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AMEN: Agreement - Steve Parrish

AMEN is a customary statement at the end of a prayer or during preaching when we are in agreement with what is said and hoping that what is said will take place.

  • Jeremiah 28:6 (ESV) and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord make the words that you have prophesied come true, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles.

AMEN is much more than a statement.

AMEN is also a Person, and His Name is JESUS

  • Revelation 3:14 (ESV) “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

AMEN is an attitude, a posture, a way of life. AMEN is a resounding YES to all that God says. AMEN is the response that unlocks the abundance of Heaven. Are You AMEN?

This series is focused on living the AMEN life and experiencing AMEN results. AMEN includes:

  • agreement: embracing the things God says

  • declaration: verbalizing your buy-in to His truth

  • alignment: adjusting your life to His Word

  • celebration: joyfully navigating through His truth for others to see

AMEN: Agreement

embracing the things God says

In your world, there are the people you completely disagree with, others you agree with, and a few you agree most of the time with. There’s no one you agree with all of the time, for many different, including the fact there is no one who is every always right. But the reality is… THERE IS! GOD IS always right.

  • Hebrews 6:18 (ESV) …it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.

  • Matthew 9:9 (ESV) As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

AMEN hungers for, seeks out and creates atmospheres to hear God speak.

God’s created man with the ability to hear Him. It’s in our DNA.

  • Genesis 3:8 (KJV 1900) And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

God’s voice gives birth to life in our lives!

  • John 6:63 (ESV) The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

Once you hear it, you will want more and more and more!

  • Psalm 119:17–20 (ESV) Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me! My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.

But EVERYTHING in this world tries to drown out the Voice of God.

  • Acts 28:27 (ESV) For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed…

While He can speak unexpectedly, God speaks more often in atmospheres that are conducive to you listening. It’s less about setting the atmosphere for God than for you.

  • His Presence is key

  • Gather with my church family in His Presence

  • Bible, prayer in His Presence

  • listening to preaching, podcasts, reading books

  • worship music in the background

  • controlling distractions

  • spiritual leaders, spiritual conversations

Hearing His Voice is so important because His Voice will:

  • reveal things you don’t know but need to in order to experience your best life

  • reveal things you believe that are completely and are causing you to act in ways that are taking you in the wrong direction.

AMEN recognizes God’s Voice and presses in to hear what He is saying.

Learning when God is speaking is a key part of following Jesus.

  • Matthew 14:25–29 (ESV) And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.

When He Speaks, you will sense it spark your spirit-man, much like temptation will spark your sinful-man.

This is something you can cultivate and grow into. He will highlight words on a page, emphasize words being spoken, impresses things in your mind as you think about them or cause them to burn in your mouth as you speak them.

While there are many environments and mediums in and through which God will speak, the key is the Holy Spirit. He is the one who is talking!

  • John 16:13–14 (ESV) When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

The Holy Spirit is key to hearing. Press into Him!

  • Luke 11:13 (ESV) If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

AMEN already agrees with God before He whispers a Word.

We struggle to agree wither others when we have a differing opinion because we TRUST ourselves more than them, our understanding of our situation more than theirs, our understanding of the people in our world more than theirs, our experience more than theirs. We struggle to TRUST!

AMEN can agree in advance because it trusts:

  • that He is good.

  • trust He is for you.

    • Sent His son - John 3:16 (ESV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

    • proclaimed the Day of His favor - Luke 4:19 (ESV) to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

  • that He does not lie

    • Hebrews 6:18 (ESV) so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.

  • demonstrated His best in spite of our worst

    • Romans 5:8 (ESV) but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

  • that His way is the better

  • Isaiah 55:9–11 (ESV) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.