8. Watch Your Associations: As a child of God’s covenant by faith in Christ who has received a sure word of prophecy 2Pet.1:19-21, and knows that before before the return of the Lord all things spoken by His prophets must come to pass, you need be divinely guided to fulfil all that was revealed concerning you. God answers your call; wait on Him alone that you may run with the vision and not be weary or faint. Wisdom is received via instruction; the light of His word will shine in the dark places of your heart until the day dawns and the Daystar arises there. Therefore, walk by the Spirit, not your flesh. Do not sabotage the glorious destiny God ordained for you; be sensitive to recognize your divinely appointed helpers.

Beware who you share your dream with, especially among influencers such as family, friends, even brethren. Why? Because they are a bigger threat than those not close to you. No one can understand your vision as you do. Some are genuinely concerned about you. They will be overwhelmed with your passion and suggest alternatives; they will talk about balance but really mean compromise. They mean well, but no man can take you where God wills. Do not try to blend in or allow people to take away your confidence. Do not wait for the support of others, the One who sent you will send accredited helpers.

Ruth had Naomi, her mother-in-law, to counsel her on how to find security in the house of Boaz. Esther had Hegai under whose custody she was prepared to meet the King, and found favour with him. She also had Mordecai, her uncle and mentor who guided her to prevent annihilation of the Jewish community in Babylon. After Saul’s encounter  with Jesus on the road to Damascus, Ananias was sent to lay hands upon him for the recovery of his sight and that he may ‘be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ Immediately he began to preach in the synagogues that Christ is the Son of God Acts.9:3-20.

Often, your helpers do not look like much. God uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Do not presume to know His way; stay in the place of obedience to the faith, doing the command to love Him and men. Those who fear God reap benefit of knowledge of Him. David became captain over ‘everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented’ 1.Sam.22:2. Out of this calibre of men 30 captains who helped establish and secure his kingship over Judah and Israel were drawn.

Be guided in the choice of associates by the Word of God.