2 Kings 6:1-7
1. Evaluate the situation before making a move.
- Evaluate why you want to develop a relationship or partnership before going ahead to establish it.
- First evaluate yourself then the goal you want to achieve.
Nehemiah went at night to Jerusalem with a few men to evaluate the situation first before making a move to restore the broken walls.
Before you can make a move or make a commitment, take time to evaluate your spiritual state so that you do not become a victim of circumstances.
- Check the state of your relationship with God. Is your Spirit filled with God's Word? How is your prayer life?
- You need to know why you are entering the relationship and fully rely on God's guidance.
- The prophets ensured that they travelled with Elisha.
2 Co-operation - 2 Kings 6:2
- It is working together for a common interest.
- For you to fulfill your purpose you will need others - Nehemiah 2:18
* Relationships make us rich.
- Learn not to despise or undervalue the people that God has put on your path. You never know when you will need them.
- Use your talents, treasure and time to enrich others.
- The quality of the treasure you will possess is found in the relationships you will develop.
- People have what you don't have and you have what they don't have; you need each other.
True riches is measured how you help others to become who God has called them to be.
Discipleship - building one another up to become who God has intended us to be.
- People around you should be able to testify that since you have been part of their life, they have grown in specific areas.
- Every relationship that takes you away from God, cut it off.
Ecclesiastes 2:4 -11
True living is making a commitment to be a blessing to others and not only building our own lives.
- Ecclesiastes 4:9 -10
- What will be written in the Book of Remembrance is what you have done with the life that God has given you.
Any relationship that takes you away from God isn't worth it.
** Networking makes us strong
True riches is what you sow into other people's lives, the way you have impacted the lives of people.
- True riches are found in people around you.
- You can not fulfill your purpose on your own.
- Exodus 17:12; Nehemiah 4:16-20
- There is always a season when you will need someone to assist you even those who seem 'beneath' your level.
* Friendships are there to enjoy, have fun and relax.
3. Challenges in the process
No one engages in a project anticipating trouble, failure or disappointment.
- Challenges are not meant to derail you from the path that God has set you on.
Who do you turn to when things don't work out according to plan?
- When God is part of your journey, He is well experience to do what seemed impossible to become a reality.
4. Run to God
Your relationship with God will sustain you through all adversity.
- The presence of God can solve any issue.
- Ephesians 6:18
- Giving up ain't an option, do not stop praying.
Continue to pray regardless of what you are going through.
God has given you power and authority.
There are relationships for a season, a purpose and a lifetime.
How to respond to this message:
* Commit to rebuilding broken relationships.
** Value and cherish the relationships you already have.
* Build new relationships and maintain them.