From my Manna Basket
Without realizing it, I and my daughter started a relationship of accountability. It all started when we both realized our duty of being accountable towards our relationship with God. We realized our accountability towards our spiritual growth and relationship with God and that only I will give account for it. God initiated accountability by creating a helper for Adam.
In all walks of life, accountability is of great benefit when it is done to honor what is positive. In this post, I will mainly focus on personal and peer accountability.
The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”Genesis 2:18
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.Romans 14:12
I wrote my first dedication as an initial entry in my journal and I ever since followed a consistent morning routine, holding myself accountable. The Holy Spirit used the tool of prayer journaling to take me on a journey, and what an amazing road with Him to walk. He is so gentle when we do not understand and when we go the wrong way, he amazingly opens our eyes and ears when we dress in the armor of God each day.
After engaging in self-evaluation of my faith walk, I followed the trail of self-accountability in my morning meetings with God. I realized that before I could hold someone else accountable, I should first check my status of accountability.
The Holy Spirit prompts the individual to step up, to personal accountability first, and if we allow and open the path to our heart, He gladly accepts the invitation. One who does not take a stand in accountability is a hypocrite!
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but does not notice the log that is in your eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.Matthew 7:3-5
Accountability in a relationship of prayer
When we enter in prayer we agree with heaven when we pray according to the will of God and thus strengthens our relationship with Him. Every time we pray we sustain and strengthen the line of communication and channel a flow from heaven to us and those we pray for. There is something in prayer that holds us accountable and that is the Holy Spirit who reminds and prompts us, Who dwells inside of us.
What is peer accountability?
It is allowing another person, that you know walks with God, into your private life to help you walk with God.
For me, peer accountability is a relationship where scripture, grace, honestly, love and trust are primary motivators helping each other towards a disciplined life with God. Currently, I am fortunate to be in a peer relationship with my husband and I also have prayer journaling relationship with my daughter that holds us accountable in our walk with Christ. It is not safe to allow just anyone who says ” Lord” in your sphere of trust for you will be sharing revelations and secrets.
- We’re walking the walk together
- We’re interceding together
- We are linking our shields, covering each other’s backs
- We’re sending out warnings with advice
- We’re correcting each other through scripture
- We’re watching out for each other
Bible verses for peer accountability
“Now after this, the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them out ahead of Him, two by two, into every city and place where He was about to go.“Luke 10:1
“two by two they have come in unto Noah, unto the ark, a male and a female, as God hath commanded, Noah.”Genesis 7:9
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.1Thessalonians 5:11
God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the nightGenesis
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.Proverbs 27:17
“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? And if somebody overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly from Shittim,Joshua 2:1
Accountability through your kingdom assignment
Did you ever experience a strong urge towards something you should do and it just cannot seem to go away? I’ve come to realize that this feeling is the link or accountability to what is on God’s heart for me.
I experience a strong connection between my kingdom mandate and peer accountability. Lastly mentioned is a huge driving force to my kingdom call as I’m still seeking and finding pieces of the puzzle and so my partner.
We are all born with a purpose, and that is, just like Jesus, to fulfill our kingdom assignment. Finding this call is like going on a journey with the Holy Spirit leading us out of our self-absorbed Egypt and on our way to the promise of God.
I’ve come to be actively aware that we are assigned by God to be used in His kingdom after we go through the process of purification and deliverance. Since I became aware of my kingdom assignment, I created a special pocket journal in my binder that holds all the prayer and all other information.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of ChristGalatians 6:2
On their assignment, Jesus sent the disciples two by two, and even Apostle Paul had Timothy on his side. Fact is, God is the maker of our helpers and prepares them to fulfill His purpose in our lives and also for the advancement of His heavenly kingdom.