“Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, ‘Who shall be first to go up for us against the Canaanites to fight against them?’ And the LORD said, ‘Judah shall go up. Indeed I have delivered the land into his hand.’ So Judah said to Simeon his brother, ‘Come up with me to my allotted territory, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I will likewise go with you to your allotted territory.’ And Simeon went with him. Then Judah went up, and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand; and they killed ten thousand men at Bezek” (Judges 1:1-4 New King James Version).
The tribe of Judah requested the tribe of Simeon to join them to fight the Canaanites and promised to go with them to possess the land apportioned to them. In other words, they wanted a partnership which apparently proved to be very helpful; their partnership gave them victory as the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, and they killed ten thousand men at Bezek.
There is strength in partnership. Partnership is one of the ways to achieve success in life though not all partnerships produce positive result. One must prayerfully consider who one goes into partnership with, and one should be humble enough to request for partnership or assistance as led by the Spirit of the Lord. Don’t let pride make you avoid partnership because you don’t want to share credit for success or victory with another person. This mindset may cost you victory and you’ll bear alone the tragedy of your needless failure or defeat!
You’ll need partnership at one point or the other in your life for one assignment or project. It doesn’t have to last long; it could be for a particular season, assignment, job or project. It could be a loose arrangement to get something done from time to time or it could be to achieve a milestone or move from a certain level to another in your life, business, ministry or any organization.
In Luke 5:7, Peter was wise to shout for help from his partners, James and John (Verse 10) when his net was so full of fish and the boat was sinking and the net tearing. That miracle followed Jesus’ use of Peter’s boat as the platform to preach after Peter’s barren night of fishing. His partners brought their boat and offloaded the fish into their boat and the two boats were filled with fish. It was a win-win situation for both Peter and his partners. If Peter had no partner or had not called them, he could have lost his miracle! Most of the fish would have escaped back into the sea since Luke 5:6 says the net had begun to tear because of the volume of fish it caught.
Don’t be shy, proud or selfish to request for partnership or help but, as I’ve said, be led by the Spirit of God because not all help helps ultimately! Leviticus 26:8 says, “Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand! All your enemies will fall beneath the blows of your weapons” (New Living Translation). That is a progression from ratio 1:20 to ratio 1:100! An effective partnership produces that kind of result. Together with the right partner, you can achieve great things.
But sin will also expose someone to the counter effect of enemy-partnership against one. That’s actually what Deuteronomy 32:30 says: “How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had surrendered them?” (New King James Version) Christians often quote this scripture as a positive declaration but really in the context in which it is used in the Bible, it is a curse not a blessing. The phrase “unless their Rock had sold them” or forsaken them in that scripture refers to God, the Rock of the Israelites, forsaking them because of their sin. Your Rock shall not forsake you in Jesus’ name. God shall not hand you over to your enemies; your enemies shall not overpower you. You’ll experience Leviticus 26:8 and not Deuteronomy 32:30.
I’ll stop here this week and continue next week. Act upon the word of God.
If you’re not born again, kindly say this prayer now: “0 Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you Jesus for saving me and making me a child of God.”
I believe you’ve said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You’ll need to join a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church in your area where you’ll be taught how to live your new life in Christ Jesus.
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