I have said for many years, both in my partner letters and from pulpits around the world and to many of you personally that we are eternally indebted and eternally grateful to our partners in this miracle missionary ministry of over four decades. Those words are truly heartfelt and sincere. We do not take our partners lightly but value them and pray for them and constantly decree blessings on them in every area of life; spirit, soul, body, family, finances, home and ministry.
I ministered in a partner church recently on “The Impact and Importance of Partnership” and told them how their partnership with our ministry has literally impacted nations and made history and changed history. That is really what you want your partnership to do, make history, change history, affect nations, accomplish something.
Partnership is really a form of the Ministry of Helps. In the Ministry of Helps you are helping the ministry (what we call the five-fold ministry and the full-time ministry) accomplish the call of God on planet Earth. We clearly see partnership in several places in the scriptures and in particular in the lives of Jesus, David, and the Apostle Paul.
1 Samuel 30:24-25 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? But as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.
And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day. When many of David’s men said that they only wanted to reward those who went to battle with them, David made a law, an ordinance, a statute, that was to be ongoing in Israel. He said that the law of partnership was so important.
The ones going to battle could not do so unless they had partners at home staying by the stuff, and that they would both be blessed, that they both would share alike. We have prayed this scripture and ordinance for our partners for all these years, that as we go out to battle, and our partners stay by the stuff that we are partners together and God blesses us both; “we part alike.”
Luke 8:1-3 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.
These scriptures show us plainly that when Jesus traveled and ministered, not only the 12 disciples traveled with Him, but also there were certain women which ministered to Him of their substance, or they gave to Him, or they partnered with Him. Thank God for women partners and givers; it seems that throughout history, women have been the backbone of the Church.
Matthew 14:35-36 And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased; And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.
Here we see that the men got involved. Thi
s scripture shows us that the men spent some time and money and sent out to the whole region and brought sick people to Jesus and He healed them. I love that scripture. Many times today I wonder if the men, the women, the Christians still have knowledge of Jesus. In that day when they had knowledge of Jesus, they did something, they became partners with the ministry, and people were helped and blessed.
In Philippians 1:5 and Philippians 4:15-19, the Apostle Paul made it clear to the Philippian church that their continual fellowship, or partnership with his ministry “from the first day until now” had impacted nations, and not just allowed him but caused him to be about his call and the Master’s business, and have the tremendous success that he had.
He also made it clear that they were in fact prospered and blessed by almighty God because of their partnership with him. He decreed as an apostle of God that because they had sent funds and supplies to him many times (he says once and again) and even when he was in Thessalonica, that “my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” It was not the Thessalonians that paid for the great crusade in Thessalonica, but it was the Philippians who partnered with him and made it happen.
We pray and decree the same thing for our partners around the world, and you know what? It works. Be bold and follow the examples we have laid out in scripture, both Old Testament and New. The rewards will go to both those that go down to battle and to the partners who are faithful to stay by the stuff.