Friday, April 14, 2017

The Power of Two

Two is an interesting number.
Its the only Even Prime number. (Remember prime numbers? A number that can only be divided by itself and 1). 
Its so cool how God gave us two of a bunch of things. Two arms to hug with. Two legs to walk in the right direction. Two eyes so we can see the beauty and love around us - two ears so we can hear whats going on from any direction. 
Oh yes, one is the loneliest number, but TWO! Well - Its sort of romantic! Just think of all the idioms about "two"...
Two peas in a pod
Bicycle built for Two 
It takes Two to tango
Two heads are better than one
(Well… actually - anything with two heads is kind of weird)
Okay, so I have to admit - "Two" isn’t always so romantic!
There’s the terrible Twos
There’s my Two cents
Two left feet
And Two way streets
Two sides to every story
You know - Two can play the same game
You can take someone down a peg or Two
There’s Two-timers and 
Two-faced people 
And then we learn to stand on our own Two feet.

But the Word of God encourages us to embrace the number TWO. Matthew 18:19-20
“Again I say unto you, That if TWO of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where TWO or THREE are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

It can be more than TWO - but if at least TWO of us agree - and ask - it will be done! 
It can be more than TWO - but if at least TWO of us gather in HIS name - He’s gonna show up!

Amazingly, this encouraging message from Jesus was His response to His disciples questions concerning which one of them was going to get the highest rank.

This brings me to another point...
There can be more than two - but when there’s at least TWO of us, we tend to compare ourselves - and that is a trap!
When we compare ourselves - we enter into competition.
That leads to one of two results... 
Either we perceive that we are inadequate - or at least not as good as the other one.
Or we feel like we are better and above the other person.

If I feel like you’re smarter, more confident and more successful than I am - I won't feel like I can partner with you - agree with you - and work in unity with you.
If I feel like I’m above you - and you’re a moron - I’m sure not going to be able to unite and partner with you in God’s work.

We must remember... We are not in competition! We are on the same team and we need to be in agreement!
We wonder where the Miracles, Signs and Wonders are?
I say Miracles, Signs and Wonders are waiting on TWO of us to GET IT TOGETHER!
Jesus made it plain when he said...
"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. For where TWO or THREE are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

Peter is probably reflecting on the previous discussion with the guys about who was the most important among them... and he didn’t point any fingers - but he blurts out the obvious! 
"Lord, How many times do I have to forgive these jokers? Seven times?"
Jesus blows his mind - no Pete - seventy times seven!

Perhaps Peter was trying to figure out - how he was going to find ONE other person to unite with so they could touch and agree together! Of course, it would have been great if all twelve of them could have agreed; but TWO would work just as well.

Who can you agree with - for the things you want and NEED to see happen in your life? You may have some deep disagreements with  family members or friends - but its time to humble ourselves like children and stop comparing and competing with one another!

I challenge you to find ONE other person to agree with. Grab ONE person to pray and believe with. Oh yes, a prayer team of twenty-five would be fabulous - but why wait to find two dozen like-minded prayer warriors when TWO of us can already be agreeing and touching heaven for the miraculous!
TWO of us can change someone’s destiny!
TWO of us can touch heaven for a backslider!
TWO of us can create an atmosphere where the Spirit of God and His anointing can move into our situation! 
TWO can get things done! TWO can gather together and agree in Jesus name - and ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN!
It would be awesome if ALL of us could agree... but TWO will do! 

The Power of Two was my Keynote Message at NCLC17