The Power of Agreement
Agreement is a powerful theme that the HOLY SPIRIT frequently teaches in scripture. Not just so, but it is also one of the most formidable kingdom principles through which we can get things done. Surprisingly, the power of agreement will work for any group of people who put it to work. There is actually no limit to what a people can accomplish when they are in agreement about something. From the beginning book of the Bible we see a people putting this principle to work (though it is clear that they did so unconsciously) and God Himself testifying to the fact that nothing could be impossible for to them because of the power of agreement.
Genesis 11:1-6 (KJV)
And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men buildeth.
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
There is a great force at work when people stand or act in agreement. The very fact that God testified saying “nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do” is proof that the power or force of agreement really has no limits. Before we delve into details, it is interesting to note that the people mentioned here were not Christians. As a matter of fact, they seemed to have no knowledge of God. More so, they were working against the very purposes of God which He stated in chapter 9 of Genesis as He blessed Noah and his family.
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, Be fruitful and multiply and replenish (or refill) the earth.
The definite instruction was to replenish or refill the earth but these people wanted to stay together and form their own small community with a high minded purpose of building a tower that could reach to Heaven. If a people as these could achieve whatever they imagined by being in agreement, there should be absolutely no limits to children of God who work together in agreement. Let’s look at some vital aspects of agreement that these people had and from them learn to harness and use the power of agreement.
Agreement in speech
The Bible says that the people had one language. This speaks about unity in what they said. As believers we all have one language which is that of love.
John 13:34 (KJV)
A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Within any gathering of believers who will make impact in their sphere of influence, there must not be found traces of disagreement in speech. Whatever is said must be inspired by love and love unites rather than separate people. The main reason why a people may find it difficult to be of the same speech is when each has his or her own purposes in mind and desires to fulfil that above the general goal or good. All these can only be solved by keeping love in perspective.
Agreement in vision
The bible further says …as they journeyed together…. This implies that they had agreement in vision and direction. Vision produces direction. People of the same destination travel together.
do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?
In order to achieve the breakthrough a group of people desire, they must move towards the same direction and be committed to the same goal or vision. If some people see something different form others, they are bound to fail.
There was more than a common language or vision that brought these people together in effective agreement. They also had an effective communication means which is evident in the fact that they could pass across the message of the vision to every man and get every hand involved in its realisation.
Communication with one another
The Scripture says …they said to one another… This means they communicated with one another. Ideas are only beneficial to a team when they are communicated effectively. Communication is a vital tool in the success of every team. The manner in which communication is done generally determined whether or not the idea would be appreciated. Thus, communication should be done in love.
Colossians 4:6 (KJV)
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
We can be sure that these guys who wanted to build a tower knew how to talk to each other gracefully because they succeeded in getting the people actively involved in the vision to build.
Communication with God as a team
It is also important to note that communication as a team will usually end up in futility, no matter how wonderful the purpose is, if those involved do not learn to come into agreement in their communication with God.
Matthew 18:19 (KJV)
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Here is a special assurance and endless possibility of receiving for those who understand and take advantage of the power of agreement. The Scripture makes us understand that if together as believers we stand in agreement nothing shall be impossible for us. It doesn’t matter what a group may be up to or up against. If they can stand in unity and agreement, whatever they ask for will be granted.
Beyond all else, these guys put action to the dream or vision that bound them together. It is only possible to effectively work together when people are united by a certain goal for which they all have a singleness of mind. Acting together as a team is a powerful force in accomplishing a vision. Teamwork involves putting aside differences for a greater goal which is accomplishing the same vision. Here, it is the objective of the group that counts and not personal interests. To better understand teamwork we have to learn from the ant.
Proverbs 30:25 (KJV)
The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;
With no strength, ants are still able to prepare and gather food for the rainy season (summer). Humans need to learn from this. The power and strength of ants are of their agreement. Because our adversary knows the power of agreement, he puts in tremendous efforts to keep believers in disagreement. Christians can be in disagreement on almost anything these days and for that is the reason our influence and impact in the world has been so limited. It is time for us to forget the petty differences in cultural beliefs and use the power of agreement against our enemy.
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