God has been speaking to me so much in the last month or so about positioning, alignments and timing. When we get into the wrong position, we will not be as productive as we could be in what we are trying to accomplish. I wrote a previous blog about positioning that I invite you to read but on this, I will focus on alignments. Alignments go along with positioning because being in alignment can actually mean being in the proper position. If machine parts are out of alignment, they will not work. God is the Creator and He is extremely into details so I think we need to be conscious of being in proper alignment. This also means that there must be a proper balance. If the tires on your car are out of balance, it can mess up your alignment. Have you ever gotten behind a car and seen that the tires were out of balance or a car that had been damaged and is out of alignment? Maybe the frame was bent and it looks like the back tires don’t line up with the front tires. This can cause the tires to wear out prematurely. When we are not in proper alignment, we can be running BUT we are wearing ourselves out and not being as efficient as we could be if we were aligned properly. We also could veer off to the right or left and it makes it harder to steer the vehicle because it is not in proper alignment. Have you ever taken your hands off the wheel for a few seconds and the car goes off to the right or left? It is not in proper alignment.
Alignment can also be a position of agreement or alliance. It is extremely important who we align ourselves with in our lives. The Bible says “can two walk together unless they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3).
2 Corinthians 6:14-17 says:
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
I Corinthians 15:33 says: Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
Proverbs 22:24-25 says: Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man, or you will learn his ways and find a snare for yourself.
Who we align ourselves with makes a huge difference on our growth in the Lord and how effective we will be in our life with the Lord and ministry to others.
I am normally a very happy and upbeat person but when I get around people who are negative and spend lots of time murmuring and complaining, if I am not careful to come apart and get away from that, I could be affected by those spirits of negativity. It is so important that we guard ourselves against that and that we are careful what we are around as well as what we listen to and watch on TV.
Just so there is no misunderstanding on what I am saying, Jesus ministered to publicans and sinners because that is why He came into the world, to seek and to save the lost. We, as Christians, are also called to minister to the lost. However, we need to be careful who we actually align ourselves with because we are in the world but we are not OF the world. It is very true that we become like those we spend the most time with and we begin to take on their characteristics. Spend lots of time in the presence of the Lord seeking Him and His direction and also have fellowship with others who do the same. Be careful who you align yourself with so your life will be pleasing to Him and fruitful.
God bless you!