Corinthians 6:15-17 (NKJV)
15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[a] are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”[b]
“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”[c]
When you are in pursuit of success, you have to assess who is in your life that you are in partnership with. If you are partnering with someone, whether it be in business, or for a project, marriage, or a common goal, it means that you are in agreement with them.
The dictionary defines “Partnership” as:
- the state or condition of being a partner; participation; association; joint interest.
- Law. the relation subsisting between partners; the contract creating this relation; an association of persons joined as partners in business.
In verse 17 it says: “Come out from among them And be separate” meaning that because you are a distinct believer, you have to separate yourself from people who do not walk in the same level of agreement concerning your understanding with respect to your Faith in God and your Godly philosophy concerning life.
There is a saying that says: “Bad company corrupts good character”; which means that you are required to assess who you are in association with right now and ask yourself, what philosophy of life are you operating under? Are you conforming to the patterns of worldly thinking? Or are you being renewed and transformed by the Word of God? Who are you in agreement with? Are you yoked to a believer or believers who believe in the vision for your life or are you yoked to people that ridicule your vision for your life, who continuously mock you and discourage you from achieving your dreams in fulfillment of your true potential?
Your identity is not wrapped up in other people’s opinion of your destiny. This is why the Lord says in verse 16 “And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God.” So many people are trying to match the worlds standards of success, that they do not realize that they have set up certain people in their lives that they have partnered with to be idols. There is a fine line between mere admiration and respect to a person you look up to versus obsessive idolization of another individual with the intent of copying everything that they do from the way they look to how they dress and walk, etc etc… there is a fine line between admiration and idolization. Whoever you look up to with high regard with the intention of becoming exactly like that person is idolatry. God didn’t create you to be like someone else, He created you to be uniquely you. When you decide to take on another person’s image (which is idolatry), you have made an agreement within your own soul that you aren’t good enough, that you aren’t fearfully and wonderfully made, and that you need to become someone else which is a devastating deception that comes from being in a state of having an identity crisis. You then partner yourself to a different image that you want to emulate which can be done by the power of agreement.
What does the word “agreement” mean? In the dictionary it is defined as the following:
- the act of agreeing or of coming to a mutual arrangement.
- the state of being in accord.
- an arrangement that is accepted by all parties to a transaction.
- a contract or other document delineating such an arrangement.
- unanimity of opinion; harmony in feeling: agreement among the members of the faculty.
If you are in one accord with someone; by definition you are in agreement with them and you have bound yourself/ yoked yourself to the same believe system as the other person. Children of God, you need to assess who you are currently walking in agreement with right now so that if there are some ungodly associations in your life that are hindering your progress, you need to ask God to reveal these unequal yokes and break yourself from them spiritually and physically from those people in your life.
Your Net Worth is dependent on your Network. If you are tied to people who have a poverty mentality, you will not be able to succeed because you have yoked yourself to the same philosophy. Such people will discourage you every time you seek to move up to the next level in your life because they are pessimistic in nature, they do not believe the God’s Jeremiah 29:11 promise over your life and are opposed to anything resembling prosperity.
Maybe you like bling but such people will undermine you and will probably label you as a “gold-digger”. Maybe you like well-tailored suits or clothing and a person with the poverty mentality will undermine your fashion sense and probably say you are too showy, too bright…your too this or too that…etc etc, but the thing is this, prosperity comes with benefits, and anyone who is opposed to receiving benefits is surviving under the class of social assistance. Meaning, that you don’t get to buy what you want and are completely depended on a system that gives you just barely enough to survive the next day. This is a different type of yoke that binds a person to forever be a servant to poverty and with such people, it is difficult to break that line of thinking because of the power of the agreement they have with that philosophy of life.
Everybody wants to go to the next level, but some of you are struggling to move forward because you have partnered with the wrong crowd and/or you are unequally yoked to someone or people who do not agree with your philosophy of life. If you are in that situation, it can explain why some things aren’t moving in your life.
Ask God to reveal the wrong associations that you have in your life and seek to break any spiritual agreements you have had with them whether it be by verbal contract or a physical contract and then physically break your associations with those people by simply saying your done and this relationship is over.
Amos 3:3 – Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
Going back to 2 Corinthians 6:17, the Lord tells you “Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you” meaning that do not entertain impure thoughts that turn into impure actions; do not corrupt yourself by agreeing with someone that tells you to do something that is contrary and outside the will of God for your life. People simply miss the mark (Sin) because they decide to do the contrary of what they know they ought to do.
Who you agree with in this life will determine where your life will go. It is important that even in the case of choosing a mentor, leader or someone you look up to, really dig deep as to the character of the individual that you are selecting to be in partnership with. Does this person have Integrity, Honor, a positive rapport, a solid foundation with respect to their philosophy of life, does their actions match their words, are they strong leaders, are they able to empathize and build others, are they self-aware of their own weakness etc etc? You need to ask these types of questions with every person you encounter in your life, be it a friend, mentor, business partner or family, because what you end up agreeing to, will become part of your reality.
Sometimes you may have friends for a season and then they become “unfriendly friends” that become spiteful and mean to you once you have achieved something or have leveled up in some way. Those are the types of “friends” that have not signed up the contract to be in your life and you thinking you had an agreement of sorts, was the only one who signed up for this relationship. In their view, they are not even in breach of the contract because they never where your friends to begin with. These are the types of people you have to watch out for in your life. They are the types who burn bridges (kill connections) with others and once they realize that there was any value in maintaining that relationship, they will now have to face swimming to the other side with sharks to regain your trust again because they already burned the bridge of that relationship. Trust is earned in such a circumstance through the power of agreement.
A true friend is one who agrees to be in a binding relationship with you, to walk with you in agreement. They do not despise your achievements but rather, celebrate you because they agree that leveling up should be a way of life for the both of you. If either of you were in disagreement of this philosophy, you would not be able to walk together.
Look at Elisha, he followed Elijah and submitted to him in authority and believed in what Elijah believed, and therefore grew in stature with God and man, and received a double portion anointing as the end result.
Who you attach yourself to will determine the level of increase you will have in your life.
Who you are in agreement with in this life will determine the level of increase you will expect to see in your life. If you partner with poverty, your reality will look quite bleak, but if you partner with go-getters and people who rise above obstacles, who see no limits and don’t back down even when they face setbacks, those people have an understanding of the Jeremiah 29:11 promise that God has for all his people which is:
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
As we pray and fast, ask God to increase your discernment to identify any unequal yokes in your life that need to be broken. Repent of ever having agreed with their philosophies of life that do not match with God’s Word and ask God to break any verbal covenants/promises/agreements that you may have made with them without thinking and to break the yoke forever in Jesus Name, Amen.