Assessing Your Partnerships for Success


Hi Everybody!

This teaching is what I talked about this past Friday. I pray that it blesses someone today. It is so important to figure out who you are in agreement with today so that you can assess your reality based on your associations. If eagles of a feather flock together then who are you flocking with? Who you hang with ultimately designs that path of your life. Ask yourself this question today and consider where you are, where you are not and what and who is it that you need to take you to the next level. I pray that this teaching blesses you today. 🙂


 Corinthians 6:15-17 (NKJV)

1And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[a] are 531eb74045e1fdb09694bcdcf33fd6a0the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”[b]

17 Therefore

Come out from among them
And be separate
, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”[c]

When you are in pursuit of success, you have to assess who is in your life that you are in partnership with. If you are partnering with someone, whether it be in business, or for a project, marriage, or a common goal, it means that you are in agreement with them.


The dictionary defines “Partnership” as:

  1. the state or condition of being a partner; participation; association; joint interest.
  2. Law. the relation subsisting between partners; the contract creating this relation; an association of persons joined as partners in business.

In verse 17 it says: “Come out from among them And be separate” meaning that because you are a distinct believer, you have to separate yourself from people who do not walk in the same level of agreement concerning your understanding with respect to your Faith in God and your Godly philosophy concerning life.


a844c65a31bf55c81df28fd94cba41b9.jpgThere is a saying that says: “Bad company corrupts good character”; which means that you are required to assess who you are in association with right now and ask yourself, what philosophy of life are you operating under? Are you conforming to the patterns of worldly thinking? Or are you being renewed and transformed by the Word of God? Who are you in agreement with? Are you yoked to a believer or believers who believe in the vision for your life or are you yoked to people that ridicule your vision for your life, who continuously mock you and discourage you from achieving your dreams in fulfillment of your true potential?


Your identity is not wrapped up in other people’s opinion of your destiny. This is why the Lord says in verse 16 “And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God.” So many people are trying to match the worlds standards of success, that they do not realize that they have set up certain people in their lives that they have partnered with to be idols. There is a fine line between mere admiration and respect to a person you look up to versus obsessive idolization of another individual with the intent of copying everything that they do from the way they look to how they dress and walk, etc etc… there is a fine line between admiration and idolization. Whoever you look up to with high regard with the intention of becoming exactly like that person is idolatry. God didn’t create you to be like someone else, He created you to be uniquely you. When you decide to take on another person’s image (which is idolatry), you have made an agreement within your own soul that you aren’t good enough, that you aren’t fearfully and wonderfully made, and that you need to become someone else which is a devastating deception that comes from being in a state of having an identity crisis. You then partner yourself to a different image that you want to emulate which can be done by the power of agreement.


What does the word “agreement” mean? In the dictionary it is defined as the following:

  1. the act of agreeing or of coming to a mutual arrangement.
  2. the state of being in accord.
  3. an arrangement that is accepted by all parties to a transaction.
  4. a contract or other document delineating such an arrangement.
  5. unanimity of opinion; harmony in feeling: agreement among the members of the faculty.

Avoid-Bad-Company-OnlineIf you are in one accord with someone; by definition you are in agreement with them and you have bound yourself/ yoked yourself to the same believe system as the other person. Children of God, you need to assess who you are currently walking in agreement with right now so that if there are some ungodly associations in your life that are hindering your progress, you need to ask God to reveal these unequal yokes and break yourself from them spiritually and physically from those people in your life.


Your Net Worth is dependent on your Network. If you are tied to people who have a poverty mentality, you will not be able to succeed because you have yoked yourself to the same philosophy. Such people will discourage you every time you seek to move up to the next level in your life because they are pessimistic in nature, they do not believe the God’s Jeremiah 29:11 promise over your life and are opposed to anything resembling prosperity.


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Maybe you like bling but such people will undermine you and will probably label you as a “gold-digger”.  Maybe you like well-tailored suits or clothing and a person with the poverty mentality will undermine your fashion sense and probably say you are too showy, too bright…your too this or too that…etc etc, but the thing is this, prosperity comes with benefits, and anyone who is opposed to receiving benefits is surviving under the class of social assistance. Meaning, that you don’t get to buy what you want and are completely depended on a system that gives you just barely enough to survive the next day. This is a different type of yoke that binds a person to forever be a servant to poverty and with such people, it is difficult to break that line of thinking because of the power of the agreement they have with that philosophy of life.


Everybody wants to go to the next level, but some of you are struggling to move forward because you have partnered with the wrong crowd and/or you are unequally yoked to someone or people who do not agree with your philosophy of life. If you are in that situation, it can explain why some things aren’t moving in your life.

Ask God to reveal the wrong associations that you have in your life and seek to break any spiritual agreements you have had with them whether it be by verbal contract or a physical contract and then physically break your associations with those people by simply saying your done and this relationship is over.

Amos 3:3 – Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?

Going back to 2 Corinthians 6:17, the Lord tells you “Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you” meaning that do not entertain impure thoughts that turn into impure actions; do not corrupt yourself by agreeing with someone that tells you to do something that is contrary and outside the will of God for your life. People simply miss the mark (Sin) because they decide to do the contrary of what they know they ought to do.


Who you agree with in this life will determine where your life will go. It is important that even in the case of choosing a mentor, leader or someone you look up to, really dig deep as to the character of the individual that you are selecting to be in partnership with. Does this person have Integrity, Honor, a positive rapport, a solid foundation with respect to their philosophy of life, does their actions match their words, are they strong leaders, are they able to empathize and build others, are they self-aware of their own weakness etc etc? You need to ask these types of questions with every person you encounter in your life, be it a friend, mentor, business partner or family, because what you end up agreeing to, will become part of your reality.


Sometimes you may have friends for a season and then they become “unfriendly friends” that become spiteful and mean to you once you have achieved something or have leveled up in some way. Those are the types of “friends” that have not signed up the contract to be in your life and you thinking you had an agreement of sorts, was the only one who signed up for this relationship. In their view, they are not even in breach of the contract because they never where your friends to begin with. These are the types of people you have to watch out for in your life. They are the types who burn bridges (kill connections) with others and once they realize that there was any value in maintaining that relationship, they will now have to face swimming to the other side with sharks to regain your trust again because they already burned the bridge of that relationship. Trust is earned in such a circumstance through the power of agreement.


A true friend is one who agrees to be in a binding relationship with you, to walk with you in agreement. They do not despise your achievements but rather, celebrate you because they agree that leveling up should be a way of life for the both of you. If either of you were in disagreement of this philosophy, you would not be able to walk together.


Elijah and Elisha.jpgLook at Elisha, he followed Elijah and submitted to him in authority and believed in what Elijah believed, and therefore grew in stature with God and man, and received a double portion anointing as the end result.


Who you attach yourself to will determine the level of increase you will have in your life.


Who you are in agreement with in this life will determine the level of increase you will expect to see in your life. If you partner with poverty, your reality will look quite bleak, but if you partner with go-getters and people who rise above obstacles, who see no limits and don’t back down even when they face setbacks, those people have an understanding of the Jeremiah 29:11 promise that God has for all his people which is:


Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

As we pray and fast, ask God to increase your discernment to identify any unequal yokes in your life that need to be broken. Repent of ever having agreed with their philosophies of life that do not match with God’s Word and ask God to break any verbal covenants/promises/agreements that you may have made with them without thinking and to break the yoke forever in Jesus Name, Amen.  

Source: https://livingproofcentre.org/2016/05/28/assessing-your-partnerships-for-success/

Committing to God’s Business Plan for Your Life


Hello Everybody! 😀

Today, I want to talk about God’s business plan for your life. In order for me to talk about this, you kind of need to know what it means to have a business plan, so I’ll give you an example from the Business World.


a91a4ac7a83095fb0178c01991d87132In my workplace, I assist a VP and a group of directors and managers in the process of creating a business plan for our subgroup. We drew up plans for certain strategic goals and initiatives we’d like to implement for the year and after we finalized these goals and initiatives, we drew up a financial proposal for funds required to support our groups goals and initiatives. These plans are then given to the Executive board of directors for the company who decide what goals they are willing to implement and what they are not, and they also ensure our strategic goals and initiatives fit in alignment with the overall organization’s  strategic plan, goals and initiatives. On that basis, that’s when we find out what our year is going to look like and helps us to re-strategize for initiatives that are scrapped, or under-funded or under-resourced.


In the same way, God is like the head of an organization who has a Strategic plan for your life. He has a Business Plan for your life and wants you to be a part of it.


The Question is, “do you know what God’s plan is for your life?”


 

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


God’s plan is to have you included in His business plan. I know that many of us have our own sets of goals, aspirations, dreams and most likely have our own plan of obtaining the things we desire, but the question I want to pose to you is this, Did you give your plan to God for Him to screen and assess what goals do not line up with the vision that He has for your life?

I was talking to God the other day, through prayer obviously, and the Lord gave me this idea for this post, in fact most of my blog posts are inspired by the Holy Spirit. I never write until I have a message. Anyway, so I was praying the other day and the Holy Spirit just kept bringing to my attention on the hard work it was to set up all these meetings to create my subgroups business plan before the executive committee and the Holy Spirit brought to my attention and asked me a question. He asked me, “How many of My people ask me about their business plan for their lives?” And the question really hit me, because I had to assess myself and think, how many times had I failed to bring an idea or desire before God and asked Him what He thought about it and the way I was going about it?


We have to include God in our business plan. I believe that God wants to satisfy the desires of our hearts, but how about partnering with Him by also including in our plan to satisfy the desires of Jesus’ heart. When you include God in your plan, you will surely succeed. You see, most of the time, our desires, goals and dreams don’t always line up with God’s plan for our lives and then people get disappointed when things don’t go their way. Have you ever asked God to screen and assess your business plan to see if it lines up with His vision for your life?  If the answer is no, then this is the point I’m making, we need to go back to that place where we put the desires of our own hearts into God’s hand so that He can screen what is in alignment to His will for your life, and scrap out what you don’t need in your life, because sometimes, our desires are not always pure and may potentially be desires that steer you away from true success.


May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.


But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

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You see, we need to understand that though God wants us to succeed, we also have to understand that our destiny is also wrapped up in Jesus. He gave you talents in order to use them to advance His cause, which is the cause of Christ Jesus to spread the gospel of hope, peace and love to a world that does not know Him.


Well, how can I line up with God’s Business plan? 

Let me encourage you and say that God has given us all we need to be effective to minister the Word of God to a world that doesn’t know him. Some people think that they have nothing to offer if they don’t stand on the pulpit, but let me tell you right now, it’s not about standing on the pulpit. You are important and your gift and talents are what you need to use to advance God’s Business.


My gift is in writing and business administration. I’m an Executive Assistant in the Legal Profession. I currently use these gifts in the church as a Personal Assistant to my Pastors. I started blogging for myself, but have used my abilities to create a website for my church to transmit sermons for those that are unable to make it to church. I’m in charge of the social media aspects of the church with Facebook and twitter, periscope etc etc. I prepare sound check and the projector for the worship service and do a bunch of other things from skills I already use in the marketplace. I also minister in the church and preach/prophesy whenever I’m requested to speak under submission to my pastors. I’m using what I know to do to be effective in advancing the message of the gospel and so can you. I enjoy writing more than speaking, and hence I blog a lot, however, what I’m trying to say is that God has already given you the tools to be a blessing to someone else. I’m not saying that you should do what I do. I’m only doing what I know to do based on my gifts and talents. You should utilize your own gifts your own way to do the same thing. You really don’t have to over-think this folks. God needs you to join Him in His Business Plan. Will you join and partner with Jesus on this?


c9ed72f44d4746bd4962c5c3211d7bbdIf you’re asking yourself “How can I be used, I don’t know what to do with my gift or talent?”, Well, what I’ll say to you is this, there is no gift or talent that is too small that it can’t be used by God to be a blessing to someone else. I’ll give you some examples. If you are a stay-at-home mom, and you love children, then you can be helpful in Children’s ministry. Teach the kids in the church how to love God and worship him. If you are a cleaner/custodian, the church needs to be cleaned and prepared for welcoming newcomers and people that need to hear the message without stepping on gum or what have you on the ground and being distracted by how the place is messy. Be a blessing and volunteer to clean the church. If you only know how to cook then, help out during special events with catering for food or join a soup kitchen and serve the poor who are hungry. If you are an architect, you can assist in expansion and provide structural consultation and advice regarding how the church building can create rooms for more activities for other ministries. If you are a financial advisor in the marketplace, you can use your skills in the church to get people in the church out of debt by volunteering your expertise. If you are a nurse, if somebody suddenly collapses in the church, you will be needed to assist that person.  If you know how to play an instrument or know how to sing, join the worship team. If you are a teacher, then assist the church with bible-study classes. I could go on and on and on, but what I’m trying to say is, that everybody is relevant and God gave you these gifts and talents as a part of  Jesus’ Business Plan. If you do not include Jesus in the plans for your life, just know that your plans are futile and won’t succeed.


The Lord knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile.

If you want God to be helping you in your business, you have to want to be a part of helping Him in His business. You will require wise counsel and direction which also means that if you want great success in your life, you must show your business plan to the Greatest CEO of your Life, Jesus Christ.


Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.


Do not be disappointed with the things God strikes off on the list of your strategic plan for success. Just be aware, that His plan is still to prosper you and He knows exactly what you need and require in order to achieve your dreams, but you have to be humble, willing to work, and willing to press forward towards the goal, His WAY. Include God in the picture of your life, Amen!


Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.


Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.


Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance.


There is a consequence for ignoring to give God the Business Plan for your life to see if it aligns with His Business Plan. You will do things in your own might and power and will do things in secret thinking you’re smart and do not need advice on how to make it. Many people expect God to follow their plans, but have no intention of being part of the overall plan that God has over their lives. Such people do not know the meaning of submission and are very rebellious. If you fail to be a part of God’s Business plan, then I can tell you right now, you will live a very difficult life and will lose everything you think you’ve worked hard for within a blink of an eye if you assume that Your Ways are better than God’s ways. I guarantee that.


The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.


Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?”


[ Woe to the Obstinate Nation ] “Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the Lord, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin;


When you partner with Jesus as the CEO of your life, you will be successful in every area. Do not be obstinate and incorrigible about how you want to do life. Learn to seek God in EVERYTHING that you do. You need Him to screen your dreams, plans and desires to ensure that they line up with His Jeremiah 29:11 strategic plan for your life. If you want to have no part in the overall spreading the gospel of Truth part of that plan, then you have automatically shut God out of your plan. You must understand that your life is so much more than waking up, going to work, making money, eating and sleeping and waking up the next day to do that all over again. There is a generation dying to know that they have a purpose in their life and need direction, but how can they receive direction if no one wants to follow God’s business plan?


But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.


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In order to align to God’s Business Plan for your life, you need to know His Word. This isn’t an option, it’s a requirement to satisfy the conditions of success, and I mean Godly success.


This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.


Isaiah 55:8-9

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.


Remember, our ways are not His ways, so let us partner with Jesus and get on the same page and join in on committing to God’s Business Plan for our lives, Amen! 😀


Here is a song by Bethel’s Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger  called Closer. I pray that this song ministers to your spirit today. God bless you everybody! 😀

 

God-o-nomics – God’s Measure of Success


Hi Everybody!

What is God’s economics for success? Are we measuring up are are we falling short? God’s measure is always just but it isn’t always understood. I thought it awesome to check out this video. It really touches on the beatitudes that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 5:1-13. The beatitudes of Christ are what God uses to measure success in our lives; however, the question is, do we use these standards as our measaure of success?

 The Beatitudes

5 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Believers Are Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

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We ought to always retain our salty flavour as Seasoned Christians if we are to walk in the Spirit victoriously. May the video bless and minister to you today. God bless you everybody! 😀

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Dreams and Keep Dreaming – Because You Can!


Hey everyone. I am still busy trying to type up a different post but thought I’d drop in something positive and inspirational for your weekend. This video was targeted to business people and entrepreneurs but I find that it can inspire all and build you with confidence and motivation to succeed in life and really, it’s just an awesome video. Enjoy everybody and have a blessed weekend.

Remember that everyday life should never be a dull moment since it is the day that the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it.