There are those moments in life when God just supernaturally decides to breathe upon our financial situation and bring us a breakthrough that we could never have done on our own. He will be faithful to reward us according to our faithful service to Him. He is aware of our needs and He's able to take the little that we have and supernaturally breathe upon it and multiply it.
“A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil. Then he said, ‘Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones’...Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.’” 2 Kings 4:1-4, 7
The Prophet Elijah was one who honored the Lord and was very faithful to His word. It was Elijah that God spoke through when releasing the prophetic word about a coming famine. Even though the famine affected Elijah, yet because of his faithfulness to God, even in the midst of famine God made supernatural provisions for His faithful servant.
“Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you...And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’” 1 Kings 17:8-9, 13-14
God promises to bless our labor and our giving as we look to Him in faith and trust. He is aware of our obedience in giving and promises to meet our needs according to His riches that He has made available to us through Christ. Like Cornelius, He is aware of our sacrifice and SEES our faithful practice of giving.
“Cornelius, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!” And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.” Acts 10:2-4
Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, “Who shall be first to go up for us against the Canaanites to fight against them?” And the LORD said, “Judah shall go up. Indeed I have delivered the land into his hand.” (Judges 1:1-2)
Obedience is the proof, the substance of a life of faith. Because God is a spirit and operates in the spirit realm, He has set up His kingdom to operate by the principle of faith. It's for this reason that our eyes must be focused on the unseen things rather than the seen things. The one who focuses on the seen things is one who is moved by what he feels, thinks and sees. The one who focuses on the unseen things is one who is moved by the spi...rit of faith and is rooted in the promises of God.
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” James1:6-7
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 John 5:4
The tithe is the Lord's. You must clearly understand this to have a basic understanding of what it is to truly trust the Lord in the area of finances. This is exemplified by a life of obedience. God's word reveals that the tithe belongs to Him. God simply asks that we obey His commandments and trust Him to provide for all of our needs. The man who does not tithe or give, trusts more in his own ability than God's goodness and faithfulness.
“And he (Abram) gave him (Melchezedek) a tithe of all.” Genesis 14:20
“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.” Leviticus 27:30
All of life's provisions and blessings come from the hand of the Lord. We must be convinced that it is God's ability and willingness, not ours that makes it possible for us to prosper and have all of our needs met. The Bible gives us wisdom and an action plan on how to tap into the blessings of the Lord for our finances. Our faith and obedience must be the determining factor on how we will respond in this one critical area that seems to trip up the majority of believers today. God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we can ask or even think. His blessings come from both His willingness and His ability to meet all of our needs. Let's look to Him and give Him the glory in all things.
“For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
KINGDOM VALUE GOD IS RESTORING: #5 - THE RESTORATION OF THE BIBLICAL MANDATE OF THE GREAT COMMISSION
For the last 2000 years the Body of Christ has obeyed for the most part the commandment to go into all the world. Some where along the line the church has emphasized the importance of preaching the gospel without fully understanding the biblical mandate of intercession alongside of global evangelism. The current day and night prayer movement (House of Prayer) is God's answer and restoration for the church to once again massively evangelize the nations of the earth with power, great success and the manifestation of the Spirit's presence.
“‘On that day I will raise up The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the Gentiles who are called by My name,’ says the Lord who does this thing.” (Amos 9:11-12)
“And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head...Assuredly, I say to you, “Wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.’” (Mark 14:3, 9)
This is a mighty key that God has been restoring to the church in the last 20 years. Prayer has always been the focal point of God's delegated authority to humanity from the beginning of creation. Throughout church history there have been pivotal times when God had highlighted the importance of returning to prayer. The last 20 plus years or so we have seen the Holy Spirit restore once again this kingdom foundational truth to the Body of Christ. Intercession is the means by which God governs the entire universe. He has chosen to humble Himself and partner alongside of redeemed humanity in order for His will to be established and enforced upon the earth. The word of faith which the believer speaks fourth and confesses is meant to be decreed and directed against the powers of darkness that the agenda of heaven maybe established on the earth. Our God given delegated authority was not meant to be used to selfishly proclaim bigger houses and nicer cars but rather for agreement by saying; "Thy kingdom come, That I will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
“And the Lord said, ‘’Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.’ And the Lord said, ‘Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.’ Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. And Abraham came near and said, ‘Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?’ So the Lord said, ‘If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.’” Genesis 18:17-26
“The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger. So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.” Ezekial 22:29-31
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