What a time to be alive!

A time when everyone has an opinion and a platform in which to voice that opinion.

A time when everyone thinks that everyone must agree with them.

A time when if you do not agree with someone they take it as a personal attack on them instead of just a time of disagreement that can be worked through.

A time when people see “perfect lives” displayed on social media and think that they have to measure up to the false perfection that is a being displayed.

Maybe you are finding yourself in the crossfires of this loud and competitive time!

  • Have you ever found yourself just agreeing with someone so you can avoid conflict?
  • Maybe you are the opposite maybe you like conflict and you find yourself disagreeing on purpose?
  • Are you looking at other people’s social media platforms longing to “have it all together” like they do?
  • Have you ever tried to change something about yourself because it did not agree with something someone said?
  • Are you trying to be someone else altogether?

As we reach the end of another year, I think we tend to look back and see all of our shortcomings instead of our growth. We measure ourselves against the wrong things and then become frustrated when we do not measure up. We look at the progress of others (whether it is true progress or not is questionable) and we instantly feel inadequate. Someone always seems to be smarter, prettier, or just all around better than we are so we overlook all the good and focus on the bad.

So as we begin this new year I pose these questions.

  • What are you measuring yourself against?
  • Who and what are you agreeing with?
  • Are you are trying to be the best you or someone else?

It is time that we come into agreement BUT NOT with what other people say or show their lives to be.

It is time to come into agreement BUT NOT with the idea that we have to struggle to be this perfect person.

It is time that we come into agreement WITH WHAT THE FATHER SAYS ABOUT US!

It is time that we stop agreeing with what is wrong with us and start agreeing what is right about us. 

 

When you asked Jesus to come into your life, He brought all of His perfect attributes with Him. Think of it as a seed. When you plant an apple seed, that seed has everything inside of it that it needs to become an apple tree. The same is true for us. When we get Jesus, we get everything that we need to live an abundant life. We simply just have to agree with it.

For example- In John 14:27 Jesus says this-

Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]

This verse says that He left peace with us. That means that it is in our possession right now! So when something comes up in our lives that is not peaceful we have a decision to make.

We can agree with the disruption, or we can agree that we have peace.

Think about what that means!

  • We do not have to beg Jesus to give us peace when bad things happen.
  • We do not have to worry that He will not give it to us.

We already have it. It is ours because Jesus has given it to us in advance. He knew we were going to need it so all we have to do is use it!

Now does this mean that we will not feel frustration, fear, or nervousness in certain situations? No, We will still have moments when we feel all of those emotions. We have an enemy that loves to use feelings to ruin our days. What this does mean is we don’t have to wallow in those feelings. We don’t have to meditate on them all day long. We have a tool to combat those emotions and make them line up with what we know is the truth.

So how do we use what we have been given? Having it is great but we have to use it. An unused tool is a pointless tool. Even though we have all we need in us, we have to cultivate it and grow. Just like a seed, it has everything it needs inside of it but it has to grow before it can produce fruit.

Let’s make 2019 a time of agreement and growth. Let’s take what is inside of us and use it every day! Let’s be the person the Father has called us to be. Let’s agree to agree!

Ways to agree in 2019

  • Know the tools that have been given to you!
    • Get into Your Word and find out what Jesus has given you and who He says you are.
      • I’m sure that you have heard the phrase “what I don’t know can’t hurt me” when it comes to the Bible what you don’t know can definitely hurt you. If you don’t know about the tools you have been given how can you use them to live an abundant life? If you don’t know the truth it will be much easier to believe the lies the enemy will tell you.

John 8:32 says- And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free[from the penalty of sin].

There is such freedom when we know who we are and what we have been given.

    • I recommend starting in Galatians and Ephesians.
      • Paul spends a lot of time telling us who we are and what we have been given when we get saved.
      • He tells us what the fruits of the spirit are in Galatians. Remember we have been given all the fruit of the spirit already. We just have to agree with it. (Galatians 5:22-23)
      • He also talks about the armor of God which is a great set of tools we have at our disposal. (Ephesians 6:10:18)
    • I also recommend the gospels.
      • Pay close attention to what Jesus had to say about the power we have been given.
      • What did Jesus say about The Kingdom of God and its benefits?
        • This is crucial because you are a citizen of this kingdom, and you have all of the rights and protection of it.
  • Find the tools that you do not use and start using them daily
    • What do you struggle with- peace, authority, self- control, health? Identify your weakness so you can strengthen that area.
    • Find verses that speak truth over you and put them in a place you can see every day.
      • Write them out
      • Speak them out loud
      • Memorize them
  • Agree with what it says about you
    • Stop speaking the problem and start speaking the solution
    • Ask trustworthy people to pray specifically for you about the truth that you have learned about yourself.
      • Accountability partners are the best because they will help keep you focused and growing.
    • Change your lifestyle so it lines up with the truth.
      • There may be changes that you have to make for this to be effective. Pray and ask God to show you the things that need to change. Then be obedient when He shows you those things. (Sometimes it stings when things are revealed about yourself that are less than flattering. Remember God does this because He loves us too much to leave us where we are.
  • Ask for help from the Father
    • We were never met to do this life alone. God did not expect us to get this right on our own. He knew we would need help. That’s why He sent us the Holy Spirit as a guide and a comforter.
    • Ask Him for help daily.
    • Be teachable and let Him lead you
  • Give yourself grace
    • You will mess up. We all do and it is ok.
    • Ask for forgiveness and strength to do better next time.
    • Do not give up.
      • Maybe you have already messed up today. That does not mean that all of 2019 has to be bad.
      • Dust yourself off and keep moving

In fact, grace is another tool we have been given that we can agree with every day when we mess up.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says-

My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.

You have been given grace agree with it! Do not give up!

Let’s go into 2019 not trying to change and be someone else. Let’s go in 2019 agreeing with who the Father said that we are already.

You are the righteousness of God through Christ.  (2 Corinthians 5:21)

You are the head, not the tail. (Deuteronomy 28:13)

You are God’s child. (Romans 8:17)

You are stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13)

You are God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10)

I want to end this blog by saying you only have these tools if you have asked Jesus to come into your heart. He is perfect and the only perfection we have in us is Jesus. Without Him, the abundant life is not possible.

But friends, if we have Him, we have everything! The abundant life is ours! It has been handed to us by the sweetest Father. We just have to wake up every day agreeing with what He said about us and use the tools that have been given to us. And He helps us, He never ask us to do it alone!

So I encourage you today that if you have not met my Daddy God now is the time. He is so loving and so good! He does not withhold any good gift from His children.

Matthew 6:33 makes it plain-

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.

When we get Jesus, we get it all! What a deal! What an inheritance! What a sweet Daddy God!

This is the first day of 2019 why not start it off by asking Jesus to come help you. Ask Him to come and be the Lord of your life. All you have to do is tell Him that you believe in Him and ask Him to come be with you and help you.

Partner with Him, be led by Him, and see what a beautiful, abundant life looks like in 2019!

We believe in you and we are praying for you!

Have a great 2019!

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