Part 4 of our Strong series, Providential Relationships, saw Pastor Simon introduce a number of different kinds of people that have an impact to your life. He began by explaining what exactly a Providential Relationship is; one that is God Orientated. A prime example of how such a relationship is impacting on us was the Access All Areas that is granted to VIP’s.
To demonstrate different kinds of Providential Relationships, Pastor Simon introduced four kinds of people who may be in your life:
Exceptionally Inspiring People (EIP) – People who, often, are further ahead of you in life, or in areas that you are building in. People who can encourage you, challenge you and push you to become better. These relationships are often seen in mentoring situations. A Biblical example was Elijah and Elisha (2 Kings 2:1-9).
Strategically Intelligent People (SIP) – People who have learnt to position themselves to maximise the gifts and calling on their lives. People who you know have your back and continually push you to stay in the right positions. Barnabas and Saul were used to example these people (Acts 9:26-27).
Life-long Impacting People (LIP) – People who do life with you. They follow you wherever you go, lift you up when you fall, drag you along when you say you can’t do it and fight for you always. They are “Armour Bearers”, they’re with youheart and soul. The best example of a LIP is Jonathan and his Armour Bearer (1 Samuel 14:6-7).
Prophetically Insightful People (PIP) – These are often people who walk into your life, may not even know you, and often walk back out again leaving you feeling uplifted, inspired and impacted. It’s not about them stopping and becoming spooky spiritual, but being a signpost to heaven. 1 Corinthians 14:3 “But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.”
It came across that all of these kinds of people are actually EIP’s, the only difference being the way that they inspire you. We were left with two challenges.
1. Who are the EIP’s in your life? When you know who they are, honour them, let them know that you
appreciate them in your life.
2. Choose to be an EIP to others.
- Live like you are forgiven
- Live generously
- Live up to your potential
- Live prophetically