It’s kind of difficult to imagine God almighty entering into a partnership with mere men. He needs us just as we need Him, like the head needs its body.
1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
So, Paul and Apollos were working with the Lord in a partnership, they sowed the Word and reinforced if again and again. But it was the power of God that made it grow and produce what it was intended to create. God is a Spirit, therefore He does not preach in the earth, He has partners that do that part. Men can plant and water, but only God can make their labor produce the increase, it is a partnership.
Partnership - two or more parties working together to accomplish a common goal.
Every partnership needs a leader, so who qualifies for the leadership position? The one with the vision! The vision is the blueprint, it is the assignment, the goal. In order for a partnership to be successful, the leader must communicate the vision so all the partners can run with it.
Mark 16:20 The believers went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word with signs and wonders.
The Lord God, creator of heaven and earth, needs folks who will go out to speak for Him, then He can demonstrate whatsoever He has spoken. We are instrumental in proving to the world that our God reigns. God is our exclusive leader, He has the vision, He wants all men to come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved. No partner should be ignorant of God’s will because often times the ignorant can be a hindrance. If a man does not know the will of his leader he cannot be a fruitful partner.
2 Corinthians 3:2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.
An epistle is a written message. When a man receives the Word of God and the full affects of it, everyone knows who he represents. A believer who partners with his Lord does not live in the fashion of the heathen, he lives a separate life apart from the world. This man does not need to advertise his faith on a t-shirt, nor does he need to publish his faith on the internet. Folks ought to be able to watch this man and know that he is influenced by the Lord Jesus. His entire life reflects the glory of His Lord, they are the light of the world and Jesus is that light.
Heaven has factory reps, people who go around demonstrating the power of God. They demonstrate what God has done to and for them, they share their encounter and offer the same experience. These folks are called Christ-ians, often referred to as little Christs, little anointed ones. They act more like Christ than mortal men, they are connected to something greater than themselves and they prefer it. God offers partnership positions to all men, those who accept always get the better part of the deal. Men are blessed of the better but the better gets all the praise and glory. Brethren take your partnership very serious, it has great recompense of reward.
The devil has created satanic reservoirs,
he has robbed from us
because he is a thief.
But the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
God is the transferring agent, He will give His gold and silver to the just.
The sinner will finance his own redemption and God will save his soul.
Matthew 9:37 Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He will send out laborers into His harvest.”
PRAYING FOR laborers
PRAYING FOR our part: Individually/FOJ Church/Body of Christ in Helena
PRAYING FOR hearts: Our hearts to minister and people’s hearts to receive. We are trees who have been planted, watered and feed by God. We are rooted in His Word and love.
PRAYING FOR divine appointments: 2 Tim 2:19 God knows who are His. Holy Spirit lead appointments!
PRAYING FOR courage: Jeremiah 1:8 Do not be afraid of their faces. (Do not shrink back) Philippians 2:13 For He who calls us is faithful; he will surely do it…. equip us with everything good that we may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight.
PRAYING Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation…