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Guard the Unity!

January 30, 2010 — 1 Comment

“Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!  For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore!”

Psalm 133:1,4

If you’ve been consistent to give and pray and fast in these last four weeks, I’m confident that you are walking in a new place of spiritual awareness and strength – a different realm of the spirit.  Your personal outlook has changed.  Your family, job and church have begun to look differently because your perspective about them has changed.  Scripture is filled with examples of synergy where people combined their efforts to do great things for the Kingdom of God.  None of that was possible apart from unity.  If you’ve done this series, you’re sensing it more than ever before.  Guard it!

“Again, I say to you, if you two of you agree on earth about anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

Matthew 18:19 (ESV)

Do you see how interdependent everything is in our walk with each other and with God?  Two in agreement obviously creates a “prayer synergy.”  Agree here is the Greek word, “sumphoneo.”  From it, we get the English word, symphony.  When two can get in harmony together, it will move Heaven and earth.  This promise comes in the middle of a passage dealing with offenses and the right way to handle them.  People who choose to follow this pattern of handling offense mature and get their prayers answered.  Those who don’t – DON’T!

The Sound of Silence

January 14, 2010 — Leave a comment

“But Joshua commanded the people, You shall not shout or make your voice heard, neither shall any word go out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout.  Then you shall shout.”                    Joshua 6:10 (ESV)

They all shouted and the walls of Jericho fell.  I don’t believe that’s the biggest miracle in the story.  The day the walls fell, the Israelites silently circled the city seven times and then shouted when they heard the trumpets sound.  Prior to that, they silently circled the city once a day for six days.  The power of synergy is certainly seen in the combined shouts of millions of Israelites.  Some kind of sonic miracle that caused walls to crumble yet didn’t burst their ear drums took place.  Still the greatest miracle is that they were able to circle the city a total of 13 times silently – no grumbling, no complaining!  Wow!