Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Be and Agree, Pt. 5

You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God's favor] shall shine upon your ways.
(Job 22:28 - AMP)

Be and agree...be yourself (agree with yourself), and then find a place of agreement with others...it’s time to change the way we think and speak about our terms of agreement...time to change the way we think about our dreams...we have been talking about these things for some weeks now, because we are ultimately transforming a conversation...

Transforming a conversation, just like manifesting a dream, begins by setting an intention...we hear a lot these days about the power of intention, a concept which is both Scriptural and eternal, and there can be no agreement, internal or external, without an intention...

God said to Job, "decree a thing, and it will be established to you"...your intentions will assist you in taking greater control of your life...here in the Amplified version He says DECIDE and DECREE a thing...agreement is always the result of a quality decision...

A working definition for intention is: “to have in mind a purpose or plan, to direct the mind, to aim”...lacking intention, we sometimes stray without meaning or direction...a double-minded person is unstable in all of his or her ways...but with it, all the forces of the universe can align to make even the most impossible things, possible...our intention in embracing this word about agreement is to transform the conversation around dreams from fear and doubt, to hope and possibility, followed by action and results...James said that faith without works is dead...agreement is not just something you think or say, it's something you do...

There are some who might say that this is not the right time to dream...the media and the masses say, “It’s time to be realistic”...the majority of the world still ignores God's original commandment, and eats daily from the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, and when your belly is filled with the fruit from that tree, you usually can only see the evil...

But consider this...without our dreams, all we have is our present reality...reality is not a bad thing...even those of us who make the conscious effort to eat from the Tree of Life are still aware of the bad things in the world that happen every day...and we have to know where we are so we can design the appropriate strategy for getting to where we want to be...

The challenge is our attitude around “reality”...our paradigm of what it means to be “realistic”...our acceptance of the truth about what being realistic has actually cost us...our obsession with "reality" has often cost us our passion and joy, our hopes and dreams...our trademark statement at CITN is 'REAL PEOPLE EXPERIENCING THE REAL GOD IN THE REAL WORLD', but what, exactly, is the "real world"?...John said that he saw a new heaven and a new earth...Jesus said, "Behold, I make all things new"...

Faith is the evidence of things not seen...

I feel like we're just seeing the tip of the iceberg on this concept, and I certainly want to continue the conversation...

In the meantime, don't be afraid to think in a new way...don't discard your dreams...don't be untrue to yourself...don't second-guess your decisions, and don't doubt your intentions...

There's a new world coming...

To be continued...

8 comments:

David Teems said...

I'm not sure there is much that surprises God. The current droop in culture or in the national purse is no real surprise to him. I can't imagine him scratching his head in some type of bewilderment. We do not serve or worship a bewildered God. And when so many in our camp are tempted to hold some part of themselves back or recede into some measure of "safe" I'm not sure that is what God wants of us. There is another response in each of us, and that is what I detect in your words. It's not time for "safe" (whatever "safe" is) it's time for "great." Like you, I prefer the latter option. God bless.

Not unlike swiftly moving waters, once again your words are clear, fluid, relevant, thirst provoking, and have a large irresistible sweep. Not to mention the deep spring from which they come. I like that. I am not afraid to set myself adrift, and trust the tides to carry me where they will. Grateful.

Avatar said...

New world...Praise God!
So BE it...


...and, btw, tucked in the midst of this post was an interpretation to a puzzling part of a recent dream I've been watching for, along with many confirmations of the symbols and circumstances in the dream...which I followed with an action and got results...very cool.

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Wanda Usher said...

Bishop, you are so on point. This is an AWESOME teaching! Keept it coming. I am growing more each day thru this teaching and being true to myself. I strongly believe that we can find a positive in every negative situation if we just take the time to look. You are such a BLESSING to me. I love you and I am so thankful to have you in my life.

Pamela - IamIcan said...

Wow!!! I want more - more!!!

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Taurea Davis said...

I truly enjoy the blogs...

Anonymous said...

I've read and understood this good stuff before but lately it is like I am reading it for the first time. Change is coming. Change is here. Change is Now!

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Ebony Thornton said...

Oh brave new world that has such people in it!

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Lisa Smith Pomeroy said...

wow... just wow... you've no idea :)