Making God your Senior Partner is a lot more than lip-service. It entails planning with the Holy Spirit. That means input and guidance from the Lord on decisions. That requires consciously hearing from God.
One of the distinctive characteristics of the heroes of faith has been hearing from God. Yet, from the days Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, the people were inclined to be terrified to hear His voice. They asked Moses to leave the camp when talking with God. However, when Moses returned they wanted him to let them know what God had said.
This same reluctance in hearing God’s voice was reflected in later generations when the Lord appeared to Gideon. It is revealing that the Lord’s first words to Gideon were: “Peace be with you. Do not fear. You will not die.”
Even today, amongst God’s people there continues to be this hesitation in bridging that gap between the seen world and the unseen world by consciously discerning revelation from God. Sometimes this is because of doctrinal precepts that have no foundations. Sometimes it is due to the fear of risk or simply of getting it wrong.
Foundations to Spirit Planning
Yet, it is written: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the days of the wilderness.”
Planning together with the Holy Spirit requires time and practice. It calls for mastering planning. It requires setting aside time to seek Him.
As a prelude to discussing these steps, two things need to be noted. First, those who seek Him will find Him. Second, not every thought that comes into our minds is from God. We need to approach this process with an expectation, but also wisdom.
We live in a time when we have available a treasure trove of the principles of God’s truth along with scriptural models of a history of interactions of God with His people. Getting revelation from God needs to be approached with reverence. Spirit and Truth (the word) will always agree. So it is important to immerse ourselves in His written Truth.
It is written that in the mouth of two or three witnesses, every word will be established. Early in my walk with the Lord, when I heard something I believed was God, I would ask him to bring me at least two or more people in support of it. I needed a “fleece”. He always did.
God as Senior Partner and Planner
Planning is a systematic means of outlining goals and strategies. Such plans can be done for mapping out one’s destiny, to determine a course of steps for a business, or to illuminate the focus and pathway unfolding for a community. Inviting the Spirit of God to be our Senior Partner and participate in our planning will often uncover things we could not have seen or anticipated in the natural.
It may also lead you into pathways that you had never thought of, it did for me!
John for the Kingdom Builders Team