Chapter One - God Meant Us to Be

and God are facing, and unless He comes through with the answer and makes things deeply understood and fully accepted by you, you will not be able to conquer the situation.”

I was a pregnant young bride when we first met, and over 20 years later, Joy is still my dearest friend and spiritual mentor. Like a parent lowering the tree branch so the child can pick fruit, so Joy hears from God and translates powerful spiritual principles into simple, practical terms that are reachable, understandable, edible, and usable.

Through mentoring, the baton is passed from either an older, wiser, experienced source to a younger, immature, inexperienced recipient. A mentor guides you through the defining moments (crises and major crossroads) in your life. Defining moments are those times when you choose how you will respond to a situation. They direct your destiny. Mentoring helps you make sound choices that have positive consequences.

Whether by biological relationship, friendship, discipleship, or training, mentoring is the process of passing wisdom and experience. Mentoring translates the timeless wisdom of God and His ancient servants to present-day reality where it may be practically applied.

However, we speak wisdom [the knowledge of the divine plan] among those who are mature [spiritually mature Christians who are ripe in the faith], yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery [to human understanding], the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory (1 Co 2:6-7). [[Want Amp]]

Just as Paul describes, Joy imparted God’s wisdom to me through her understanding, ripened by her maturity.

The relationships between Moses and Joshua and between Elijah and Elisha exemplify how mentoring portrays destiny. In Exodus 17:9, where Joshua first appears, Moses asked

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