16:13) never leaving us nor forsaking us (Heb. 13:5). You can be whole and you can go home to His goodness. Let repentance, water baptism in Jesus name, and receive His Holy Spirit) start on the inside.