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Out of Alignment

December 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Monthly Articles, Today's Devotion

Most of us have experienced it at one time or another … we’ve worked (or played) so hard that we feel like we’ve been hit by a truck and moving normally is out of the question. The next morning, we gingerly roll out of bed, painfully reach for our slippers, and make our way to grab that first cup of coffee and settle down in the recliner hoping the pain will ease enough to get ready for the day. The body is out of alignment and the entire body suffers.

Nimrod, whose name means “rebellion”, sought to build a tower reaching the heavens so they could make a name for themselves. The earth was of one language, the people were one, and because of that they were powerful; there was nothing they could not accomplish because they were in one accord.

“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. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” (Genesis 11:6-7)

God looked down upon Nimrod as the people of the earth were in one accord and He knew that they could accomplish anything. Not only were two of them in agreement, they were ALL one voice, one tongue, one purpose. Unfortunately, their purpose was to build a tower (Babel), which was an act of pride and rebellion.

Jesus told us that if we could possibly come into agreement with each other, that nothing would be impossible for us … it would be done for us. Our agreement must be bidirectional; we must be in agreement vertically (agreeing with the Word of God and His promises to us), and we must be in agreement horizontally (agreeing – in unity – with each other).

Matthew 18:19 says, “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” Oh, if we could only grasp this truth!

There is power in unity; anointing flows in unity. Psalm 132 gives us a glorious picture of unity … “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.” The body in unity allows the anointing to flow and opens the door for blessing. The perfect picture of unity … the Body completely and perfectly aligned under the Head.

The physical body being out of alignment is very similar to the painful experience of being out of alignment in the Body of Christ. When the Body is out of alignment, when the Head is not in its proper position and perfectly aligned, there is pain, confusion, and a lack of power. The parallel is striking!

Have you ever asked why your prayers aren’t answered even when you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are asking according to God’s will? Do a self-check and examine your heart. Are relationships in your life partitioned by jealousy or strife? Are there walls of division in your associations and relationships because of selfishness or pride? Are you perfectly aligned with Christ Jesus as your “Head” or are you out of alignment?

We may, from time to time, need a spiritual “adjustment”. We may need to tear those partitions down-those walls of division. Come into agreement with God’s promises and with our brothers and sisters. Become one voice with one purpose so that “nothing will be restrained” from you. It is God’s plan that we be one voice with one purpose in one Body perfectly aligned under one Head.

Lord, teach me to walk in unity and in the flow of the anointing from the Head on down so whatever I ask in Your name as I stand in total agreement with Your Word and with Your Body will be done and You will be glorified in the midst of Your undivided church. In Jesus name, by His blood I pray, amen and amen.

“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one” (John 17:21-22).

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