As we head out of 2019 and into a new year and a new decade, we wanted to talk about something that is so vital, yet so often missed in our walk with God. If you missed Part 1, go back and watch. We are going into Part 2 of Divine Connections and while we have talked before of Covenant Friendship and spiritual connections, something we sometimes miss is the fact that divine connections usually come when we least expect them. In fact, divine connections are usually unexpected and serve as a bit of an interruption in our daily lives or routine and normalcy. That’s what happened with my sister and I and on the last show, we talked about a few people in the Bible who changed history because of their obedience to allow God to interrupt their lives.
My sister and I went through a season of complete intimacy with God. Now, granted that should be every season of our lives, but we had both been in that time where God was just speaking to us and we were just happy where we were with Him. Literally in what seemed like a flash, God brought the two of us together. We were living our own lives and we were interrupted. It seems odd to call a new friendship an “interruption,” but both my sister and I knew from the start that what we had was not a normal friendship. It was definitely a God ordained divine connection from the very beginning.
We tell our complete story on our blog under Covenant and we also talk about it in our first few shows archived on hsbn.tv, so we won’t go completely into that, but what we did want to talk about is what it cost us, the risks it takes to follow something so out of the ordinary and the blessings it brings, as well.
Because we had never seen anything like this, we fasted and prayed, watched sermons, read blogs, everything we could get our hands on about covenenant friendship. We literally took everything to God and it didn’t take long for us to realize the magnitude of what we had AND the risks it would take to live this. It was never a question for us. We both immediately said yes.
Saying yes to the call of God on your life and the interruption of what you know to be “normal” can literally be scary. We lost friends, family members didn’t understand us. Honestly, we didn’t fully understand us either. BUT we knew God was in this and we wanted to walk this out. It took the risk of losing friends, ridicule from those around us, the looks, the talks. But when Mary was called out, she was ridiculed. She was a teenager; pregnant with a baby that was not her fiancée’s. Noah looked ridiculous to his people, building an ark that had never been done before AND when there was no sign of rain. We understood that this would not look normal. We understood that God’s purpose in interruptions were His greatest invitations to embark on the most beautiful journeys ever!
No victory ever came from playing it safe. It takes risk to follow God and do something you have never seen be done. God literally took my sister and I out of our comfort zones and placed us on a path together we had no idea where we were going, but we trusted Him and we knew we had God and each other and it has been the most beautiful journey ever.
In Luke 1:5-25, Elizabeth was a respectable woman married to Zechariah, a member of the Jerusalem priesthood. She was past menopause, her husband was elderly, and she had given up hoping for a child. But her life took an unexpected turn. She became pregnant, to the amazement of all.
While she was pregnant with the future John the Baptist, she gave shelter to her young cousin, Mary. Mary, pregnant with Jesus and unmarried, may have been fleeing from the anger of her family. When the women met, each knew that they and their children would be an extraordinary part of God’s plan.
Mary’s life was interrupted as a teenager to carry of the Son of God!! Elizabeth’s life was interrupted by becoming pregnant with John the Baptist AND while pregnant, now also caring for her pregnant cousin Mary. God divinely connected these two women when all they could do was hold onto God’s promises and each other. They both understood what no one else could, that they had a divine invitation together and they shared something so special.
Like all of us, my sister and I have fears, insecurities, things that are hard to shed. BUT, after divinely connecting us, we suddenly had more power, authority and anointing together, and have been able to overcome things we never could apart from each other. Our maturity in our walks with God came because of each other and that opened doors for us in Ministry, which we had never saw ourselves doing! Who we were before each other, carried burdens and brokenness we struggled to heal from alone. We couldn’t be good in the Kingdom carrying weights we weren’t meant to carry. Together and literally fighting in the trenches for each other through hell, we have been able to overcome and heal! Through that, we have been used in ways we couldn’t imagine. Covenant and divine connections bring healing to others. My sister and I now write our own blog, host this show and are able to pray for others and see God’s restoration in those around us like never before. WE have changed and we changed each other.
An article by Frederick Drummond stresses that “no one can make it on their own – to be otherwise is dysfunctional.”
“If you are planning on going any further than being a face in the crowd or perhaps a loner that never gets anywhere, you are going to have to acknowledge the importance of divine connections, go after them, and secure them at any price. Everyone needs to learn how to trust in God for their divine connections,”
- Divine connections are controversial
Consider the old prophet Paul, whom God connected to young Timothy. Their faithfulness to one another helped make Paul the great man he became. Timothy gave up all to stick with him through thick and thin, even to the execution block, because he knew his destiny was connected to that man Paul.
My sister and I knew right away our relationship was controversial. We knew people were talking. People had never seen a bond like this before and people thought we were way too close, odd, weird. The things my sister and I do for each other, people had never seen.
We had a moment when we even questioned ourselves, but just like a loving Father, God immediately showed us the bond between David and Jonathan. Talk about controversial. They were called gay and probably a lot of other things, but without that covenant friendship, that divine connection, David would not have been the King he was! And they remained committed and loyal despite the controversy and haters.
“Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul…. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt” (1 Samuel 18:1,3,4). Theirs was not a perverted relationship at all; it was a divine connection, holy and of God.
- Divine Connections are committed
“Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me” (Ruth 1:16,17).
These powerful words of commitment have been used down through the centuries by Christians as wedding vows, and yet originally they were spoken between two women, reflecting their commitment to a divine connection.
My sister and I immediately had this “hell or high water, life or death” loyalty to each other. We knew it literally came from God and honestly, you have to have that to be able to weather the hell that might come against you, your relationship, your purpose. Acquaintances, friends, most people will only stick around for so long or go through so many battles with you, but that ONE God-ordained friendship will lay their life down for you, take a bullet for you!
- Divine Connections are pre-ordained for our lives
Best selling author Shae Bynes says God is a relationship strategist and that these divine connections are pre-ordained for our lives; completely tied to our very own destinies and God given assignments. God honors covenant and as we have discussed previously, there are consequences for breaking covenants. Covenant relationships are protected by Gods power, presence and love. He knew before He created us what we would need and what He had in mind for us to live to the fullest we can, and with that, WHO we would need.
Remember, God is a God of relationship. He created Adam for Himself and realized Adam needed someone like him, therefore created Eve. Relationship was always God’s design and it is also the very thing that can hurt and damage us the most, so it has to be prayed for, prayed about…Talk to God about your divine connections and the purposes He has for you through them. Remember, they might not always look obvious to you at the beginning, but God will guide you. Be open to receive and ready to be that to someone else, as well.