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The Law of Agreement (part 2)
The law of agreement cont.-
In Genesis chapter number 12 God began to expand the mind of Abram and to speak over his life things that he could not comprehend for himself. God told him that he would bless him and make his name great and he really expanded his horizons when he told him that he would have a child by his barren wife Sarah. God had to continue to encourage Abraham to get into agreement with this promise for his life even though it was hard for him and Sarah. They began to come into agreement with negative circumstances that had always spoken against ever having a child.
Such things as age because they were both old at this time and all of the times that they had intimately come together only to be disappointed again. Because of coming into agreement with their negative circumstance they began to take matters into their own hands and Sarah encouraged Abraham to go in and become intimate with Hagar her handmade. Coming into agreement with one's negative circumstance instead of what God has said can enable one to act foolishly because Sarah did something that most women would not do, and that was to share her husband with another woman. God will spend years working and developing new mindsets to bring one into agreement with his purpose.
And in the case of Sarah and Abraham both were of old age; Sarah being 90 and Abraham 100 before they finally came into agreement with God's plan for their life. Only when we come into agreement with God's word can his promises begin to come to pass because coming into agreement brings faith as well as obedience. Hebrews 11:6 declares without faith it is impossible to please God because he that comes to him must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. The reward is based on diligence and a person will not be diligent in anything they don't believe in, and there is no agreement with anything not believed. People always want the rewards of something but are unwilling to agree with the process that it takes to get the reward; for example, a person
desiring to lose weight many times fail to agree with the process of diet and exercise to achieve it and until a person's mind becomes renewed they will never reach their goal. They may take the weight off but it comes back on because there was no lifestyle change with one's thinking. Once a person comes into agreement with diet and exercise the law of obedience goes into effect and they begin to obey the rules associated with diet and exercise.The more they stay in agreement with the rules of diet and exercise the more they set the law of faith into action and begin to believe in the process because of the results they begin to see.
· Only when a person comes into agreement with God's word can his promises begin to come to pass
· Coming into agreement with God's word brings faith
· Coming into agreement with God's word brings obedience
· A person will not be diligent in anything they don't believe in
· There is no agreement with anything not believed
· With every reward comes an unpopular process
· Agreement with God's word, faith, obedience and diligence are four characteristics of a changed mindset
God's promises and our promises come to pass when agreement is made with God's word:
Many people think that God's promises will come to pass regardless if a person agrees with them or not. But this is not true because the very reason that he sent his son was to seek and to save that which was lost. The Bible says that God is not willing that any should perish but that all would come to repentance, but only the people who come into agreement with God's word concerning salvation are saved. Agreement comes with the instructions of Romans 10:8-9 which say but what saith it?
The word is nigh thee even in thy mouth and in thy heart that is the word of faith which we preach that if thou shalt confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in my heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. Notice that salvation is based upon confession and believing which are two characteristics associated with agreement. People can repeat a certain phrase but confession alone is not agreement because there is no believing from one's heart. Confession plus believing from one's heart what is being confessed equals agreement. Many people
confess God's word and his promises but don't believe with the heart so there really is no agreement and God cannot bring the promise to pass. So then we see that God's promises do not happen automatically simply because God wants them to, but they must personally become our promises as we agree with God with our heart in believing the promise and with our mouth in confessing the promise.
Coming into agreement with God's word brings faith:
One may ask how does one come into agreement with God's word? The answer can be found in Romans 10:17 that says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. In other words one must continually hear the word of God over and over until one is fully persuaded that what he has promised is also able to perform. The Bible says in Romans 4:20-21 that Abraham staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief but was strong in faith giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that what he had promised he was able also to perform. Obviously Ishmael was a big stagger for Abraham in the beginning, but God kept speaking to him about his promised son that he would have through Sarah until Abraham became strong in faith by coming into agreement with God's promise and was fully persuaded that God was able to perform their miracle and it came to pass.
Coming into agreement with God’s word brings obedience:
One of the most powerful demonstrations of obedience in the Bible is found in Genesis 22 where God had commanded Abraham to take his only son Isaac and sacrifice him at Mount Mariah. Abraham starts out in obedience because he was fully persuaded that Isaac was the preserved seed that would carry on his lineage according to the promise of God. Abraham tells the servants I and the lad shall go yonder to worship and return to you again. Abraham knew that he and Isaac were coming back together even if God had to raise Isaac from the dead. Sometimes the process of agreement is hard, but faith is what keeps a person diligently obeying God through the process. Coming into agreement with God’s word never brings resentment but it does bring one to the place of sacrifice. As a person obeys, during the process God’s magnificence begins to come through until the person begins to know things about God that they did not know before. Abraham got a revelation of God as his provider because he named the place of sacrifice Jehovah Jireh.
A person will not be diligent in what they do not believe in:
Diligence is the proof that someone agrees with and believes in the process of gaining what is desired. No matter how complicated the process one has decided and agreed to abide by the rules that govern that process.
There’s no agreement with anything not believed:
Whether consciously or subconsciously if there is doubt about one’s self or the process of what is trying to be achieved, agreement about the promise and the process will be null and void. For example a person’s mindset can sabotage a goal before it is even begun because of the doubt of not coming into the agreement of the rules that govern the process. If a person keeps telling themselves they cannot do it, then physically doing it is only a going through the motions only to see failure.
With every reward comes an unpopular process:
God had promised the children of Israel a land that was flowing with milk and honey which was the land of Canaan. From the time they had come out of Egyptian bondage until going through the wilderness and coming into the vicinity of Canaan there was excitement. Many people are excited about the goal but forget to take into account that the process is not always easy. Under the direction of God Moses sends 12 spies to spy out the land of Canaan and 10 came back with an evil report while only two Joshua and Caleb came back with a report of faith. Before the reward of Canaan could be enjoyed Israel had to go through the unpopular process of fighting the Giants in the land.
God had already given them the victory but they did not come into agreement with that victory because of the way they saw themselves, as grasshoppers. No matter what one experiences during the process of achieving a goal, one should remember a goal will be even more appreciated because of the unpopular process of obtaining it. Anything obtained easily is many times mistreated and forgotten.so come into agreement with that unpopular process and reap the benefit of rewards.
A changed mindset will include the 4 characteristics of agreeing with God’s word, faith, obedience, and diligence.
Total agreement with God’s word will produce faith and obedience because the more a person believes, the more they will continue to obey and this diligence will bring the promise of God’s word to pass.