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Making a Symphony Together – Part Two

The Prayer of Agreement (Matthew 18:19) is stipulated by our Lord Jesus to result in the successful manifestation of “whatever{anything and everything}” that is requested. That is certainly all-encompassing!

When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, My Father in Heaven goes into action. (Message Bible)

There is faith-fueled agreement in prayer with other believers, and there is also personal, heart-felt, voice activated agreement with God. We can “agree {harmonize together, make a symphony together}” with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but we can also daily make a symphony together with our Abba. Hebrews 11:2 says:

By faith we understand that the worlds (during the successive ages) were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the Word of God, so that what we see was not made put of things which are visible.

Prompted by faith, urged on by faith, we speak forth God’s Word and we fashion, put in order, and equip for its intended purpose our future days. We speak not of what we see before us:

Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

We speak God’s Word, His promises. That is His provided ammunition for that which attempts to defeat us. We observe something before us that does not line up with God’s Word – something “less than” in terms of His covenant with His people; something that denies what Jesus already purchased on our behalf through His life and sacrificial death; something the enemy would like us to accept and receive. And we follow the faith example of our forefather Abraham:

He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what He said. (Romans 4:21 – Message Bible)

It takes work to write a symphony with God – the daily music score of our lives. For we must dig deeply into the Word, mining as for hidden treasure. (Proverbs 2:4) We can only appropriate from God’s Word that which we know is there. We cannot declare that He will make good on what He has said if we don’t know that He has said it. We can only stand in faith on a particular issue if we have made ourselves aware of His mind on the matter. Then the symphony writing may begin!

Faith’s firm foundation is established upon this principle; confronting adversity with the Word of God; speaking forth His promises into the discordance we may encounter. The Holy Spirit is the conductor of this symphony, bringing to our remembrance everything God has told us regarding His care and provision and expectation for His kids. (John 14:26)

And we speak it forth in faith as God alertly and actively watches over that Word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12) Honor our Father by speaking forth His Word to frame, fashion, put in order, and equip your future days, to thwart the enemy’s intentions, and to “receive and carry away {and enjoy to the full what is promised} (Hebrews 10:36)

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Making a Symphony Together

When the disciples were unsuccessful in driving a demon from a young boy (Matthew 17), and after they observed Jesus successfully accomplishing it, they asked Him why they were unable to do what He later accomplished. His response to them informs believers today:

Because of the littleness of your faith {that is your lack of firmly relying trust}. (Matthew 17:20)

This same verse in the Message Bible says:

Because you’re not yet taking God seriously.

Throughout the Gospels and on through the New Testament letters, God encourages, exhorts, and trains us concerning the power of our words – or more precisely the power of our voice speaking out His Word in faith. We are to be imitators of our God (Ephesians 5:1):

Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things {He has foretold and promised} as if they {already} existed. (Romans 4:17)

Even before the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus on the cross to restore us back into the grace and family of God, even before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2), God indicated the potential of accomplishment within His creation in Genesis 11:6:

Behold, they are one people and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them.

And that was God’s assessment of man’s ability on a natural level, without the ministry and power of the Holy Spirit:

…you shall be baptized with (placed in, introduced into) the Holy Spirit… you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses…to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:5, 8)

As God’s born again children, we are to carry on the faith that Abraham demonstrated, for he was:

…fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised. (Romans 4:21)

And Jesus assures us in Matthew 18:19:

Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever {anything and everything} they may ask it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in Heaven.

When this prayer of agreement between believers honors God’s Word, demonstrates firmly relying trust, and takes God seriously –
then we operate in a kingdom rhythm that pleases God (Hebrews 10:38), moves mountains (Mark 11:22-24), and brings demonstration and manifestation of Hebrews 11:1 – speaking reality to spiritual blessings – “perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.”

Jesus demonstrated for us what firmly relying faith will accomplish – the dead are raised, the blind see, the deaf hear, disease is healed, provision overcomes lack, wisdom replaces confusion, love defeats fear(1 John 4:18)

Taking God and His Word seriously is reality altering. Our Abba calls us to mountain-moving faith. He calls us to stand unwaveringly upon His Word (James 1:6-7). He calls us to harmonize together in firm expectation that His promises will manifest in our lives. Write your symphony!

Quiet Knowing

Peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7), “inexpressible and glorious (triumphant and heavenly) joy” (1 Peter 1:8), a calm and well-balanced and undisturbed mind (2 Timothy 1:7), “a gentle and peaceful spirit… not anxious or wrought up”(1 Peter 3:4), that quiet knowing in the heart established in faith “in the knowledge and worship of God” (John 17:12) – our Father’s Word tells us that these are to be the defining characteristics of our daily lives.

Compare and contrast! How many do you know, or have you observed, who daily expend negative energies trying to cope with the world they encounter each day? They speak fear. They ponder concerns and potential problems. Confusion and uncertainty are their constant companions. Or they unwittingly assume that their plans, their path, their assumptions about life are correct, when, of course, without God, dismissing God, they are deceived. They are unknowingly in captivity to the one whose sole purpose is to defeat them – to steal, kill, and destroy their peace, joy, and well-being. and their eternal life with God. (John 10:10) He is a hard taskmaster. We are not unaware of his tactics.

Life in the Spirit, life according to God’s Word, life lived fully in His promises is the antidote to that captivity. It is the fixed, continuous, peaceful eye of the storm which swirls and threatens and blusters around us.

Psalm 62:2 – He only is my Rock and my Salvation, my Defense and my Fortress. I shall not be greatly moved.

There is healing and health here. There is “rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls” here (Matthew 11:29). There is a quiet, sustaining, nourishing knowing that we rest in our Father’s care and provision, that He rules and reigns in our lives, and that our going out and our coming back in (Deuteronomy 28:6) are under the direction of the Holy Spirit (our Friend, Guide, Enabler, Helper, Strengthener and Advocate – John14:26). This quiet knowing absolutely nullifies Satan’s attempts to make inroads into our faith walk.

What informs and fully establishes quiet knowing? Daily time in the Word to discover the Person and the provisions and promises of our Abba. Daily time alone with God – developing that relationship with and understanding of His love, expectations and purposes. Quiet knowing truly has everything to do with knowing God. For when you truly know Who our Abba is, and Who He wants to be in your life – peace prevails.

The Ever Widening Road

As we get closer and closer to the soon return of our Lord, the chasm between God’s revealed expectations – His standards and His righteousness – and the worldly practices and pursuits, the self-involved presumptions. the delusionary philosophies of lost men grows ever wider. We have watched it happen. We can chart its progress. The litany of choices made, and steps taken, away from God’s standards by individuals as well as nations is startlingly apparent.

Certainly, those outside of His love, His attentive care – the dead ones – stray further and further from His Lordship. They renounce His commandments – His ways of doing and being right – as judgmental; rules that they feel harshly infringe upon their freedom. They are lovers of self (2 Timothy 3:3-4) not God. They encourage each other to further and further sin, falsely labeling their beliefs and misdirection as tolerance toward others, personal freedom, and enlightenment. Scripture teaches us that this is what the last days will look like. (2 Timothy 3:1-4)

We have promises in the Word about this situation:

…When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19)

It is that standard – our Father’s plumb line- that we raise up. It is not judgmental, it is revelatory. It is not “harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing” (Matthew 11:30), it is freedom. The light of His Word, His wonderful promises to His children, dispels the darkness through which the people of the world are stumbling. We can only shine a light in that darkness when we stand uncompromisingly on His Truth. Here is that uncrossable line. We offer love; in the image of Christ we explain and extend reconciliation with God – yet His standard always holds.

But the ever widening road of compromise and worldly standards and political correctness has made inroads into the church as well. There have always been counterfeit churches (2 Corinthians 11:12-13; Galatians 2:4-5; 2 Peter 2:1) – Christian in name only – from which the Spirit of the Lord has been banished – those who reject God’s full Truth, who compromise His Word to accommodate the world’s loud, clamoring voice, who bow down to the prevalent anti-Christ spirit in the world today, not God’s Holy Spirit. (Jude 1:18-19) Churches who, with a misguided model of Christian love, embrace an inclusiveness that renders them impotent. They do not put God and His revealed will, purpose and plan first. They accommodate worldly standards and ask our heavenly Father to tag along. If you are a friend of the world, you are not a friend of God. (James 4:4)

Take care. Allow God’s Spirit to instruct – to open up your eyes to the dangers of accommodation – an on ramp to the ever widening road. Establish His Word as your standard and His Holy Spirit as your guide through this minefield. The only way that you will bless and powerfully touch the lost is to stand on His Word of Truth with no compromise.