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  The Power of Alignment
  (Part 1)
  Doug Fortune



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Alignment requires action that is rooted in agreement. The children of Israel were in agreement with the ten "spies" that brought an evil report, and thus they aligned themselves with a lie. Here we have the quintessential example of a Wrong Alignment; "And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt." (Numbers 14:2-4) Because of their wrong alignment, their declaration "we be not able" became a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Here is the result of their wrong alignment; "Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed me: Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of Nun: for they have wholly followed the LORD." (Numbers 32:11-12) Only the two, Joshua and Caleb were agreed and aligned as they wholly followed the Lord.

It is important to note that Alignment that is not rooted in Agreement is usually disastrous. All too often I hear from well meaning Christians that are staying in a Church that they cannot agree with because, "Well, God has us there to change things." Now I am not talking about minor differences and diversities of the way things are done, different preferences in the "wine skin," I am speaking of fundamental spiritual differences. Friend, if you are in Alignment with something you are not in Agreement with, then you are OUT of Alignment and working against the purposes of God. I realize that is a strong statement to make, but I believe it to be true. That does not give you permission to just give up on local church either. Prayerfully seek out the fellowship that Father has for you, and Align yourself even if there are minor differences and diversities. The particular "wine skin" or way of doing things is not nearly as important as the "wine" that is produced.

As we saw above, the Scripture says that Joshua and Caleb wholly followed the Lord. They were not only in Agreement, but they were in Alignment. Often times when an automobile is out of alignment it will pull to one side... if you take your hands off the steering wheel you will end up going in circles. This is exactly what happened to the children of Israel in the wilderness. Their wrong alignment caused them to go in circles for an entire generation.

I remember one time when I bought new tires for our automobile. They looked and rode great for a very short time period, and before I knew it the ride was rough and they were worn out. You see, I was too cheap to get a proper alignment. When we are not properly Aligned, life can be a pretty rough ride and wear us out. Accuracy of movement and ease of movement requires proper alignment. A wheel alignment is not something you get while you are driving. Alignment happens before movement, it is predetermined. So it is with us, our alignment with the purposes of God must be settled in our hearts before we encounter what each day brings us. (To be continued...)

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