Partnership @ my father’s business


 

And he said unto them, how is it that ye sought me? I must be about my father's business

In business terms, partnership is a specific kind of legal relationship formed by the agreement of two or more individuals to carry on a business as a co-onwers.

From this definition, I want us take note of the following key words:
Legal relationship, agreement, two or more individuals.

To have a successful business, there must be legal relationship between the two parties, this simply means that we must have a genuine relationship with God.

Because, with our own understanding or efforts we can’t finish the race successfully.

At this point, I want to ask you as an individual that, who do you have legal agreement with? Satan or God?(submit your answer in the comment box).

When look at the word agreement, that means we must have a personal conviction of whom will surrender our totality to.

According the book of 2 Corinthians 8:23 which states that: Whether [any do enquire] of Titus, [he is] my partner and fellow helper concerning you: or our brethren [be enquired of, they are] the messengers of the churches, [and] the glory of Christ.

We could see here that, naturally and spiritually you and I need a partner Who can be of help to us always.

The partner am talking about  could be your brother, sister, mother, father or even your pastor. But, the most important is, someone who can be of help always (Physically and spiritually).

You as an individual, are you a good partner to your church, community, organization or to people around you? (Let the world have your say via the comment section) If not, you must begin to develop a good relationship henceforth.

Serving God does not decrease people

Serving God expands people

The following are the benefits of partnership:

Partnership Is Necessary for Mission and Maturity:

Our mission from Jesus is to take the gospel to both the neighborhoods and  nations, to both Jerusalem and the ends of the earth (Matt. 28:19; Acts 1:8). How could a single person do that alone? But if we organize ourselves properly, we can contribute meaningfully to work of God. Everyone in church can consistently pray and give financially to the work of God or to meet people’s challenges around us. Together, our mission can be healthier, stronger, longer, and more sustainable.

U can't work with God and be rejected by mortal employer

Partnership Provides Synergy:

Partnership helps enhance a church’s or individual strength and helps shore up her weaknesses. Partnership helps to maximize a church’s potential influence, providing a network through which individuals and churches can influence more broadly than they otherwise could. As partners, we must also, encourage one another.

God is not a task master, He is a paymaster

Partnership Provides Protection:

Sometimes churches or even church members go through immensely challenging seasons. As partners in Christ, what is your responsibility in such situations?(let’s have your answer in the comment section).

As partners in Christ, we must also be an intercessor ( praying for one another always.

Some people do say, I can’t pray for my pastor because he is a spiritual man. But the truth is that as partners in Christ, we must always pray for them.

At this point, I want to appreciate God almighty and also the admin for the privilege given to me.

Written by: Bro.Opeyemi

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What partnership entails


We are not working for God we are working with God

According to webster’s dictionary defines a partner as “One that shares; one associated with another especially in action.”

Partnership occurs when two or more people come together in order to accomplish something that neither of them could do alone. The literal meaning indicates that each one has a specific part.

When partnership of vision takes place, something powerful happens. When people or groups of people partner together, it gives them the capability and the strength to do something that did not or could not exist before.

The spiritual principles of partnership are still the same. When we follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit and come together in partnership as He directs, both those who give and those who receive will be fully supplied through God’s great riches in Christ Jesus, and God’s work will get done. This is pleasing to God.

God is not a task master, He is a paymaster

It should be noted that when Jesus came to earth He was looking for partners. He could have sent angels to preach the gospel, but instead He asked for men and women to do it.

Jesus was God manifest in the flesh with “all the fullness of the Godhead bodily dwelling in Him,”yet the first thing He did after He was baptized was to look for men and women to help Him with His work.

He choosed 12 partners to help Him get started. They were soon joined by others.
And, yes Jesus needed their prayers. When Jesus was struggling in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane against the self-will of the human race and the crucifixion that was looming before Him, He asked His partners to watch and pray with Him.

Before Jesus ascended into heaven He commissioned His disciples saying, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:14-15)

One thing is certain from Jesus’ command. He was not looking for spectators. He wants all of His followers to participate.
Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.”(Mark 10:29-31)

We “walk worthily of God,” partnering with Christ to carry out His ministry in our daily lives, God faithfully works through us to bring healing and reconciliation to a broken and divided world. It is this very power of God at work through Christ embodied by us, that brings peace, joy, and fruitfulness to the world, rather than chaos, destruction, and death. Paul calls these experiences of enriched life the “Kingdom of God.”

 

While Addressing congregants in his church in Corinth, Paul says “the Kingdom of God depends not on talk but on power” (1 Corinthians 4:20).

They are speaking arrogantly to one another, rather than “walking worthily of God.”Paul plans to go to Corinth to “find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power” (1 Corinthians 4:19).

In other words, Paul will point out to them the obvious, chaotic results of this destructive power being unleashed in the community through their arrogant talk. Such behavior also blocks their experience of the peace and joy that characterizes the Kingdom of God.

When we partner faithfully with Jesus Christ when we “walk worthily of God” in our own daily lives. As we do, God works powerfully through our embodiment of Christ to bring healing and life to others with all sorts of colors and beauty, relieving all despair and hopelessness.

In all of these various moments, the Kingdom of God breaks into our world. We are in true partners with Christ in the Kingdom of God. What a “calling.” example of such calling is enumerated in (1king 17:13) In a time of famine, Elijah went to the home of a poor widow and asked her for a cup of water. As she was going to get it, he asked for a piece of bread too. The widow told him that she had only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil. She was just preparing to cook one last meal for herself and her son and then die.

God is not a task master, He is a paymaster

But Elijah told her, “Don’t be afraid. Bake me a little loaf of bread first, and there will still be enough food for you and your son. For this is what the Lord the God of Israel says, ‘There will always be plenty of flour and oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again! ”Later, this same woman received her son back to life through Elijah’s prayer. The power of partnership with God.

This shows that whenever we are in good relationship with our God Impossibilities_ become POSSIBLE, MIRACLE happens, GOD PERFORM WONDER, CHAIN ARE BROKEN, THOSE IN BONDAGE WILL BE FREE. it’s said that whoever have a solid relationship with God will not suffer. Hallelujah!!!

Now let proceed to Top 10 Reasons Why Your Partnership with God is Critical for Living the Abundant Life:

STRENGTH:The nearer you are to God the greater your strength. They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. (Isaiah 40:31)

POWER to CREATE and INVENT A closer relationship and consciousness with God, provides more power to create and invent because you draw upon the limitless resources of an unlimited God. His power works through us to glorify His name. (Romans 9:17) Halleluyah!!!

WISDOM. Your partnership, with the God of infinite wisdom, allows you to tap into His wisdom. He says if we lack wisdom to ask and He will give it to us generously. (James 1:5) the lord is good to us, Glory Honor and Adoration to his holy name.

HOPE. Realization of your divine partnership with God will enlarge your life and multiply your effectiveness with hope in Him. It will take away feelings of hopelessness, uncertainty and inability to overcome the storms of life. God’s plans are to give us hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

SUCCESS & HAPPINESS. To have real success requires taking God into partnership and lining up your purpose and ambitions with His will. When your career and life does not run counter to God’s plan, but is in tune and contributes and benefits society, your cooperation will bring true happiness and success. In Him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)

LOVE Partnership with God requires walking in love and loving Him. God is a God of love and what is life without love? God tells us to do all things in love and that love never fails. We are told that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord. (Romans 8:28)

NO FEAR. When you take God into full, complete partnership, you will not fear. Your life’s ventures cannot end in disappointment. With God we are led into abundant pastures, beside still waters, and He says we will fear no evil. (Psalm 23)

HONESTY. Taking God into partnership means that you must not only be honest, but that you must be robustly honest. You cannot lie, cheat, steal, or take advantage of anyone. It is impossible for God to lie. (Hebrews 6:18) Hallelujah!!

MIRACLES As God’s partner, He is able to perform miracles through us. Every great artist, writer, inventor, or healer that has done a miraculous thing, is conscious of the greater divine source of God working through them. God can make your tongue as the pen of a skilled writer. (Psalm 45:1), whenever we had accomplished, and the future achievement that has been made ours, ain’t our doing, instead it’s the reward of the relationship we have with our God. The Lord is wonderful to us Glory to him.

PEACE – When you take God into partnership, and you are conscious of doing His work, you have a life of peace and security. With God’s great light in your life you can feel safe and reassured that you will not lose your way. We are told the Lord will bless his people with peace. (Psalm 29:11) often when we pray we all seek for peace of mind (‘Ifokanbale’) it’s when we in good partnership with God, then He will Grant us our prayer. Can we see how marvelous our Lord is? Halleluyah!!!

I could go on and on. The fact is, with God as our partner we will have a new zest in life to attain the higher things that are worthwhile and of eternal value. Working in harmony with God allows us to inherit the best from the King of kings and enjoy a prosperous and abundant life.

I pray may our partnership with God bring us growing prosperities.

Written by: bro Adekunle

The Reason Things Are Not Working


The reason why things are not working

If things are not working, it is a sign of lack of love. Love is not mystical, love is simply the combination of what you receive, believe and obey. Obedient to scriptural instructions is the cardinal proof of love. It is our passion for the things of the kingdom that make things happen in life. If the things of God does not move you, don’t expect things to work.

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that love me: and the that loveth me shall be loved of my father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” Jn.14:21

The hotter our obedience, the hotter our love level and the hotter will become in life. The more our passion for lost souls, the more things get better.

Love has the potency to make all things to work for good: spiritual life, career, business, academics, family, work, finances, health, etc. All things work together for good to them that love God.

“And we know that all things together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” ROM.8:28.

Therefore, if things are not working, check yourself. It might be that you have be disobeying instructions. Christianity without result is a sign of spiritual irresponsibility. You can’t be doing it and not be seeing its manifestation in all areas of your life. This is divine arrangement.

“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deeds.” JMS.1:25

Love will not only make all things to work together for good, love will also announce you to your world. Love will make a star of any believer.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1.Cor.2:9

Turning many to righteousness will make you a celebrity. Every genuine soul hunter is a public figure.

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness are stars forever and ever.” Dan.12:3

Partnership: the covenant gateway to settlement


We are not working for God; we are working with God

What is partnership?

Partnership is a cooperative relationship between people or group who agree to share responsibility for achieving some specific goals.

From this definition, some key words are to be noted.

Co operation which is based or agreement. Amos3:3

Responsibility which is based on maturity.
Before an agreement can be reached between 2 people, there must be trust and love in place and the responsibility part leaves you with doing what you have to do to get you desires result.

This means that every one has their roles to play to achieve a goal.

God has His role to play as much as we have ours, incomplete fulfilment on our own side places our settlement on a shaky ground. Remember that God can’t do our part and vice versa.

Settlement on the other hand is having everything regards our affairs attended to at all times..
Because God is not a user of man but a blessed of those who differently seek him.
Once you are in partner with a person, you always put everything in place to make your communication active.

How does partnership settles us?

  • Partnership with God places us under His care and guidance (PS 23:3).
  • It makes you a carrier of grace. Remember you are in accordance to Him.
  •  It makes you seek His kingdom (Matt 6:33).
  • It makes you serve under Him (Ex 23:25).

It is important to know that our love has to be in place before partnership can stand with God.
All partnership is based on love. once we love God we are sure to obey Him at all times and if you obey Him,there’s no way He will leave us unattended to at any time.

This post is duly credited to: Mayowa Adeyemi.

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UNDERSTANDING STEWARDSHIP


Stewardship means granting a trust to someone for profitable use.

Luke 12:42-48 KJV
And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? [43] Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. [44] Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. [45] But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; [46] The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him , and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. [47] And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself , neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes . [48] But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes . For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

1. Stewardship is a gift to invest (Mat. 25:13-15). If we read these verses, we will understand what our heavenly father makes.

PS.24:1. The earth is the lord and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein. Therefore, all of us are His creatures.

He was sent to us for our salvation. Jesus said in Jn.9:41, I must work the works of Him that sent me while it’s a day the night cometh when no man can work.

He also want us to perform like Him (Jn.15:16 & Jn 13:16-17). “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit and that your fruit should remain that whatsoever ye shall ask of the father in my name, He may give it to you (KJV). ” SO, we have responsibility which has been given by God.

2. Giving for a purpose –

Luke 16:1-9 KJV
And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. [2] And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. [3] Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. [4] I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. [5] So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him , and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? [6] And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. [7] Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. [8] And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. [9] And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. My reader, this is the problem we have in churches and the whole world. Stewardship is given for a purpose but we are not using it for God’s purpose.

When we read Acts of Apostle 4:32 _ And the multitudes of them that believe were of one heart of one soul, neither said any of them that ought of the things which He possessed was his own but they had all things in common. Churches have diverted from the laid down principles of Apostles and command of Jesus Christ.

In the world today, people are not fearing God who is the General overseer of every man’s deed. Stealing, corruption, etc have deepened down into the system even including the so called Children of God.

Remember, in the book of Rev 22:11-12, he that is unjust let him be unjust still and he which is filthy let him be filthy still, that is righteous let him be righteous still and he that is holy let him be holy still. 12, And behold I come quickly and my reward is with me to give everyman according to his works shall be.

3. Benefit of giving life style – It’s a style of living that reflect the attitude and values of a person or group. In the book of Dan.6:4-5 Then the president and prince sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom but they could find none occasions nor fault forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. If you as a christian can do like Daniel then your heaven is certain (Mat.25:31-34). Read and see the reward of a good steward. God will blessed you as you put it into practice.

This post is credited Pastor, Johnson Adedoyin

Stewardship: A Rewarding Service’s Platform


A rewarding platform of service

Stewardship is a platform of service where blessings and privileges are released to the faithful and obedient servant.

Matthew 25:21 KJV

“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

Types of stewardship

In my list, there are three types of stewardship. Some are spiritual where some are financial in nature. However, all types of stewardship are very important.

A). Spiritual stewardship B). Financial Stewardship C). In – Service

 What is spiritual Stewardship?

The spiritual Stewardship worship is a spiritual platform of service such as: Kingdom advancement prayer, prayer and fasting, etc

This is the most important platform of stewardship that yield the greatest rewards

I believe will are no longer ignorant of what kingdom advancement prayer means.

However, if we still have somebody still  wondering what kingdom advancement prayer means, I’ll give him/her a brief definition here.

Kingdom advancement prayer is a platform of stewardship where saved humans intercede on behalf of others (the unsaved humans) in order to be rescued. This is cardinal part of our rescue mission strategy (Mat.6:6/9/33).

In my previous post  about obedience I mentioned about kingdom advancement prayer there, you might want to take a look.

In the book of Mat.6:6, God ordered us to pray secretly and promised to reward us openly, in vs 9, He placed high premium on His kingdom (in the lord’s prayer) & in verse 33, He ordered us to seek His kingdom first before every other thing can flow naturally in the form of additions.

In the book of Lk.2:37, we saw a widow(Hannah) at 84years of age who served God with prayer and fasting in the temple day and night.

Understand this: Prayer is one of the most cheapest way to serve God and service is the condition for all the rewards of God. Hence, get enlisted.

Soul winning is also a spiritual Stewardship. The pursuit after souls is not an ambition, not a gift neither a talent. It is a commandment more than anything else. This mandate has become a mandate for everyone believer to follow. There is nothing like i don’t have the gift of soul winning as many Christians would say today.

Jeremiah 1:5 KJV
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Luke 10:2-4 KJV
“Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. [3] Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. [4] Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.”

What is Financial stewardship? 

This is an opportunity to serve God in monetary terms. The platform of thiting and offerings, sacrificial offering, vows, kingdom advancement project funding, and giving to the poor fall into this category

Luke 6:38 KJV
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Understand this: financial prosperity doesn’t answers to fasting, there is no amount of fasting that you will fast that will make you to become rich. God prosperity plan answers to giving by acknowledging God with the ten part of your earnings.

Deuteronomy 8:18 KJV
“But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”

Get this straight: any seed that you sow as a donation is a waste. Your seed is spiritual transaction between humanity and divinity. God needs your seeds in order to meet your needs.

What is In-Service?

In-service like Ushering, choiring, Hospitality, sanctuary keeping and the likes. This has to with your active engagement in one service’s unit or the other in the house of God.

Beware, In-service can lead to hypocrisy. There are people who come to church on Sunday’s just to show off their new bought or borrowed materials.

However, In-service has it own rewards as it’s not good to be a bench warmer in the church. whatever your hand find so doing, do it wholeheartedly.

What are the benefits of stewardship?

Every opportunity to serve God is an opportunity to get blessed. God does not use people, He blesses people. You are not working for God, you’re working with God,  you are partnering with God. You need to Change your mentality if you must experience the miraculous on every side while you’re on the platform of service.

In a partnership business, every active partner is entitled to a dividend. You can’t work with God and not receive the dividend of service. We are shareholders in this kingdom.

Revelation 22:12 KJV
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

God has never has the seed of Jacob to seek Him in vain (Is.45:19).

Paul planted, Apollos watered but God gave the increase.. Meaning that, some people are interceding on behalf of the unsaved while some are on the field bringing in the harvest to Christ and both are still working towards the same purpose.

1 Corinthians 3:6 KJV
“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”

Hear this: Service is your surest insurance against all satanic affliction of sicknesses and diseases.

Exodus 23:25 KJV
“And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.”

Service is your cardinal bail out from a wretched, pitiful, and poverty in every sphere of existence.

Job 36:11 KJV
“If they obey and serve him , they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.”

What more?

Serving God guarantees your longevity. Ex.23:27

Serving God secures your access to fruitfulness Ex.23:25-27. Serving God through the instrumentality of faith is the key to all your expectations’ manifestations.

Discipline


Disc

Discipline is not how convenient a given task is, it is going beyond your best in order to deliver a given task. It is given what it demands.

The subject discipline is very crucial in any field of life. There is no record breaker in his comfort zone. Breaking record requires stretching out from your comfort zone, it requires going extra miles. There is no star without a scar. Nothing of value will ever be for free, there must be a price you must pay.

Just like the way we have it in the physical, so also in  the spiritual. It is not just about obeying  God’s commandments, but it is the level of your obedience. God rewards us according to the level of our works in the kingdom.

Behold I come quickly my rewards are with me to give everyman according to his work shall be.”Rev.22:12.

God does not rewards group, He rewards individual.

You must put the flesh into total subjection in oder to practice what the word says, the flesh has no profit. You must even put sleep under to pray so that you will be able to do the will of God.

Wherefore lift the hands which hang down; and the feeble knees.” Heb.12:12

The Holy Spirit is the spirit of obedience. The infilling of the Holy Spirit that makes you dead to serve. Christianity is sweet when the Holy Spirit is involved.

“And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgment and do them.” Ez.36:27

The topic Holy Spirit is rarely discussed, but it is one of the most important topics. Until you engage the Holy Spirit in your prayer life, don’t expect serving God to be easy.

Praying in the Holy Ghost is not nonsense, we are chanting mysteries, connect with the spirit world by speaking in tongues.

The Holy Spirit helps us to pray according to the will of God, it helps us to build our faith.

Until you change levels in your spiritual life, don’t expect your level to change in the physical.

It is not about having a growing business, it is about having a growing business man. It is not about having a growing blog, it is about having a growing blogger. It is not about having a growing academics, it is about having a growing academician. You must mature and grow in the things of God.

Interestingly, Jesus Christ was born just like anyone of us, but he grew in wisdom and knowledge. You can’t afford to stay in one position, you must grow.

Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”Lk.2:52

On the mount of transfiguration in Mat.5:17, after the voice from the cloud has declared His sonship. Jesus ascended his throne, vested with authorities, both positive and negative forces were compelled to obey him. There were some occasions when He didn’t had to speak, His presence compelled demons leave out their victims.

But ye, beloved building up yourself on your most Holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.” Jude.1:20.

The Holy Spirit is a vital spirit that helps you to remain committed, dedicated and to build up your faith. Therefore, engage with the Holy Spirit