If you’re not able to discern and place people into the right category people can traumatize you!
There are people who dress up, live nice, BUT YOU’RE STUCK, the seasons have moved on but your mind/heart never did. (5, 15, 15, 20, 30 years on what someone DID/DID NOT DO)
Emotionally they’ve never moved on. The key to this is how well we manage our relationships!
I’ve said ‘you can’t hurt me unless I love you”
So understanding that everybody can have your gift but not everybody can have you. My anointing is for the world my heart is for but a few.
We give intimacy away, not just through our body, but with our information.
We need to be able to define our categories and then place people in them and be very disciplined about maintaining those boundaries
If your acquaintance- keep them there.
If you’re a friend- KEEP THEM THERE- ok, friendship doesn’t involve taking your clothes off…if you did you have crossed the line. Somebody has got to tell you!
So my effort has been that I can’t clean up all the mistakes we’ve made but we can have the heart of discernment (like David) when he said “the heart of a man/woman, who can know it?” Your not going to know every person but the fact is that if YOU would SLOW DOWN and make people “qualify for you”, YOU ARE VALUABLE, YOU ARE NOT CHEAP! You should NOT come without a price!
There should be a qualification, an earning of your heart, your time, an earning of your investment! And don’t let people say- “well I thought you were a Christian I thought you were supposed to love me, well yeah, but that doesn’t mean I have to trust you!
And there is a TON of people that I love that I would not trust with my lawn mower.
So that is a quick 3 or 4 min recap and today I’m going into a whole nother level…I’m going to talk about PARTNERSHIPS!
If I preached in here how many of you wanted to do something great, or had great purpose most of you would raise your hands….If I asked you how many of you want to be blessed most of you would say “that’s me.”
But the bible makes it clear for multiplication to break out in my life it will NOT break out ALONE.
1 puts a 1000 to flight where 2 or more puts the 10’s of thousands (angels when we pray)!
So when you and I come together God takes what I have and what you have and He multiplies it!
That’s why God says 2 are better than one. And a Cord of 3 stands is not easily broken, that’s why He says if 2 or more ask in His name He’ll do it! He said I’ll come and get right in the middle of you. The first comment God made about man was that “man did not need to be by himself!”
So we were made for connectivity but we have to discern it.
So Father help us to do that today and everybody said AMEN!
Luke 5: 1-11
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
5 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
This was DOWN TIME
Jesus got into Peter’s boat….Jesus told Peter to launch out into the deep and cast out your nets for a catch!”
But Simon Peter told Jesus that they had tried to catch fish all night and caught NOTHING.
Don’t EVER go into obedience of a new season and based on your history of what happened LAST TIME.
When God asks you to “do it again, JUST DO IT AGAIN!” Don’t talk God out of His harvest because last time it didn’t happen.
Jesus told him to Throw it again Peter- Trust Me!
So he did. Notice this: Jesus said THROW OUT YOUR NETS, but Peter threw out 1 net! Revelation is always in the little things. What God’s got planned based on your expectation!
His expectation was “this is going to be like the rest of em!” NO! Its VERY VERY DIFFERENT THIS TIME!
So here again Peter’s trying to move into his destiny- calculating it on his history.
So he’s never done more than a net full, he’s fixing to throw down a net and pull in a HAUL!
“When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.”
If your partner is NOT helping…..they AREN’T helping THEY AREN’T a PARTNER! Partners are there to bless me NOT STRESS ME!
So Peter signaled to his partners and they came to help. Do you know what was happening here? Jesus was helping them MAKE MONEY!
When Peter saw this he fell on his knees because they were astonished!
Jesus said to Simon – DO NOT BE AFRAID from now on I’m going to bless you!
What is Jesus saying here:
He’s saying “What happened with the fish is going to happen with people!”
He’s saying the way you had an overload of fish, will translate into your relating with people/ in your ministries!
The fact is: They are washing their nets, there is difference in fishing with a hook and a fishing with a net.
A NET- is a NETWORK of strings and the net is only as strong where it comes together! So a net is no stronger than where it is tied. Where Peter’s net was tested it wasn’t ready for the sized blessing that God was about to give him.
Your nets, ties, relationships, you are greater when God cast a NETWORK than when God just cast YOU!
If we can harness this power there is WORLD CHANGING POWER, but we have to do it together! The power of this network is unimaginable if we succeed with unity and that the enemy divides from the inside out.
So when the enemy tells this to 10,0000 other people at the same time it can really impact a God move.
These guys had been fishing in the dark and they were washing their nets…they were making sure their nets were tied right,
DOWNTOWN in our lives IS PREP TIME!
There are people within the sound of my voice because you feel like nothing is going on. And what you don’t understand is that God is giving you a chance to CHECK YOUR NETS!
There are ALWAYS things moving/shifting and just because your eye can’t see it doesn’t mean something’s not happening!
A tree may look completely dead, but what you can’t see is the sap that is gathering on the inside so that when its time comes it’s going to spring forth with a brand new branch!
Some of you feel like you’re in the winter season of your life and God is giving you a chance to go and check out your relationships because God intended to bless you so much that everyone connected to you gets to taste of that blessing connected to you!
How dare you think your blessing is just about you!
It’s for your friends, partners, it should bless me to be yours/my partner!
It should SPILL over into your life!
You need to be getting ready for something! You need to be getting ready!
Noah was in prep time!
All he preached “its gonna rain- he was strengthening his net- God said WRITE THE VISION DOWN AND MAKE IT PLAIN- because though it tarry, that we were to wait for it like in ambush! The “HAUL” that Noah was preparing HIS nets for was the human race to come into Christ! So when your day comes you have readied yourself so you can attack your moment!
Once the blessing comes it’s too late to check your nets – IN DOWNTIME!
You have to examine your relationships NOW- who did the last test crush, who got left behind, who didn’t stay with me, you have to understand that when God says cast your nets THIS TIME but it’s going to be DIFFERENT! Why, because a blessing increases pressure, and if your partners couldn’t handle the last blessing, what makes you think they can handle this one! AND THIS ONE IS GOING TO BE EVEN BIGGER!
Generally what you need is already around you! You just don’t know how to arrange it!
See we pray, and we ask God for cake, not understanding that if He has given you flour, eggs, sugar, He HAS already given you a cake. But most people don’t know what to do with the elements that make up the cake up to give them a final result. So GOD has already given you what you need! So if this is all you’ve got then this must be ALL YOU NEED!
So you can leverage where you are to get where you’re going! LEARN TO LEVERAGE! You can take you faith to release what you have and God will give you what you need! EVERY TIME! Every single time!
Partners are different, because it’s all about recognition and proper placement. To recognize a partner, means you have to do a self-evaluation. They have too many blind spots and too many things they will not look which keep them from making good partner choices!
Everybody in this room has a dominant strength and that strength will do more by accident then trying on purpose.
This is easy to spot and where we spend most of our emphasis.
We ALSO have a dominant weakness just like our strengths that leak out and usually we are blind to it or ignore it.
We make CHOICES in partners by the spirit OR in the flesh and the flesh will eat your lunch because it’s superficial! People can only hide their weaknesses so long so Character/integrity are the components that we must look for when making partnerships! IS this choice CONSISTENT in Love, do they love you/compliment your weaknesses with their strengths? OR are you the one always having to pick up the slack? Hmmmmmmm? Are they willing to change and do things God’s way, to become God’s person- DO their callings match your own- HUGE! HUGE! HUGE! Because we can love folks all day long but if our gifts/callings don’t match it doesn’t matter how much God changes them there will always be sparks flying….SO we have to be EQUALLY YOKED!
The reason you have to do a self-evaluation of strengths/weaknesses is because friends are chosen out of your assets. (You both like Mexican food, sports, hair color, nail color etc.)
HOWEVER, PARTNERSHIPS ARE NOT FRIENDSHIPS! PARTNERSHIPS are formed out of your liabilities. (It’s quiet in this place!)
You don’t know your liabilities until you do an HONEST evaluation because POWERFUL partnerships are NOT chosen out of where your strong they are chosen out of where you’re weak!
Do you even know where you’re strong/weak? Do you even know what you bring to the table? If I were to partner with you what would you even tell me that you could bring to the table?
We have to learn to quit partnering with “Zeros!” Zero is the only number that we place in an equation where it adds nothing to that equation.
WE marry ZEROS, WE become friends with ZEROS and we partner with zeros and we date zeros
WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE!!!!???????
Some people think “If I marry somebody they can pay all my bills!” WELL WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE!!!???? It’s not everybody’s else’s responsibility to take care of you! AND WE DON’T USE OTHERS to selfishly get our own needs met! (You’re not someone’s sugar mama or sugar daddy!) GOD IS YOUR PROVIDER and He doesn’t partner people together UNEQUALLY! (Emotionally, financially, or spiritually!) So again I say WHAT DO YOU bring to the table????!!!!
Partnerships are chosen out of my liabilities because they COMPLETE ME! BUT IN A GOOD SPIRITUAL WAY!
ANOTHER CRITICAL NOTE:
IF I CHOOSE A PARTNER and we share the same assets we compete! NOT OF GOD!
And the partnership is destroyed by our competition! SO I find a partner in the areas where I am not strong, but they are, I complete their liabilities with my strengths and together we become a whole so that God can multiply our efforts!
So we have to learn how to partner with people in a ministry, a cause, within relating…..
THIS IS HOW POWERFUL PARTNERSHIPS ARE! And even the DEVIL knows this SO IF HE can get you unequally yoked with the WRONG PARTNER, HE CAN WASTE YOUR LIFE!
Some of you are limited because you think the only people you would partner with are folk you would run with. WRONG…..
What am I telling you:
Our partnerships come out of our weaknesses! Do you see how this partnership becomes powerful!??
You have to get honest with yourself because you don’t even know who to choose because you don’t know what you bring to the table and what you don’t!
You know why marriage is the most UNIQUE/COMLICATED relationship on the planet? It’s because it’s the only relationship where you are demanded to be BEST FRIENDS AND PARTNERS!
Peters net was not ready for the blessing…..
But when the haul overwhelmed him Peter had partners in place….and being connected to him as a partner blessed everybody!
PARTNERSHIPS and identifying who these people are, you have to be able to bring something to the table…well, what are you bringing?
Partnering with those who bring nothing to the table do nothing but leave you disappointed, HURT and broke….
You can’t always go and “QUALIFY” people as partners by people that you might not otherwise try to make a friend. These aren’t always people that you run with….
So we can’t limit God….. AND if we are partners quit trying to force me into the “Friend” boundary……THESE are 2 VERY separate relationships as well!
Peter had taken the down time to prepare his partners for the blessing….HIS NETS WERE READY!
LORD- through the power/authority according to Luke 10:19 I RELEASE THE NET BREAKING BLESSINGS ONTO EVERY EYE GATE READING THIS NOW IN JESUS NAME!
It’s a blessing to be connected to you! Yes you are valuable and worthy, and ABLE, and some of you are 1 partner away from your life EXPLODING INTO BLESSING!