Partnering With God By Babatunde Olugboji
“Come now, and let us reason together, said the Lord: though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
God has an open invitation for us to come, repent, and partner with Him. He is always willing and ready to work with us through life’s journey because He has predestined us to work and walk alongside Him. It just takes faith to partner with Him.
First, God wants us to be saved and not perish. (see Romans 8:29-30, John 3:16, 2 Peter 3:9) Second, He has a plan and a purpose for each person and does not want us to complete our sojourn on Planet Earth without fulfilling His purpose for us. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Ephesians 2:10 makes it clear that, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” He also knows that it will be impossible without us in him to fulfill his purpose for us. (See John 15:1-8, Philippians 4:13)
God is a God of faith Himself that lives and believes in His word, as He Himself is His word. (See John 1:1-14) The major requirement of partnering with Him is faith, and the bible gives us that famous definition of faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is perceived as a real fact that is not revealed to the senses. (See Hebrew 11:1) Note what Hebrew 11:6 says: “But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. “
Unequivocally, this verse says without faith, no one can please God, and God Himself cannot work with such a person. So, you can describe faith as one of God’s main love languages. God wants to be recognized and acknowledged as God that has all the power and created all things, by those He created, especially those that come to Him. Hebrew 11:2 says, by faith, the elders obtain good reports. Who are those elders? Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Samson, Samuel, the prophets, and the apostles. And what are the good reports they obtained? They please God and, as such, fulfilled their purposes.
God Himself framed the world by Faith through His word. (Hebrew 11:3) God said, let there be light, and there was light. (Genesis 1:3) Therefore, “for the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrew 4:12)
In 1 Kings 17:1, by faith Elijah said it shall not rain in Israel, and it was so according to his word, there was no rain for three and half years. (James 5:17) God instructed Elijah to hide by the brook Cherith that He had commanded the ravens to feed him there: and by Faith, Elijah went and was provided by ravens as God said (see 1 Kings 17:3-6).
Will you partner with God by faith this week?
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