The basis for all of our spiritual work and authority is the principle of agreement.
The foundation of all our spiritual work and authority is the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
In his death, burial, and resurrection, we have been given the keys to life in Christ, relationship with Father God, and the Kingdom of God on earth.
The key is agreement.
When we agree with the work done by Christ we come under the gifts of the cross and of his resurrection.
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:28
Without agreement we have nothing.
The power of agreement is laid out time and again throughout scripture.
Initially we are introduced to the principle of agreement through the Jewish laws that declared there must be two or more witnesses before a charge could be laid.
“This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” 2 Corinthians 13:1
Agreement amongst a few was necessary, and all that was needed, to go forward in matters of business, family, and village life.
Jesus Christ affirmed this and added to it the instruction of agreement in his name as that which would accomplish anything.
“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19
Jesus could say this because he represented God the Father in his life and work on earth.
It is in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that all heaven and hell is moved.
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
Acknowledging this, working under this, agreeing with this, is our only work. Everything of any value flows from the work of Jesus Christ.
“Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” 2 John 1:9
As believers and ministers of the gospel our agreement begins with the work of Jesus Christ, and then continues on out and over others.
Agreeing with Jesus regarding our own being is powerful.
Agreeing with Jesus regarding others is world-changing.
So we must ask, what does Jesus say about you and I?
To what are we agreeing?
1. First we agree that we need a saviour, that there is waywardness and sin in our lives and that we cannot be rid of these things on our own.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
2. Second we agree to the character and goodness of God. That no matter how it might seem to our natural eyes, that God is indeed good and worthy of our praise and allegiance.
“For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.” Psalm 33:4
3. Third we agree to God’s creation of us as sons and daughters of The King. Agreeing with this we embark on a journey of discovery, finding once more our place within the Kingdom.
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,” Romans 8:16
4. Fourth we agree to our value and worth and purpose within the Kingdom of God. All people are invaluable and esteemed by God and created for good things.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
5. Fifth we agree to the Father’s heart over humanity. We agree to the spirit of God that seeks all mankind and loves all people.
“Who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4
6. Sixth we agree, and give our lives over as a testimony to the goodness and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and Father God.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
And as we work out our lives in agreement with the heart of God we find peace and joy, purpose and celebration, belonging and deep gladness.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
Regardless of our life circumstances we find God’s presence burrowing deep into our hearts and thoughts and understandings. And even in the midst of difficulty we find that God’s presence makes all the difference.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
We are strengthened, given wisdom, made glad.
Agreeing to the heart of God, the work of Jesus Christ, and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit is powerful.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Our lives are not the same.
We are transformed.
“Dear God, thank-you for sending your son Jesus Christ to be our salvation. We receive fully and completely the work of the cross into my life this day. We agree in the name and the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ to the Kingdom of God in our lives. We say yes and amen to the love of the Father, the encouragement of the Spirit, and the covering of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We ask this day for your favour and grace. Bless us with your peace, make our hearts glad, remove from us worry and strain, we give our whole hearts to you this day. Jesus Christ please come and live in every nook and cranny of our lives.
We thank-you, we love you, we worship you. We agree to your goodness, we agree to your salvation, we agree to your plan over our lives, we agree to life and we disagree with death from this day forward.
We welcome you Lord Jesus, Thank-you.”