Are You Benefiting from the Spiritual Law of Association?
by Steve Backlund (from Divine Strategies for Increase)
“He who walks with wise men will be wise.” (Proverbs 13:20)
The spiritual law of association is revealed in the Bible in passages such as:
- “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed,” (Proverbs 13:20).
- “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits,’” (I Corinthians 15:33).
- “And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him (David),” (I Samuel 22:2).
- “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus,” (Acts 4:13).
- “Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him,” (Deuteronomy 34:9).
- “When Solomon was old…his wives turned his heart after other gods,” (I Kings 11:4).
This law will work for us and cause increase and blessing if we intentionally align ourselves with people who are ahead of us in the things of God and life. The “3-D People” of I Samuel 22 (those in debt, distress and discontent) became the mighty men of David in 2 Samuel 23 because of their association and commitment to David. Likewise, the dysfunctional disciples in the gospels became world changers because of their covenant relationship with Jesus. We too can accelerate our success in life by partnering with people of wisdom and victory.
This law will work against us to restrict and impoverish us if our main relationships are with those who do not honor God or His spiritual laws. Scripture admonishes us to avoid being misled concerning this. “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits,’” (I Corinthians 15:33). This law will bring us into a greater intimacy with God because it helps us to discover that He is the greatest association that we can have, and that we will become like Him (and become blessed) by being in His presence. The untrained disciples became astoundingly like Jesus through being with Him. Moses’ face shone because He also was with God. (See Exodus 34:35.) The disciples and Moses illustrate the reality of 2 Corinthians 3:18. “We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.”
I delight in this law by joyfully declaring:
I walk with the wise. I am committed to people who are more blessed than I am. I have renounced unhealthy relationships. I spend so much time in God’s presence that it is obvious to others that I have been with Jesus.
About Divine Strategies for Increase
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord . . . and whatever he does shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:3)
The laws of the spirit are more real than the natural laws. Just as the law of gravity can work for us or against us, so do God’s spiritual laws.
God’s laws primarily are principles to release blessing, not rules to be obeyed to gain right standing with God. The Psalmist talks of one whose prime delight is in the law of the Lord. This person not only discovers how to cheerfully make life-changing deposits into the spirit realm, but, more importantly, how to find new aspects of the nature of God (hidden in each law) to behold and worship. The end result of this delighting is a transformed life that prospers in every endeavor. His experience can be our experience, and this book unlocks the blessings hidden in the spiritual realm.
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.