Our focus here will be to examine how we arrive at decisions and the process of affecting them through forming powerful and God ordained partnerships. These two principles i.e. qualitative decision making and divine partnerships have been in use since the Garden of Eden. For instance, before God began creation, He first made His mind up to do so. After meditating on the chaotic state of the earth, He arrived at the decision of putting things right. The principle of partnership is then seen at work in Genesis 2:18 when He said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone I will make him an helpmeet for him.' However, it should be noted that this principle of divine partnership is not limited to the husband-wife relationship. It encompasses all God-ordained relationships that are fulfilling the purpose of fruitfulness because for every right decision that we make, there are connecting people that God has ordained to help bring these resolutions to pass. These decisions are not just good ideas that man devised but refer to a man's resolve to execute God's counsel.
In order to successfully execute His counsel, individuals need to realise that there is more to God's counsel than just receiving the idea. People need to go a step further to inquire about the connecting persons that God has ordained for that particular project. Once these principles are followed, the multiplying effect rests on such an assignment and will make seemingly impossible tasks possible.
With a full understanding of these principles, Jesus paired the disciples before sending them out. The principle of partnership was utilised to it's fullest in the process. The precision with which God selects people for various projects in our lives can be clearly seen from the example of Paul and Barnabas. In Acts 13:2, the Scriptures say, 'As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, 'separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.' It must be noted here that the Holy Spirit was very specific about the individuals that He required for the task at hand. The effect of this precision contributed to the great power that was found in the joint ministry of these two apostles. Likewise in our individual lives, specific sets of people are required for different tasks that God has apportioned for us. We need to ask Him to direct us to them (and them to us) in order to fulfil His plan and purpose and the results He has ordained. (Proverbs 3:6)
From Poju Oyemade © 2007 www.insightsforliving.org