Bitter Lessons From The Frontlines 2
As we pursue the purpose of GOD there are times in our lives that those the LORD intends to assist and bless us become assignments instead. A divine alignment is a relationship ordained by GOD to encourage and enforce His workmanship in our lives. There are several examples of divine alignments in Scripture: Moses and Joshua; Elijah and Elisha; Naomi and Ruth; and Paul and Timothy. An assignment in this context is someone who is under the influence of Satan and is being used to hinder, steal, kill, or destroy the establishment of GOD’S will for the ordained relationship.
A logical question is, “Why does this happen?” There are several reasons among them are: envy, bitterness, and resentment. These emotions and the behaviors resulting from them are usually provoked by the GOD given anointing on an individual. But at the heart of an alignment becoming an assignment is a lack of agreement. Amos 3:3 states “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” The answer to this rhetorical question is “No.”
If envy, bitterness, and resentment are allowed to fester unchecked by confession to GOD, repentance, and transparency with the ministry or business partner, the devil will take advantage and go to work destroying the relationship. This is especially true of husband and wife teams. Satan uses the breach created by unexpressed emotions to provoke disagreement. Disagreement slowly widens the breach between those ordained to walk together in covenant alignment until it becomes difficult to repair. The widening breach becomes a great gulf that causes those ordained to walk together to take divergent paths in the realm of the spirit. If this condition persists, the outcome could be physical separation. In the end, the alignment intended by GOD to be a blessing becomes an assignment of the enemy in the lives of all parties. If this condition exists in a church or a business destruction will result.
Unconfessed sin and a lack of transparency create an occult environment. Occult in this context means hidden and dark. Satan does his best work in the dark. His kingdom is one of darkness. We are warned in Scripture not to walk in darkness because of the negative effects it has on covenant relationships:
“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the LORD: walk as children of light…And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Ephesians 5:8 &11, KJV)
“This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that GOD is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of JESUS CHRIST His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7, KJV)
In spite of the wiles of the devil all is not lost! An outpouring of the GRACE of GOD is able to restore wholeness and holiness to any covenant relationship if the parties involved completely submit their will to the will and WORD of GOD:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, KJV)
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16, KJV)
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as GOD for CHRIST’S sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32, KJV)
Scripture teaches us the principle that two is better than one. The LORD is raising up teams in this hour to accomplish His purpose. Let us do whatever is required to thwart the plan of the devil to turn divine alignments into assignments!
DECLARE: “LORD JESUS forgive me for my contribution to changing this divine alignment into an assignment. I receive Your WORD and will obey the instructions it has provided for the restoration of this covenant relationship. I humble myself before You and engage in mutual submission with my partner (spouse) so that Your GRACE may be outpoured upon us and this breach can be healed. Restore our love and appreciation for each other. Grant us the power of agreement to fulfill Your purpose in the unity of the SPIRIT and the bond of peace. Amen.”