When reading the bible, especially the Gospels, you can find that partnership in the kingdom is key. By partnership I mean that we are to partner with the Holy Spirit in all that we do. In a conversation I had recently, the question was asked: Are we in constant partnership? For instance are we partnered with God or with the enemy?
In John, Jesus is talking to the Pharisees and tells them that their “father” is the devil because they desire to carry out his plans. In other words, they are partnering with the plan of the enemy instead of partnering with God.
John 8:44 - You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out his desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies.
This makes me think, how often throughout our day do we step out of partnership with the Lord and step into it with the enemy? It’s as simple as believing a lie. For Example:
“I’m always sick”
“I’ll never be set free from______.”(Fill in the blank)
“I will always be a sinner”
“In not good enough”
“Jesus can’t save me”
“God can’t forgive me because of the things I’ve done”
These BIG lies pull us into partnership with what the enemy says. Because we know he is the one who comes to kill, steal and destroy and Jesus came to give us a life of abundance. (John 10:10)
These phrases feel right when we say them, or they just fly out of our month without a thought. But when this happens we must be aware and renew our mind and speak life.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
We carry power in our words because of the partnership we are in. In the book of Acts, Jesus was talking about us when He said “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes,” and we will be His witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
We must be in a constant state of abiding (partnership) with God and listening to His voice so that when the enemy comes we know the difference and can speak the truth of freedom in Christ. Knowing that it is also simple to get back in to partnership with God is essential to our walk because we know He is Loving, Faithful, Kind and Forgiving. He wants us to know our identity in Him, and to know how to walk in it. This requires a constant, continuous partnership with Him. So, what have you been partnering with today?
Written by a few for the many.