Coming into agreement
Mat_18:19 Again I say unto you, That, if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
The word agree has a great bearing on the word “unity”. Likewise, the word agreement has a great bearing on the word “contract”. To explain the difference, the word “agree” does not necessarily commit one to a contractual agreement. The word agree simply means; “harmonious acceptance”. The word agreement has conditions attached to it and is binding upon the persons who come into agreement. It is formalised in writing and is upheld in a court of Law.
There are many instances in the Bible when words which have been spoken in agreement have become contractual without anything in writing. God to Abraham, Jacob with Esau etc. On the other hand, agreeing to do something together like praying, is not contractual in anyway because it is a freewill decision to be united in prayer. The question therefore arises as to how the words, agree and agreement affect our daily walk with God and our fellowman? God says the following to us on both counts:
- Do not come into agreement with idols (agreement that becomes contractual by written and spoken words or by association)
- Agree and pray (free will agreement, that is non binding but unites)
I am constantly seeking agreements with people on a Pastoral basis that are agreements through verbal exchange because I am expecting that once we agree we keep to our word. If such agreeing is broken, then there is disunity and division. Though a person is not legally bound by such agreeing, they are morally bound. However, if one agrees to do something and then will not do it, there are consequences to pay. They arises out of a broken agreement which was made verbally. For example; if you say to God you are going to do something; He takes you for your word just as you take Him for His word. This form of agreement by both parties make them legitimate in each others sight and before all of the visible and invisible worlds. Hence a contract is established by unwritten words. Therefore, keeping your word to people is important because words are contractual in the spiritual realm. When God utters His words, they become legitimate in a legal sense, in the courts of heaven. They are binding and contractual in its performance. Likewise, one’s words said, even in jest but carrying the weight of intent behind them do become legally binding on that person in a spiritual sense. This is how both blessings and curses work.
There is a judgement on character when saying what you believe and doing what you have said. When there is no follow through on the actual performance of spoken words, one can say and do things that have no value at all. Soon, people mistrust the person who breaks their promises. No more agreements are reached nor help offered when it is needed because of broken agreements. The moment one swears by anything, they have entered into a legal binding contract. That is why the Bible teaches not to swear by anything. Matt 5.33“You have also heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you make to the LORD. 34 But I say, do not make any vows! Do not say, ‘By heaven!’ because heaven is God’s throne. 35 And do not say, ‘By the earth!’ because the earth is his footstool. And do not say, ‘By Jerusalem!’ for Jerusalem is the city of the great King. 36 Do not even say, ‘By my head!’ for you can’t turn one hair white or black. 37 Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.
Words have a powerful effect on things that go beyond mere utterance. They actually become a contractual agreement. The moment this happens, we are bound by what we say. As long as words remain in the mouth you have control over them. Once they leave your mouth there is nothing you can do about them. Being honest about what you will do and won’t do is far better than saying you will do and not do it. Broken contractual agreements have serious consequences. The Bible teaches us that we should not make agreements with darkness for example. The moment we do, we have entered into a contractual agreement. This is how secret societies get their members locked into curses by uttering a curse upon themselves. They cannot escape these curses unless they renounce the curse by first repenting to God through Jesus and then renouncing all association with that society and cutting their soul ties. Then, one has to appropriate the forgiveness and victory of Jesus over darkness and evil. When one agrees with the dark side, they attract familiar spirits who follow them wherever they go until the remedy is applied. However, curses brought about by evil spirits follow the family member next in line, if they are not saved. That is why they are called familiar spirits.
On the other hand, agreeing with God through His word brings blessings. These too must be appropriated for them to come into effect. They are called the promises of God. 2Pe_1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Promises are spoken words of God that are established forever. Psa_119:89 LAMED. Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Covenanted words by God cannot be broken by Him but can be broken by us. For example; if we covenant with Him to do something and then don’t, the covenant breaks and no more claim on the promise can be made by us till we repent. That is why; when Jesus made the covenant with God regarding our future, He shed His blood to ratify the covenant. He did what He said He would do. When we do not agree with that covenant anymore through our own neglect, the promises of God are of nil effect for us. Not only does faith play a part in appropriating the promises of God but our doing of faith that makes the promises effective. James puts it this way; Jas_2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.Jas_2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.Jas_2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?Jas_2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
When we come into agreement, caution in agreeing and making agreements is the watch word. When one agrees, they associate themselves with agreements. One needs to be careful here because they can be an accessory to an agreement they never made. This is a point of natural law that gets more people into trouble than is worth mentioning. Definition of accessory: someone who gives assistance to the perpetrator of a crime without taking part in it. "she was charged as an accessory to murder".
In spiritual law, agreeing with someone on false teachings, false prophecies, half truths, untruthful statements, false doctrines and doctrines of demons or sinful activities is the same as doing them. For example; one can agree with the same sex law in our nation and come into agreement with it without actually practising it. This in itself condemns you in the sight of God as though you have done the act. That is why God asks; 2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: … 2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? 2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. The promise of sonship is subject to us being separate from any agreement with darkness in any form. We are not dual citizens. We are the temple of God and citizens of the Kingdom of God. Too many have one foot in the world in sin with the devil and one foot in the Church with God. They think they are okay. The truth is, they are double minded and both God and the devil will draw their due from them because of it. God spews out anything lukewarm and the devil bondages people with double minds.
Godly agreements have such sweet promises of achievement in life that can only be achieved by turning our backs on the world. When we agree with God’s word in faith, it please Him like nothing else, resulting in reward. Abraham was a recipient of righteousness by faith and agreement with God’s spoken word over his life. This is the power of the prophetic. No matter how long the promises of God take, they shall be fulfilled in all their glory. One cannot even imagine the kind of benefits that come with agreement with God by faith. All of the blessings of Abraham are now ours by faith in Jesus. All of the spiritual blessings in Jesus in heavenly place are also our by faith.
When two human beings agree, there is such sweet harmony in relationship. This is the essence of true love. Agreement is love because God is love. 1Jn_5:8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. When God agreed to create us, they agreed as One. When, God decided to save us, they agreed as One. What a powerful statement is this; “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life”. Whosoever comes in agreement with this truth and accepts it by faith becomes divine and receives God’s love. Others, simply miss out on this love and face dire consequences of unquenchable fire. Unfortunately, God who is love has another side to Him and that is wrath. It is better to come into agreement with Him than to oppose Him. Mat_10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Agreeing and agreement in a spiritual sense are sweet things causing unity to command the blessing and anointing individually and corporately. Let us strive for perfection through agreeing to agree not disagree.
Lots of love
Pastor Noble Amo_3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?