The Power of A.G.R.E.E.ment
As I was meditating on the word agreement, I asked the Lord for an acronym to help explain its dynamic power. The following is the result of that prayer:
ACCORD: The word accord means “to be harmonious or consistent with.” It is truly your choice and accord mine to be harmonious or consistent with the Word, our spiritual leadership, and even one other.
When we are in one accord, we will see great victory. For example, the people “gathered themselves together to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord” (Joshua 9:2). The Israelites united, they joined together under their God-given leadership for a singular purpose. The tribes fought one for another until all had victory.
The word accord brings to mind the Upper Room and the Day of Pentecost. They were all in one accord . . . of their own accord. They voluntarily joined themselves together, and the Holy Ghost was poured out. Praise God!
GRANT: Grant means ”to agree to give.” Strong’s Concordance gives other renderings, such as “speak” and “petition.” We find in Scripture phrases like, “Grant this mind . . .” and “Grant unto us . . .” followed by supplications that God would give to His people His character, His boldness, His mercy.
Paul made a petition on behalf of the church in Rome, “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5-6). As God grants His people more of His character, we become more like Him, and the end result should be that we become as one mouth bringing glory to the Lord.
RELINQUISH: To relinquish means to “voluntarily cease to keep or claim.” It is a renouncing, handing over, a giving control to another, and even includes relinquishing office.
The Apostle Paul, who founded many churches and operated with great authority, identified himself as servant, a slave (Titus 1:1). Jesus certainly exemplified laying down rights and positions He completely deserved. The Lord of all humbled Himself and served others, even unto the death. The greatest in the Kingdom of God will be those who choose to relinquish—to trade their hopes and dreams for God’s and live their lives in service to others. That is living in agreement with God.
ENGAGE: When you and I engage, that means we participate. We don’t sit on the sidelines and watch others. We personally become involved, take a part in, and share the work of God with our brothers and sisters.
God’s people are called to “go forth,” and “do.” As we participate in the work of sharing the good news, growing the church, and discipling new believers, we are engaged, heart, mind, and soul, with the Lord’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:19). We are one with Him and the reason He came, to seek and to save the lost and unite all beleivers in the family of God.
EXPECT: To expect something means we regard it as likely to happen. When we are in spiritual agreement with the Word, our leadership, and each other, there should be a thick anticipation for the miraculous. As we unite, we await and look for the blessings, favor, and miracles of God to be poured out.
Psalm 133 offers a tremendous example of this principle:
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
It was in the place of unity, the Lord commanded the release of His blessing. When we, God’s people, come into agreement, we position ourselves for blessing. Expect it. Believe it. There is power in agreement
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