Philemon 1:6 Partnership To Grow

 

Partnership

I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Philemon 1:6

Partnerships are something that is used all over the world. It is two or more people, businesses or organizations that work together. People partner with each other to build a business. Businesses partner with other businesses to build each other up.

In a partnership each person or entity involved will bring something that the other needs. Together more can be done than when separate and alone. One partner can be strong in an area the other is weak in, thus strengthening each other.

Although there are many people who are willing to partner with others to build up better, there are also many who do not want to partner with others. This is often seen inside of churches.

Many people in churches and even whole churches, refuse to partner with others to build up God’s kingdom. The refuse to be partners with others because they do not believe exactly the same. Often they differ a little or a lot on some doctrinal belief. One church may use instruments, while another does not believe in their use. One may believe in speaking in tongues, while another does not. These things are seen in both churches and individuals.

Every person and church needs others to help be stronger. No one should work completely alone. Every one needs someone else’s help.

The church, the body of Christ, is made up of people who are individuals, yet, they are to build each other up. Each one can build each other’s faith in God. They can lift each other up when one is down. They can guide each other in God’s word and truth.

As you partner with other believers, you can build someone else up and they can build you up. In this way it can deepen your understanding of what Christ has given you. It can help you understand more of who God is and how He works.

Each person has his own story to tell about what He has learned from God. Be willing to partner up with others to share your story and build them up. As you partner with others, more of this world can be reached for Jesus. And you will also be strengthened in your belief in God.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has given you; that you will partner with other believers in Jesus; that you will work to build others up in Christ; and that you will be deepened in your faith in God. 

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Colossians 1:9-10 Knowledge For A Purpose

 

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For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, Philippians 1:9-10

Gaining knowledge is something many people are seeking. Millions of people around the world go to college every year to gain some knowledge in some field in life. They want to do better in life and feel that knowledge will help.

Knowledge can be good, if it is the right knowledge and used in the right way. Knowing how to sin and promote sin, does not do a person any good at all. The reality is that every person has built in knowledge in how to sin and promote it. It is the sinful nature in man that does that. All that knowledge will do is bring death to the person.

There are many who are seeking knowledge of God, they want to know who God is and what He is like. Thousands of people are in bible colleges or in bible studies around the world, just to know more of the bible. They are seeking head knowledge of who God is and what the Bible says.

Paul tells the people of Corinth that he is praying that God will fill them with knowledge through the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. However, the purpose is so that they can live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him with bearing good fruit.

There are many believers who can quote many scriptures and every doctrine, yet are not living for God. They cut people down, they lie, they cheat, they steal, and do not make any disciples. They are doing their own thing and not pleasing God by doing what He wants.

You have to seek God to find out what He wants for you. You need to find out what good works He wants you to do each day. How can you live your life in a way that is worthy of what Jesus did on the cross for you?

How can you use the knowledge that God has given you to build His kingdom?

Strive to please God in every way.

I pray today that you will know God’s word and will for your life; that God will show you how to live for Him; that you will bear good fruit for God; and that God will fill you with His wisdom.

John 13:7 Understanding Later

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Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7

The night that Jesus was going to be taken captive to be crucified, He sat down with His disciples to eat the Passover meal with them. He went up to Peter and washed his feet. Peter did not understand what Jesus was doing at the time. Jesus told him that later he would understand.

Parents often have to make choices for their family or children that the children do not understand. They will tell the child to do something a certain way and the child thinks it is crazy and does not understand why it has to be done that way.

Or in the workplace, the boss will change up how something is done. The workers do not always understand at the moment, but must comply with the change.

In both cases, often later the child or worker begins to understand why it was done a certain way. With the child, it may take years before that happens, but with growth and learning, the understanding begins to come about.

Believers run into the same situation with God. God will guide them down a certain path to do a certain thing, and the person may not understand why or what is going on. God is in heaven looking down on the earth from beginning to end. He sees the whole picture of all creation and all time. God is guiding everyone to walk in His path.

In order for God to do that, there will be times He will do things that do not make sense. Only with time will a person begin to understand. Looking back at situations will open the eyes as to what was really going on and why it occurred.

There will be times God will do things in your life, that at the moment you will not understand. Some of these things you will never understand until you step into heaven. Other things you may understand at a later time, after seeing the bigger picture.

Peter had to just trust Jesus in washing his feet, so that later he may understand what had happened. You also must trust God in working in your life, so that later you may also understand what He had done and why He had done it. Allow God to be in control and trust Him.

I pray today that you will see what God is doing in your life; that God will give you understanding; and that you will trust what God is doing.

Mark 8:21 Do You Still Not Understand?

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He said to them, “Do you still not understand?” Mark 8:21

Jesus had just finished feeding over 4,000 people with a few loaves of bread and fish. Afterwards, He and the disciples left by boat. On the boat Jesus gave them a warning about the Pharisees, yet, they did not understand. He asked how they could still not understand.

Understanding what is going on is often missed by a lot of people. They see things from the surface and do not see the deeper meaning of something that is occurring.

It is common for people to see the immediate situation rather than the big picture. When the big picture is not seen, there is often a misunderstanding of what is happening or could happen.

Many in the world know how to see the big picture of what is going on. Plans are made years in advance to change the mindset of the people to follow unacceptable behaviors. There are many actions that are acceptable today, that thirty years ago were not commonly accepted. In order to see that, one must be willing to see and understand what was happening to make the change.

Believers often see God at work in their lives or in the lives of others. They see or hear of some miracle, but then, almost immediately, do not believe God will meet a need they have.

Jesus had just revealed that He could make the impossible happen with feeding the 4,000. Yet, shortly afterwards, the disciples were feeling that they were in trouble because they did not bring enough bread. They did not understand what had just happened and what Jesus was now warning them about.

Every day you can see God doing great wonders and miracles. As you see these things occurring, you can know and understand that God is in control.

Take a moment and remember the last time God had provided something for you. That something could be a physical item, healing or a spiritual item. If He could do it then, why can He not do it now?

Think about how many times God has met your needs. Those needs may have been met by providing you a job, or through someone else, or by a miracle, but they were met.

Do you not understand how much God loves you? Do you not understand how much God can meet your needs?

Understand and trust God today?

I pray today that you will know the provisions God has given you; that you will know God can raise you above any circumstance; that God is in control; and that you can trust God in all things.