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Agree and Then Don’t Back Down!

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Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)

In 1949 I was holding a meeting in Plainview, Texas, at the First Assembly of God Church. Christmas was coming up, and I needed some extra money for Christmas presents.        

 I wrote to my wife, “At three o’clock on Sunday afternoon, you open your Bible there in Garland, Texas, to Matthew 18:19, and I’ll open my Bible here in Plainview. We’ll agree that the offering will be a particular amount on Sunday night.” You see, you can be in agreement in spirit and not be with the other person physically.     

 I preached on the last Sunday night before Christmas. And in all the hustle and bustle of special Christmas programs, the ushers forgot to count the offering. The pastor found the offering plates and brought them back to the parsonage. He dumped all the money out on the dining room table and said, “Let’s count it.”     

 He counted half and I counted the other half. He wrote down his amount, and I wrote down my amount. It was $23.12 short. He said, “My, my, I was hoping it would run as much as it has been running. I know Christmas is coming up. I’m so sorry.”   

I said, “Don’t worry about it. My wife and I agreed.”     

 It would have been easy for me to say, “Well, we missed it somewhere.” But my wife and I had agreed. I knew we had agreed. I mean if the Lord Jesus Christ Himself suddenly appeared and stood there and said, “Your problem is that you didn’t agree,” I would say, “Lord Jesus, You’re lying about it. We did agree.”

Confession: When I agree in prayer with someone based on the Word of God, I don’t back down. I stand my ground on the Word of God, believing that what God said is true!

(Taken by permission from RHEMA Bible Church , aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries , Tulsa , OK , USA.  www.rhema.org )

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