Psalm 115:12-16 NKJV
The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. 13 He will bless those who fear the Lord, Both small and great. 14 May the Lord give you increase more and more, You and your children. 15 May you be blessed by the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. 16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men.
Increase by Association
The Spiritual Law of Association.
Proverbs 13:20 NKJV
He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.
He who walks [as a companion] with wise men is wise, but he who associates with [self-confident] fools is [a fool himself and] shall smart for it.
Who we associate with has a profound impact on our life. When we walk with negative people, we will be negative. When we walk with positive people, we will be positive. Show me your friends, your companions, and I will show you your future. Who we associate with has everything to do with our destiny. Who you marry will either help you or hurt you. Be careful who you say “I do” to. Make sure it’s a God connection.
1 Corinthians 15:33 AMPC
Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.
The prodigal son joined himself to the wrong person and ended up living with the pigs. God never joined him. He joined himself.
Luke 15:13-16 NKJV
And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
But the good news, he came to his senses and realised he needed to go back home to his Father’s house.
Psalms 1:1-3 NLT
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
I am not trying to keep me better than them. I decided to be better than what I was. I will minister to them and pray for them and help them but we can’t fellowship together. Partner together.
But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
Who we associate with also directly impacts the kind of increase we will experience. Joshua was a faithful servant to Moses.
NIV—Joshua son of Nun, had been Moses’ aid since youth.
He served Moses continually.
Exodus 33:11 NKJV
So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.
He stayed in the presence of God. He wanted what Moses had. He wanted to increase. Don’t depart from the tabernacle. Don’t depart from the Church where it pleased God to place you.
Numbers 27:18-20 AMPC
The Lord said to Moses, Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand upon him; and set him before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation and give him a charge in their sight. And put some of your honor and authority upon him, that all the congregation of the Israelites may obey him.
Joshua’s association with Moses caused the same anointing, wisdom and leadership skills to come upon him. Lot prospered because of his association with Abram. (The minute Lot disconnected from Abram, he went down). Laban prospered because of his association with Jacob. Potiphar prospered because of his association with Joseph. Joseph was faithful. He served Potiphar, then the warden, then Pharaoh. He helped to bring their dreams to pass which enabled his dream to come to pass. The quickest way for your dream to happen is to help bring to pass the dreams of those that God has partnered you with. Paul and the Church at Philippi
Philippians 1:3-7 NKJV
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,
Verse 5—Fellowship can also be translated partnership or association.
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.
Because of their association from the beginning of his ministry, the Church partook of Paul’s grace and anointing.
Philippians 4:19 NKJV
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
This scripture was birthed out of an association. Paul was writing to his partners—people to whom he had ministered. They valued and appreciated what he taught them. They experienced The Spirit of Increase through their association with the Apostle Paul.
Let’s read this verse in context.
Philippians 4:15 AMPC
And you Philippians yourselves well know that in the early days of the Gospel ministry, when I left Macedonia, no church (assembly) entered into partnership with me and opened up [a debit and credit] account in giving and receiving except you only.
Paul planted many churches and gave of His grace and anointing to set them up, yet the only church that supported and contributed towards his ministry was the Philippian church. And if you study the books of the New Testament you will see that the Philippian Church were the most mature believers of them all. The Corinthian Church where we find the Corinthians were still carnal, babies. Paul said “by now you guys are supposed to be teaching others but you are still drinking milk and acting carnal”. I believe one of the reasons is that they never entered into partnership with him and opened up a debit and credit account, in giving and receiving with him. They just opened a credit account with him, which obviously is impossible in accounting terms. They just received but never gave. Do you know that the Dead Sea is called the Dead Sea because it only receives but never lets out. The Jordan river flows with fresh water because it receives and gives. Some Christians are dead financially and never grow and mature spiritually because they only receive from the ministry but never give. Even at a restaurant, you won’t go in and eat and then wipe your mouth and leave. No, you pay. You give something. They entered into partnership with him. Partnership is you do your part, I do my part and together we can get more done.
Philippians 4:16 AMPC
For even in Thessalonica you sent [me contributions] for my needs, not only once but a second time.
Paul was constantly on the minds of the Philippian Church. They understood that he had ministry needs. They understood that the gospel is free but it takes money to get the gospel to others. And that is why they sent him aid continually. I thank God today for our members and partners who send aid not only once but all the time.
Philippians 4:17 AMPC
Not that I seek or am eager for [your] gift, but I do seek and am eager for the fruit which increases to your credit [the harvest of blessing that is accumulating to your account].
There is a literal bank account that God opens up for you the minute you enter into partnership with us and the ministry. And you can withdraw from it now, not when you get to Heaven.
Every time you sow your tithes and offerings, you are making deposits into your heavenly bank account. Every time you give to support us in the ministry you are making deposits and a harvest of blessing is accumulating to your account.
Philippians 4:18 AMPC
But I have [your full payment] and more; I have everything I need and am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent me. [They are the] fragrant odor of an offering and sacrifice which God welcomes and in which He delights.
Your financial gifts are like a sweet perfume that God delights in. I know for many of you and in fact for most of us, it’s a sacrifice when giving. And now we will understand this verse in context…
Philippians 4:19 AMPC
And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Because you partnered with me and gave sacrificially, not only once but all the time, now My God will liberally supply ALL YOUR NEED according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. So today, make a commitment from your heart to partner with us. Some of you stopped giving and you are not receiving. Renew your commitment today. There is a grace available to you. And then those of you who have been giving, draw on this grace today, make a withdrawal from your heavenly bank account and ask God to supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. This same principle that Paul and the Philippian Church had, applies to us. We are partakers through our association with this ministry .
You can walk in the same grace and anointing that we walk in.
- A) The Spirit of faith B) Our authority as believers C) Knowing who we are in Christ D) Understanding the laws that govern supernatural abundance and prosperity.
The Spirit of Increase is upon this ministry. As Partners, the same Spirit of Increase is upon us.