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KINGDOM FINANCE DYNAMICS

 

 

 

 

KINGDOM

FINANCE

DYNAMICS

BREAKTHROUGH MANUAL

KATO NKHOMA

 

Unless otherwise stated, all scripture quotations are taken from the King

James Version of the Bible

 

 

First Edition, October 2016

 

KINGDOM FINANCE DYNAMICS

 

Copyright © 2016 Kato Nkhoma

 

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Table of contents

PART ONE: THE PLAN

INTRODUCTION: THE MASTER PLAN

CHAPTER 1: WHY IS GOD CONCERNED ABOUT MY PROSPERITY?

CHAPTER 2: PREPARING FOR THE TIME OF YOUR VISITATION

PART TWO: FIRST THINGS FIRST

CHAPTER 3: BEFORE OPENING AN ACCOUNT

CHAPTER 4: THE BANK

CHAPTER 5: PURSUE, OVERTAKE, RECOVER

CHAPTER 6: TRUE AND LASTING PROSPERITY

CHAPTER 7: OPENING AN ACCOUNT

PART THREE: KINGDOM INVESTMENTS

CHAPTER 8: THE WORD: ETERNAL INVESTMENT

CHAPTER 9: FAITH: THE PRICELESS INVESTMENT

CHAPTER 10: SEEDTIME AND HARVEST: TIMELESS INVESTMENT PRINCIPLE

CHAPTER 11: LOVE: THE ULTIMATE INVESTMENT

PART FOUR: THE POWER TO GET WEALTH

CHAPTER 12: THE POWER TO WORK

CHAPTER 13: THE POWER OF OBEDIENCE

CHAPTER 14: THE POWER OF THE TONGUE

CHAPTER 15: THE PLACE OF GOD’S SERVANTS IN YOUR FINANCES

PART FIVE: THE HOUSE OF GOD

CHAPTER 16: BUILD UP THE HOUSE OF THE LORD

CHAPTER 17: OBEDIENCE TO THE PREACHED WORD CRUCIAL

CHAPTER 18: THE HOUSE OF GOD TODAY

CHAPTER 19: WHY BUILD THE HOUSE?

CHAPTER 20: CHRIST’S REIGN ON EARTH TODAY

CHAPTER 21: RESULTS OF BUILDING GOD’S HOUSE

PART SIX: KEEP IT FLOWING

CHAPTER 22: SUSTAINING A LIFESTYLE OF PROSPERITY

CHAPTER 23: KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE COVENANT OF PROSPERITY

CHAPTER 24: PRACTICE THE PRINCIPLE OF SEED TIME AND HARVEST

CHAPTER 25: UNDERSTAND THE TITHING COVENANT

EPILOGUE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

PART ONE

 

 

 

 

 

THE PLAN

INTRODUCTION

 

 

THE MASTER PLAN

 

 

Deuteronomy 8:6-11

 

Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in His way and to fear Him. For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; ; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper.

When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land He has given you. Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today. (Emphasis mine)

 

We are living in the end times and in God’s prophetic agenda. This is the time for the Sun of righteousness to shine with healing in His wings (Malachi 4:1-3). God desires to heal His children in all areas of their lives and in this season He wants to heal us from the disease called lack and want. This is the age of victory over every force of darkness, every affliction and every bondage.

 

We are living in the age in which God seeks to fulfill Deuteronomy 8:6-11. This is the season in which God wants to prosper EVERY believer. This is the era in which we “shall not lack ANYTHING”. But in order for this to happen we need to break the bonds of poverty. We need to LEARN AND APPLY KINGDOM FINANCE DYNAMICS. It is God’s desire that as we learn these dynamics, we move into the realms of prosperity He has outlined in his word.

 

It is also of utmost importance for us to note here that this prosperity is not for us to spend on ourselves, it is to fulfill His covenant. As children of God we are stewards of the treasures of this world and as stewards we need to know that we are to spend as He directs.

 

Deuteronomy 8:18

 

And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth, that He may establish the covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”

 

Which covenant?

 

Genesis 12:1-3

 

Now the LORD had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation: I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you: and in you will all the families of the earth be blessed.”

 

God wants us to be great. Out of that greatness He wants us to be a blessing to nations. Why? Because we are ambassadors for Christ and we are to minister to nations out of our overflow.

 

Zechariah 1:16-17

 

Therefore thus says the LORD: ‘I am returning to Jerusalem with mercy; my house shall be built in it,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘And a surveyors line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem. Again proclaim saying, “thus says the LORD of hosts: My cities shall again spread out through prosperity; the LORD will again comfort Zion, and will again choose Jerusalem.’”

 

This is God’s time to fulfill this prophecy. The time now is when God’s cities shall once more spread through prosperity, just as they did in the past.

 

Matthew 5:14

 

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

 

What are God’s cities? It is the church of God, with the individual believers being the houses. We are the cities of God. The cities shall not be hidden because God is now exalting His people; He is taking us to the highest financial heights.

 

Haggai 2:6-9

 

For thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with glory’, says the LORD of hosts. ‘The silver is mine, and the gold is mine,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts: ‘And in this place will I give peace,’ says the LORD of hosts.

 

God is now turning the church from an institute that is shunned to being the Desire of all Nations. He is filling the church with His glory. Which glory? “‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ says the LORD of hosts.” Financial glory. God is in effect saying, “Because the silver and gold are mine, I will glorify the church with prosperity that has never been seen before.”

 

“…and the precious things of the nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with splendor…..” Haggai 2:7 (N.I.V)

 

God wants to fill the church with the precious things of the nations and with splendor. This means your life must be filled with these things as well for you are a part of the church.

 

In Ephesians5:25-27 the bible tells us:

 

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing of water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”

 

This is the best summary and explanation of salvation in its full sense. A King gives His all, including His entire kingdom, to the peasant woman He loves. All this for the sake of turning the peasant woman into a queen; His glorious queen. What do I mean? This scripture tells four important things:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Christ loves the church

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. He gave Himself for the church. Not only did He die on the cross but He gave us His entire self. He gave us His health, wealth, joy, and most importantly His Spirit; the Spirit of son-ship. There is no point or need for us to lack anything on this earth because Christ gave us all.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. He sanctified the church. He set us apart as His special people and cleansed us by His blood and word, which is spiritual water. The blood cleanses us from sin while the word washes away the dirt that spoils us. Dirt in the form of sickness, poverty, depression, etcetera. When the word comes and takes root in us it washes away this spiritual dirt so that we can live lives that are according to His word and plan.

 

Why did He do all this?

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. So that He could present us to Himself as a glorious church without spot, blemish, wrinkle or any such thing. In other words He did all this to elect a special people that would reveal His love and glory. A people that live an abundant life; a life abundantly supplied with joy, health, wealth and every good thing.

 

This is the sign that will cause nations to flow into the house of God. It is because of this lifting of the church that many nations shall flow to the mountain of the Lord. It is this financial glory that will spark and sponsor the last revival.

 

Before we proceed it is important that we understand the phrase “KINGDOM FINANCE DYNAMICS”.

 

THE KINGDOM

 

Why “kingdom”?

 

The reason Jesus came to earth was to destroy the works of the devil and the works of the devil can only be destroyed by the Kingdom of God. It is only the establishment of the kingdom that ensures that the works of the devil are eradicated.

 

Matthew 12:28

 

But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God is come unto you.”

 

The coming of the kingdom of God means the expulsion of the kingdom of the devil. Poverty is one of the major works of the devil and for it to be eradicated Kingdom finance dynamics have to be established.

 

Luke 16:16

 

The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it.”

 

The law and the prophets were until John, since that time the kingdom of God has been preached and everyone is pressing into it. John was the dividing line between spoken prophecy and fulfilled prophecy. He signaled the dawning of a new era; the era of the kingdom of God.

 

It is important to realize that it is not every born again that enjoys the kingdom of God on this earth. It is only those that “press in”, those that push through despite discouragement, criticism and negative circumstances that enjoy the Kingdom.

 

Hosea 4:6

 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you……”

 

Many Christians are perishing because they do not know that salvation is not the end, it is the means to entering into the kingdom of God. Many are being rejected from the kingdom because they are rejecting knowledge. They reject this kind of knowledge. Salvation is the doorway but after the door one has to walk in, to press in, in order to get into the house. Sadly many Christians are still standing at the doorway of the kingdom. They are not pressing in therefore they are perishing. Press in!

 

Matthew 11:12-13

 

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of God suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.”

 

The law and the prophets were pointing to the coming of the kingdom; “for all the prophets prophesied until John.” When John came he was the last prophet to point to the kingdom. When Jesus the greatest prophet came he came preaching the kingdom so that all that heard it may press in now.

 

Jesus did not come pointing to the kingdom, He brought the kingdom.

 

John came preaching Christ the way into the kingdom. Jesus the way into the kingdom came preaching the kingdom. He brought the kingdom. After coming into salvation we must, through Christ, come into the kingdom.

 

ENTERING THE KINGOM IS BY SALVATION

 

This kingdom is not about life after death. It is about living heavenly lifestyles here on earth. The kingdom is about heaven on earth. But one needs to know that it is only the violent that possess their lot in the kingdom, it is only those that “press in” that enter. It is only those that violently reject the lordship of Satan and his strongholds, those that pull them down and destroy them out of their lives that can enter the kingdom of God.

 

Many Christians have been deceived into thinking that they have to suffer on earth in order to enjoy heaven. I want to let you know that you will be judged for not fully utilizing the great salvation that the Son of God died for in order for you to enjoy life on earth.

 

John 3:5

 

Jesus answered, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’”

 

Only those born of the Spirit and water can enter the Kingdom, the rest are just spectators looking into the kingdom.

 

In order for you to be a citizen of the kingdom of God you have to be born into the kingdom and of the one kingdom parent; God. That is why you have to be born again. Being born again is about changing citizenship so that you can have the legal right to partake of all the benefits of your new country; heaven. This is the land spoken of in Deuteronomy 8:9, the land in which you shall eat bread without scarcity, the land in which you will not lack anything.

 

ENTERING THE KINGDOM IS BY FAITH

 

Mark 10:15

 

Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

 

In order to enter the kingdom of God you need to receive it as a little child. You need to accept, believe and apply the principles of God with childlike faith. A child never questions a father’s rules; they just accept and abide by them. That is how we are to receive the kingdom and its principles. The problem with many is that they question the kingdom. They want to know the “whys” and the “hows” and so they fail to enter. Receive the kingdom as a little child. Apply the principles of the kingdom and you will surely enter and enjoy its abundance.

 

ENTERING THE KINGDOM IS A GUARANTEE OF WEALTH AND SUCCESS

 

Matthew6:33

 

But seek you first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”

 

The moment you step into the Kingdom of God and start applying its principles you stop chasing after wealth and success; rather those things you chase after shall start chasing after you.

 

FINANCE

 

I believe this is a term all are familiar with and needs no explaining but what we need to understand is that the principles laid down in this book don’t just apply to money but to all areas of life as well. These principles will apply to your health and healing, peace, joy, success and etcetera. These are universal principles that work and produce results in any area you choose to apply them.

 

DYNAMICS

 

At this point we need to understand the word dynamic. Dynamic means powerful and always in motion, meaning Kingdom Finances bring power, influence, honor and they are always flowing. Kingdom Finance Dynamics.

 

Isaiah 48:17

 

Thus says the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; ‘I am the LORD your God who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.’”

 

This book is one of the many mediums that God is using in this special time to teach us how to prosper and partake of His glory. It is my prayer that this book becomes more to you than just that, a book. My desire, which I know is also God’s desire, is that Kingdom Finance Dynamics become a daily testimony of your life.

CHAPTER 1

WHY IS GOD CONCERNED ABOUT MY PROSPERITY?

 

PROSPERITY IS ONE OF THE GREATEST BATTLE FRONTS IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE.

 

Finances are an integral part of spiritual warfare. This is the area in which the devil is capitalizing in and the area in which many Christians are failing in these end times.

 

Why are our finances important to God?

 

Psalm 35:27

 

…….Let the LORD be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”

 

Spiritual warfare is the warfare for two wills on this earth; God’s will and Satan’s will. It is about the devil going against God’s pleasures, of which prosperity is one of the three chief pleasures of God; physical prosperity (health), prosperity of the soul (peace of mind and joy) and economic prosperity (3 John 2).

 

Isaiah 7:14-15

 

Therefore the LORD Himself will give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Curds and honey shall he eat, that He may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.”

 

One of the reasons God wants to prosper you is so that you may know how to choose good from evil when the devil tempts you in these trying times. Honey is a sweet product of nature. God desires for your life to be naturally sweet not the kind that is “sweetened” by alcohol and all sorts of drugs. He calls out, “come to Me all that are weary and heavy laden … and I will give you rest.”

 

But the greatest reason for God to prosper you is that He is preparing for the final act in the story of mankind.

 

THE END OF THE WORLD WILL NOT COME UNTIL THE CHURCH BECOMES PROSPEROUS.

 

That is what Jesus said in Matthew 24:3-14, one of the most misunderstood yet often quoted scripture in the Bible.

 

And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the world?’ and Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my Name, saying, “I am Christ”; and shall deceive many. And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines and pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated by all nations for my Name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

And many false prophets shall arise and deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold. But he that shall endure till the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.” (Emphasis mine)

 

There are so many calamities and tragedies world over; famines, wars, etcetera, but all these are the beginning of sorrows. Sorrows that will need a lot of finances for their alleviation and this is where the church will come in and cause the light of Christ to shine.

 

“And THIS gospel of the KINGDOM will be preached in all the world as a witness to all, and then the end will come.” This statement has confused a lot of people world over especially those waiting for the end of the world. Many think and claim that the end of the world is overdue because the gospel has already been preached world over but what they do not realize is that there are two gospels in the Bible; the gospel of salvation through Christ which Paul calls the gospel of Christ (Romans1:16) and the gospel of the kingdom, which is what Jesus preached in all His teachings.

 

The gospel of Christ HAS been preached world over. It is “this gospel of the kingdom” that has only started making the rounds and will soon reach every nook and cranny of the world, and when it does, the stage will be fully set for the end.

 

The end will only come when “this gospel of the kingdom” has been preached to all nations and that can only happen if the church is spread to all nations and God has put a condition for the way in which the church will spread.

 

Zechariah 1:16-17

 

Therefore thus says the LORD; I have returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, says the LORD of hosts, and a measuring line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem. Cry again saying, thus says the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall again be spread abroad; and the LORD shall again comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem. (Emphasis mine)

 

God’s plan is to prosper the church, you and me, and then the church will be able to spread the gospel of the kingdom through prosperity. Then the end will come. Just as in the natural so it is in the spiritual realm, the side with the most money always gains ground faster and eventually wins.

 

My cities through prosperity shall again be spread abroad. The word “again” implies something happening for the second time. The first time God’s cities were spread by the apostles, and even then, a great deal of money was used to do so. The second and final round is our responsibility.

 

There is one stronghold the church as a whole has been struggling to pull down and that is the stronghold of poverty. This is part of the devil’s plan to delay the coming of Christ and so extend his stay on earth. True, prosperity has been taught in many places but only a few have managed to tap into it. The devil has lied to us that poverty is a sign of humility and sadly many still believe that lie. The devil has told us that it is holy for us to be content in our poverty, and he uses scripture to back this up.

 

Many Christians comfort themselves by saying, “everyone is going through it, the whole country is going through recession, including the government and so what is so special about me?”

 

As a child of God you are very special, you were not born again to suffer again. As a citizen of heaven you are special, you do not depend on the governments of this world, you depend on the government and economy of heaven. As an ambassador for Christ you are special, you represent the King of kings and Lord of lords, and the King wants to be glorified in you. Paul describes this well in Romans 8:28:

 

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.

 

All things including money should be working in your favour not against you. Money should be working for you not you working for money. All things work together for whom? For those who love God and are called according to His purposes, but what is His purpose?

 

Romans 8:29

 

For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He may be the first born among many.

 

Predestine: – the purpose for which you were called. What you were destined to be. What were we predestined for? What was God’s purpose for us when He called us His children?

 

2 Corinthians 3:18

 

But we all with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

We were predestined to be conformed into the image of God’s dear Son, predestined to be conformed into the image of the King of kings and Lord of lords. The King of kings is extremely wealthy and we have to be conformed into the same image of wealth.

 

When the Bible calls Jesus the King of kings and Lord of lords we need to understand who the kings and lords He is reigning over are. We need to understand that those kings and lords are you and me; reigning on this earth and in this life through Christ (Romans 5:17). We need to look like the kings that we are, not only in the spirit but in the physical as well.

 

Ecclesiastes 10:5-7

 

There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as an error that proceeds from the ruler: folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. I have seen servants on horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.

 

It is up to us as the kings on this earth to correct this evil of the wicked being exalted. We can only do this by applying kingdom finance dynamics. God’s purpose is to conform you into the image of His Son, into the image of the King of kings and Lord of lords but it is up to you to align yourself to that purpose and take the necessary steps to see it fulfilled in your life.

 

Romans 8:30

 

Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified, and whom He justified, them He also glorified.

 

God predestined all mankind to be kings and then He called mankind to occupy that position of kingship. It is only those that respond to His call, those that receive Jesus Christ that are justified.

 

What is so special about those He justifies?

 

“Whom He justified, them He glorified”. As long as one is born again, one has already been glorified, that is, beautified by the creator of the universe. But what does it mean to be glorified? Haggai explains this well in the book by his name; Haggai 2:6-9

 

 

For thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with glory’, says the LORD of hosts. ‘The silver is mine, and the gold is mine,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts: ‘And in this place will I give peace,’ says the LORD of hosts.

 

Right now heavens are being shaken, the earth is quaking in many places (physically, morally and spiritually) and economies are crumbling. But there is a special house that is going to be filled with the glory of God amid these dark times and that house is the house of God, the church.

 

Unfortunately for us, we have long been blinded to the full meaning of the word “glory”. Glory does not just mean light or brilliance, NO!

 

Haggai 2:8-9

 

The silver is mine and the gold is mine, says the LORD of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, says the LORD of hosts……

 

When God says He will fill His house with glory He means He will fill it with silver and gold. It simply means he will prosper the church. Then the glory of this house, the end time church, shall be greater than that of the former house; and the former house, the temple, had furnishings, and floors of gold.

 

Isaiah saw this and foretold it in Isaiah 60:1-9

 

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you. And the gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to you: your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and flow together, and your heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto you, the forces of the gentiles shall come unto you. The multitude of camels shall cover your land, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come; they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall show forth the praises of the LORD. All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered unto you, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto you: they shall come up with acceptance on my altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory. Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as a dove to their windows? Surely the coastlands shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring your sons from afar, their silver and gold with them, unto the name of the LORD your God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because He has glorified you. (Emphasis mine)

 

It is in this time of universal darkness that the church must arise and show the world the light which is the life of men. Notice also that glory is always associated with wealth.

 

Isaiah 60:2-3

 

For behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you. And the gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

 

The world will be attracted to the rising of the church just as the wise men were attracted to Jesus’ rising star. The glory of the Lord has already started rising upon the church; position yourself for the glory to come upon you. There is gross darkness that has already started covering the earth. The devil has released a cloud of demons to cover the earth in preparation of these end times and that is why there is so much spiritual, moral, financial and emotional darkness in these times. But it is in these darkest hours that our brilliance will be seen the most. Do not despair, just plug in to Jesus, the Light which is the life of men and you will not perish.

 

Isaiah 60:7-9

 

All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered unto you, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto you: they shall come up with acceptance on my altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory. Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as a dove to their windows? Surely the coastlands shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring your sons from afar, their silver and gold with them, unto the name of the LORD your God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because He has glorified you. (Emphasis mine)

 

Always when God talks about glory, it cannot be separated from wealth, honor, blessings and health; because that is what His glory is all about.

 

Genesis 30:43-31:1

 

And the man (Jacob) increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants and menservants, and camels, and asses. And he heard the words of Laban’s sons saying, Jacob has taken away all that was our fathers; and of that which was our father’s hath he gotten ALL THIS GLORY. (Emphasis mine)

 

It is extremely important for us to understand the fact that glory, the glory of the Lord, includes financial blessings because if we do not, we will miss it when it comes. We will miss the hour of our visitation (Luke 19:41-44). When Moses asked to see God’s glory, God told him, “I will make all My goodness pass before you……” (Exodus 33:18-19). This implies that the glory of God encompasses all His goodness. That is why James tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from God. In His glory, no good thing will He withhold from us. The enemy has strongly come against us and we have neglected one crucial aspect of spiritual warfare, the battle for the glory, the battle for our finances.

 

Romans 8:31-32

 

What shall we then say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

 

Poverty has come against us but it must not prevail. This scripture has been relegated to the realm of “spiritual” things but it is also talking about the battle for possessions; the battle for the glory of God to come upon you. He who did not spare His own Son, how can He withhold prosperity from us? He has not. He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3), that is, He has given us all things we need physically and spiritually. He has given us His glory.

 

We really need to understand this great plan of God and break down the strongholds of poverty so that the glory of God can have the liberty to work in our lives.

 

Psalm 105:26-36

 

He sent Moses His servant; and Aaron whom He had chosen. They showed His signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham. He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against His word. He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish. Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings. He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, and gnats in all their country. He gave them hail for rain and flaming fire in their land. He struck their vines also and their fig trees; and broke the trees of their country. He spoke, and the locusts came, and young locusts, and that without number, and did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground. He struck also all the firstborn in their land, the first of all their strength.

 

Do you ever wonder why God attacked the cattle, fields, rivers, bodies, etcetera of the Egyptians during the plagues? He was bringing judgment upon the Egyptians and their gods by plaguing that which the Egyptians used to get the wealth with which they served their gods.

 

Numbers 33:4

 

For the Egyptians were burying all their firstborn, whom the LORD had killed among them. Also on their gods the LORD had executed judgments.(Emphasis mine)

 

The plagues were not just a physical affliction on Pharaoh and his people, it was spiritual warfare. The first of all their strength is that which was dedicated to their gods, just as God requires us to give Him the first of our strength (Proverbs 3:9-10).

 

MONEY IS A TOOL WE USE TO SERVE GOD WITH

 

We also need to understand that money is a medium with which we use to serve God with. Sadly most people are working for money thereby serving mammon the god of money. This is a trap that most Christians have fallen into, working for money. The money you earn for working should be a tool for serving God and promoting the Kingdom.

 

Exodus 10:24-26

 

And pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be left behind: let your little ones also go with you. And Moses said, you must also give us sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God. Our cattle also shall go with us: and there shall not a hoof be left behind; for of them must we take to serve the LORD our God; and we know not with what we must serve the LORD, until we come there. (Emphasis mine)

 

Money and our entire possessions are important to God because they are tools we use in serving Him. God blesses the work of our hands so that we can have something to honor Him with. When we do that He continues blessing us so that we can continue honoring Him and serving Him with our substance. You cannot serve God fully with empty hands, you must have something to bring before Him (Exodus 34:20).

 

Numbers 28:1-3

 

And the LORD spoke unto Moses saying, Command the children of Israel and say unto them, My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet aroma unto Me, shall you observe to offer unto me in their due season. And you shall say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which you shall offer unto the LORD; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering……(Emphasis mine)

 

This is a small part of the service that God brought the Israelites out of Egypt to perform and this is part of the service we are required to perform but, as you can see, it requires money.

 

“But with the economic situation in my country and particularly in my life it is impossible for me to prosper!” Nothing is impossible for the Most High God. Where did the children of Israel prosper? They prospered in Egypt, the land of bondage and oppression. It is in the midst of bondage and oppression that God gives you the grace to multiply. Even in economic turmoil He will cause you to multiply. It is in the midst of darkness that God calls out to you and says, “Arise and shine for your light has come.”

 

It was in Babylon, the land of captivity that God said, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you…” (Jeremiah 29:10-12). It is in your economic Babylon that God is saying to you, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for your future and for your well being.” Even though things may be getting tough world over do not despair, rather rejoice, for God is setting the scene for your prosperity. Even though it may seem your finances have no chance of being improved take heart because the Resurrection and the Life has never failed. He has come to resurrect your finances. You will surely come out of the tomb of poverty and come through the womb of prosperity.

 

Psalm 102:12-13

 

But you, O LORD, shall endure forever; and your remembrance unto all generations. You shall arise and have mercy upon Zion, for the time to favor her, yea the set time has come.

 

To everything there is a season, and a set time for every purpose under heaven. This is the set time for God to favor you. Yes the set time for God to glorify you has come.

 

CHAPTER 2

PREPARING FOR THE TIME OF YOUR VISITATION

 

 

Luke 12:47

 

And that servant, who knew his LORD’S will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. (Emphasis mine)

 

Christianity is like farming. It is a life of seasonal changes and like farmers we must prepare for the changes in the season BEFORE the season changes. That is why it is so important to be in tune with the Holy Spirit for it is He that shows us the things to come and how to prepare ourselves. How you prepare for the coming season determines how you will move from your present glory to your next level of glory.

 

This is the season of God’s glory coming upon the church. It is the season for the mountain of God to be exalted above every other mountain. It is the season of God’s favor and prosperity. We need to prepare ourselves or else we shall be beaten with many stripes, that is, many calamities. The blessings of God don’t just come upon us, they are prepared for. “How do I prepare for the blessing?”

 

UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS GOD’S WILL TO PROSPER YOU

 

The first step in preparing for the blessings of God is to understand that it is God’s will to bless and favor you. You need to know and understand that the set time has come.

 

Isaiah 5:13

 

Therefore my people have gone into captivity because they have no knowledge: and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.

 

Ignorance is a prison that keeps you in bondage until you know the truth and then the truth shall set you free. If you do not know your inheritance in Christ you can never possess it. We find a very good example in Numbers 27.

 

Numbers 27:1-7

 

Then came the daughters of Zelophehad……and they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the leaders and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting, saying, our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons. Why should the name of our father be done away from his family, because he has no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father. And Moses brought their cause before the LORD. And the LORD spoke unto Moses saying, the daughters of Zelophehad speak right: you shall surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren; and you shall cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.

 

The daughters of Zelophehad understood what was theirs and because they understood and knew what their portion was, they received their portion among the inheritance of Israel. Had these women not understood that it was God’s will for them to have a portion among the Israelites’ inheritance they would have missed out. They would have missed their time of visitation. You need to know and understand that God has a portion for you among His children and that this is the set time for your portion to come to you.

 

Jeremiah 5:4

 

Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the law of their God.

 

Why were the people in this passage poor? It was because they had no knowledge of the ways and judgments of God. The ways of God are prosperity (Psalm 65:11), and poverty has already been judged (2 Corinthians 8:9). Those that know this, those that have the knowledge of the ways of God, are the ones that become great. The epitome of foolishness is ignorance of the ways and word of God. The result of this foolishness is poverty.

 

Jeremiah 5:5-6

 

I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the law of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds. Therefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the desert shall destroy them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: everyone that goes out there shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings increased.

 

Have a working knowledge of the ways and judgments of God and you will become great. Unfortunately for many people, when they become great they break away from God. They backslide and end up on the wrong side of judgment; they fall back into the hands of the devourer and poverty. Do not break your bonds; stick to God through thick and thin, through poverty and prosperity.

 

Having knowledge and understanding of the ways and judgments of God is not enough though. You need to move a step further and mix the word with faith. The writer of the book of Hebrews puts it so well:

 

Hebrews 4:1-3

 

Let us therefore fear, lest, although a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we who have believed do enter into rest, as He said, As I have sworn in my wrath, they shall not enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

 

In order for you to enter into that place of prosperity you need to mix this word, the will of God for you, with faith. So many times we, like the children of Israel, fail to enjoy the blessings of God because of unbelief. It is sad because God has already finished preparing your package from the foundations of the world. Some people are like Sarah in that they laugh when God says, “I will prosper you”. They think that just because they have been barren all their lives they can never bear fruit. Mix the word with faith and you will see the manifestation of the glory of God in your life. Understand that this is God’s set time to favor and glorify you and mix this word with faith and you are well on your way to a life of prosperity.

 

BE PREPARED TO TAKE SMALL STEPS

 

Secondly, you must be prepared to take small steps. This may sound contrary to many teachings on greatness and prosperity but it is the truth. Be prepared to take small steps. So many times we want to leap to greatness yet that is not the way God works. Be prepared to start small. “Small beginnings” is a principle that was ordained by God and it cannot be ignored.

 

I like a statement made by Rick Warren in his book “The Purpose Driven Life”. He says, “Great opportunities often disguise themselves in small tasks.” This is very true and that is why the devil misleads us with “leaps into prosperity”. Get rich quick schemes have been the destruction of many.

 

Job 8:5-7 (AMP)

 

If you will seek God diligently and make your supplication to the Almighty, then, if you are pure and upright, surely He will bestir Himself for you and make your righteous dwelling prosperous again. And though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would greatly increase. (Emphasis mine)

 

A small beginning is a sure guarantee of greatness. Whatever small opportunity presents itself to you, pick it up and put it to use. We Christians usually despise small beginnings. We like to say, “my God is a big God and therefore I cannot be seen doing this small business or undertaking such a menial task.” That is an evil attitude. We forget that when He came for His biggest enterprise on earth He also started off as a small seed. He never breaks His principles.

 

It is because we despise small beginnings that we never make it in life. Anything that starts off big is abnormal; it is contrary to God’s pattern. Do not wait for the “big break”; use the small crack that presents itself to you. Take it and use it as a foothold to your greatness. Even the devil knows this principle which is why he capitalizes on the small opportunities we give him (Ephesians 4:27). Every big thing started small. The mustard tree is one of the biggest bushes in the world yet it has the smallest seeds. Greatness is always birthed by small seeds.

 

As you look for opportunities to advance yourself in life, do not ignore the small ones. Opportunities come dressed in overalls; they require you to work. Oftentimes opportunities require you to do something despised by others. Starting off small is not a disgrace, its ending small that is a disgrace.

 

Job 8:7

 

Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end SHOULD GREATLY increase. (Emphasis mine)

 

The word “should” connotes a strong possibility of something happening. This verse is implying that as long as something starts off small, there is a strong possibility that it will end up great. Whether it does end up great or not is up to you though.

 

 

The Bible says God will bless the work of your hands so look for something to occupy your hands if you truly want to prosper, no matter how small that endeavor may seem. It may be a small investment, a small project; anything for God to multiply. There is power in small beginnings. Poverty is overcome step by step.

 

Deuteronomy 7:22

 

And the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you little by little: you may not consume them at once, lest the wild animals of the field become to numerous for you.

 

Do not despise small beginnings, look for a small project to do and start. Small beginnings protect us from beasts such as pride and arrogance that are out to devour every successful person on this earth. “But I’m in the wilderness, everything is impossible for me!” So was Joshua. It was in that situation that God gave him this assurance:

 

Joshua 1:3-4

 

Every place that the soles of your feet shall tread upon, that have I given you, as I said to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. (Emphasis mine)

 

God is in effect saying whatever step you take, not whatever leap you take. It is the steps that you take that God is concerned about. It is the steps that He blesses. That is why He says “I will direct your steps,” He does not say “I will direct your leaps.”

 

From the wilderness … This is the starting point. You do not start from a place of abundance, you start from the wilderness. Step by step until you come out. It does not matter where you are what matters is that you step out. Take the first step and God will do the rest. God cannot help you do nothing. Do something and He will step in to glorify you with His prosperity and blessings. Even if He were to help you do nothing the result would still be nothing. Step out and God will step in to give you your blessing.

 

Zechariah 4:8-10

 

Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me saying, the hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. For who has despised the day of small things? For they shall rejoice, and shall see the plumb-line in the hand of Zerubbabel; these seven are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. (Emphasis mine)

 

In order for a building to be in existence there first must be a foundation. In order for you to prosper your prosperity must have a foundation, the first step, which is usually small and trying. Do not despise the day of small things for it is the birthday of a glorious future. As long as you lay the foundation for your prosperity you will see the fruits thereof. As long as your hands lay the foundation for your prosperity, your hands shall take part in enjoying the fruits of your labor.

 

The seven Spirits of God rejoice when they see you stepping out to work on your prosperity because God watches over His word to perform it. When He sees you taking a step out of the wilderness there is rejoicing for God delights in the prosperity of His servants. He delights in blessing the work of our hands.

 

BE PREPARED TO BE PATIENT

 

Psalm 40:1-4

 

. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. And He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is he that makes the LORD his trust, and respects not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. (Emphasis mine)

 

God does not listen to the prayer made in impatience. Patience is a sign of trust. If you trust in someone you are patient with them because you believe they know what they are doing. It is the same thing with God. Patience is a sign of faith. It is only the patient that will be brought out of the horrible pit of poverty and placed upon the Rock. Everything they do will be established.

 

Galatians 6:9

 

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

 

Many people do not reap their harvests because they become weary of sowing, weary of working towards their goals and weary of growing their business through its trying inception stage. They lose patience and so lose their harvest. Giving up means giving up your opportunity to someone else. Many have given up on their businesses only to regret a few years later as they see someone else reaping from the foundation they had laid. In all things in life we need to learn patience; for life is all about seasons and we must be prepared to wait for the “due seasons” of life.

 

Psalm 145:15

 

The eyes of all wait upon you; and you give them their food in due season.(Emphasis mine)

 

God knows the best time to honor you with prosperity, therefore it is wisdom on your part to trust Him and wait patiently for His proper time.

 

Ecclesiastes 7:8

 

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

 

The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit because pride comes before a fall and that fall is usually a result of impatience. Do not despair if things seem to be tough or if things do not seem to be moving at your speed. Trust in God and patiently wait for the end result of the covenant of prosperity. The patient in spirit is better than the proud because it is those who are patient that will see the glorious riches that God has in store for those who patiently wait on Him.

 

Hebrews 6:10-15

 

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have showed toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that everyone of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end. That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater, He swore by Himself, saying, surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you. And so after He had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. (Emphasis mine)

 

The promises of God are obtained by faith and patience. These two are inseparable and without them one can never enjoy the blessings of God. If you are to obtain the promises of prosperity be prepared to be patient for prosperity is not obtained overnight. Be diligent in waiting for God’s proper time to release His glory upon you.

 

James 1:1-4

 

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials; knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing. (Emphasis mine)

 

That is why always when you receive a prophetic word or revelation it is tried and tested. This is so that faith may work patience. It is only when patience has had its perfect work that you become perfect. The word becomes flesh, the prophecy or revelation is made manifest and you lack nothing.

 

The parable of the wise and foolish virgins is a good example (Matthew 25:1-13). The wise virgins took with them a lot of oil because they were prepared to wait for the groom for days. The foolish virgins were not prepared to wait therefore they only came with oil that was not even enough for one night. There are some foolish Christians that are not willing to wait on God. When they run out of patience they start running around doing their own thing and when they come back to the place of waiting, the Lord would have already visited the patient ones with His blessings. Do not miss the time of your visitation because of impatience. Be prepared to wait for you do not know when the Lord will knock on the doors of your life to visit you with His favor.

 

Hebrews 10:35-39

 

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward. For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them that draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. (Emphasis mine)

 

We need patience in order to obtain the promises of God. We need patience in order not to draw back into being complacent and comfortable with poverty.

 

Hebrews 10:36 (AMP)

 

For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised. (Emphasis mine)

 

Patience is needed to perform and fully accomplish the will of God in your life because the enemy will come and tempt you by trying to draw you away from the will of God by showing you the lack of results in whatever you will be doing for God. It is only patience that can help you in such times for as you patiently wait on Him, He will make you fruitful in your calling. It is only when we accomplish the will of God in our lives that we can “receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.”

 

Luke 21:19 (N.K.J.V)

 

By your patience possess your souls.

 

It is by patience that you posses your soul and he that possesses his soul has possession of the world.

 

Psalm 42:1-3

 

; and He inclined unto me and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God; and many shall see it and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. (Emphasis mine)

 

It is as you patiently wait for the Lord that He will bring you up out of the horrible pit of poverty and set your feet on Christ, the Rock of your prosperity. Not only will He prosper you but He will establish all you do; it will be guaranteed to succeed and everyone will see it.

PART TWO

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST THINGS FIRST

 

 

CHAPTER 3

 

BEFORE OPENING AN ACCOUNT

 

Amos 3:3

 

Can two walk together except they be agreed?

 

In order for us to walk in the prosperity of our heavenly Father we need to be in agreement with Him. We need to understand the terms and conditions of the Kingdom.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY

 

It is imperative to mention at this point that most, if not all, financial and accounting principles were not just the idea of a mortal man, NO. They were all inspirations from the all wise God (Job 32:8) and it is on these same principles that Kingdom Finance Dynamics operate. One of these is the fact that TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY.

 

As with earthly financial institutions so it is with our heavenly bank; terms and conditions apply. It is impossible to make any transactions in an earthly bank without first meeting their terms and conditions and so it is with our heavenly bank, we need to meet its terms and conditions. Unlike earthly banks we do not enter into contracts we enter into a covenant, an unfailing covenant.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

There are five basic but extremely important terms we need to meet and these govern not only our financial transactions, but our entire lives as well. These are found throughout the Bible but we will look at the terms as outlined in Deuteronomy chapter 6.

 

Deuteronomy 6:1-3

 

Now these are the commandments, the statutes and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you go to possess it: that you might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and commandments, which I command you, you, and your son and your son’s son, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged.

Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with you, and that you may increase mightily, as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you, in the land that flows with milk and honey.

 

In verses 1-3 God is basically saying, “These are the terms and conditions you need to meet in order for you to open an account with my bank.” We will now look at those terms and conditions.

 

 

1. ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE LORD YOUR GOD IS ONE.

 

Deuteronomy 6:4

 

Hear O Israel, the LORD our God is one LORD

 

The first condition we need to meet is to acknowledge that the Lord our God is One. You need to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus in your life otherwise the gates of the heavenly bank will be closed to you.

 

John 14:6

 

Jesus answered and said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through Me

 

Jesus is the only way, the door, into the bank of heaven and in order for you to enter you need to pass through Him. You need to acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.

 

Not only are you supposed to acknowledge Him as Lord of your life, you need to acknowledge God as the only source of prosperity. This is where many people make the biggest mistake of their lives. They think the kingdom is like earth where you can bank with as many institutions as you want, NO. In the kingdom you cannot bank with the bank of heaven and the bank of hell at the same time. You cannot serve two masters at the same time, either you are with God full time or you are against Him.

 

Deuteronomy 8:18

 

Remember that there is only One God and it is He alone that gives you the power, anointing and the dominion to walk in prosperity” (My paraphrase).

 

He empowers you to start transacting with the bank of heaven. He gives you the authority to walk in and make all your transactions and He gives you dominion over wealth. Unfortunately for many money has dominion over them instead of the right way round; them having dominion over money.

 

Your job is not the source of your prosperity, your business is not the source of your prosperity, your rich relative is not the source of your prosperity, no. The Lord your God is One, the only source of prosperity. “There is only one source of prosperity, God, all else are re-sources,” Creflo A. Dollar. ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE LORD YOUR GOD IS ONE.

 

Deuteronomy 32:9-14

 

For the LORD’S portion is His people; Jacob is the lot of His inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the wasteland of the howling wilderness; He led him about, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye. As an eagle stirs up its nest, flutters over its young, spreads abroad its wings, takes them, bears them on its wings: so the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him. He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and He made him suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock; curds out of the cattle, and milk of the flock, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the finest of the wheat; and you did drink the pure blood of the grape. (Emphasis mine)

 

You might be thinking that your case is as hopeless as finding water in the wilderness but take heart, God specializes in finding people in deserts; in “wasted lives” and He leads them to the highest echelons of life. As you acknowledge that the Lord your God is One He will lead you into the bank of heaven; as long as there is no foreign god with you. He will take you out of the desert into a land of milk and honey. He will make you ride on the heights of the earth that you may eat the increase of the economic fields. He will make you draw honey (gold) from the rocks (vaults of the kingdom) and oil from the flinty rocks.

 

“He made him suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock…” Why is the rock so important to your prosperity, your finances?

 

The Rock is your only source in the Kingdom. Without the Rock your entire existence is in vain.

 

Deuteronomy 32:3-4

 

Because I will proclaim the name of the Lord: ascribe you greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect…..(Emphasis mine)

 

It is only as you acknowledge the Rock as your only source that He will pour out of His abundance to you.

 

1 Corinthians 10:4

 

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. (Emphasis mine)

 

This same Christ is the same Rock that Jacob sucked his wealth from. He is the Same Rock that provided Israel with water in the wilderness and it is this same Christ, Jesus the Son of God, from whom we have to suck our wealth from.

 

2 Corinthians 8:9

 

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich.

 

By His grace the Rock lets us suck the wealth of heaven from Him. It is only those that acknowledge Him as their only source that drink out of His abundance.

 

Job 29:4-6

 

As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle; When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me; When I washed my steps with butter and the rock poured me out rivers of oil. (Emphasis mine)

 

Look nowhere else for your prosperity. Run to the Rock of Ages; the only Rock with a proven track record of pouring out true wealth, wealth that never runs out. This was the secret of Job’s wealth, The Rock.

 

Isaiah 43:12

 

I have declared, and have saved, and I proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore you are my witnesses says the LORD God.

 

Salvation only comes from God when there is no strange god among you, when He alone is the Alpha and Omega of all that you do.“Hear, O Nations, the LORD our God is one”. Fulfill this condition and you are well on your way to successful Kingdom Finance Dynamics.

 

 

2. LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.

 

Deuteronomy 6:5

 

And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and all your might.

 

This is an extremely important condition because it determines the quality of wealth you will get and guarantees the protection of your wealth. How?

 

Matthew 6:19-21

 

Lay not up for yourselves treasure upon earth where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal, for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 

If your heart is set on the world and worldly riches then your wealth will be that of the god of this world. Your wealth and riches will be sickness, poverty and sorrow.

 

Galatians 6:7-8

 

Be not deceived God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

 

Whoever invests in the flesh (set your heart on the world) will reap corruption. They will be rich in sickness (corruption of the flesh), rich in poverty (corruption of finances) and rich in sorrow (corruption of the soul). Where will you invest? Where will you set your heart?

 

He who sows to the Spirit (setting your heart on God) will of the Spirit reap everlasting life, the abundant life our beloved Lord brought for us. That means quality wealth; he will be rich in health (wealth of the flesh), rich in finances (financial wealth), rich in joy, (wealth of the spirit and soul).

 

Where will you set you heart? The choice is yours. Set your heart on God and you will be banking in heaven where the streets are gold; where moth and rust cannot corrupt and no thief can steal.

 

Matthew 6:33

 

But seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

Set your heart on God and gold will follow you.

 

2 Chronicles 26:5

 

And he (Uzziah) sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper. (Emphasis mine)

 

As long as you set your heart on seeking the Lord, God will cause you to prosper. Many people languish in poverty because they have their priorities mixed up. They seek gold before the Rock therefore all they gain is corruption of the flesh. Those whose priorities are right are those who seek the Rock with all their might. They will drink out of the abundant wealth of the Rock.

 

LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.

 

 

3. KEEP, TREASURE AND OBEY THE WORD OF GOD

 

Deuteronomy 6:6-9

 

And these words which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: and you shall teach them diligently unto your children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.

And you shall bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the door posts of your house, and on your gates.

 

You need to treasure God’s word because it is His will; that is where our inheritance is. In order to receive your inheritance you need to obey the terms and conditions of the will.

 

Deuteronomy 8:1

 

All the commandments which I command you this day shall you observe to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to your fathers.

 

Every commandment has to be kept. You must be CAREFUL TO OBSERVE that you may live, multiply and possess the promises and blessings of God. Many a Christian today are frustrated because they are not possessing the promises of God and this is because they are not being careful to observe to do that which God commands. The church of today is sadly plagued by a demon called compromise. There is too much compromise of the word. We are, sadly, trying to please God and the devil at the same time. It is impossible to serve two masters at the same time.

 

Obedience to God’s word leads to multiplication in your life of whatever you have; multiplication of health, joy, finances, you name it. In other words obedience leads to all round prosperity.

 

John 8:31-32

 

Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on Him, “If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 

God is love and He loves us so much which is why he gave us the above condition of abiding in his word. Abiding in God’s promises reveals to us our son-ship in Jesus and our inheritance in Christ. As we obey the word it, the truth, sets us free from the lies of the devil. The lies that you are sick, poor and depressed. Not only does the truth set us free from the lies of the devil but it also sets us free to enter into our prosperity. It gives us the freedom we need in order to transact with heaven.

 

Unlike mans terms and conditions that are there to ensnare us, God’s terms and conditions are there to give us the liberty to operate in His KINGDOM FINACE DYNAMICS.

 

John 8:36

 

If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.

 

Jesus came to set us free indeed. He came to set us free from all forms of bondages including financial bondages (Luke 4:18-19) and to give us the freedom of operating and living in heaven while we are still on earth (Luke 17:20-21). But in order for us to enjoy all this we need to meet His terms and conditions.

 

Leviticus 26:3-12

 

If you walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them, then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. And I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil animals out of the land, neither shall the sword go through the land.

And you shall chase your enemies and they shall fall before you by the sword. And five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put a thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you. And you shall eat the old harvest, and clear out the old because of the new. And I will set my tabernacle among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people. (Emphasis mine)

 

This promise is only realized if you “walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, AND DO THEM…” Not only will God give us a bumper harvest, He promises that we will have so much abundance we will always have to clear out the old to make room for the new. That, my friend, is true prosperity.

 

Leviticus 26:14-16; 19-20

 

But if you will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; and if you shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhors my judgments, so that you will not do all my commandments, but that you break my covenant, I also will do this unto you; I will appoint over you terror, consumption and the burning fever, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

And I will break the pride of your power; and will make your heavens as iron, and your earth as bronze: and your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase.

 

May your disobedience not bring you under this curse from God.

 

 

4. HUMBLE YORSELF UNDER THE MIGHTY HAND OF GOD

 

Deuteronomy 6:12-13

 

Then beware lest you forget the LORD, who brought you forth out of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

You shall fear the LORD your God, and serve Him, and swear by His name.

 

Many when they enter into the kingdom and successfully apply the principles; forget that it is by God’s grace that they have prospered. This forgetting is not loss of memory rather it is loss of humility. It means taking pride in your own strength and achievements.

 

A popular adage says, “The way up is the way down.” One of the terms of the kingdom finance dynamics covenant is humility. What is humility? Humility is the fear of the Lord. A humble person is one who knows that everyone was made in the image of God and therefore respects all people. Humility and the fear of the Lord are interchangeable terms. Humility also means submitting oneself to God.

 

James 4:6-7

 

But He gives more grace. Therefore he says, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

He gives grace to the humble therefore submit to God. Humble yourself before God. The grace of our Lord Jesus, the grace to prosper, is reserved for those who are willing to be humble. It is not meant for the proud and arrogant.

 

Psalm 25:8-14

 

Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will He teach sinners in the way. The meek will He guide in justice: and the meek will He teach His way. All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. For your names sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great. What man is he that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his descendants shall inherit the earth. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear Him; and He will show them His covenant. (Emphasis mine)

 

Meekness and humility are one and the same thing therefore this verse can also be read, “The humble He teaches His way.” He teaches the humble the ways of prosperity. He teaches the humble Kingdom Finance Dynamics. It is only those that choose to humble themselves before the lord that will “dwell at ease”; or dwell in prosperity.

 

The secret of the LORD is with them that fear Him; and He will show them His covenant. Which covenant does God want to show the humble? The covenant in Genesis12.

 

Genesis 12:1-3

 

Now the LORD had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation: I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you: and in you will all the families of the earth be blessed.”

 

God was in effect saying to Abram, “Abram, don’t rely on your father, your relatives, yourself, or even your economy, just humble yourself under Me. Do things My way and I will show you Kingdom Finance Dynamics. I will prosper you that you may be a blessing to other nations, by lending to them, but you shall not borrow. Only, humble yourself under My mighty hand.”The covenant of Kingdom Finance Dynamics is only for the humble.

 

Proverbs 22:4

 

By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, honor and life.

 

 

5. BE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD

 

There is a great error that is being taught in many Charismatic and Pentecostal circles that is separating people from God. The teaching that we are no longer supposed to worry about the law. I believe that we are saved by grace and that our righteousness is by faith in Christ. I also believe that though we are saved by grace we are supposed to uphold the law of God. I do not mean living by the law, but I mean living according to the way God wants us to live.

 

Deuteronomy 6:18

 

And you shall do that which is right and good IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD: that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land which the LORD swore to your fathers. (Emphasis mine)

 

We are supposed to do that which is good and right in the sight of God. We must ensure that we are in right standing with God. I am not saying that it is our personal righteousness that is pleasing to God, no; our righteousness is as filthy rags before God.

 

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (NIV)

 

[* Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things- and the things that are not- to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him. It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God- that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore as it is written: “let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” *]

 

When God called us we were foolish, we had no wisdom. But Christ came and became wisdom for us. [* “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God- that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” *] Christ became for us wisdom, that is, He became our righteousness. What does that mean?

 

Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)

 

*] (Emphasis mine)

 

We are saved by grace, not by works. But when we are in Christ the wisdom of God starts operating in our lives that we may be able to do the good works that God prepared in advance for us to do. Thus righteousness is fulfilled in us. That is why when we boast, we boast in God, because it is God that works in us to do that which is “right and good in the sight of the Lord”. And so we see that righteousness is fulfilled in our lives when we do “works meet of repentance”; when by the wisdom of God we do that which is pleasing in His sight. That is true righteousness.

 

Deuteronomy 6:18

 

And you shall do that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land which the LORD swore to your fathers.

 

It is this complete righteousness that gives us the power, authority and right to go in and possess the land; to possess the promises of God.

 

Proverbs 11:18(NIV)

 

The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

 

Righteousness is sown. It is a seed that has a sure reward; a seed that is sown by what you do.

 

Proverbs 11:31

 

Behold, the righteous will be recompensed on the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner. (Emphasis mine)

 

The sure reward of righteousness is not in the “sweet by and by”, no. The reward of righteousness shall be surely recompensed to you on this earth.

 

Isaiah 3:10-11

 

Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him; for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds. Woe unto the wicked, it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be done to him.

 

Why is it going to be well with the righteous? Because they will eat the fruit of their DOINGS, their good and right deeds, and note please that fruit is a result of seeds sown. As for the wicked it shall be ill with them because they will receive the rewards of their hands.

 

Proverbs 21:21(N.I.V)

 

He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.

 

Why is it that those who follow righteousness find life, prosperity and honor? It is a Kingdom principle and our Lord and Savior Himself reiterated it twice when He was on this earth.

 

Matthew 6:33

 

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…….”

 

Follow after the kingdom and His righteousness and you will find “all these things”. You will find life, prosperity and honor.

 

Matthew 5:6

 

Blessed are they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

What will the righteous be filled with? Life, prosperity and honor.

 

Matthew 5:16-20

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Think not that I have come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, unless your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Emphasis mine)

 

Do not be deceived, your deeds have a part to play in your righteousness and in your prosperity.

 

Psalm 85:11-13

 

Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yea, the LORD shall give what is good; and our land shall yield its increase. Righteousness shall go before Him; and shall set us in the way of His steps.

 

It is only after righteousness has looked down from heaven and seen truth springing out of the earth, out of us, that the Lord will give that which is good. He will empower the land to yield its increase to us. But before the Lord comes to visit us with His goodness, righteousness has to go before Him. It is righteousness that sets us in the way of His steps, in His paths that drop with fatness.

 

1 Kings 8:32

 

Then hear you in heaven, and act, and judge your servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.

 

Whenever God wants to bless His servants they first of all have to be justified by righteousness.

 

Isaiah 58:7-11

 

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out into your house? When you see the naked, that you cover him; and that you hide not yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily: and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then shall you call, and the LORD shall answer; you shall cry, and He shall say, here I am. If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness; and if you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall your light rise in darkness, and your darkness be as the noon day: and the LORD shall guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones: and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. [+(+]Emphasis mine)

 

It is only after your righteousness goes before you that you can cry out to God. He will hear and answer you, leading to open heavens and prosperity.

 

So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land (the kingdom), to give you cities with good houses, houses full of all good things”, but….

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY.

 

CHAPTER 4

THE BANK

 

It is commonsense that one cannot bank with a bank whose location they do not know. In order for you to transact with the kingdom of heaven, you need to know, not only its terms and conditions, but its location as well. Otherwise how will you make your deposits and withdrawals? Of all the principles governing Kingdom Finance Dynamics this is the one we need to fully understand for all else hinges on it. What is this bank and where is it?

 

There is only one bank of life and both Christians and non-believers unwittingly make transactions on a daily basis with this bank, some good some bad. When you fully understand this bank you will be able to govern every transaction in your life. In the life of every human being there is a bank with two branches and these are what we need to know and understand.

 

THE HEART: THE LOCAL BRANCH

 

Proverbs 4:20-23

 

My son, attend to my words; incline your ears to my sayings. Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your HEART. For they are life to those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your HEART with all diligence; for OUT OF IT ARE ALL THE ISSUES OF LIFE. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and perverse lips put far from you. (Emphasis mine)

 

Out of the heart flow ALL the issues of life. This is the first branch, but, not the main branch. It is the local branch. As with all things, in order for there to be an outflow, there first of all has to be a deposit; but this we will discuss in detail later on. What we really need to understand is that the heart is a bank; a bank in which we put spiritual investments but withdraw physical dividends. Jesus Himself taught on it this way:

 

Matthew 12:32-35

 

And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world or in the world to come. Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit. O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the HEART the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of the HEART brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. (Emphasis mine)

 

“Whoever speaks a word against the Holy Spirit …..” In this instance Jesus was not only teaching on the power of words, He was teaching a more important lesson; the origin of those words. Jesus was more concerned on where the words were withdrawn from. Jesus was more concerned on the nature of the bank, for the nature of the bank determines what comes out. The nature of the bank determines what is withdrawn. If the bank is evil it will blaspheme the Holy Spirit. If the bank is good it will bring out good treasures.

 

In this passage of scripture Jesus used two metaphors to explain the main function of the heart, that of a fruit tree and that of treasure. It is important to note here that these were two of the most important investment institutions of that day; these were the banks of that time, the farm and the treasure chest. Jesus was in effect saying, “Just as the field and treasure chest are your banks, so too your heart is a bank. It is where you bring out your treasure from.”

 

It is also important to note that although the investment made into these banks was relatively small (small seeds and small monetary investments) at the end of the day the investor could withdraw far much more than he put in. In others words he prospered; his investment paid off.

 

A good man out of the good treasure of the HEART brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things”.

 

The heart is a treasure house, a bank, and as with earthly banks what you put in determines what you can withdraw. If you invest evil, out of that same bank you will receive dividends of evil. That is why there is so much evil on earth today; too many people are investing evil into their hearts therefore they are withdrawing evil.

 

THE HEART IS THE EARTHLY BRANCH OF TWO MAIN SPIRITUIAL BANKS.

 

This scripture shows us that there are two spiritual banks we transact with, Heaven and hell. If you invest with Heaven you bring out good treasure. If on the other hand you invest with hell you bring out evil treasure. These come OUT OF YOUR HEART which is the earthly, or local, branch of these two banks. Which bank are you investing with? What treasure are you bringing out of your heart?

 

Remember the second condition of the covenant? “Love the Lord your God with all your HEART…..” Why did God include this term in the covenant? So that our hearts may be full of God. Why are we supposed to accept Jesus into our hearts? So that the bank may be full of Jesus.

 

Psalm 20:1, 4

 

The Lord hear you in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend you. Grant you according to your own heart, and fulfill all your counsel.

 

God deals with us according to what is in the local branch of the bank, according to what is in our hearts. What have you invested in your heart?

 

Do you now see the important function of the heart? Do you now see that the all wise God meant for it to be a bank, a bank in which we make spiritual investments and withdraw physical dividends?

 

Proverbs 4:23

 

Keep your HEART with all diligence; for OUT OF IT ARE ALL THE ISSUES OF LIFE. (Emphasis mine)

 

All the issues of life, the life you are now enjoying or crying about, are a result of what you invest in your heart. What you get out of life is what you put in your heart. Now that you know that the heart is a bank, guard it as jealously as man guards his earthly banks.

 

HEAVEN: THE CHRISTIANS MAIN BRANCH

 

I wish I could say a lot concerning the main branch but unfortunately no man can fully explain the glorious riches that our Father has for us there. All I can do is just give you a few pointers to help you imagine the glorious riches that you have in the main branch of the Christians bank.

 

First of all we need to understand the location of the Kingdom so that we may be able to transact with this main branch. The important thing to know is that this branch is not physical but spiritual. This means our connection to this bank is not outward but inward.

 

Luke 17:20-21

 

And when He was demanded by the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with outward observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, Lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Emphasis mine)

 

“The kingdom of God is within you.” It is as simple as that. The kingdom of God is within you. That is why you can bring out good treasure out of your heart it is because the kingdom of God is within you. I do not mean to say that when you cut open your heart you will see heaven, NO. Man in his entirety lives in three realms at the same time; the physical realm, the psychological realm and the spiritual realm.

 

The physical realm is the world around us and we relate to it through our five senses. It is the easiest realm to operate in but it can also be tricky because things are not what they always seem.

 

The psychological realm is the realm of the soul; our thoughts, dreams, imaginations, emotions and will. This is the realm that controls and manipulates the physical realm which is why Solomon in his wisdom said, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he”. And that is why God said in Genesis 11:6,

 

Nothing shall be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”

 

Whatever happens in the realm of the soul affects what happens in the physical realm.

 

The spiritual realm goes beyond the mind and beyond the natural man. This is where we begin to relate either with heaven or hell; good or evil. The way we access the spiritual realm is through our spirit-man, thus, “the kingdom of heaven is within you.” The devil understands this mystery and that is why he teaches his children to “look within” in order to find themselves. In order to find power, fortune and fame, he teaches them to connect to the spiritual realm. And because of this they succeed, at a cost of course.

 

These things are difficult to handle mentally because they are spiritual but by faith we must grasp this truth. I will try to make this a bit clearer but truly speaking one needs the true Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to make this clear.

 

Colossians 1:15-19

 

Who is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation: for by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible ,whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things are held together. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first born from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell. (Emphasis mine)

 

All things exist IN Jesus including heaven and earth. The Bible also tells us that Jesus is the Way, the Way that connects us to heaven. But where is Jesus? If you are a believer He is in your heart, therefore the Way to heaven is in your heart. That is why you can bring out the treasures of heaven from your heart. That is why it is important for one to get born again, to receive Jesus into your heart, for that is the only way the kingdom of God can be in you. One thing we need to remember is that Jesus was talking to the disciples. Why is that important? It means that the kingdom of God can only be in believers. Therefore God’s kingdom finance dynamics are only for believers.

 

WE ARE IN THE KINGDOM AND THE KINGDOM IS IN US. (JOHN 15: 1-8)

 

Luke 11:2

 

And He said unto them, When you pray, say, Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.

 

In the Lord ’s Prayer Jesus did not tell us to pray, “May we come into your kingdom..” NO. He taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come….” We are supposed to be experiencing heaven right here on earth. God’s intent when He created man in His image was for man to live a kingdom life here on earth. God made the earth to function like heaven so that we may rule on the earth but that was lost when Adam sinned and lost the image of God. That is why we pray, “your kingdom come….”. We are praying for the restoration of the kingdom NOW.

 

So what does this main branch hold for us?

 

Ephesians 1:3

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.

 

It holds EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING. I WILL EXPLAIN THIS LATER ON BUT THIS MEANS WHATEVER YOU WANT IS IN THE HEAVENLY BANK. That is why Jesus said whatever we ask in His name it shall be granted to us.

 

What is the co-relation between the bank of heart, the local branch, and the bank of heaven? The bank of heaven is the reserve bank and when finances are released they are released to the local branch, the heart. When a customer, meaning you, is in need of anything, all they have to do is withdraw. We will discuss how to make withdrawals later on but first we need to deal with principal issues.

 

What about no-believers?

 

HELL: THE NON BELIEVERS MAIN BRANCH

 

It is important for us to understand the non believers’ main branch also because it will help us know why even a good non believer can sometimes behave terribly. It helps us understand how to deal with the negative situations in life.

 

Matthew 12:32-35

 

And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world or in the world to come. Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit. O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the HEART the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of the HEART brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. (Emphasis mine)

 

First of all we need to establish who a wicked, or evil, person is. A wicked, or evil, person is anyone who has not received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and savior.

 

Where does this evil treasure come from? It comes from hell, the non believer’s main branch.

 

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT FOR US TO KNOW?

 

Because the devil and his agents withdraw evil from their main branch in order to harm the world, especially Christians. But praise be to God for our branch is of a higher order, power and authority.

 

1 John 3:8

 

He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (Emphasis mine)

 

Whatever is withdrawn from this bank is of no effect on us because it was destroyed a long time ago. The only reason the works of the devil are working is because people have been blinded into thinking the devils works are still effective. The devils works were destroyed a long time ago. They are of no effect to those who know. But how come they seem to be affecting the whole world, Christians included? Let us take a person who is hallucinating. The only person affected by those hallucinations is the person hallucinating. Those who KNOW that there is nothing are not affected by the hallucinations. That is the same principle the devil is using, hallucinations. Once you know that poverty was destroyed at Calvary then you will know that it is a hallucination. You then find the remedy for the hallucination called poverty and the only remedy is God’s Kingdom Finance Dynamics; the truth.

 

2 Corinthians 8:9

 

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich.

 

That is the truth. Jesus gave you his prosperity therefore you are richer than the richest; you belong to the richest family ever in the universe. Poverty is not your portion as much as a hallucination is not real, for that is what poverty is, a hallucination. A hallucination is simply a lie of the devil. So is poverty, reject it and seek the truth. Every work of the devil is a lie, a hallucination, discover the truth about it. Unfortunately for many Christians the devil has robbed them and left a lie in place of their true possessions.

 

John 10:10

 

The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 

The devil has stolen, killed and destroyed the heritage of many people, but there is hope. What do you do when you discover a thief? This is what we shall discover in the next chapter so keep reading.

 

CHAPTER 5

PURSUE, OVERTAKE, RECOVER

 

1 Samuel 30:8

 

And David inquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.

 

As happened to David and his men so is it happening to many all over the world. The enemy came in and plundered them of wealth, health, relationships and many other things. And we, like David are wondering, “Is there hope in pursuing or should I give up and be content with what I am left with?”

 

John 10:10

 

The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 

Jesus came that we may have life and life in its abundance but the thief has stolen, is stealing and will continue stealing unless he is checked.

 

2 Corinthians 8:7-9

 

Therefore, as you abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that you abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but to prove the earnestness of others, the sincerity of your love. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich. (Emphasis mine)

 

But as you abound in everything…..see that you abound in this grace also.” What grace are we being commanded to abound in?

 

The grace to give out of your wealth. But you cannot give out of your wealth if you are not wealthy. Is God telling us to do something we cannot do? No, God knows he has ALREADY prospered us through the grace of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, the thief struck. In order for us to regain our inheritance we need to pursue the thief, overtake him, and recover our inheritance.

 

Matthew 11:12

 

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.

 

It is from this period when John started preaching our salvation in Christ that man had the legal right to receive his inheritance. From the days of John the Baptist man had the legal power to pursue, overtake and recover that which the devil stole from Adam. John came preaching the Christ, the way into the kingdom. Jesus, the Way, came preaching the kingdom. In other words after coming into salvation we must, through Christ, enter into the kingdom.

 

Luke 16:16

 

The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it.

 

Hebrews 6:1-3

 

Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto maturity; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do if God permits. (Emphasis mine)

 

True, salvation is important, but it is not the end. Salvation is the doorway into the kingdom. Just as the doorway is not the whole house so salvation is not the entirety of the kingdom. We need to walk into the rest of the house; we need to press into the kingdom. The word press connotes struggle. We need to wrestle the strong man that is trying to bar us from entering into the kingdom. It is the violent that take it by force, they enter by force. This is because the devil would rather keep us out of the kingdom; out of health, out of prosperity. Enter by force. Move on from Calvary to victory. After all Jesus Himself did not remain at the cross, He went on to victory; blazing the trail for us. So what are we doing camping at the cross?

 

Each and every one of us has a great responsibility to plunder the strong man’s house and recover that which belongs to us. It is our duty and God has already empowered us for it.

 

This is the time for you to invest in midnight prayers, midnight raids on the enemy’s camp, for it is at midnight that the greatest level of warfare is waged and winner takes all. Midnight is a time when serious soldiers are awake and battling for their destinies. Midnight is also special for three reasons outlined below.

 

1. It is at midnight that God deals the final blow to your Pharaoh forcing him to release you and your inheritance.

 

Exodus 11:4-8

 

And Moses said, Thus says the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: and all the first born in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sits on his throne, even unto the first born of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the first born of beasts. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move its tongue, against man or beast: that you may know that the LORD does put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. And all these your servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get out, and all the people that follow you: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in great anger. (Emphasis mine)

 

Exodus 12:29-33

 

, from the first born of Pharaoh that sat on his throne, to the first born of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the first born of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and go forth from among my people, both you and the children of Israel, and go, serve the LORD as you have said, also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also. And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We are all dead men. (Emphasis mine)

 

It is as you wage warfare at midnight that God will strike all the firstborn in your Egypt. He will break all the vices that the devil is using to keep you bound. It is at midnight that Pharaoh will rise together with all his servants and he will release you. As pharaoh releases you, you will plunder him and recover that which he stole from you and you will be free to serve the Lord with your wealth, you will be free to exercise the grace of our Lord Jesus.

 

Acts 16:22-24 (NIV)

 

And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates tore off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely; who, having receiving such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

 

The apostles were doing the work of God when the thief pounced on them and stole their freedom. And because they knew their God they knew when, where and how to put a “but” in their story.

 

Acts 16:25 (N.K.J.V)

 

But at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sung praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every ones bands were loosed.

 

“But at midnight…..” Have you ever wondered why the earth did not quake before midnight? I believe Paul and Silas started praying and praising hours before midnight. Why did their release not come earlier? Because midnight is a time of release; it is a gate that opens into the new day, a gate that opens to freedom!

 

It is at midnight that there is a release. The Pharaoh that is holding your finances will release them with interest. The prison that has locked up your finances will be violently shaken and it will open up and release your finances. People you do not even know will bring your wealth to you and ask you to bless them.

 

2. God releases blessings and grace at midnight

 

Luke 11:5-10

 

And He said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give you. I say unto you, though he will not rise and give unto him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needs. And I say unto you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. (Emphasis mine)

 

Waking up to pray at midnight is a sign of persistence that God cannot ignore. When you are in a place of desperation with nothing to set before you or your children, you don’t care what time it is; you persist in your asking. Notice Jesus’ reference to midnight and asking and how he compares it to our asking from the Father. Everyone who comes to the Father at midnight will receive. As you come before God at midnight He will rise and give you “as many as you need”.

 

3. Midnight is the time to plunder the thief’s camp and recover your goods.

 

In Genesis 14:11-24, Abram’s nephew, Lot, was captured by a massive three nation army. Abram was robbed of his relatives, but the friend of God knew the secret of defeating three armies with a handful of servants.

 

Genesis 14:15

 

And he divided his forces against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. (Emphasis mine)

 

Abram knew that the secret to defeating and plundering an enemy far much stronger is by attacking at midnight. Abram pursued, overtook and recovered all the goods that had been stolen. Nothing was lost or destroyed. There is power in plundering the enemy at midnight.

 

In 1Samuel 30 the enemy came, plundered David’s city and ran away. That is the story of most Christians. The enemy has plundered us of our wealth and most are still sitting and crying instead of taking David’s example and strengthening themselves in the Lord and pursuing the enemy.

 

“Is it God’s will for me to prosper?”God’s answer for you is the same as it was for David. “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and WITHOUT FAIL recover all.” Prosperity is for anyone who is willing to pursue and plunder the enemy. What was David’s secret to victory in this case?

 

1 Samuel 30:17-19

 

And David struck them from twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, except four hundred young men, who rode upon camels and fled. And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives. And there was nothing lacking of them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil nor anything that they had taken to them: David recovered it all. (Emphasis mine)

 

David attacked at twilight; he waited for night time to attack. Pursue, overtake and you will without fail recover all that the enemy has stolen. You will without fail recover your wealth.

 

Lamentations 2:19

 

Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out your heart like water before the face of the LORD: lift up your hands toward him for the life of your children, that faint from hunger at the head of every street. (Emphasis mine)

 

This is the Lord’s advice to us: “arise cry out in the night….pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him FOR THE LIFE OF YOUR CHILDREN, WHO FAINT FROM HUNGER at the head of every street.” It is common sense that hunger is a result of poverty. God advises us to wake up in the night and pour out our hearts toward Him in order for Him to send financial blessings.

 

WAKE UP AT MIDNIGHT, PURSUE, OVERTAKE AND RECOVER. CHANGE YOUR FINANCIAL DESTINY.

 

Midnight also connotes the darkest hour of your life when all seems lost and all hope gone; the time when so many are overwhelmed by the kingdom of darkness. Do not give up at this time for the darkest hour is always before dawn and it is only those that hold on to the Father of all lights that will see the dawning of a new day in their lives.

 

CHAPTER 6

 

TRUE AND LASTING PROSPERITY

 

3 John 2

 

Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper, and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

 

Before we proceed any further we need to define true prosperity.

 

Prosperity comes from investments. It is the dividends that one receives on an investment.

 

Because prosperity is the dividends one has received from an investment one has made, no one has the right and power to take away that prosperity from you. This is why the Bible says:

 

Proverbs 20:21

 

An inheritance hastily gained at the beginning will not be blessed in the end.

 

In other words this is an inheritance one has not invested in. A good example is that of the prodigal son. His brother invested heavily in his inheritance by slaving away in the family business and this is what the father had to say to him; “Son, you are always with me, and ALL that I have is yours.” In other words the father was telling the hardworking son that because he had invested his time and strength together with him the WHOLE ESTATE was his. The prodigal son had no stake in the estate because he hastily gained his inheritance. He had not invested in it. How do we know the prodigal son did not invest in his inheritance? Because when he asked for his inheritance the father did not say to him, “You are ALWAYS with me therefore here is your portion.” The prodigal son never invested in his inheritance therefore it was not blessed. In fact it was so cursed it did not take the devourer long to discover and devour it (Luke 15:11-32).

 

True, prosperity is our divine heritage because Jesus came to this earth poor so that we can be rich but we still need to invest in our inheritance. That is why God says, “I am the Lord your God who teaches you to profit.” He is the Lord who teaches us to invest and reap our dividends. Even in life the principle is the same, the one who invests in the father’s business gets a bigger chunk of the inheritance.

 

Prosperity comes from the investments you make.

 

Prosperous health comes from investing in good health, eating well, exercising and meditating on the word of God. It is important to understand this concept of prosperity coming from investment because we need to know what to invest in our heavenly bank. Paul put it this way, “He who does not work should not eat.” He who does not invest should and will not prosper. Now that we know what true and lasting prosperity is we can move on with opening our account and start making investments.

 

CHAPTER 7

 

OPENING AN ACCOUNT

 

3 John 2

 

Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper, and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

 

What you invest into your soul is what you receive dividends on. As you increase investments in the spirit/heart, so too your dividends increase. It is common sense that you cannot withdraw from a bank if you have not opened an account and to open an account you need to know how to do so. Remember that the account we want to open is the heavenly account.

 

Ephesians 1:3

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ.

 

I had a lot of problems understanding this scripture and therefore fully utilizing it because of one word, “spiritual”. I am so sure that, like me, most people thought and still think these blessings are ONLY spiritual and we will not be able to access them here on earth. On the contrary. God in His divine wisdom is talking about spiritual investments that birth physical dividends; the bank of heaven transacting with the bank of heart. Just because the blessings are being referred to as spiritual it does not mean they cannot come into the physical.

 

This is the same as your account balance. Just because it is on paper or on the A.T.M screen it does not mean you cannot have your money in the physical. The spiritual blessings are like that balance on paper. The balance will not do you any good when you take it to the shops to buy something. It is a spiritual blessing. You will have to make a transaction with the bank in order for the bank to give you the physical blessing; the money. Of course for the figures to become physical you have to withdraw them from the bank into your hand. It is the same principle with our spiritual blessings in heavenly places. We have to withdraw them from the bank of heaven into our hands. But again, before all this you have to open an account.

 

ELIGIBILTY OF OPENING AN ACCOUNT WITH HEAVEN

 

The book of Colossians chapter one tells three main things that qualify us to open accounts with the bank of heaven.

 

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Colossians 1:13-14

 

Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

 

God has conveyed us into the kingdom of His dear Son, we are citizens of heaven (Ephesians 2:19). Therefore as long as one is born again they are eligible to open an account with heaven and to start transacting with heaven. It is only the citizens of Heaven, born again believers that are eligible to open an account with the bank of Heaven.

 

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Colossians 1:16-18

 

For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things are held together. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first born from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.

 

All things in heaven and earth were created for and in Him including the bank of heaven. Therefore all those who are in Christ have entrance and are eligible to open an account with heaven. It is through Him that we have access by one Spirit to the Father to obtain grace and help in time of need (time of lack). Access to the Father is access to the owner of the bank.

 

John 14:6

 

Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.

 

All that have accepted Jesus, the way, have accepted the way into the bank of heaven and are therefore eligible to opening accounts with the bank of heaven.

 

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Colossians 1:19-20

 

For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell; and having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things to Himself; by Him I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Emphasis mine)

 

Colossians 1:27

 

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the gentiles; which is, Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Emphasis mine)

 

Colossians 1:21-23

 

And you that were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in His sight: if you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature who is under heaven; of which I Paul am made a minister. (Emphasis mine)

 

Those who are familiar with accounting procedures are familiar with bank reconciliation and its importance. Unlike earthly accounts, in the kingdom, no transaction can be carried out until all accounts are reconciled. “By Him all things are reconciled…..” You need to reconcile all your affairs including all your financial affairs with the bank of heaven. It is only when all affairs are reconciled to those of heaven that one becomes eligible to open an account with the bank of heaven.

 

Some cannot transact with the bank of heaven because they are “blacklisted” and have to be reconciled back to God. They have backslidden and their lives are not in alignment with heaven.

 

2 Corinthians 5:18-20

 

And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. (Emphasis mine)

 

God has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ. It is up to us to go to Him in reconciliation. Not only has He reconciled us to Himself but with reconciliation comes our appointment as ambassadors for Christ; representing the kingdom with all the resources of the kingdom.

 

How do I reconcile all things on my part?

 

John 1:1-3

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.

 

Remember all things are reconciled by Him, the Word. This is why it is extremely important for us to align ourselves to the word of God, for that is reconciling ourselves to God and to the bank of heaven.

 

Reconcile simply means align therefore to reconcile the bank of heart to the bank of heaven we need to align our hearts and lives to the word of God. This is why compromise is so dangerous, it misaligns us from the word of God thereby suspending all transactions between the bank of heaven and the bank of heart until they are reconciled once again.

 

Now that our hearts and lives are reconciled to the Father through the word our accounts in the bank of heaven are open and all transactions can continue.

 

Deuteronomy 28:1

 

And it shall come to pass, if you shall hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD your God, to observe and to do all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you on high above all nations of the earth.

 

This is reconciling our lives to God. We reconcile our lives to heaven by diligently obeying God and this is what opens the heavenly account for us. You cannot say you are a citizen of heaven yet you break every rule and law of the kingdom.

 

Deuteronomy 28:12

 

The LORD shall open unto you His good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand: and you shall lend unto many nations, and you shall not borrow. (Emphasis mine)

 

Once you reconcile the bank of heart (your life) with the bank of heaven your account with heaven is opened and active and serious prosperity will be your portion. Open an account with heaven today, reconcile your life to God, not just because you want the prosperity but because He loved you so much He actually died that you may be reconciled to Him.

 

PART THREE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KINGDOM INVESTMENTS

CHAPTER 8

 

 

As we saw earlier prosperity, true and lasting prosperity, comes from the investments we make. You also need to know that what you invest determines the dividends you receive. So what is it that we need to invest in order to reap kingdom wealth? There are several types of investments we need to make and they are not independent of each other; all have to be invested. There is no choice of what you want to invest because these investments are interdependent.

 

THE WORD: ETERNAL INVESTMENT

 

In order for you to withdraw from the bank of heaven you need to invest the word of God in the bank of heart. This is the first investment that brings Kingdom wealth.

 

John 6:63

 

It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.

 

If you invest the word of God into your heart you invest spirit and it is the spirit that produces life; the physical and tangible things. Every spiritual blessing is found in the word of God. Invest in the spiritual blessings, the word, in order for you to reap life.

 

Remember that the investments that you make into your heart are what you receive dividends on, invest the word and you will reap the manifestations of the word.

 

Deuteronomy 29:9

 

Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.

 

Keep the words of this covenant where? In your heart for that is the only place you can keep (invest) the word. What happens when you keep and do the word? You prosper in all that you do. The word of God is one of the main investments one has to invest in order for one to truly prosper.

 

Hebrews 4:2

 

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

 

The true purpose of the gospel is to profit the children of God, that is why Jesus preached the gospel of the KINGDOM. Profit is a result of investment; therefore you need to invest in the word and faith in order for you to prosper.

 

2 Peter 1:1-4

 

Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us unto glory and virtue: by which are given unto us exceedingly great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

 

His divine power has given us ALL THINGS THAT PERTAIN TO LIFE AND GODLINESS THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM…..

 

God has given us all things that pertain to life. These are the things that have to do with our existence here on earth and prosperity is one of the main things He has given us. Why does God want to prosper you?

 

Isaiah 7:14-15

 

Therefore the LORD Himself shall give you a sign; a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Curds and honey shall He eat, that He may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

 

God has prospered us so that we may know to refuse evil and to choose the good. Unfortunately, many people do not know that they have already been prospered thus they choose evil instead of good. “If God has given me ALL things that pertain to life, how come I do not see prosperity in my life?”The ALL things, including prosperity, are conditional. In order for you to receive the all things that God has promised you need to make an investment. What is the investment?

 

Through the knowledge of Him….

 

You need to invest in the knowledge of Him, the Word, for you to receive all things that pertain to life and godliness; physical and spiritual prosperity. Take time to build a healthy two way relationship with Him. Take time to read, study and meditate on the word of God. It is a worthwhile investment.

 

By which are given unto us exceedingly great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. The word of God is full of “bankable” promises from God and one of the promises God has given us is that of prosperity.

 

Zechariah 1:17 (AMP)

 

Cry yet again saying, Thus says the Lord of hosts: My cities shall yet again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord shall yet comfort Zion and shall yet choose Jerusalem.

 

God has promised us as His cities overflowing prosperity. Overflowing to such an extent that we shall not borrow but lend to nations. Why has God given us these promises including promises of prosperity? It is so that through them we may partake of the divine nature. God by nature is extremely prosperous. For us to partake of His divine nature, according to His will, we have to be extremely prosperous as well. Praise is due to such an awesome God. But once again this promise hinges on the last part of 2 Peter 1:3, “Through the knowledge of Him…”

 

Filling your heart with the word of God is the greatest investment you can ever make in your entire existence. Invest in the word of God and you will partake of His prosperous nature.

 

What do I do with the word, do I just memorise it? No. There is more to this investment than just reading and memorizing it. God gave Joshua specific instructions for maximizing his prosperity through investing in the word. It is these same instructions that we need to follow.

 

Joshua 1:8

 

This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do all that is written therein: for then shall you make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.

 

There are five instructions in this power packed scripture.

 

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Because it is “the Book …” common sense tells us that the first step is READ IT. Unfortunately for humanity this is as far as most Christians go despite the fact that God told Joshua to do more than just reading it. You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free, but in order to know the truth you need to spend time reading it. The bible is the constitution of the kingdom of God; read it, understand it and live by it.

 

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“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth…” We will discuss this later when we come to withdrawing but one point that cannot be stressed enough is the fact that when trouble knocks on the door of your life let the Word answer. That is the only way to get rid of bad news. Speak the word of God at all times not only when you have the opportunity for every time is an opportunity to speak the word of God.

 

Deuteronomy 6:6-11 (AMP)

 

And these words which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: and you shall teach them diligently unto your children, and you shall talk[ speak ] of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.

And you shall bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the door posts of your house, and on your gates. And it shall be, when the LORD your God shall have brought you in the land which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you great and beautiful cities which you built not, and houses full of ALL good things, which you filled not, and wells dug, which you dug not, vineyards and olive trees, which you planted not; when you have eaten and be full……… (Emphasis mine)

 

Night and day speak the word of God, especially words of success, health, prosperity or whatever your situation requires. As you do this you are programming your future, directing it in the way you want it to turn out.

 

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Contrary to popular belief meditation and memorizing are two different things. Memorizing is investing the word into your mind whereas meditating is investing it in your heart. Meditating means to think deeply while muttering. Instead of thinking about poverty and other problems think upon the word of God; meditate in it. Even when things are good, do not get distracted; think on the word of God.

 

Meditate also means, “plan something in one’s mind, consider doing something” (oxford dictionary). In other words now that we have read God’s word we should now plan on DOING THE WORD OF GOD. It is as you are meditating that God will show you your breakthrough.

 

Genesis 24:63

 

And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and behold, the camels were coming.

 

Isaac went out in the evening for the sole purpose of meditating and it was not a coincidence that he lifted up his eyes and saw his breakthrough. Meditation time is revelation time. It is the time that God shows you your breakthrough. As you meditate the Holy Spirit will cause you to look up and God will show you how to prosper. He will show you the way in which you should go.

 

Genesis 18:1-3 (N.K.J.V)

 

Then the LORD appeared to him by the Terebrinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground, and said, my Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant.

 

What was Abraham doing as he was sitting in the tent door? He was meditating and because of that God appeared to him. Notice that in both instances, in the case of Isaac and Abraham, as they were meditating they lifted their eyes then they saw their breakthroughs. Why is this significant?

 

Every time that you meditate you will be taking your eyes off the earthly situations and looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. As soon as you look to Him He has no choice but to step in and help you for “whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Whenever your eyes are looking down you can never see heavenly things. Meditating on the word of God is the best way to take your eyes off earthly things and looking at the treasures of heaven.

 

1 Corinthians 2:9-12

 

But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him. But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of man, except the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the Spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given us of God.

 

How does the Spirit of God reveal to us the things that have been freely given to us by God? It is as we meditate. For it is through meditation that the Holy Spirit inspires our spirits (Job 32:8).

 

Genesis 18:9-10

 

And they said unto him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And He said, I will certainly return unto you according to the time of life; and lo, Sarah your wife shall have a son……

 

It is as you are meditating that God will come and announce your breakthrough, the fulfillment of the covenant. He will come and announce the coming of your Isaac, the coming of your joy (Isaac means laughter).

 

Genesis 18:14

 

Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

 

And it is as you are meditating that God will encourage you. He will strengthen you with might in the inner man.

 

Malachi 3:16-18 (N.K.J.V)

 

Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name. They shall be mine says the LORD of Hosts, on the day that I make them my jewels, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him. Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. (Emphasis mine)

 

A book of remembrance is written for those who fear God and meditate on His name. God will remember to beautify those that fear Him and meditate on His name. What does it mean to meditate on His name? A name signifies the nature and essence of the carrier of that name. In other words we are supposed to meditate on God’s goodness, love and His righteousness; the fact that He is righteous enough to prosper you.

 

To those that meditate on the name of the Lord, God says He will write a book of remembrance for them. He will write a book which will remind Him to settle accounts with them and when He remembers He will beautify such people to the extent that they will look like jewels. They will look expensive. Meditate on His name and He will remember to beautify you.

 

“But my situation is beyond repair, I am in the dump of dumps!” Meditate on the name of the Lord and this is what He will remember to do in your life:

 

Psalm 68:13

 

Though you have slept among the sheepfolds, yet shall you be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers covered with yellow gold.

 

Meditate on the name of the Lord and He will clothe you with silver and gold. He will lift you up out of the sheep folds meaning out of the dumps and He will sit you with princes. As He did it for David so shall He do it for you.

 

1 Timothy 4:15

 

Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly unto them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (Emphasis mine)

 

When you meditate on the word of God your profiting will not just be spiritual it will also be physical such that your profiting will appear to all. The gospel does not just affect your spiritual life it affects every facet of your existence. It is life changing spiritually and physically. This aspect of meditation is extremely important and should not be omitted.

 

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After considering doing the word, go ahead and do the word. Do everything that God tells you to do through the word. The result of meditating on the word is that the Holy Spirit will speak to you and give you specific instructions that you should follow.

 

In Acts 10:9-21, Peter was given a vision by God but he did not know what it meant and he did not know what to do. But as he was meditating God gave him specific instructions to follow and follow them he did.

 

Acts 10:19

 

While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, behold, three men seek you.

 

What was the result? Cornelius, a big shot in the Roman army and his entire household were saved. This was indeed a unique breakthrough for the church in this area. Peter was actually taking a risk going to the centurion’s house but he obeyed without fail. Do not be afraid of carrying out God’s instructions no matter how unusual they sound; “observe to do everything that is written in it.” It is as you obey God’s instructions that the fifth and final step is implemented….

 

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As you obey God this step is automatic. As you obey God’s instructions and carry them out prosperity is inevitable. That is how you make maximum use of the word to achieve maximum prosperity from the word you have invested. Invest the Word in your heart and you will surely prosper.

 

Matthew 11:4-5

 

Jesus answered and said unto them, go and show John again those things which you do hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. (Emphasis mine)

 

When Jesus walked the earth He never prayed for the poor to become rich, He taught them the gospel of the Kingdom. Through the gospel He was empowering them to prosper. After hearing the gospel being preached people saw the results. The poor moved from poverty to prosperity after hearing and applying the gospel. Make your way prosperous, invest in the word and apply it in your life.

 

2 Corinthians 8:9

 

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor that you through His poverty might be rich.

 

Where are the riches that Jesus brought us?

 

Luke 4:18

 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor…….(Emphasis mine)

 

The riches that Jesus brought us are hidden in the gospel. It is those that unlock the mysteries of the Kingdom and put them to work in their lives that partake of the wealth that Jesus brought us.

 

2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished for all good works. (Emphasis mine)

 

ALL scripture is profitable and by studying it you will become thoroughly furnished for all good works. Prayerfully study the Bible, invest the word into your life and you will see its profits in your life. All scripture is profitable for correction, meaning it corrects the evils and sorrows that poverty brings.

 

Psalm 89:34-35

 

My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that has gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.

 

As you invest in the word God guarantees that He will perform it. He guarantees your prosperity.

 

CHAPTER 9

FAITH: THE PRICELESS INVESTMENT

 

Romans 10:17

 

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

As said before none of the investments that you have to make are independent of each other. They are all linked and all have to be invested else you will receive little or no dividends. The Kingdom of God is a Kingdom of mysteries and one of those mysteries is the mystery of faith. Mystery it may be but faith is also a priceless investment in God’s Kingdom.

 

Faith is also actually one of the ways in which we reconcile ourselves to God, for faith is pleasing to God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God, meaning when you invest the word of God in your heart, it will give you a dividend called faith and you have to re-invest this same dividend.

 

Romans 1:16-17

 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For in it is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, the just shall live by faith.

 

The gospel is the power of God unto salvation for everyone; it has the power to save everyone from poverty. It is through the gospel, the word, that the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith to life, for the just live by faith:

 

WORD leads to FAITH leads to RIGHTEOUSNESS leads to greater FAITH leads to LIFE

 

What does all this mean? It is the word that gives us the faith to see God’s goodness and faithfulness to His promises, that is, His righteousness. It is this revelation of the righteousness of God that gives us the faith to believe in Him and it is this faith that makes us tap into the abundant life of God.

 

It is this faith in God’s righteousness that makes the impossible possible. You can believe in the word of God but at the same time not believe that God is righteous enough to do the same in your life. You can have faith in the word of God but lack faith in God’s righteousness toward you, that is, you can believe everything the Bible says but still fail to believe that God can do it for you. This is what the writer of Hebrews meant when he wrote:

 

Hebrews 11:6

 

But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

 

On a more personal level this scripture can be translated, “but without faith it is impossible for you to please Him; for if you are to come to God, you must first believe (faith) that He exists, and that He is righteous enough to reward you if you are faithful enough in seeking Him.”

 

Now let us go back to investing faith in our accounts.

 

Romans 4:3

 

For what says the scripture? Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him as righteousness.

 

Faith was accounted to Abraham as righteousness. Abraham heard the word of God, believed it and his faith was accounted (in the bank of heaven) as righteousness. It is because of this faith that Abraham was in right standing with God therefore he could believe in God for anything. It is through this faith that comes from right standing with God that “the just shall live by faith.” Thank God for Jesus Christ for it is He that became our righteousness, our right standing with God (1 Corinthians 1:30). Invest faith and it will be credited to you as righteousness. This is important because:

 

1 John 3:22

 

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

 

What are those things that are pleasing in His sight? Investments of faith; that is, all things done in faith (Romans 14:23, Hebrews 11:6). This means anytime we need to make a withdrawal, because we have invested the word and faith, we can easily do that because we do those things that are pleasing to Him. Have faith in God and it will be credited to you as righteousness in the bank of heaven.

 

Romans 4:19-25 (N.I.V)

 

[* Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead- since he was about a hundred years old- and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness- for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. *]

 

This was written that we may know that our faith is accounted to us as righteousness. That which God did for Abraham, He is doing for all who will dare put their faith in Him; those who are fully persuaded that that which He promised He is able to perform.

 

Isaiah 3:10

 

Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.

 

The righteous shall eat the fruit of their doings; they shall prosper. If you invest faith it is accounted to you as righteousness and prosperity will be your just due.“Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him….” Why? Because the righteous are those who have faith in God and in His righteousness and their faith is credited to them as righteousness. They have the legal right to make withdrawals from the bank of Heaven. All things are possible to those that believe because their faith is credited to them as righteousness in the bank of heaven and it is with such that God transacts with for all His ways are righteousness.

 

We have to understand that originally when an ambassador was serving in a foreign land he was paid in his local currency and that money converted to the currency of the nation he was serving in. Our home currency is righteousness but here on earth we use faith. The same faith that is credited to us as righteousness in the bank of heaven.

 

Hebrews 4:1-2

 

Let us therefore fear, lest, although a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

 

The word on its own will not do you any good. It needs to be mixed with faith. In order for you to receive dividends on your investments you have to invest them simultaneously, that is, as you invest the word into your heart mix it with faith and your investment will be guaranteed of giving you prosperous returns.

 

But what exactly is thing called faith?

 

Is it a feeling or some mysterious force? Let us see what Jesus described it as.

 

Mark 11:22-25

 

And Jesus answering said unto them, have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things he has said shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he said. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you shall receive them and you shall have them. And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any: that your Father who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

 

This is talking about having a right relationship with God; being in agreement with God. You can not be in agreement with God if you have no faith. You also can not be in right standing with Him if you have unforgiveness in your heart.

 

Matthew 18:19

 

Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth concerning anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven.

 

Faith is an agreement. If I have faith in a person I am in agreement with their abilities and capabilities.

 

Amos 3:3

 

Can two walk together except they are agreed?

 

Faith is agreeing with God for when you are in agreement with Him you walk with Him. Many desire to walk above the issues they face in life but they struggle because they are not in agreement with God. They are not walking with Him even though they think they are.

 

Hebrews 11:6

 

But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

 

You can never walk with someone you do not please and you cannot be pleasing to each other if you are not in agreement concerning the core issues of life. If you are not in agreement with God, if you have no faith in Him, you cannot please Him let alone walk with Him. Just look at the example of Israel in the wilderness. They were always disagreeing with God and always ended up getting themselves in trouble.

 

Hebrews 11:5

 

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

 

Because Enoch was pleasing to God he walked with God (Genesis 5:24); he walked right off the face of the earth. The only way to disappear from the devil’s map and to be above the situation’s of life is to agree with God and walk with Him. God does not walk in poverty, sickness and defeat. God walks in prosperity, health and success. If you want to walk in the same realms have faith, be in agreement with Him and His word, and you will definitely have the pleasure of His company as you walk down the path of life.

 

But what about the Hebrews 11:1 definition of faith?

 

Hebrews 11:1

 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

Now faith is agreeing with God now. When you start agreeing with God now you start walking in His realm now. You start walking in the realm where the invisible is used to make the tangible, the realm in which we call forth things as if they are and they become.

 

As you invest faith it is of paramount importance that you invest faith, not only in God but in His prophets as well.

 

2 Chronicles 20:20

 

And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshephat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall you be established; believe His prophets, so shall you prosper. (Emphasis mine)

 

Believe in the Lord your God and you will be established in the kingdom. Believe in His prophets and you shall prosper for it is His prophets that bring you the good news of His plans to prosper you.

 

Psalm 27:13

 

I would have fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of God in the land of the living. (Emphasis mine)

 

Do not faint. Believe to see the goodness of God in the land of the living and you will see it. Be in agreement with God concerning the abundant life that Jesus brought you and you will definitely see the goodness of God in the land of the living.

 

CHAPTER 10

SEEDTIME AND HARVEST, THE TIMELESS INVESTMENT PRINCIPLE

 

Genesis 8:22

 

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest…….shall not cease.”

 

While the earth remains whenever you invest you will surely receive dividends on your investment ON EARTH. This is one of the first things God talked about after the flood. He talked about investments.

 

Deuteronomy 8:18

 

But you shall remember the LORD your God: for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth, that He may establish the covenant which HE swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

 

When God said He will give us the power to get wealth He meant just that. Contrary to popular belief God does not give us wealth He gives us the POWER TO GET WEALTH. He gives us the anointing, wisdom and dominion to get wealth and this power has to be exercised for it to bring and produce wealth. The power to get wealth operates in four dimensions and we will discuss one of them in this chapter and the other three when we get to the chapter on withdrawing.

 

THE POWER TO LAY DOWN

 

John 10:17-18

 

Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. (Emphasis mine)

 

What is the power to lay down? The power to lay down is the power to give. Jesus gave us His life that we may have life in abundance. He exercised the power to lay down and because He willingly exercised the power to lay down He had the power to take it up again. Man in his natural state is naturally selfish. But when one is born again and takes on the nature of Christ that one receives the power to lay down; the power to give. If you are born again and find it difficult to give there is something wrong, you need to pray about it.

 

God is pleased with those who exercise the power to lay down because they exhibit His nature for by nature God is a giver; “for God so loved the world that He gave…”. He exercised the power to lay down. If you want to break free from the stronghold of poverty you must exercise the power to get wealth; the power to lay down. Why is it critical to keep this commandment of giving?

 

1 John 3:22

 

And whatsoever we ask we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

 

And whatever we ask we receive”, Why? “Because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” Giving is one of the things that are pleasing in His sight, even as Jesus confirmed, “Therefore My Father loves Me…” Why? “Because I lay down…..”

 

John 10:18

 

No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself

 

Giving should not be a force matter. It is a matter of willingly exercising the power to lay down. No one should take from you; you should willingly lay down by yourself. It is only when you willingly give, when you willingly exercise the power to lay down, that God gives you the power to take up your wealth.

 

Luke 6:38

 

Give and it shall be given to you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together and running over, shall men give into your lap. For with the same measure that you measure it shall be measured to you again.

 

Exercise the power to lay down and God will give you the power to take up. He will give you the anointing that attracts wealth; the anointing that compels even the non believers to give into your bosom, the anointing that will cause the wealth of the wicked to be transferred into your hands.

 

Ecclesiastes 2:26

 

For God gives to a man who is good in His sight wisdom, and knowledge and joy: but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and heaping up, only to give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and grasping of the wind.

 

God gives the wisdom and knowledge of giving to those who are good in His sight and to the sinner He gives the work of gathering wealth for those who exercise the power to lay down; those who do what is pleasing in His sight.

 

You cannot have the power to pick up the wealth of the wicked unless you exercise the power to lay down.

 

The amount of power you exercise to lay down determines the amount of power you have to pick up with.

 

Luke 6:38

 

Give and it shall be given to you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together and running over, shall men give into your lap. For with the same measure that you measure it shall be measured to you again.

 

How is measure determined? How is the amount of power you exercise determined? By your willingness to give and the amount you give relative to what you have. The whole world is still being blessed by the blessings of Abraham because he exercised maximum power to lay down by laying down Isaac. Because of exercising maximum power to lay down he had maximum power to pick up. Because of the amount of power to lay down that Abraham exercised, God was so pleased with him He called him His friend and gave him the world as an inheritance(Romans 4:13). The present and coming world belongs to Abraham and his seed all because Abraham had faith in God and exercised the power to lay down.

 

Genesis 22:10-14

 

And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the Angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not your hand upon the lad, neither do you anything unto him: for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen (provided).

 

It is as you exercise the power to lay down that the angel of the Lord will lift up your eyes and show you the blessing to pick up. It is as you exercise the power to lay down that God reveals Himself to you as Jehovah Jireh.

 

Mark 12:41-44

 

And Jesus sat opposite the treasury, and beheld how people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And He called unto Him His disciples, and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow has cast more in, than all they who have cast into the treasury: for all did cast in of their abundance, but she of her poverty did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

 

 

The power to lay down is so important to God that Jesus actually took time to watch those who came to exercise the power to lay down.

 

Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people” exercised the power to lay down. Because of her willingness to give out of her poverty Jesus commented that of all the people she was the one who exercised the greatest amount of power to lay down. Although the others gave a lot in physical amounts, because of pride and giving out of formality and not willingly, they exercised less power to lay down than the widow. Consequently they had less power to pick up. How do I know the widow got blessed? Well for one I know that Jesus was not just whiling away time by watching the treasury. I am convinced He was watching over His word to perform it; “give and it will be given unto you….” Remember we are still talking about investing and the Bible makes it clear that giving is a great investment.

 

Proverbs 19:17

 

He that has pity upon the poor lends unto the LORD; and that which he has given will He pay him again.

 

This is one investment that will never fail you no matter how terrible the economy of your country is. The kingdom of God is one kingdom that knows no economic disasters.

 

Give and God will give you the power and the anointing to attract wealth. Invest in other people’s lives and God will invest in your life. Do you know that prosperous people prosper because they invest in the prosperity of other people? Food for thought.

 

Philippians 4:19

 

But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

It is because of exercising the power to lay down that God promised through Paul to supply all their needs according to His riches in glory, or in heaven, by Christ Jesus. And we know that He that gave us His own Son cannot deny us anything even the treasures in glory. When you exercise the power to lay down you are guaranteed access into heavens account.

 

Mark 10:17-22

 

And when He was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to Him, and asked, Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why call me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. You know the commandments, do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, defraud not, honor your father and mother. And he answered and said unto Him, Teacher, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus, beholding him, loved him, and said unto him, One thing you lack: go your way, sell whatsoever you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

 

This is a very interesting portion of scripture that deals with a question the whole world is asking, “What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” And Jesus’ answer? “Do what God tells you to do. As simple as that, do what God tells you to do.” And the young man’s response? “I have already done that, I got born again when I was still a youth and I do all that which He commands us to do.” (My paraphrase).

 

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, ‘one thing thou lackest….’” Although this young man was born again there was one thing he lacked in order for him to inherit eternal life. Wow and I thought all you need to inherit eternal life is to get born again.

 

“…One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come take up the cross and follow me.” This young man could not inherit eternal life because he could not exercise the power to lay down and this problem is plaguing many a believer today. “Does this mean we have to buy our way into heaven? Does this mean the selling of indulgences is right?” NO, NO, AND EMPHATICALLY NO!

 

To understand what Jesus was explaining to this young man we need to understand the word “inherit” and the phrase “eternal life”. It is common sense that one cannot inherit something if they are dead. An inheritance is left for the living by a dead testator. Therefore Jesus was not talking about the young man dying and going to heaven. He was talking about what the young man was going to inherit on this earth.

 

Secondly when does eternal life start? It started in eternity, meaning that it does not start when you die. What starts when you die is what is usually called “the afterlife”, that is, heaven or hell. This implies that we inherit eternal life in heaven while we are still here on earth. We start enjoying the benefits of heaven here on earth. This is why Jesus said, “and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross and follow me.” He was showing this young man that by exercising the power to lay down he was investing his worldly goods into the heavenly account. The young man was sad because he thought that once his treasure was in heaven it could not be withdrawn again.

 

Many people do not exercise the power to lay down because they think that will be the end of their wealth until we get to heaven. Equally unfortunate is the fact that there are some who happily give thinking they are storing their treasure in heaven so that when they get there they will be better off than others. Why does God want us to store our treasure in heaven? Is it so that it will be safe from thieves and moths so that when we get to heaven He will hand us back our houses, cars, money etcetera and have something to use “up there”? No. God does not want those who follow Him to be “heavy laden” with earthly riches, with the cares of this world that always cause us to keep looking back to see if they are safe and in the process they backslide.

 

God wants us to lay up treasures in heaven so that our investments will be in heaven where no thief and moth can get to them. So that we can “travel light” as we pass through this earth and so that when a need arises we do not look back but up, and withdraw from our heavenly account. The good thing is that when we need it He gives us exceedingly abundantly more than we can ever ask for or imagine.

 

Now this does not mean that we are not supposed to have money, we ARE supposed to have money, but money is not supposed to have us. We must have money and we must always be prepared to part with it when the need arises.

 

Mark 10:23-27

 

And Jesus looked round about, and said unto His disciples, How hard for those who have riches to enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again, and said unto them, children, how hard is it for those that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying among themselves, who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them said, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God, all things are possible.

 

Remember in the introduction we said the only way to eradicate the works of the devil is by the power of the Kingdom and here Jesus is telling us that as long as we put our trust in riches it will be impossible for us to enter into the Kingdom of God. If you are not in the Kingdom of God then it remains that you are in the Kingdom of the devil at the mercy of poverty. As long as your trust is in your money, money is your god; and money cannot save you from poverty because only God can save you from poverty.

 

Who then can be saved?” Why did the disciples ask this question? Because Jesus’ ministry was not a broke ministry it was a prosperous ministry. Therefore Jesus’ statement made them think that because they were prosperous they could not be saved. But as said earlier it is trust in riches that disqualifies you from entering the Kingdom of God here and now.

 

Mark 10:28-30

 

Then Peter began to say unto Him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed you. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brothers and sisters, and mothers and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. (Emphasis mine)

 

In this time here on earth we are supposed to be enjoying physical blessings as a result of our giving up for the sake of the gospel; as a result of exercising the power to lay down. The physical blessings are not for “the sweet by and by”, they are for a sweet life today.

 

“There is NO man that has exercised the power to lay down that shall not pick up greater blessings IN THIS LIFE AND IN THE WORLD TO COME ETERNAL LIFE”, my paraphrase. In other words God cannot be mocked whatsoever a man sows that shall he reap, pressed down shaken together and running over. It is up to you to choose whether you will exercise the power to lay down or not, whether you want to inherit eternal life or not. I encourage you; choose eternal life that you and your children can start enjoying heaven on earth.

 

So many Christians today are so familiar with only one name of God, JEHOVAH JIREH. But very few people understand that in order for God to manifest Himself as Jehovah Jireh they need to do something in order to invoke Him as Jehovah Jireh. Let us see from scriptures what caused God to reveal Himself as Jehovah Jireh.

 

Genesis 22:1-3, 7-14

 

And it came to pass after these things, that God did test Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here am I. And He said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and get you into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell you of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and cut the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up and went unto the place of which God had told him……

And Isaac spoke unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide Himself a lamb for the burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the Angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not your hand upon the lad, neither do you anything unto him: for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

 

Abraham the friend of God had to exercise the power to lay down in order for his Friend, God, to manifest Himself as Jehovah Jireh and you are no exception. To cry out to Jehovah Jireh if you are not prepared to lay down is unprofitable. Another classic example is that of Cornelius, the Roman Centurion.

 

Acts 10:1-4

 

There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, who gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, what is it Lord? And he said unto him, Your prayers and your alms are come up as a memorial before God. (Emphasis mine)

 

Cornelius was in need of salvation for his family and the reason that the Lord provided this much needed breakthrough for Cornelius was because of his prayers and his giving to the poor. Whatever breakthrough you may need in life, there is always a way to provoke Jehovah Jireh to pull through for you and that is by exercising the power to lay down.

 

WHY IS THE SEED OFFERING SO IMPORTANT?

 

Genesis 15:7-9

 

And He said unto him, I am the LORD that brought you out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give you this land to inherit it. And he said, Lord GOD, how shall I know that I shall inherit it? And he said unto him, Take Me a heifer three years old, and a female goat three years old, and a ram three years old, and a turtle dove and a young pigeon.

 

God had given Abraham a promise in Genesis 12 and in verse 1 of Genesis15 God reiterated the promise to Abraham. Because years had passed without there being a sign of the promised child, Abraham was now wondering how this was going to be so without a legitimate heir (v8).

 

This is a question most of us ask God when a promise or prophetic word is still unfulfilled, “how shall I know?” How do we know that God will fulfill His promise, how do we know that we will inherit the promises? God gave Abraham the same answer that He gives us today, “bring Me an offering.” As simple as that, bring an offering.

 

The seed offering confirms and establishes the promises of God. God is a God of principles and He never breaks His own principles. He promised the salvation of mankind and in order to establish that promise He Himself gave a seed offering, He gave the best He could. He gave us His only begotten Son, Jesus.

 

In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram saying, Unto your descendants have I given this land…… The seed offering has the power of confirming and establishing the promises of God in your life, do not take it lightly. As you exercise the power to lay down you confirm and establish the promises of God in your life by covenanting with God.

 

Joel 2:13-14

 

And tear your hearts, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and relents from sending calamity. Who knows if He will return and have pity, and leave a blessing behind Him; even a grain offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?

 

“Who knows if He will…..leave a blessing behind Him…” How does God leave a blessing behind Him? By leaving “a grain offering and drink offering for the Lord”. In other words God leaves a blessing behind by giving you the seed to sow. As you exercise the power to lay down and sow that seed, you tap into the blessing of the Lord that makes rich and adds no sorrow.

 

2 Corinthians 9:6-10

 

But this I say, He who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. (As it is written, He has dispersed abroad; He has given to the poor: His righteousness endures forever. Now He that ministers seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness).

 

This is how God leaves a blessing in your life. He gives you seed to sow and as you are faithful in sowing that seed He will give you bread, that is., what you need to sustain you as you wait for the harvest. He will also multiply the seed you have sown so that when harvest time comes you will reap abundantly. What a great God we serve. It all starts with Him and ends with Him. But the end result is determined by our faithfulness in exercising the power to lay down.

 

NEUTRALISERS OF THE POWER TO LAY DOWN

 

Matthew 5:22-24

 

But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, you fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has anything against you; leave there your gift before the altar, and go your way, first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

 

It is important at this point to know that the enemy does not want you to reap a good harvest. He does not want you to reap at all. This is why he always tries to pollute your soil by a toxic waste called “Offense”. It does not matter who offends who, as long as there is offense in the atmosphere your harvest will be aborted. That is why Jesus strictly warned against sowing your seed when offense is in the air.

 

Before you exercise the power to lay down, make sure you are right with God and with all those around to you. This is the reason many believers are financially frustrated today. They sow seed but they do not see the harvest and they end up calling their Pastor and ministry “bad ground”. NO. It is offense that is killing off your seed. As long as you do not clean out this poison out of your system you will not reap, no matter where or how much you sow. Child of God, as long as you harbor grudges or as long as you offend others you cannot successfully exercise the power to lay down.

 

Hebrews 12:14-15

 

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of the Lord; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.

 

Without peace and holiness you cannot see God in your finances. You will not receive the power to get wealth. We must diligently be on the watch to avoid offense, which is basically the destroyer of peace; otherwise we will miss the grace of God. The root of bitterness is always out to cause trouble and it can definitely trouble your finances and not only does it cause trouble, it also defiles or pollutes you and your seed making sure that the power to lay down is neutralized. Beware of offense and bitterness.

 

Your capacity to receive is determined by your capacity to give. The room for you to receive increase is made available by what you release. Exercise the power to lay down with a pure conscience and you will definitely reap. You will definitely pick up your breakthrough.

 

CHAPTER 11

 

LOVE: THE ULTIMATE INVESTMENT

 

1 Corinthians 12:31 – 1 Corinthians 13:3

 

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet I show you a more excellent way. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and having not love, I am become a sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove all mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love it profits me nothing. (Emphasis mine)

 

Love is the greatest of all gifts and the greatest of all investments. Without love you are nothing. The greatest amount of money in the hands of a person without love is the greatest of poverty. No matter how much you invest in the kingdom, without love, it will profit you nothing.

 

1 Timothy 1:5

 

Now the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.

 

What is the purpose of the commandment (the word)? It is love. Why love?

 

1 John 4:16

 

And we have known and believed the love God has for us. God is love; he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him

 

God is love and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him. If you invest in love you will be investing in the greatest real estate in the universe, God; and that is one real estate that never depreciates but always appreciates. Invest in love and you will never smell poverty again for in God there is no poverty, sickness or depression. Love qualifies you to live in heaven while you are here on earth, for when you are in God you are in heaven.

 

1 John 4:17

 

In this is our love made perfect, that we have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.

 

Love has been perfected among us in this…….because as He is, so are we in the world. As He is prosperous in heaven, so are we prosperous on earth.

 

Ephesians 3:19

 

And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.

 

It is only when we know the love of Christ that we can be filled with ALL the fullness of God. It is as we know the love of Christ and practice it that God will fill our bank accounts (the heart) with all His fullness which is His prosperity, ready for us to withdraw.

 

Romans 5:5

 

And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given unto us.

 

Remember faith is the substance of things hoped for and here God is saying to us this hope will not be disappointed because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. If you do not want to face financial disappointments or disappointments of any kind in your walk of faith, love is the key. Hope does not disappoint us because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts. Our daily prayer should include a request for the Holy Spirit to fill us with the love of God because on our own we are not capable of loving with the love of Christ.

 

There is one major hindrance to prayer mentioned in the bible and that is unforgiveness, which is a result of lack of love. Love opens many doors and a lack of love closes more doors.

 

James 4:3

 

You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your lusts.

 

Why do we ask amiss? Because we are selfish and do not have the love of Christ in us. “Love does not seek its own.” And because we ask amiss, with selfish motives, we do not receive.

 

Galatians 5:6

 

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love.

 

Faith works by love, meaning that love is faiths power source. That is why the bible emphasizes the fact that most of Jesus miracles were driven, or powered, by love. Faith and love are like the two opposite poles of a cell, negative and positive, they work together. Without the one power cannot flow. Without love God’s power, favour and blessings cannot flow. We also need to understand the love God has for us for as we understand how much He loves us our faith in Him is strengthened, thus our hope will not be disappointed.

 

As we saw earlier, all investments work together, and in this instance we see that faith cannot work without love, for faith works through love. Thus far we can make an equation for our investments:

 

WORD + FAITH + GIVING + LOVE = UNLIMITED PROSPERITY

 

PART FOUR

 

THE POWER TO GET WEALTH

 

Now that we know the kingdom investments we need to make, I believe it is time we know how to withdraw from our accounts. After all money in the bank is of no use if you cannot withdraw it. The purpose of this book is to empower kingdom people for kingdom finance principles; practical principles that work in the here and now. The purpose of this section of the book is to equip you with the knowhow of withdrawing your kingdom wealth.

 

Deuteronomy 8:18

 

But you shall remember the LORD your God: for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore unto your fathers, as it is this day.

 

As said earlier, God does not give us wealth, He gives us the power to get wealth. And it is only those who exercise the power to get wealth that actually enjoy the treasures of heaven.

 

Ephesians 3:20

 

Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. (Emphasis mine)

 

God only does things in our lives “according to the power that works in us.” He has already deposited the power to create wealth in us and it is our responsibility to put that power to work, lest we be cursed like the unfaithful steward in Matthew 25:26-30:

 

His lord answered and said unto him, you wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not spread, You ought therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I would have received my own with interest. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him that has ten talents. For unto everyone that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has. And cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

This is the reason why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. It is because those who have put what they have to use and those that do not have do not put the little they have to use. This does not mean you need money to make money, all it means is that you need to put what God has invested in you to work; especially your talents and gifts. And as said earlier this power works in four dimensions, one of which is “The Power To Lay Down”, which we have already discussed and the other three make up this critical part of the book.

 

CHAPTER 12

THE POWER TO WORK

 

 

Genesis 2:15

 

And the LORD God took the man, and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

 

God gave Adam a kingdom but just because Adam was the king in that kingdom, he was not exempt from work. Contrary to popular belief work is not a curse, it is actually a blessing. Work came before the fall and everything that was before the fall is a blessing.

 

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

 

Behold that which I have seen: it is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor that he takes under the sun all the days of his life, which God gives him: for this is his lot. Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth, and has given him power to eat of it, and to accept his lot, and to rejoice in his labor, this is the gift of God. For he shall not much remember the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart. (Emphasis mine)

 

Work is a blessing that is to be enjoyed by all but sadly only a few people enjoy their labor. Work is a heritage we have received from our heavenly Father for He too works (Isaiah 43:13) and because He works He receives the fruit of His labor.

 

Deuteronomy 28:8

 

The LORD shall command the blessing upon you in the storehouses, and in all that you set your hand unto, and He shall bless you in the land which the LORD your God gives you. (Emphasis mine)

 

It is of paramount importance for you to know that God blesses that which you set your hands to do. That is how God prospers you; through your work. In order to understand this principle of work we need to go back to the place where work was ordained by God. When God made Adam work was a blessing, a gift from God. After the fall another kind of work came into play, a cursed kind of work. It is these two that we need to understand and make sure ours is the blessed and profitable kind.

 

TENDING

 

Genesis 2:15(NKJV)

 

Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

 

God made man and God ordained man to work, to tend the garden.

 

Genesis 2:16

 

And the LORD God commanded the man saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat”

 

Why did God give Adam the right to freely eat from the garden? Because Adam worked in the garden therefore it was his right to reap where he had sown. I want you to realize that Adam was only free to eat from the garden and not any other place on the earth. He had no right to eat from where he had not worked.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 (NKJV)

 

What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? I have seen the God given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and [+ enjoy all the good of all his labor- it is the gift of God +]. (Emphasis mine)

 

This is tending, working under the anointing of God, the power to get wealth. Whatever you work at, whatever you tend, God beautifies. Whatever God has given you to tend you enjoy. Many are frustrated because they are tending the wrong things. They are not employing the gifts God gave them therefore they are tending the wrong garden.

 

“Tenders” are those that appreciate and employ their gifts, therefore all they do is stand in the garden God has put them in and tend it. God in turn opens up His good storehouse for such people and blesses the work of their hands.

 

Enter the serpent, enter the curse…..

 

TOILING

 

Genesis 3:17-19

 

And unto Adam He said, because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for your sake; in sorrow shall you eat of it all the days of your life; also thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat the plants of the field; in the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return unto the ground; for out of it were you taken: for dust you are, and unto dust shall you return.

 

Man fell, man was cursed, the ground was cursed and man moved from Eden to the field. Adam moved from tending to toiling. What is the difference between tending and toiling?

 

Genesis 2:15 (NKJV)

 

Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. (Emphasis mine)

 

Tend means to work, it is pleasurable, it is a blessing.

 

Genesis 3:17-19 (NKJV)

 

Then to Adam He said, “because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return. (Emphasis mine)

 

Toil is extreme labor that produces little fruit but more thorns and thistles. It implies struggling and sorrow, it is a curse.

 

Proverbs 23:4-5

 

Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom. Will you set your eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

 

This is toiling, laboring in your own strength and using your own wisdom and understanding. Toiling does not bring wealth; labor not to be rich, rather seek to understand your place in the garden and tend. Whatever you toil for will grow wings and fly away because you are working under the curse of “toil”. That is why many people complain that they work extremely hard yet they produce little, or even nothing. What they work for flies away from them.

 

“Toilers” are those that work extremely hard and produce very little because they do not exercise and employ their gifts. This is a serious curse.

 

WHAT IS WORK?

 

Before we proceed it is of utmost importance for us to understand the term “work”. It may sound like an obvious word since we are used to hearing and using it so often. Unfortunately today’s definition of work does not mean what God originally meant it to mean. For most people the word work means a job and that is fair and fine but it is not complete. Let us go back to the beginning and see how God meant it to be for us work-wise.

 

Genesis 2:15-16 (N.K.J.V)

 

Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat”

 

As said earlier work is not a curse, it is a responsibility and a blessing that should be enjoyed. The first thing we need to notice is that Adam was not working for anyone, he was working for himself. In other words you need to reach a level where you are independent enough to work your own garden in life, a place where you know that all your efforts are for the sake of you and your family. This is what we usually term a business. According to God’s plan we were all supposed to be tending our own gardens here on earth. Each of us should have a project or business we call our own.

 

Am I saying it is wrong to be employed? Not at all. It is good to be employed. So what am I saying? Am I contradicting myself? Let us look at another biblical example that will give us more clarity.

 

THE LABAN SYSTEM

 

Jacob was an ordinary person like us, nothing special about him. Like most people he needed to earn an honest living in order to survive and meet his needs. Like most people he looked for a job and fortunately, or unfortunately, he got a job with his uncle Laban. And Jacob being the honest, hardworking Christian he was, did his job diligently; sacrificing his time and effort like most people. Fortunately for Jacob he understood what God meant by work. He understood that he needed his own garden.

 

Genesis 30:25-26 (K.J.V)

 

And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, Send me away, that I may go to mine own place, and to my country. Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go, for you know my service which I have done for thee. (Emphasis mine)

 

Jacob understood that formal employment was just meant for a season. Formal employment is just for a season, it should be a stepping stone to your own garden. A time should come when you should be able to say to your employers, “Send me away, that I may go to my own place.”

 

Unfortunately many people can never reach this stage because of what I call the Laban System.

 

Genesis 31:41

 

Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times.

 

Jacob served in Laban’s garden twenty years for two important things: his wives and his own garden, that is, the livestock he went away with. Formal employment is good but it must not take your lifetime. You need to be able to serve in someone else’s garden for a season that will allow you the opportunity and ability to start your own garden (business or income generating project).

 

Unfortunately for many, they are serving Laban and thus working under the Laban System. It was not Laban’s will for Jacob to go. To prevent him from going, he kept on changing Jacob’s wages. Laban knew that Jacob’s labor was profiting him immensely, just as your employer knows that your labor is very valuable. Because of this he wanted to trap him in his garden. It is the same system the world is running on today. Many are trapped in formal employment till the day they retire. The Laban System does not allow them to work their own gardens. Jacob had to forcefully remove himself from this system in order to go to his own place. We too need to use force to reject the Laban System and establish our own gardens.

 

In our days the Laban System is very shrewd in the way it traps people, it offers them pensions. I am not against the pension system as a whole; I think it is a good idea for those who are willing to be formally employed for the rest of their lives. The problem I have with the pension system is that it was designed to keep people serving Laban. It creates a false sense of security about one’s future. A closer look at this system will reveal that it does not work. Most retirees who retire on a pension live way below the poverty level. The pension does not meet all their needs and they die early because of stress and frustration. But Laban does not care because he has already used your strength to prosper himself. The other reason I do not like the pension system is that it stifles the dreamer within us. It is because of the dreams of a pension that many stop dreaming of tending their own garden. “Why bother?” they ask. “After all I will be getting a pension.” This attitude kills creativity and a beautiful garden needs creativity.

 

The Laban System is the system the world is using because the few wealthy people who are running the world want to keep others from getting to the top. The truth is that if all the money in the world were to be divided equally among everyone in the world each of us would be worth US$3 million. Incredible but true. Yet this is a reality to those who are willing to break out of the system. For others people that money is small change so why limit ourselves to where we are?

 

In short all I have been trying to say is summed up in the words of Mark Anastasi: “A JOB IS ONLY A SHORT TERM SOLUTION TO A LONG TERM PROBLEM”. Get a job but keep dreaming and creating your own garden, your own business. Even Jesus made mention of this in His teachings.

 

Luke 16:12

 

And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?

 

This statement implies that after you have faithfully served in someone else’s garden, a time should come when you are to be given your own. That is the blueprint of heaven.

 

BACK TO WORK!

 

Have you ever noticed that the people who labor extremely hard labor for those sitting in chairs? Do you know that toilers toil for those who tend? This is because those who tend know their place in the garden and employ their gifts. Because they employ their gifts God blesses them and when God blesses them they employ the toilers, those who do not know their place and gifts and therefore end up working anywhere. The result is that the tenders end up tending larger places; God enlarges their territory and thus the blessings increase. God prospers the tenders and that is a fact. That is why the rich get richer and the poor poorer. The toilers lose their portion of the garden and its blessings to the tenders. In the parable of the talents the servant that was cast out into the outer darkness was cast out because he was unprofitable (Matthew 25:30) and his lot was given to the one who was profitable. God is concerned about our profitability; it is one of the major things that is on His heart.

 

Toilers are enemies of the cross because they do not work under the laws of God. They do not utilize the covenant that Jesus Christ died to bring into effect. They work under the system of the fall and not under grace.

 

Ecclesiastes 10:15

 

The labor of the foolish wearies everyone of them, because he knows not how to go to the city.

 

May this not be your portion as you work. May you enjoy the fruit of your labor and find the city of prosperity. Toiling is foolishness, for all you will be doing will be in vain. Toiling will get you nowhere.

 

Which of the two are you? Are you a tender or a toiler?

 

Praise be to Jesus for redeeming us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13).We can now move back from toiling to tending. We can start enjoying our work and our work being extremely fruitful. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and savior not only do we move from being toilers to tenders but God also heals the land that we are on, turning our toil into sweet tending.

 

The power to work is the power to get wealth, for without work one cannot get wealth.

 

Ecclesiastes 5:19

 

As to every man to whom God has given riches and wealth….”

 

How has God given him riches and wealth? Through his labor which is a gift from God.

 

Deuteronomy 28:12

 

The LORD shall open you His good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand: and you shall lend to many nations, and you shall not borrow. (Emphasis mine)

 

God will only open His good treasure, the heavens, to give us rain in its season IN ORDER TO BLESS (EMPOWER) THE WORK OF OUR HANDS. GOD DOES NOT OPEN HEAVEN AND POUR OUT HOUSES, LANDS, CARS OR MONEY, NO. God only opens the heavens in order to pour out blessings on our work, to bless the work of our hands so that we will not have to borrow but rather that we may be empowered to lend to nations.

 

The word ‘bless’ means to empower. God empowers the work of our hands so that through it, wealth and riches are created. When a farmer is working in the field he is creating wealth by the power that God has given him to obtain wealth. Different people have been given different gifts that they are to put to work; that is the power to obtain wealth. No matter what it is that God has called you to do, that job, which is part of your ministry is the avenue that God has given you to create wealth. It does not matter how small and insignificant that job seems God will bless all the work of your hands. I remember one night crying out to God for prosperity and He answered me with a tear drying, mouth closing answer, “What have you done with what I gave you?”

 

Matthew 25:14-30

 

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two and to another one; to every man according to his own ability; and immediately took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained another two. But he that had received one went and dug in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

 

After a long time the lord of those servants came, and settled accounts with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, Lord, you delivered unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, you delivered unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your lord.

 

Then he who had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew that you are a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not spread: and I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the earth: lo, here you have what is yours. His lord answered and said unto him, you wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not spread, You ought therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I would have received my own with interest. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him that has ten talents. For unto everyone that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has. And cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Emphasis mine)

 

We need to be aware that God has already given us the starting point of working out our prosperity and that starting point is according to our ability. This means you have no right saying “I cannot make it in life”.

 

God has invested gifts and talents in each and every one of us and it is these that we need to start using in order for us to be delivered from poverty. The problem with many people is that they are afraid of putting their gifts and talents to work. And those who are putting them to work are not trading with their talents. You must understand that the gift that God put in you is for your profiting, for as you profit the kingdom will also be profiting. Trade with your gift, use it to prosper.

 

The third servant hid his talent because he was afraid and this is the problem with many people. So many people are afraid of exposing the talents they have because they are afraid of being different. Others are afraid of failing and some just do not appreciate the gifts God has given them and so they hide them. Others are just plain old lazy. It is important to note that the master called this servant a wicked servant implying that hiding your talent and being unproductive is wickedness. Wicked people only have one destiny, hell on earth and hell in eternity. It is up to you to determine what life on earth is going to be like for you, heaven or hell. Choose heaven, trade with your talent.

 

Mark 11:12-14; 19-20

 

And on the next day, when they had come from Bethany, He was hungry: and seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if perhaps He might find anything thereon: and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of you hereafter forever. And His disciples heard it. And when evening had come He went out of the city. And in the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

 

The purpose of a fruit tree is to yield fruit. That is the talent or ability that God has given fruit trees; and for a tree to be productive it must put that talent or ability to work. The problem with this fruit tree is that it did not put its talent to work. It was unproductive for whatever reason and as a result it was cursed. Many people try to deal with curses upon their lives and go for all sorts of deliverance and that is fair and fine but deliverance will not save you from poverty if you are not willing to put your gifts to work. As long as you choose not to put your gifts to work you will continue living a cursed life. God has put certain gifts and talents in you just as He has done for fruit trees and it is up to you to put them to work and make your life productive. Most people run around seeking deliverance from the curse of poverty yet the greatest cause of their poverty is not a curse but rather failure to put what God has invested in them to work.

 

WHAT IS THAT IN YOUR HAND?

 

Exodus 4:1-3

 

And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice; for they will say, The LORD has not appeared to you. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in your hand? And he said, A rod. And He said, cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. (Emphasis mine)

 

What is that in your hand? Use it for your deliverance, deliverance from poverty.

 

Proverbs 18:16

 

A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.

 

A man’s gift makes room for him; room to exercise the power to get wealth and room for the wealth to come in. Because of his gift Joseph was brought before pharaoh, the greatest man in the world at that time. Joseph’s gift made room for him. Because Joseph put his gift to work he was taken from the prison to the palace, from poverty to prosperity. As you use your gift you will be taken out of your financial prison to your financial palace. Identify your gift and use it as a rod of deliverance. It is as you stretch out your rod that every sea and river of poverty will give way and let you pass into the land of prosperity. It is as you use the rod in your hand that God will open His good storehouse, the heavens, and empower you with the power to deliver yourself and family from the bondages of financial slavery and all will believe that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is your God.

 

1 Samuel 17:4; 8-14

 

And there went out a champion from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span…. and he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are you come out to set your battle in array? Am not I a Philistine, and you servants to Saul? Choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me, and kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall you be our servants, and serve us. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man that we may fight together.

 

When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehem-Judah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men, an old man in the days of Saul. And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the first born, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.

 

For many people poverty is the Goliath that is taunting them day and night, defying the children of the living God. It is because so many people have failed to bring down this giant that they have ended up serving mammon, the god of money. They work for money, money does not work for them. What a big shame.

 

The king and all the experienced soldiers of Israel were afraid of taking on this behemoth of a man, including David’s three elder brothers. What was the difference between David and these other men? What separated the real man from the boys? The answer to that question is the same thing that will separate you from poverty, so please pay attention.

 

1 Samuel 17:24-30 (NIV)

 

And the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were greatly afraid. And the men of Israel said, Have you seen this man that has come up? Surely to defy Israel has he come up: and it shall be, that the man who kills him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.

 

And David spoke to the men that stood by him saying, What shall be done to the man that kills this Philistine, and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? And the people answered him after this manner saying, So shall it be done to the man that kills him.

 

And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why have you come here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride, and the insolence of your heart; for you have come down that you may see the battle. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? And he turned from him toward another, and spoke after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.

 

The problem with many people, Christians included is that they are afraid of problems. They do not see them as an opportunity to solve peoples’ problems and get paid in the process. Instead of encouraging those with the courage to face these Goliaths we cut them down. We discourage them from exercising their God given gifts. “No one has ever done this before, you won’t make it.” Others even go to the extent of quoting scripture and say, “‘Be content with what you have’ if God had wanted you to be rich He would have MADE you rich.” That is pathetic. God wants us all to be prosperous in all areas of our lives, including our finances. But it is up to you to work out your own financial salvation. It was God’s will for Goliath to be defeated but someone had to rise up and face him. The same applies to the Goliath of poverty. God wants poverty to be destroyed out of your life but you have to rise up and fight it.

 

When God says, “Arise and shine for your light has come”, He does not mean He has done everything for us and all we have to do is move out of our small houses into mansions. He means it is time for you to face Goliath and prevail against him. He means that you have to ARISE AND FACE GOLIATH and when you do that you will definitely shine. Do not let people pull you down when you think, talk and work out your salvation from poverty. Be like David and refuse to listen to the “Eliabs” around you. So what was the difference between David and the rest of the armies of Israel?

 

1 Samuel 17:38-47 (NIV)

 

And Saul armed David with his armor, and he put a helmet of bronze upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armor, and he attempted to go; for he had not tried it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these, for I have not tried them. And David put them off him. And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a pouch; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bore the shield went before him.

 

And when the Philistine looked around and saw David, he despised him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog that you come to me with sticks? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

 

Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day will the LORD deliver you into my hand; and will strike you, and take your head from you; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands. (Emphasis mine)

 

The difference between David and the rest of the army is that David knew what he carried in his hands. He knew what he carried in both of his hands. He knew that God had placed certain gifts in his hands (the ability to use a sling) and he knew that it is these gifts that would bring him before great men and eventually make him the greatest man in Israel. In one hand David carried his sling (the endowments, talents or gifts from God) and in the other he carried a staff; symbolic of the word of God.

 

We also need to note that when David went against Goliath, what Goliath took note of was not the sling but the staff (v43). Why is this significant? Whatever your Goliath, when you choose to face it, it will not notice or worry about how gifted, intelligent or talented you are. The only thing that will intimidate your Goliath is the staff in your hand, the word that you wield as a two edged sword. A staff had three significant uses which are important for us to understand and apply to the word of God.

 

1. It was used to aid the shepherd keep his balance when walking in tough and rough terrain. The word of God is to give us balance in everything we do. It is there to keep us from falling when we encounter rough patches in life and it is also there to keep us from falling backwards in fear when Goliaths come charging against us. David knew that there was a possibility of moving back in fear when Goliath charged against him and so he took his staff along for support. Never move back in fear when poverty threatens you with unpaid bills. Take a hold of the word of God and hold on to it.

 

2. It was used as a weapon to stave off wild animals and even human attackers. Many a preacher teach that David only had one weapon to use against Goliath, that is not true. David had two weapons; a sling and a staff. The sling is symbolic of the gift that God has placed in your hands. The same gift that will bring you before great men. The same gift that you are to use to work out your salvation against poverty. Unfortunately many people think it is the gift alone that will bring down Goliath. The gift apart from the staff is powerless. That which gives power to your gift is the word of God. Without it you will end up toiling; exercising the gift but without getting the desired results. David did not go against Goliath with the sling, he went against Goliath IN THE NAME OF THE LORD OF HOSTS. Where did he get that from? He got it from the staff, the word of God.

 

3. It was also used as a symbol of authority. David understood that as a servant of God he carried authority and he used the staff to show that he understood the authority he stood in.

 

Ecclesiastes 8:4

 

Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What are you doing?

 

David understood that because he had the word of God, his sling would have the power to bring down Goliath. Never exercise your gifting without the backing of the word of God. It will have insignificant impact, especially when it is in an environment where there is a lot of competition. Everyone in the army had better and more powerful weapons than David but all feared to confront Goliath, why? It is because of all the men in the armies of Israel, only David had a staff that he knew how to use. When exercised with the authority of the word of God your gift will flourish, no matter the strength of the competition and opposition.

 

The difference between David and the armies of Israel is what he had in his hands. What do you have in your hands? Get your staff. Read, memorize and understand the word of God and then put your gift to work.

 

WORK OUT YOUR PROSPERITY

 

Psalm 62:11-12

 

God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs unto God. Also unto you ,O Lord, belongs mercy: for you render to every man according to his work.(Emphasis mine)

 

Power belongs to God but He shares it with us in order for us to get wealth. God gives us the power in order for us to work and He in turn gives us wealth according to the amount of power we have used in working. What have you done with what He gave you? Let us take a look at those to whom God fulfilled the covenant of prosperity, perhaps they will give us insight into exercising the power to get wealth.

 

Genesis 30:30-31; 43

 

For it was little which you had before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the LORD has blessed you since my coming: and now when shall I provide for my own family also? And he said, What shall I give you? And Jacob said, you shall not give me anything: if you will do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep your flock. I will pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the speckled and spotted sheep, and all the brown lambs among the sheep, and the speckled and spotted among the goats: and of such shall be my wages….. and the man increased exceedingly, and had large flocks, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and donkeys.

 

God blessed the work of Jacob’s hands so much that more wealth was created, in the form of flocks, than Laban had been capable of doing. This was because Jacob, like us, was a covenant child, a member of the kingdom. The only reason the flocks that Jacob had specified multiplied exceedingly was because God blessed the work of Jacob’s hands. Jacob prospered exceedingly because he worked exceedingly hard. The first time Jacob crossed over the river Jabok, it was just him and his staff. The second time he crossed over the same river he was two “companies”, a result of hard work (Genesis32:10 N.K.J.V).

 

Proverbs 20:13

 

Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread.

 

Jacob did not love sleep, rather he was a hard worker and that is why God blessed him with prosperity. The problem with many Christians is that our eyes are closed to the opportunities of work and business around us. Truly the god of this age has blinded many. Jacob kept his eyes open and that is why he managed to get his financial breakthrough. Opportunities to prosper come dressed in overalls, that is, they come in the form of work. It is those whose eyes are open that will recognize them.

 

Genesis 29:10

 

And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the wells mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.

 

Jacob opened his eyes and saw that Laban’s sheep needed watering and he watered them, exercising the power to work, thereby opening the door to his destiny. Open your eyes, see what needs to be done and exercise the power to work and your financial destiny will be opened. God is faithful, He will bless the work of your hands. That thing you see as missing in the community or elsewhere, work it out, no matter how insignificant or “degrading” it seems. The greatest destroyer of many people’s financial destinies, Christians included, is laziness.

 

Proverbs 18:9

 

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

 

Laziness is a great destroyer of financial blessings. It is contrary to the power to get wealth.

 

Revelation 20:12

 

And I saw the dead, great and small, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

 

Even our heavenly rewards will be determined by our “works”. That just shows how serious God is about work. The problem with many people is that they take their jobs lightly. They tend to be slack concerning whatever work they are supposed to be doing. This is a sin before God and it has its earthly repercussions.

 

Proverbs 10:4

 

He becomes poor who has a slack hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

 

As long as you deal with a slack hand at work you will never experience the power to prosper. God does not deal with slackness. As long as you deal with a slack hand poverty is your just due. It does not matter whether you are working for someone or running your own business.

 

A SLACK HAND IS A LEAKING HAND.

 

“The hand of the diligent maketh rich.” Diligence is one key to prosperity that has been ignored for a long time and yet it is crucial if you are to enjoy true and lasting prosperity. Diligence is simply doing your best at all times. The hand of the diligent makes rich because God blesses the work of our hands. If you do your best at all times, God’s blessing will be constant resulting in prosperity.

 

A DILIGENT HAND IS CAPABLE OF HOLDING ON TO THE BLESSINGS OF GOD WITHOUT THEIR SLIPPING AWAY.

 

Daniel 6:3

 

Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

 

Diligence leads to excellence and excellence always precedes promotion. The only reason Daniel was made ruler in Babylon, even preferred above other presidents, is because he was diligent.

 

Proverbs 12:24

 

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be put to forced labor.

 

Like it or not this principle works for believers and non believers. Which is why you will always find that it is those who are diligent that are always building empires and employing the slothful, those who give up just because things are getting tough. Never give up on your dreams. Be diligent and those castles in the air will end up becoming a reality.

 

Proverbs 22:29

 

See you a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before obscure men.

 

Paupers do not stand before kings. It is a privilege reserved for the well to do of the kingdom. For those who exercise the power to get wealth by working. Be diligent in all you do and you will be preferred above everyone else to be in the presence of kings. Diligence results in wealth and wealth elevates you to the realms of kingship.

 

Proverbs 14:23

 

In all labor there is profit, but the talk of the lips leads only to poverty.

 

In all labor there is profit, there is prosperity. But in idleness there is poverty. An idle mind is the devil’s workshop and idle hands are the devil’s tools; tools of poverty and destruction. In all labor there is profit. The power to get wealth lies in labor. How much power to get wealth are you exercising?

 

Jeremiah 31:16-17

 

Thus says the LORD, Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears: for your work shall be rewarded, says the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in your end, says the LORD, that your children will come again to their own border.

 

Stop crying for prosperity, work. As you work your reward, prosperity, will come from the land of the enemy and the wicked will toil in order for their fruit to come to you. There is hope for you if only you can stretch out your hand and work.

 

Zechariah 8:11-13

 

But now I will not be unto the remnant of this people as in the former days, says the LORD of Hosts. For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. And it shall come to pass, that as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong. (Emphasis mine)

 

You will possess all these, but, let your hands be strong. Work your job well or look for opportunities to invest in businesses or stocks. Sowing seed is working, tending the vines is working. It is as you work that you will obtain favor from God and He will cause showers of blessings to come down on you. One secret that will guarantee that you receive your just dues as you work is given to us by Paul, the man who said, “He who does not work must not eat.”

 

Colossians 3:17; 23-24

 

And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by Him.

And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

If you do all things including your work unto God, then God becomes your legitimate paymaster. He will even instruct the earthly institution you work for to give you an increment and a promotion; for promotion comes neither from the east, the west, or the south, but promotion comes from God.

 

Job 36:11

 

If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

 

As you serve at your work place do it in service to God and you will spend your days in prosperity. God is a faithful paymaster, giving us exceedingly abundantly more than we can ever ask or imagine. Not only will you spend your days in prosperity but you will spend your years in pleasures. Each and every year will be a year of pleasure and joy meaning every agent of tragedy and sorrow will not be able to get to you. On the other hand if you do your work unto man, then man will be responsible for your reward and we all know the hassles that come from depending on man.

 

Deuteronomy 26:6-7

 

And the Egyptians mistreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage: and when we cried unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard our voice, and looked on our afflictions, and on our labor, and our oppression. (Emphasis mine)

 

Genesis 31:42

 

Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely you would have sent me away now empty. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night. (Emphasis mine)

 

Whenever we are in bondage and we cry out to God there are three things He looks at; our affliction, our labor and the oppression we are under. Even when you are in bondage, work, so that when you cry out to God He may have something to look at and reward.

 

Why do you think God told the Israelites to plunder the Egyptians? It is because Israel had earned it, they had labored in Egypt for 400 years and they had to have something to show for it. The Israelites were not reaping where they had not sown, no, God never breaks His principles.

 

Exodus 3:22 (AMP)

 

“…..And you shall strip the Egyptians [of belongings due to you].”

 

Israel had worked, sweated, bled and some even died for that wealth, which is why they had the right to plunder the Egyptians. God never breaks His principles, he who does not work must not eat. I believe had Israel not labored in Egypt, they would have come out empty handed and God would have given them the wealth of the desert.

 

Matthew 11:28

 

Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

Jesus was in effect saying, “Come to Me all that are toiling and I will restore the blessing of work to you. I will remove the yoke of toiling and give you My yoke of tending. Learn how to tend from Me and you will find rest, peace and prosperity, for all that I do prospers.”

 

CHAPTER 13

THE POWER OF OBEDIENCE

 

Philippians 2:12-13

 

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. (Emphasis mine)

 

Obedience and work are twins that cannot be separated. Whenever God tells us to do something we obey by working it out. We obey by working out our salvation, our healing, our prosperity, etcetera. It is the amount and kind of work we have been given that varies.

 

Job 36:11-12

 

If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

 

“If they obey and serve Him”, you cannot serve without working, it is impossible. God is looking for those who are willing to obey and work out His instructions that He may prosper them, that He may give them the anointing that attracts wealth. As for those who are not willing to obey and work, the destroyer is waiting to work on them and they will die without knowing the prosperity and pleasures of God.

 

Isaiah 1:19-20

 

If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land. But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.

 

It is only those that are willing to work and are obedient that will enjoy the good of the land, the prosperity of the land. And again, those that refuse to work and rebel against the Lord will be destroyed. Where does the power in obedience lie?

 

2 Corinthians 10:3-6

 

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having a readiness to punish all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (Emphasis mine)

 

It is through obedience that we get the power and authority to punish disobedience. What disobedience? The works of the devil, of which poverty is one of them. When you punish disobedience you then replace it with works of obedience, that is, the finished works of Calvary, of which prosperity is one of them. Obey and use the power of obedience to destroy poverty in your life. Let us look at a scriptural example of obedience working together with work.

 

 

Genesis 26:1-6 (N.K.J.V)

 

And there was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell you of: sojourn in this land, and I will be with you, and will bless you; for unto you and your descendants, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I swore unto Abraham your father; and I will make your descendants to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto your descendants all these countries; and in your descendants shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws. And Isaac dwelt in Gerar.

 

Isaac was in a fix. There was famine in the land of the Philistines, which connoted economic crisis. Isaac thought the best thing to do was to migrate to the more economically stable land of Egypt. But God told him to stay in the land of the Philistines for He was going to give him the power to get wealth. God commanded Isaac to dwell in that land and continue his farming activities as usual despite the drought. What did Isaac do? He obeyed, “So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.”

 

Genesis 26:12-14 (N.K.J.V)

 

Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. And the man became great, and advanced, and grew until he became very great: for he had possessions of flocks, and possessions of herds, and a great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.

 

Isaac obeyed and went to work. Before he could prosper he had to till the land, sow seed (exercising the power to lay down) and weed out the weeds. Simply put he had to work.

 

When Isaac began to obey and work, he began to prosper. When he continued obeying and working, he continued to prosper until he became exceedingly prosperous.

 

Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. Kingdom wealth is not reserved for heaven, it is for the here and now, to be enjoyed on earth. Whatever God tells you to do obey and work out His instructions. Obey and work out the word.

 

Psalm 68:6; 11-13 (NIV)

 

God sets the solitary in families: He brings out those who are bound in chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those who published it. Kings of armies did flee in haste: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil. Though you have slept among the sheepfolds, yet shall you be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.

 

The rebellious dwell in a dry land. They live fruitless, unproductive and barren lives. But those who are obedient and publish the word through their lifestyles and mouths become great. They are the ones who are lifted up from the miry clay and are set among princes.

 

Psalm 66:10-12

 

For you, O God, have proved us: you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid affliction upon our backs. You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but you brought us out into a wealthy place. (Emphasis mine)

 

It is important to know that obedience is always tested. It is proved through tough situations, through the fire. Whenever you are going through the fire count it all joy for you are in the exam room and the examination room always precedes the glory room. It is only those that hold on and do not compromise that are brought out into a wealthy place. Hang on and walk through.

 

Obey and work out your prosperity. God has given you the power to get wealth.

 

CHAPTER 14

 

THE POWER OF THE TONGUE

 

Proverbs 10:20-21

 

The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is of little use. The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for lack of wisdom.

 

The tongue of the just is choice silver, it is wealth. The lips of the righteous feed many, meaning they produce a lot of wealth.

 

Proverbs 4:23

 

Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it flow the issues of life.

 

As said earlier what you invest into your heart is what you receive dividends on. In the natural the local bank receives money from the reserve bank. Heaven is the reserve bank while your heart is the receiving branch. Whenever you make a request to God the answer is deposited into the local branch from the reserve bank. Out of the heart come the issues of life; including wealth and riches. The billion dollar question is, “how do I withdraw the wealth I invested in my heart?”

 

Matthew 12:33-35

 

Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit. O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. A good man, out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

 

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks and brings out treasures. That is why the tongue of the righteous is choice silver and the lips of the righteous produce wealth, for they speak forth the wealth and riches they have invested in their hearts.

 

WHAT YOU INVEST IN YOUR HEART IS THE TREASURE YOU BRING OUT THROUGH YOUR MOUTH.

 

Ephesians 1:3

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ.

 

Remember that all the promises that meet our every day needs are in the word of God, which is the spiritual investment we make in order to receive our physical blessings. Remember that these are transactions that are carried out between heaven (spiritual) and earth (physical). Why is this important? Because we need to understand that the heart is the portal between heaven and earth.

 

Matthew 12:34-35

 

O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. A good man, out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

 

How do you withdraw your dividends? By speaking them out, simple yet true.

 

Proverbs 18:20-21

 

A man’s stomach shall be satisfied by the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

 

It is with the tongue that you make your withdrawals. The tongue is your cheque book or ATM card. But again, it can only bring out the treasure you put in.

 

Mark 11:12-13

 

And on the next day, when they had come from Bethany, He was hungry: and seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if perhaps He might find anything thereon: and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

 

The fig tree deceived Jesus. It literally offered Him figs it did not have. This is exactly what the devil and his agents do to us. They entice us with their worldly avenues that seem lucrative, avenues that have leaves but no fruit.

 

And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of you hereafter forever. And His disciples heard it.”

 

This is one aspect of spiritual warfare that we have neglected especially when we are fighting for our finances. We know how to curse sicknesses and disease until we are free but we tend to neglect to curse the deceptive fig trees (false avenues of finances) in our lives therefore they are always returning with seven others more deceptive than they and yet we still let them live. This is the reason there is so much corruption and evil ways of making money. Drug dealing, human trafficking, corruption and all sorts of crime are all leafy fig trees without fruit and unfortunately they are trapping so many people in the world including Christians, what a shame.

 

Ecclesiastes 8:11

 

Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

 

We Christians are guilty of not executing the sentence against evil work. We are not cursing the deceptive fig trees therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. God has appointed us to be kings on this earth and one of our duties is to bring judgment on evil (Psalm 149:6-9). We need to respond to these evil avenues of making money in the same way that Christ responded to them. We should pronounce judgment on them.

 

Genesis 14:21-23

 

And the king of Sodom said to Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to yourself. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand to the LORD, the Most High God, the possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not take from a thread even to a shoe thong, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich.

 

Abraham recognized that this was a leafy fig tree without fruit. He knew that this transaction was not going to bring God any glory and so he refused to partake of it. How many of us would pass up such a chance of becoming wealthy in a few seconds, especially since you would have worked hard in fighting like Abraham did? The problem with us is that we think the person we worked for is the one that rewards us, no. We are supposed to do everything unto the Lord because He and He alone is our pay master. True the people we work for have to pay us but we do not look to them for the reward. We look to God for it is He who renders to each of us according to our work.

 

Back to withdrawing from the only legitimate source; God. Remember all else including your job or business are resources. There are two ways in which we use our mouths to withdraw.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. THE POWER OF CONFESSION

 

The Greek word for confess is “homologeo” and it means to say the same thing. In other words when we are confessing what we want to see we have to say the same thing as God. This is why it is important for us to fill our hearts with God’s word.

 

Mark 11:20-23

 

And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, calling to remembrance said unto Him, Teacher, behold, the fig tree which you cursed is withered away. And Jesus answering said unto him, have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say to this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things he said shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says.

 

“Have faith in God…” Where? In your heart, your bank account. If faith is credited to you as righteousness in your account, then and only then, can you continue with the transaction of withdrawing. You cannot withdraw without prior investments. If faith has been credited into your account then you can use your ATM, your tongue and “say”, that is, withdraw. Out of the abundance of your heart speak. Or, out of the abundance of your account withdraw. According to your faith and the word in you, speak, and you will have whatever you say. You will withdraw that which you need.

 

Romans 10:8-11

 

But what says it? The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. for with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on Him shall not be ashamed.

 

It is very important that we note the following points and observe to do them.

• The word has to be in your heart and mouth.

• It has to be the word of faith because the word does not profit anything unless it is mixed with faith (Hebrews 4:2).

• Believe in your heart for faith to be credited to you as righteousness.

• Confess with your MOUTH for with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. That is to say, it is with the mouth that you withdraw from the bank and are saved from poverty.

• Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame. Because we have faith, we are pleasing in His sight, therefore whatever we ask we receive.

 

Out of the abundance of your heart speak. Say the same thing as God. Speak the prosperity that He is speaking and out of your heart you will bring forth good treasure.

 

THE BANK TELLERS

 

In a natural bank there is a class or group of special people who assist in processing your transactions, the bank tellers. The heavenly bank also has its own bank tellers only we do not call them tellers, we call them angels.

 

Have you ever noticed that when you go to the bank and you do not tell the tellers what you want or if you do not write out your deposit or withdrawal slip they will not help you? They learnt this from the heavenly tellers. Angels will never go into action in your favor until you speak.

 

Hebrews 1:13-14

 

But to which of the angels said He at anytime, Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister to them who shall be heirs of salvation.

 

Angels are there to minister to us but they will not do so until we speak the word, and I mean just that, the word as in the word of God. What do they minister to us? They minister the total salvation package which includes prosperity. The man Daniel is one man that had great understanding of the ministry of angels and it would do us well to take his example.

 

Daniel 9:20-22

 

And while I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of the my God; yea, while I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering. And he informed me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give you skill and understanding. (Emphasis mine)

 

Why did the angel Gabriel “fly swiftly” to Daniel? Because he was speaking in prayer. Notice the angel did not just come and stand, he brought an answer to Daniel’s prayer.

 

Daniel 10:4-5; 10-11

 

And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; then I lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with fine gold of Uphaz:

And, behold, a hand touched me, which made me tremble upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto you, and stand upright: for unto you am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.

 

Why did the angel come to Daniel’s aid? The angel himself tells us why he came.

 

Daniel 10:12

 

Then said he unto me, fear not Daniel: for from the first day that you did set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I am come because of your words. (Emphasis mine)

 

“Your words were heard and I am come because of your words.” Angels are always on standby to hear our words. But there are special words we need to speak in order for them to “fly swiftly” and minister to us.

 

Psalm 103:20-21

 

Bless the Lord you His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word. Bless you the Lord, all you His hosts; you ministers of His, that do His pleasure. (Emphasis mine)

 

Angels are there to do God’s pleasure and it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom and its prosperity. Notice that the angels “do” God’s commandments, they carry out His word. Notice also that this scripture does not say, “hearkening unto His voice,” NO. It says, “hearkening unto the voice of His word.” Angels are always hearkening to the voice that speaks God’s word and they excel in carrying out the “commandment” spoken forth. Every time that you confess or‘homologeo’ scripture, angels go forth to perform it. They fly swiftly to bring your answer. Every time that you write out your cheque, remember the tongue is your cheque book, the heavenly bank tellers will swiftly go into action to bring your request.

 

Psalm 68:10-13

 

Your congregation has dwelt therein: you, O God, have prepared of your goodness for the poor. The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it. Kings of armies did flee in haste: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil. Though you have slept among the sheepfolds, yet shall you be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold. (Emphasis mine)

 

God has prepared things to give to the poor out of His goodness. What does He give to the poor? He gives His word. It is those that publish, proclaim or confess His word that become great. They move from poverty to greatness. That is why Jesus declared, “The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor”. The word of God carries the anointing and power to prosper the poor.

 

Those that trade with the word are they that become great, they tarry at home and yet they still divide the spoil. In other words they do not have to go far to look for prosperity. They do not have to leave their families and go to far way lands for God to prosper them.

 

Of those that publish or confess His word God says, “though you have lain among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.” In other words you may have been blackened by the fires of poverty, but now you will shine with the glory of prosperity.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. THE PLACE OF PRAYER

 

We have already discussed the place of midnight raids on the enemy and so we will not discuss it here but we will discuss the power of talking to our Father, the owner of the bank of heaven.

 

Mark 11:24

 

Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you shall have them.

 

“Whatever you ask…” You cannot ask with your heart, you ask with your mouth, you have to speak. You ask with your mouth that which is full in your heart and believing you will receive.

 

1 John 3:22

 

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

 

In the natural the bank you bank with can never give you money until you ask for it even though it is your money. Ephesians1verses 3 and11 tell us that we have all things through Christ. We have but we still have to ask. It is only upon requesting that the bank gives you your money. An important point we must note in carrying out our transactions was noted by Paul in the letter to the Philippians and it is one point we need to note when in need of withdrawing.

 

Philippians 4:6-7

 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

In the natural when you have money in the bank you never panic when you run out of money in your pockets. You just walk to the bank and request for more of your money and you are given. If however, you panic when requesting for your money, you immediately become suspect and security will be called to check you out first, thus delaying all your transactions. It is the same when making a withdrawal in the bank of heaven. Do not panic when you run out of money, just calmly, with faith and boldness, make your request made known to God and the peace of God will guard your heart. That is, you will have the assurance that your request has been heard and “if we know that He hears us whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15).

 

1 John 3:22

 

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

 

God hates panic. Whatever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23) and panic is a sign that faith is missing. This means when we panic we are in sin and sin is not pleasing to God. Therefore when you panic you will not receive whatever you ask of Him. Your transaction will be delayed until you calm down and ask in faith.

 

Hebrews 4:16

 

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and grace to help in time of need.

 

This is where we mostly miss it as Christians. When we encounter a need, instead of boldly approaching the throne of grace to obtain help in times of need, we fret and approach the throne of God in a panicked state, wailing and crying our lungs out, thereby offending God. If you offend the king, be sure you will not obtain help in time of need. Approach the throne of grace with boldness, confidence and faith and you will have your requests.

 

Matthew 6:25-26

 

Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they?

 

This is why Jesus said, “Take no thought…..” If you have money in your bank account you do not think twice about withdrawing it when you have need of it. If you have food in your store house you take no thought of hunger. Since you have wealth and riches in your heavenly account, take no thought of poverty, just make your requests made known to the bank.

 

Use your mouth to withdraw through prayer. Prayer is simply talking to God, asking and receiving.

 

Matthew 7:7-11

 

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him who knocks it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, who if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him. (Emphasis mine)

 

If you want to receive dividends on your investments, ask for them. Ask and it will be given to you, “how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him.” It is only those that approach the throne of grace and mercy to ask who receive. If you do not ask you will not receive (James 4:2).

 

Zechariah 10:1

 

Ask of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to everyone grass in the field.

 

You have to ask for your blessings and prosperity to come in their season.

 

Luke 21:15

 

For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries cannot contradict and resist. (Emphasis mine)

 

Even that adversary called poverty is not able to resist the power and wisdom of the tongue. Start making declarations of faith about your finances today. Start withdrawing with your mouth.

 

CHAPTER 15

THE PLACE OF GOD’S SERVANTS IN YOUR FINANCES

 

God always sends a man to lead you out of captivity. True it is God that brought the children of Israel freedom, but it was Moses who led them out. It is also true that Jesus Christ came to set the captives free, but it still takes a man to lead you to Christ. It takes a man to lead you into your promised land, the Kingdom.

 

Psalm 105:16-17

 

Moreover He called for famine upon the land: He broke every staff of bread. He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold as a servant. (Emphasis mine)

 

Always when you are in a famine, God would have already sent a Joseph ahead of you to prepare abundance and a Goshen for you.

 

Psalm 105:24-26; 37

 

And He increased His people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies. He turned their hearts to hate His people, to deal craftily with His servants. He sent Moses His servant, and Aaron whom He had chosen.

He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among the tribes.

 

Whenever you are in captivity God always sends a Moses to bring you out with silver and gold, joy and gladness of heart. You should always be sensitive to what is going on around you in such times for it is in these seasons that God sends His prophets your way with specific instructions for you. The way you receive, respect and respond to these messengers is crucial because it determines the outcome of your future.

 

Matthew 10:40-42

 

He that receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him that sent Me. Him that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophets reward; and he that receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous mans reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

 

If you are to receive your portion, receive God’s servants. It is important how you receive these servants that God sends your way, for how you receive them determines how you receive your blessing.

 

2 Chronicles 20:20

 

“…….believe in the LORD your God, so shall you be established; believe His prophets, so shall you prosper.”

 

Believing in God is not enough, it only establishes you in the kingdom. But when you believe in His prophets, then will you prosper. Why?

 

Psalm 107:19-20

 

Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble and He saves them out of their distresses. He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them out of their destructions.

 

Whenever you cry out to God in your trouble He will send you His word and this usually comes through your man of God. The prophets come with God’s word for the season. They are God’s envelope. If you do not receive the envelope, you will not receive the letter and the blessing it carries. It is in times of debt and barrenness that God will send you your Elisha (2 Kings 4:1-17).

 

Unfortunately for many in these days, they have forgotten the place of God’s servants in our lives. We have lost the art of identifying God’s servants. And even when we recognize them, we have forgotten how to receive, respect and respond to them.

 

Ephesians 4:8-12

 

Therefore he says, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that He ascended, what is it but that He descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.)

And He gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.

 

‘He gave gifts to men.’ This means that our spiritual leaders are gifts to us from God. We need to receive these gifts and honor them the way we honor a gift from an important person in our lives. Do you recognize your pastor as a gift from God? Do you treat him/her as such or do you despise the gift God gave you? Why does He give us these gifts?

 

For the perfecting of the saints. As a saint your life is not perfect until God’s word comes to pass in your life and one of God’s major words for this season is Zecheriah1:17, the word of prosperity. This word is very crucial in these last days because it leads to “this gospel of the kingdom being preached to all nations.” Always remember, “He gave gifts to men”, the way you receive these gifts of God determines the way your life will be perfected.

 

John 4:7-14

 

There came a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus said unto her, Give me to drink. (For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) then said the woman of Samaria unto Him, How is it that you being a Jew, ask drink of me, who am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

Jesus answered and said unto her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that said to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked of Him, and He would have given you living water. The woman said unto Him, Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from where then have you that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his sons and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall not thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (Emphasis mine)

 

Unfortunately, even though God has given us gifts, we do not know that they are gifts. And because we do not appreciate them as gifts, the living water they carry within them cannot be released into our lives. There is a special blessing that God puts inside His anointed servants, a blessing that produces wells of water in deserts. A blessing that causes a pot of oil to fill many vessels larger than itself. A blessing that causes a handful of flour and a little oil to feed a village for months on end. But this special blessing can only be accessed by receiving the carriers of this blessing; that is why God calls them gifts. You have to receive the gift in order for you to enjoy it.

 

HOW DO I RECOGNISE THE PROPHET GOD HAS SENT MY WAY?

 

In the book of 1Kings17:7-16, we get a classic example. I will be using the word “prophet” in this scenario not as an office but generally to signify God’s servants, that is, any of the five fold.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. HAS HE BROUGHT LIGHT TO MY SITUATION?

 

1 Kings 17:13

 

And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as you have said; but make me from it a little loaf first, and bring it unto me, and after that make some for you and your son.

 

A prophet will come to encourage you in your SPECIFIC situation, “…fear not. Go and do as thou hast said….and after make for yourself and your son.” In other words Elijah was telling this widow that he had come with the solution to her poverty. He was telling her that the meal she was preparing for him was not going to be the last. Always a true prophet will bring light to your dark situation.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. HAS HE COME TO GLORIFY GOD?

 

1 Kings 17:14

 

For thus says the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not run out, neither shall the jar of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth.

 

A true prophet is not after his own gain, he is after your gain and the glory of God thus he/she will come in the name of the Lord. “For thus saith the Lord God….”, not Elijah, “the barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the jar of oil fail…” In this statement we see that Elijah was seeking for God’s name to be glorified and also for the woman to prosper. Whose name is the prophet promoting?

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. HAS THE HOLY SPIRIT BORNE WITNESS WITH MY SPIRIT?

 

2 Kings 4:9

 

And she said unto her husband, Behold, I perceive that this is a man of God, who passes by us continually.

 

You can never recognize the prophet God has sent your way without the help of the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you “perceive” the prophet God has sent your way, for as many as are led by the Spirit of God are the true sons of God. The Holy Spirit will quicken your spirit to alert you when the messenger God sent your way is around.

 

When Jesus and John were in their mothers’ wombs, when they came close to each other they leapt in their mothers’ wombs, why? Their destinies were linked. John was the prophet God had sent to go ahead of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is very versatile, He will use many methods to alert you, but one thing is sure, when He alerts you, you will know.

 

Let us look at the example of Abraham. God had told Abraham that he would be blessed above all nations but in order for the blessings to take effect in Abraham’s life, Abraham had to encounter Melchizedek first.

 

Genesis 14:18-20

 

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the Most High God. And he blessed him and said, Blessed be Abram of the Most High God, possessor of heaven and earth: and blessed be the Most High God, who has delivered your enemies into your hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

 

God sent Melchizedek to speak into Abram’s life in order to prosper Abram. Remember, faith in God establishes you in the kingdom but when God sends His servant your way and you believe the words he speaks into your life, then shall you prosper. The same way Abram received Melchizedek is the same way we are to receive the servants God sends our way, respect and believe them. Take care of them, especially the shepherds that are feeding you in your local church.

 

The most obvious messenger of God that we tend to take for granted is right under our very noses, our local pastor. So many times we like sowing into the ministries of visiting preachers more than we do our very own pastors, yet God put them where they are for our sakes. Most have sacrificed a lot for our sakes, yet we take them for granted, shame on us.

 

Hebrews 13:17

 

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. (Emphasis mine)

 

God has placed your Pastor over you as a spiritual head and covering, a source of blessing. When we submit to them and invest in their lives, it is profitable for us. When we do not, it is unprofitable, it leads to poverty.

 

Jeremiah 23:1-2

 

Woe to the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! Says the LORD. Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel against the shepherds that feed my people; you have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, says the LORD.

 

Whether you like it or not, your local Pastor has a strong bearing on your life and destiny. That is why God is so strong on Pastors, they have the power to destroy or build your life.

 

Jeremiah 23:3-4

 

And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, says the LORD. (Emphasis mine)

 

Your local Pastor is the shepherd God has placed over you. He is the one who keeps the wolves from devouring you. He lays down his life for you, staving off the one who seeks to devour your life. We all need shepherds over us. No one can live a truly victorious life without a shepherd watching over their lives. Appreciate God for the shepherd He has placed over your life, and appreciate the shepherd God has placed over your life!

 

Galatians 6:6-7 (N.K.J.V)

 

. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Emphasis mine)

 

This is why God commands us to share all good things with those who instruct us in the word, which is usually our local Pastor. And it is clear that sharing the “all good things” with those who instruct us in the word is one of the most important forms of sowing in Gods eyes. That is why Paul says we must not be deceived, God cannot be mocked, not even by the devourer who will try to devour your seed.

 

If you constantly sow into the life of your local Pastor, be sure of a great harvest, for God cannot be mocked. We need to understand that a seed connects us to the ground that it falls on. When a seed sprouts and grows into a tree, the quality of the fruit you eat is determined by the nutrients that are in the ground. That is why Jesus said when you receive a prophet in the name of a prophet, you will receive a prophet’s reward. You will reap the “nutrients” upon his/her life.

 

Ezekiel 44:30

 

And the first of all the first fruits of all things, and every offering of all, of every sort of your offerings, shall be the priest’s: you shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, that He, may cause a blessing to rest in your house. (Emphasis mine)

 

What is “the blessing” that you receive when you sow in the lives of ministers of the gospel?

 

Proverbs 10:22

 

The blessing of the LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

 

Leviticus 25:21

 

Then I will command My blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years.

 

“The blessing of the Lord it makes rich”. The blessing is empowerment to prosper, it is empowerment for supernatural increase. The blessing empowers your efforts in life in such a way that the results or harvest is multiplied. Whenever God is raising the ministry that you sowed in, you yourself will also be raised because you will be partaking of the same nutrients that the ministry is partaking off. That is why you discover that when you invest in a ministry’s building fund, your own building will be funded from above, because you would have connected to the “building ground” therefore the nutrients that speed up building processes will flow through your life and your own will also be built speedily.

 

Isaiah 10:27

 

And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off your shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

 

Whenever your seed falls on anointed ground, you tap into the yoke breaking anointing in that ground. The burden of poverty shall be removed from off your shoulder and you will be liberated from the yoke of impoverishment and free to encounter the blessing.

 

Philippians 4:14-20

 

Nevertheless you have done well, that you did share in my affliction. Now you Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving, but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Emphasis mine)

 

Why could Paul boldly say, “My God shall supply all your need”? Because, “But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.” Because Paul abounded in all things, the ground that the Philippians sowed in abounded in all things. Therefore they were tapping into the abundance in him. Since the ground had all, God could also supply all their needs, the ground was very fertile. That is why it is so important for churches to make sure that their pastors are abounding in all things, make the ground fertile and you will always reap a healthy harvest.

 

“…..no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving, but you only.” The sharing Paul was talking about is a secret we need to understand. The church shared of their physical substance and Paul shared of the anointing upon his life. That is why all their needs were being met. The anointing they were receiving through giving was breaking the yoke of lack and want from off their lives.

 

Ezekiel 44:28-31

 

And it shall be unto them an inheritance: I am their inheritance, and you shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession. They shall eat the grain offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering: and every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs. And the first of all the first fruits of all things, and every offering of all, of every sort of your offerings, shall be the priest’s: you shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, that He, may cause a blessing to rest in your house. The priests shall not eat of anything that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast. (Emphasis mine)

 

Your Pastor must not survive by luck. He must not live on things that chance upon him or that he chances upon. You must make sure that your pastor’s livelihood is taken care of by you. Whatever you are able to offer, give it, that God may cause the blessing to rest in your house. So many are crying because the blessing comes for a visit and then leaves. The power to increase comes upon them and then it departs, it never stays, why? The blessing comes and the blessing goes because they neglect to take care of the pastor.

 

Galatians 6:6-9

 

Let him that is taught in the word share with him that teaches in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to the flesh shall also of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.

 

Whatever a man sows in the life of he who teaches him spiritual things, that man will surely reap for God cannot be mocked. Notice the Bible says as you share all good things with him that teaches you the word, you are sowing to the Spirit. That is amazing. We have a chance of sowing into the ministry of the Holy Spirit and yet we usually take it for granted. God cannot be mocked, as long as you sow to the Spirit, you will definitely reap life in all areas of your life, finances included.

 

Joel 2:19-26

 

Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto His people, Behold, I will send you grain, and wine, and oil, and you shall be satisfied with them: and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations: but I will remove far from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the eastern sea, and his back toward the western sea, and his stench shall come up, and his foul smell shall come up, because he has done great things. Fear not, O land, be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.

 

Be not afraid you beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring up, for the tree bears her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. Be glad then you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.

 

And I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, and the consuming locust, and the cutting locust, my great army which I sent among you. And you shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you, and My people shall never be ashamed.

 

We usually run around with this verse laying a claim to its promises of restoration and prosperity, yet we overlook the condition that comes with it.

 

Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare your people O LORD, and give not your heritage to reproach, that the nations should rule over them: why should they say among the people, Where is their God? Then will the LORD be jealous for His land, and pity His people.

 

The condition lies with the ministers of the gospel, the five-fold ministry. Do not take your pastors for granted. You have no idea how many tears they shed for you and usually at odd hours of the night. Do not take life for granted when it is going well for you. You do not know the battles that were fought for you by these precious men and women of God. The Bible clearly shows that it is only after the ministers of the Lord weep for the people of God that God will be jealous for His land. Your Pastor is your personal intercessor and his/her prayers have a great bearing on your life. That should be reason enough for you ensure that they are as physically comfortable as possible.

 

As we wrap up this chapter there is a special example of this principle that we cannot ignore; the example of Hannah. The book of first Samuel and the first chapter speaks of a man called Elkanah. This man had two wives; Peninnah and Hannah. Peninnah had children and she mocked Hannah for years because of her barrenness.

 

1 Samuel 1:3, 6-7

 

And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of Hosts in Shiloh………

And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb. And as he did so year by year, went she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat. (Emphasis mine)

 

Every year Hannah went to Shiloh, the house of the LORD. And every year she went home the same, barren. Every year she prayed to God for a breakthrough, but heaven was silent, until……….

 

1 Samuel 1:9-10

 

So Hannah rose up after they had eaten at Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by the post of the Temple of the LORD. And she was in bitterness of soul, and wept sore.

 

Many times people go to the house of God to worship and pray. And many times, like Hannah, they go home the same because they do not notice the priest of the house. Eli was sitting right by the door, yet Hannah ignored him and just went through to pray. Many people concern themselves about the church but never concern themselves about their Pastor. They just pass him by. To them he is irrelevant and his welfare irrelevant. This was her mistake year by year. This was the reason her breakthrough was long in coming and this is the same reason many people’s breakthroughs take long to materialize. Never ignore the man assigned to sit at the gate of the Temple. A gate is a place of authority and the priest was and is the authority assigned to the house of God by God. Do not break protocol like Hannah, for as you do so, you are blocking the route your blessings come through.

 

1 Samuel 1:15 (N.K.J.V)

 

And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine no strong drink, but have poured out my spirit before the LORD.

 

As Hannah was praying, Eli thought she was drunk and so he rose up to rebuke Hannah. Though his assumption was wrong, it was a blessing in disguise for Hannah because through this encounter she made contact with the man of God and he released a blessing upon her.

 

1 Samuel 1:17-18

 

Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. And she said, Let thy handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. (Emphasis mine)

 

As she was talking to her Pastor Hannah realized her mistake in not acknowledging the man of God and she made amends for this by “seeking his grace”. There is a certain grace that God has put on His servants, a certain grace that we need to tap into for our breakthrough to be released speedily.

 

1 Samuel 1:19

 

And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew his wife; AND THE LORD REMEMBERED HER. (Emphasis mine)

 

The LORD remembered Hannah after her encounter with Eli, after the authority figure in the church had pronounced a blessing upon her. Do not sabotage your own breakthrough by ignoring the man of God. God is a God of principles and this is one principle He will not break just for you. Like Hannah, may your breakthrough come speedily as you connect to your pastor.

 

Joel 2:26

 

And you shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you, and My people shall never be ashamed.

 

PART FIVE

 

 

 

 

 

THE HOUSE OF GOD

 

CHAPTER 16

BUILD UP THE HOUSE OF THE LORD

 

Ezra 6:14 (N.I.V)

 

So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the Temple according to the commandment of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia.

 

As said earlier, prosperity is not taught not only is it prayed for but it is preached, prayed and practiced. Schools can give you the skills to prosper but is only God who can give the power to prosper (Deuteronomy 8:18). The Israelites prospered under the preaching of Haggai and Zechariah. These two prophets were preaching prosperity in the midst of captivity and the people prospered. There is a crucial key to prosperity in the message preached by these two faithful prophets who refused to look at the circumstances surrounding them. Had these two prophets complained to God that they were in the wilderness, in recession or depression; Israel would never have heard and experienced God’s plan for their prosperity, the temple would never have been rebuilt, and we would not be having the key that they had.

 

The key that Haggai and Zechariah gave the Israelites is a very crucial key to our prosperity. It is a key that we cannot do without. This is a key that, if used, will cause heavens to open above you and every curse in your life will be turned into a blessing.

 

The key: YOU, PERSONALY BUILD UP THE LORD’S HOUSE. PLAY A PART IN THE BUILDING OF THE LORD’S HOUSE AND GOD WILL PERSONALY BUILD UP YOUR HOUSE.

 

Exodus 3:21-22

 

And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that when you go, you shall not go empty: but every woman shall request of her neighbor, and of her that sojourns in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and clothing: and you shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and you shall spoil the Egyptians.

 

Why did God tell the Israelites to plunder the Egyptians if He knew they were going to be in the wilderness for a long time? Why did He tell them to plunder the Egyptians if He was taking them to a land of milk and honey, a land of wealth?

 

Exodus 25:1-3; 8

 

And the LORD spoke unto Moses saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering: of every man that gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering. And this is the offering which you shall take of them; gold and silver and bronze…..

And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.

 

He wanted them to have something to build Him a house with. That is why God gave you that job or business. That is why God prospers us, so that we can have something to build Him a house with, that He may dwell among us. And where God is, be sure the devil will fear to be.

 

Haggai 1:1-2

 

In the second year of Darius the king, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, the governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built.

 

The problem with many Christians today is that they have distanced themselves from the house of God. True they come to church, worship, pray in tongues and even cast out devils but, they still do not consider themselves a part of the house. To them the ministry is the pastor’s, the building is the pastor’s, the pulpit is the pastor’s, and everything revolves around the pastor. It is because of this devil originated attitude that they think the pastor is responsible for everything in the house. They look to the pastor to evangelize single handedly, sweep the church, pay whatever bills the church may incur and even to buy or build the church auditorium single handedly. Believers, this should not be so.

 

I call this a devil originated attitude because the devil was the first one to have this attitude; when he was still Lucifer. Although Lucifer was the most beautiful creature God had created, with one of the most important positions in heaven, he still did not consider himself to be a part of the kingdom. He ended up envying God and wanted to be higher than God therefore he rebelled, and the rest is history. Many Christians have the same attitude that Lucifer had and as a result they are living in rebellion therefore God has cast them out. They are living under closed heavens.

 

Haggai 1:2

 

Thus speaks the LORD of hosts saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD’S house should be built.

 

It is because of this attitude that many a Christian think and say, “It is not time to build God’s kingdom, let me sort out my problems first.” You will never solve your problems as long as the house of God is not on your heart, for it is He who will solve your problem for you. The solution to your problems is not by your might or your power, it is by the Spirit of the same God you are giving second place in your life.

 

Haggai 1:3-6

 

Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet saying, is it time for you, yourselves, to dwell in your paneled house, and this house lie in ruins? Now therefore thus says the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but you have not enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he that earns wages earns wages to put it in a bag with holes.

 

Many Christians have distanced themselves from God’s house and are concentrating solely on their houses, this is actually rebellion.

 

1 Samuel 15:23

 

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft……

 

God can never help a witch, yet many Christians are living like witches and are expecting God to help them. Rebellion is a sin as witchcraft. Are you living in rebellion by refusing to build up the Lord’s house? It is because of this that no matter how hard they work, their riches seem to grow wings and fly away. No matter how much such people sow, even in “good ground”, they bring in little. They eat and are not satisfied, drink but remain thirsty, why?

 

THEY HAVE NEGLECTED TO BUILD THE LORD’S HOUSE.

 

Psalm 68:6

 

God sets the solitary in families: He brings out those who are bound in chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

 

As long as you rebel against building the house of God, you will spend your life in a dry land called in poverty.

 

Haggai 1:7-8 (NLT)

 

This is what the LORD Almighty says: Consider how things are going for you! Now go up into the hills, bring down timber, and rebuild My house. Then I will take pleasure in it and be honored, says the LORD.”

 

Consider how things are going for you. The only answer out of this curse, says the Lord, is to build up His house. When we build up His house He takes pleasure in it and in the builders. Whatever God takes pleasure in, He glorifies, that is, He prospers and blesses.

 

Haggai 1:9-11 (NLT)

 

[* You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the LORD Almighty, while you are all busy building your own fine houses. That is why the heavens have withheld the dew and the earth has withheld its crops. I have called for a drought on your fields and hills- a drought to wither the grain and grapes and olives and all your other crops, a drought to starve both you and your cattle and to ruin everything you have worked so hard to get. *]

 

Never think that all the curses that are on your life came from the devil, you will be giving him too much credit. The most disastrous curses are the workings of Almighty God on those who are disobedient, on the rebels. Who God blesses, no man can curse and who God curses, no man can bless. In the whole message that Haggai preached, not once do we hear of the devil, generational curses, witches, etcetera. Haggai’s message is all about God’s dealings with men and their finances, their success.

 

Many people think that just because they tithe and sow seed all will be well. They expect bumper harvests and curse God when the harvest does not come. But God actually says it is He who blows away the increase. It is He that shuts the heavens. It is He that causes the earth to withhold its fruit and it is He that calls for a drought, or poverty, upon such lives, why? “You have neglected to build My house”, says the Lord. “Because of My house that lies waste, and you run every man unto his own house.”

 

Haggai 1:10

 

Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew…” (Emphasis mine)

 

It is not every Christian that is experiencing the drought and unproductivity that you are experiencing. It is “you” who are refusing to build up the house of God that are living under closed heavens. God actually took the credit for blowing away the wealth of the Israelites because of their refusal to build Him a house. All the disasters that were befalling the Israelites, the chief being poverty, were the doings of God. Because they had neglected to build Him a house He was out to ruin everything they had achieved through His grace and power. This just shows how serious God is about His house and OUR responsibility to build it up. Today, consider how things are going for you; it may be that you are neglecting to build up the house of the Lord. All God was doing was a fulfillment of His word, which is law.

 

Proverbs 23:4-5

 

Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom. Will you set your eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

 

The people of Israel in Haggai were trying to get wealth, laboring to be rich in their own strength and wisdom. It is because of this that the riches grew wings and flew away. Many people’s heavens are as brass and the earth like iron beneath them and they are crying out for open heavens and fruit from their labor. God gave us the key to open the heavens with through the preaching of Haggai: “Build me a house”, says the Lord of hosts. You are laboring so hard yet struggling to make ends meet, “Build Me a house”, says the Lord. You have been sowing seed for the past ten years and you have harvested little or even nothing, “Build Me a house”, says the Lord Almighty.

 

 

CHAPTER 17

OBEDIENCE TO THE PREACHED WORD CRUCIAL

 

Joshua 1:8

 

This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.

 

It is not enough to hear the word that is preached and then sit on it. You have to act on it. You are supposed to observe TO DO ALL that is preached, for partial obedience is disobedience and so is delayed obedience.

 

Hebrews 4:1-2

 

Let us therefore fear, lest, although a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them, but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

 

Just sitting under anointed preachers each and every day will not prosper you. After sitting under the anointed preaching believe on the word that was preached bearing in mind that faith without works is dead; it is therefore not faith at all. Do not just say, “Wow! What a great message, I believe it will happen as the preacher said,” and then you go ahead and sit on the word, that is total foolishness.

 

John 8:32

 

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 

The truth can only set you free when you act on it not when you sit on it. Truth only has power to set you free when you obey its conditions.

 

John 13:17 (N.K.J.V)

 

If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

 

Truth always demands action. It is as you act on the truth that you become blessed, why?

 

2 Corinthians 13:8

 

For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

 

There is no power that can prevail against the truth. All power goes to work for the truth. As you act on the truth it cannot be defeated, it becomes manifest in your life for all to behold its glory. I do not know about you but my greatest pleasure is to see the truth becoming flesh and all people beholding its glory in my life, glorifying the name of the Lord. Back to the preaching of Haggai.

 

Haggai 1:12

 

Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the LORD.

 

Many a time we profess to fear the name of the Lord and it ends there, at professing. It is sad that so many are just professors in the fear of the Lord but not practitioners of that same fear. We should not just end at professing but we should go beyond that. The fear has to be shown by obeying the word of God and doing it. Show me a person who fears the Lord and I will show you a doer of the word. It is not enough to profess it, practice it.

 

Isaiah 66:1-2

 

Thus says the LORD, the heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that you build unto me? And where is the place of my rest? For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have been, says the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word.

 

It is only those that truly fear God that tremble at His word, for they know that He is His word. It is only those that obey his word that will build up His house and He will in turn build up their lives.

 

1 Samuel 15:23

 

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft………

 

Rebellion and witchcraft simply mean not doing God’s word or going against it. Sadly the church of God today is filled with so many rebels and witches. Beware, do not be caught up in this class. So many times we think a rebel is one who out rightly goes against the pastor, no. The most dangerous rebel is the one that sits in the pews every Sunday but refuses to obey the word of God. These are very dangerous because this kind of rebellion is subtle and contagious and it also breeds poverty.

 

Psalm 68:6

 

God sets the solitary in families: He brings out those who are bound in chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

 

God’s desire is to deliver people from the chains of darkness, of which poverty is one such chain. But those who follow the example of Lucifer and rebel are destined for the same punishment as Lucifer, they are cast into a dry land; into poverty and emptiness.

 

1 Samuel 15:23-24

 

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has also rejected you from being king.

 

What you do with the word of God is what God will in turn do for you. If you obey His word He will watch over His word to perform it in your life. If you reject it He will also reject you from being His people (Hosea4:6).

 

2 Chronicles 24:20

And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, who stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus says God, Why transgress you the commandments of the LORD, that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the LORD, He has also forsaken you.

 

What do you do with the word that is preached to you or the word that you read? Do you reject it or do you act on it? “Consider how things are going for you”, it may be an indicator of what you are doing with the word of God. Obedience to God’s word always leads to prosperity. Zerubbabel the governor, Joshua the high priest and the rest of Israel obeyed the word of God, and the result?

 

Haggai 1:13

 

Then spoke Haggai the LORD’S messenger in the LORD’S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, says the LORD.

 

In response to their obedience God’s presence came upon the people and wherever the presence of God is, His glory is also there, ascertaining that failure and poverty are no longer options in your life.

 

Deuteronomy 8:18

 

But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He that gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish the covenant that He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

 

Because they remembered God, God came down to confirm His covenant with prosperity. But, as said earlier, obedience demands action.

 

Haggai 1:14-15

 

And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did the work on the house of the LORD of hosts, their God, in the four and twentieth day of the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.

 

God stirred up the people’s hearts. I believe as Haggai was preaching the anointing came upon the people and they were convicted of their sin, rebellion. It is only godly sorrow that leads to repentance and it is a result of the conviction of the Holy Spirit. These people did not just repent in their hearts, they repented in their actions as well. True repentance is inward, of the heart, and it shows itself by the subsequent actions taken. Instead of concentrating on their personal houses they focused on the house of God, on the Kingdom of God.

 

“Build Me a house says the Lord”. What is your response? The children of Israel obeyed and built God a house, the Temple, and they prospered.

 

Consider how things are going for you.

 

CHAPTER 18

THE HOUSE OF GOD TODAY

 

Haggai 2:1-9 (N.L.T)

 

[* Then on October 17 of that same year, the LORD sent another message through the prophet Haggai. Say this to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of God’s people there in the land: is there anyone who can remember this house- the Temple- as it was before? In comparison, how does it look to you now? It must seem like nothing at all! But now take courage, Zerubbabel, says the LORD. Take courage, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Take courage all you people left in the land, says the LORD. *]

 

Take courage and work, for I am with you, says the LORD Almighty. My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt. So do not be afraid. For this is what the LORD Almighty says: in just a little while I will again shake the heavens and the earth. I will shake the oceans and dry land too. I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will come to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory, says the LORD Almighty. The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory, says the LORD Almighty. And in this place I will bring peace. I, the LORD Almighty have spoken!

 

The first 9 verses of Haggai chapter 2 are very crucial for the body of Christ today to understand, for we are living in the days of the fulfillment of the prophecy in verses 6-9.

 

After the children of Israel had finished constructing the Temple it was clear to all that had seen the original Temple that what they had built was nothing in comparison to the original Temple built by Solomon. This was greatly due to the fact that these two groups of builders had different resource bases. While Solomon had the wealth of the world at his disposal, this group was in captivity. But God in His mercy, a respecter of works, consoled the people through the prophecy given through Haggai.

 

Haggai 2:6-9 (NLT)

 

For this is what the LORD Almighty says: in just a little while I will again shake the heavens and the earth. I will shake the oceans and dry land too. I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will come to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory, says the LORD Almighty. The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory, says the LORD Almighty. And in this place I will bring peace. I, the LORD Almighty have spoken!

 

That little while has expired. We are living in the days of the fulfillment of this portion of scripture. The Lord spoke to me concerning this on the 30th of March 2006 and this is what He said:

 

The economies of the world are shifting from the world into the Kingdom. That is how I will beautify and glorify the church, the latter house. Those that are willing and obedient will be a part of the Joseph Order, those in charge of the economies of their nations. I am shaking all nations, for the desire of all nations can not come until all nations are shaken, so that whatever is not of Me will fall away and that which remains is that which cannot be shaken, that which is founded on the Rock.

It is that which remains, the true church, that I will glorify with silver and gold. And the glory of this latter house SHALL be greater than that of the former house.”

 

We are living in the days of the final shakings and a casual look at the news will show you that the world is really going through some stormy times. Storms are raging physically, politically, economically and spiritually. Gold and oil prices are all shooting up, reaching all time highs that no one had ever imagined. What no eye has ever seen and no ear heard, what no man could have ever imagined is now happening right before our very eyes. God is doing all this for us. He is preparing to transfer the wealth of the wicked into the hands of faithful believers, those who are faithful in building the house.

 

Haggai 2:7

 

And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.

 

Have you ever wondered what the desire of all nations is? Have you ever asked yourself what everyone in every nation desires and needs? The answer is quite simple: MONEY. In every nation everywhere around the world everyone desires to have money, and not just money, a lot of MONEY. The New Living Translation renders this scripture as follows:

 

I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will come to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory, says the LORD Almighty. (Emphasis mine)

 

The desire of all nations is the treasures of the world, in other words, money and wealth. And God says the sign that the last great wealth transfer is at hand is the shaking of all nations. The only thing that can shake all nations simultaneously is the economy because in this day and age we are a global village and the economy is not affected by borders and tectonic plates or continental divisions.

 

…..and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.

 

God wants to fill the church with the glory and wealth of the nations. Position yourself to be a partaker of this by being a part of His house.

 

And again on the 29th of April 2006 the Lord said to me:

“…That is the only way my glory will come upon today’s church, when the people go out and start doing the work on My house. It is as the church is being built up that the former dominion will be established, and just as the high priest was the highest official in Israel, so shall the church be established as a governing body in nations and across the globe, but the people must build up My house.”

 

If you want to be a part of God’s end time glorious church, start building up the Kingdom. But what really is the house of God today? Is it the buildings we meet in? God Himself declared what His house is. Let us get the answer from Him.

 

Psalm 132:1-5

 

LORD, remember David and all his afflictions: how he swore unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob; surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed; I will not give sleep to my eyes, or slumber to my eyelids, until I find out a place for the LORD, a habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

 

David, the man after God’s own heart, wanted to build God a house, and this is what God said:

 

Psalm 132:13-14

 

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. This is my rest forever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.

 

What we need to understand is that Zion is a shadow of the church. We also need to understand that the city of David, where David lived, and Zion is one and the same place (2 Chronicles 5:2). This means that when God said He had chosen Zion to be His dwelling place He was referring not to Zion the shadow, or physical place, but Zion as the church, the body of Christ. Amazingly David understood what God was talking about otherwise he would have said, “But this IS Zion!” The church, as in the people, is God’s dwelling place and it seriously needs refurbishment and completion.

 

Zechariah 2:10-13

 

Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of you, says the LORD. And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people; and I will dwell in the midst of you, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. And the LORD shall inherit Judah as His portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again. Be silent all flesh, before the LORD; for He has raised up out of His holy habitation.

 

God’s desire from the beginning of time was and is to dwell in the midst of His people. The church is His holy habitation. That is why we are commanded to be holy just as He is holy.

 

1 Corinthians 3:9; 16-17 (NLT)

 

[* We work together as partners who belong to God. You are God’s field, God’s building- not ours. *]

Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will bring ruin upon anyone who ruins this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you Christians are that temple.

 

You are the Temple of God. Each and every believer knit together make up the Temple of God, the latter house. Each of us is a lively stone in the Temple God is building for Himself through the five-fold ministry and all other believers.

 

1 Peter 2:4-6

 

To whom coming, as unto a living stone, rejected indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, you also, as living stones, are built up into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Therefore it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious: and he that believes on Him shall not be confounded.

 

Play your part in this grandest of building projects. Minister to others, evangelize and pray for sinners and believers alike. As you do this souls, that is lively stones, will be added to this great building. The chief cornerstone is Jesus and Zion is the church, God’s house.

 

Ephesians 2:19-22

 

Now therefore, you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone; in whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto a holy temple in the Lord: in whom you also are built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.

 

“What does the building of this holy temple have to do with me and my prosperity?” EVERYTHING. It is as you invest in this building that you will be investing both IN heaven and FOR earth.

 

Psalm 132:13-14

 

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. This is my rest forever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.

 

It is as you invest in Zion, the living temple of God, that you will be investing in yourself. As you invest in the Living Temple, as you yourself are a part of it, this is what God has to say to you:

 

Psalm 132:15-18

 

I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for my anointed. His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.

 

Prosperity is promised and guaranteed to those who build up Zion, the Living Temple of God. Now that you know what God’s present day temple is, invest in building it up. Invest in evangelism, not only financially, but “go ye”. Take personal responsibility of going out and winning souls to the Lord. Christians of today have become so lazy they do not go into their communities to preach the gospel. They feel comfortable just giving for the cause of missions. This is not bad, it is good, but it is not enough.

 

The greatest investment you can make in heaven is not financial. The greatest investment you can make is in investing in a heavenly party and parties only happen in heaven when a soul is born again (Luke 15:7, 10). Make the angels celebrate and God will make you celebrate. Invest in building up the house of the Lord. Spend and be spent for the building of the Kingdom and God will spend the treasures of heaven and earth on you.

 

Matthew 6:33

 

But seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

 

Seek what needs to be done in the Kingdom and do it. Seek ways of improving your church, your pastor and your brethren. Seek the betterment of the Kingdom and God will add to your life the desires of your heart. Whatever you find wanting in the church, either as an individual or as a group, look for ways to provide for it. Build up the house of the Lord.

 

 

CHAPTER 19

WHY BUILD THE HOUSE?

 

I know this is a book on prosperity and I know and believe that it is God’s will to prosper all believers. But prosperity is not the end in itself. It is a small part of the full picture, a means to the end. I truly believe that as we build the house, God does truly and indeed prosper the faithful builders. But why should we build the house? Why does God want us to build the house?

 

The problem with many prosperity messages today is that, fair and fine, they tell us the truth about God wanting to prosper us and even some good reasons as to why God wants to prosper us. Unfortunately very few tell us THE reason God is prospering us; the reason God wants us to build and continue building the house.

 

James 4:2-3

 

You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your lusts.

 

We are constantly crying out to God to bless us according to His word and His will but do we really know His reason for prospering us? If we discover this will we will not ask amiss and therefore we will receive that which we ask for. As said in the introduction, these are the last days, and God’s plan is for the church to be spread abroad through prosperity. But there is a purpose for this speedy spread of the church through prosperity. God is not just raising prosperous Christians, He is raising “provisionaries” for His ultimate plan. He is raising people who will provide the resources for His vision.

 

The purpose: GOD IS ESTABLISHING HIS KINGDOM AND GOVERNMENT ON EARTH.

 

Until we fully understand God’s vision and purpose for this time we will miss the time of His visitation and perish, and our prosperity with us.

 

Proverbs 29:18

 

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.

 

Where God’s vision for a particular period, place and people is lacking the people perish. But he that keeps the law (word of God), happy is he, why? Because the vision will be shown to him.

 

Ezekiel 12:21-25

 

And the word of the LORD came unto me saying, Son of man, what is that proverb that you have in Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision fails? Tell them therefore, Thus says the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision.

For there shall no more be any false vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel. For I am the LORD: I will speak: and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall no more be delayed: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, says the Lord GOD.

 

The days of every vision to be fulfilled are at hand. Every prophecy is coming to fulfillment. Every prophecy is about to materialize right in front of the eyes of this rebellious generation. What is God’s vision for today’s church? Before we proceed I would like you to pray that God opens the eyes of your understanding that you may see His vision, and then prayerfully read this chapter. If there is a chapter in the entire book that I would like you to understand it is this chapter. It is crucial for you, a matter of life and death (Proverbs 29:18). Let us back track a bit into the books of prophecy and start seeing the vision from there, from the shadows to the fulfillment.

 

Isaiah 9:6-7

 

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

 

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given….” What does this mean?

 

Matthew 2:13

 

And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and remain there until I bring you word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

 

When Jesus was born, He was a child, a child was born.

 

Matthew 3:16-17

 

And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up immediately out of the water: and, lo the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: and lo a voice from heaven saying, This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. (Emphasis mine)

 

After He was baptized of water and the Spirit, a Son was given; given to give His life in fulfillment of scripture. When the church was born, a child was born. Today the church has been given as a son. Given to fulfill scripture; the last acts of God on this earth.

 

It is only after Jesus was given as a son that He truly had authority with God and that is why the devil immediately came to tempt Him so as to try and make Him lose that authority. It is today’s church that has been given as a son and with that son-ship comes authority. The government of God is upon our shoulders and that is why the devil is rearing up his head like he has never done before. He is challenging the government of God, us. And because many do not know this vision of God they are perishing. Perishing because they are either not using their God given authority or they are succumbing to the devil’s temptations; his offers of false power, peace and prosperity. The body of Christ is coming to maturity, to son ship, and whether you know it or not the government is upon our shoulders. We are meant to be reigning on this earth (Romans 5:17), but that can only happen when as a body, we grow up. We can only fully reign when the house is built up spiritually and numerically (Romans 11:25).

 

Galatians 4:1-7

 

Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: but when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Therefore you are no more a servant, but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Emphasis mine)

 

If we do not build up the house we will be no different from the world. We will remain under tutors and GOVERNORS, under the beggarly elements of this world, that is, the devil and his demons.

 

I want you to realize that the governor is under a government. When there is no higher representative of the government in an area the governor is the government. Today the devil is that governor and that is why he is fighting those who are building the kingdom. It is because he wants to remain as the government. But praise God the fullness of time has now come for the true government of this earth to take up its position.

 

Ephesians 3:9-12 (NKJV)

 

And to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.

 

The time now is for the church to put powers and principalities to shame, to take over this earth and reign over it in righteousness. It is time to build up the house. The present governor is a rebel and traitor to the true government and he has to be deposed. The true government has to take up its position. That is why we have church, to build up the house, to raise the true government.

 

Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end…The only way the government will continue increasing is if we continue building the house. That is why we have the 5-fold ministries, their purpose is to equip the saints for this precious work.

 

Ephesians 4:10-13 (NLT)

 

The same one who came down is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that His rule might fill the entire universe. He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ, until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ. (Emphasis mine)

 

Why did Jesus die, go into hell and ascend again?

 

The same one who came down is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that His rule might fill the entire universe. So that “of the increase of His government there shall be no end”.

 

He gave us the 5-fold ministries so as to equip the saints to build up the house until the house becomes Christ on earth; the son with the government on His shoulders. This is what the devil is actually afraid of. He can actually see the church maturing and beginning to measure up to the full measure of Christ. He is afraid because he can see the true government coming back to take its place and that is why he is injecting rebellion in the house. He is making people distance themselves from the building of the house. This is why it is so sad to see that many 5-fold ministers have lost the vision. They are not equipping the saints to do the work of building up the church, the body of Christ. And it is also sad to see that of those who are being equipped to do the work, only a small percentage is actually building the house.

 

Where do you stand? Consider how things are going for you. Are you building the house? Are you doing God’s will or are you vainly trying to build your own house, a puppet in the hands of Satan.

 

It is as we come to the unity of the faith and full knowledge of God’s Son that we will truly know who we are. It is as we realize who we are, our son-ship, that we will realize that the government is upon our shoulders. But this all starts with building up the house, the Temple of God, the body of Christ.

 

Acts 2:27

 

Because you will not leave my soul in Hades, nether will you allow your Holy One to see corruption.

 

Why did God not allow the body of Christ to see corruption?

 

Ephesians 5:27

 

That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

 

Because Christ is coming for a church/body without spot or blemish. He is coming back for a government that is not corrupt. And corruption can only be avoided by a church that is mature and fully grown in the Lord, a house that is built up. Have you ever wondered what happened to Christ’s physical body? It was never found because it is still alive. It is you and me. And that is why the government is upon our shoulders. Brothers and sisters we are living in the days in which the former dominion is coming back, the dominion of God. And it is coming through the church. But the church has to be built up first.

 

Ephesians 1:15-23

 

Therefore I also, after having heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit if wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what is the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He performed in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come: and has put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all.

 

May your eyes be opened to see that God has called us to be His government on this earth, with Christ being the head. Paul’s prayer, which is also my prayer, is that our eyes may be opened to see that we are the government on this earth. May we understand that the government and authority of God is upon our shoulders. We are the government in the spiritual realm, for we are far above powers and principalities; and he who rules in the spiritual rules in the physical. The present governor is the prince of the powers of the air, but we are kings and priests unto God. We are the true and final government.

 

The devil does not mind that the head is fully matured. His main fear is that the body is also growing and he is trying by all means to keep the body stunted. The church can only live in the fulfillment of Ephesians 1:19-23 when it is fully built up and Christ is formed in us.

 

The growth of the body of Christ is dependent on you and me. Building up the house is our part to play as the curtains come down on God’s masterpiece and what a privilege we have to be a part of it. Build up the house of God, the body of Christ which is God’s dwelling place.

 

 

CHAPTER 20

 

CHRIST’S REIGN ON EARTH TODAY

 

Matthew 2:6

 

And you Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of you shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

 

Christ is not waiting for the millennium for Him to start reigning on this earth, to be governor, He has already started ruling through us.

 

Psalm 110:1-3

 

The LORD said unto my Lord, sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion: rule you in the midst of your enemies. Your people shall be willing in the day of your power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: you have the dew of your youth.

 

This is a prophetic psalm depicting the post crucifixion events. It is a conversation between God the Father and God the Son immediately after the crucifixion. Where is Christ now and what is He doing?

 

Ephesians 1:20(N.I.V)

 

Which He exerted in Christ Jesus when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms.

 

Jesus Christ is at this moment SITTING at the right hand of the Father, waiting UNTIL His enemies are become His footstool. Jesus is waiting for us, the government of God, to make His enemies His footstool. We as the feet have to “tread down serpents and scorpions” and “all the power of the enemy”, in other words the government of Satan.

 

Psalm 110:2

 

The LORD shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion: rule you in the midst of your enemies.

 

This is talking of the period between the ascension and the second coming of our Lord and most importantly, now. Remember when God speaks prophetically of Zion He will be talking about the church. This is the day of God’s power, the day of His government and those who are willing will be a part of it.

 

Mark 16:15-20

 

And He said unto them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be condemned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

 

Here Jesus is telling His disciples and us that He was leaving us in charge of making His enemies His footstool. He was giving us the responsibility of breaking the government of the devil and instituting His government and then He was received into heaven UNTIL……..

 

Acts 3:19-21

 

Repent therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus Christ, who before was preached to you: whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouths of His holy prophets since the world began. (Emphasis mine)

 

Heaven is holding back the second coming of Jesus until the restitution of all things. I like how the Amplified Bible puts it,

 

Whom heaven must receive [and retain] until the time for the complete restoration of all God spoke by the mouth of all His holy prophets for ages past [from the most ancient time in the memory of man].” (Emphasis mine)

 

Since the beginning of mans existence God has been speaking of these last days. The days in which man shall have dominion on earth, the days in which the gates of hell cannot prevail against us, the days in which we have complete power and authority on this earth. When God created man, man was meant to be like God on this earth and have total dominion.

 

Over the years that which Adam lost in the garden of Eden has slowly been brought back, or restored, and honestly speaking the restoration process is nearly complete. But the final thing to be restored is the most important, it is that which Adam ultimately lost; governance over the earth. The former dominion is the last thing to be restored and this is what Christ’s second coming is waiting for. That is why we have been commanded to build His house; the body of Christ.

 

It is only as the body of Christ reaches maturity, the fullness of His stature, that the government will be upon our shoulders. And it is only after the government is upon our shoulders that His enemies shall be His footstool. Will you be a part of the restoration process? Will you build up the house of the Lord? At this juncture, let me explain government?

 

The Oxford Concise Dictionary defines government as:

1. ACT or MANNER of governing (ruling)

2. The SYSTEM by which a state or community is governed

3. A BODY of persons governing a state

4. The state as an AGENT

 

From the 1st and 2nd definitions it is clear why God intends to restore the former dominion. When Adam sinned the devil became governor of the earth. The government, system and manner of ruling, changed. It was no longer a godly, heaven sent government that was ruling the earth; rather, a corrupt, demonic government/system was implemented, all through one man’s sin. But praise be to God, what Adam lost, Jesus came to restore.

 

1 John 3:8

 

He that commits sin is of the devil, for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

 

The reason Jesus came was to destroy the devils government, the devils system of doing things on earth. The devils government, his system of ruling, is sin and ultimately death. The government Jesus came to restore is a system of life (John 10:10). It is a life giving government; giving life to all areas of your life, including your finances, health, joy, etcetera.

 

Luke 4:18-19

 

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

 

This is why Jesus made this declaration before starting His ministry. He was declaring God’s government, God’s system of ruling.

 

A body of persons governing a state.”

 

This is why Jesus chose 12 disciples, 12 being the number of Apostolic government. He was establishing the government of God, a body of persons whom He gave authority to govern on this earth. They were a seed that would ensure that “of the increase of His government there shall be no end”. That is why the number of disciples continues and must continue to grow daily, so that the body may continue growing and the government to continue increasing in power and influence.

 

A government is made up of a body of persons, each with a limited amount of authority, except for the head, who has to have ultimate authority. But when all members of the government unite they have equal power and authority to the head. That is why it is crucial for us to reach the unity of the faith and reach “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. For only when that happens can we have true power and authority to enforce the constitution of heaven here on earth. Jesus came to give us that authority, to appoint us as ministers of the cabinet of Good News. For us to become effective we must come to “the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ..”. The house must be built up. It is because He came to restore the former dominion that Jesus commanded us, when we preach and pray for people to say:

 

Luke 10:9

 

And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God has come nigh unto you.

 

“The Kingdom of God is come nigh you” might as well be translated, and is meant to mean, “The government of God has come upon you, God’s system of ruling has come upon you”.

 

Why is it necessary to announce the government?

 

Because when people are healed, delivered, etcetera, the government of heaven would have replaced the government of hell. God’s system of ruling, which is a system of life and wholeness, would have banished the devil’s government which is a system of oppression and death. And for people to remain healed and free they need to continue in God’s government, in God’s system of ruling and doing things. If you want a clearer picture of the devils government, just look back at Hitler’s Nazi camps. Clear enough?

 

The state as an agent”

 

As the government of God we are agents of God, ambassadors for Christ. It is as agents of heaven that we are authorized to bring heaven to this earth; replacing the works of the devil with the finished works of Calvary. This is why I said earlier on in the introduction that the Kingdom of God is replacing the kingdom of the devil. God’s government is replacing the devils government. Concerning finances the devils government, his system of ruling is oppression and impoverishment, whereas God’s government, His system of ruling is liberty and prosperity.

 

“The government of God is upon you.” That is why we use the name of Jesus in all our governmental dealings, why? Because we are cabinet ministers representing King Jesus with His authority; because we are His government, agents of the kingdom of God. Friend, do you realize that the earth is depending on you as a part of God’s government?

 

Romans 5:12-17; 21

 

Therefore, as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death passed by all men, for that all have sinned: (for until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned in the likeness of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of Him that was to come. So also is the free gift not like the offense. For if through the offense of one many are dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, has abounded unto many. So is the gift not like it was by one that sinned: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification. For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

 

The government of death was reigning from Adam until Jesus. But now the government of life (us) through Jesus must take over, for at the cross, power changed hands.

 

John 19:30

 

When Jesus had therefore received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit.

 

The government of satan was finished off at the cross. Brothers and sisters, it is not only the second coming of Christ that is dependent on the government of God to take its place, the whole of creation is waiting for you.

 

Romans 8:19-22

 

For the earnest expectation of the creation waits for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creation was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope, because the creation itself also shall also be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. (Emphasis mine)

 

Creation is waiting for the government of God to be raised up and to take its place. When man sinned and handed over the governance of the earth to the devil, creation was also made “subject to vanity, not willingly”. That is why creation is waiting for you to build up the House of God, for the body of Christ to come to maturity/son ship and for the government to be placed upon our shoulders so that, “the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption”, that is, the devils government, “into the glorious liberty of the children of God”, that is, the government of God.

 

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together UNTIL NOW.”NOW is the time for salvation, the time for the government of God to take its place. That is why it is so critical to build up the house of God, the body of Christ.

 

Psalm 102:16-22

 

. He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people who shall be created shall praise the LORD. For He has looked down from the height of His sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; to hear the groaning of the prisoner; to lose those who are appointed to death; to declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem; when the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD. (Emphasis mine)

 

The key to worldwide revival revealed, BUILD UP THE HOUSE OF GOD. It is only after the rebuilding of Zion, the house of God that we will see the glory of God; His power, honor and wealth. And this is what will cause unbelievers to run to the mountain of God, the church and we will see worldwide revival. And it is only after the building up of Zion that heaven will release Jesus for the second coming; He will appear in glory.

 

Proverbs 22:7

 

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

 

This is why Kingdom Finance Dynamics is important. For it is as we lend to nations that the nations become subject to us, we take dominion and implement the government of God easily on this earth.

 

Isaiah 2:2-3

 

And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

 

The mountain of the Lord is being exalted right now, be a part of it.

 

Ezekiel 12:21-28

 

And the word of the LORD came unto me saying, Son of man, what is that proverb that you have in Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision fails? Tell them therefore, Thus says the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision. For there shall no ore be any false vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.

 

For I am the LORD: I will speak: and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall no more be delayed: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, says the Lord GOD. Again the word of the LORD came unto me saying, Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of the times that are afar off. Therefore say unto them, Thus says the Lord GOD; there shall none of my words be delayed anymore, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, says the Lord GOD. (Emphasis mine)

 

 

The effect of Genesis 1:26-28 is at hand, the time for God’s original plan for man to be fulfilled, don’t get left out by refusing to be a part of the building process. The days of the fulfillment of God’s plan for mankind are at hand. We are living in the days of God’s power and government. The word God has spoken shall be fulfilled in our days. Let me take this opportunity to give a New Testament warning to those who are living in rebellion, to those who refuse to build the Lord’s house:

 

Luke 12:16-21

 

And He spoke a parable unto them saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room to store my crops? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be, which you have prepared? So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. (Emphasis mine)

 

Need I say more? Do not neglect to be rich toward God. Friend, be a part of the building process.

 

 

CHAPTER 21

 

RESULTS OF BUILDING GOD’S HOUSE

 

Ezra 6:14 (NIV)

 

So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the Temple according to the commandment of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia. (Emphasis mine)

 

The result of building up God’s house is always prosperity in all you put your hands to do.

 

Haggai 2:10-14

 

In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet saying, Thus says the LORD of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying, If one bears holy flesh in the skirts of his garment, and with his skirt does touch bread, or pottage or wine, or oil, or any food, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No. then said Haggai, If one that is unclean because of a dead body touches any of these, shall it be unclean. And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean. Then answered Haggai, and said, so is this people, and so is this nation before me, says the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.

 

Though the children of Israel still carried holy things, that is, fulfilled the law and even tithed, God did not bless them and the work of their hands, why? It is because they were “ceremonially unclean”, they had sinned against God, rebelled against God by neglecting to build Him a house. Therefore even though they observed the law and tithed they were still under a curse, whatever they touched became unclean, it became cursed. This is typically what is going on in many a believer’s life. They still “fulfill the law” and tithe but because they are neglecting to be a part of the building process, they are living in rebellion and so under a curse from God. Poverty is hounding them day and night. But praise God there is always a way out. Build the Lord’s house and as you do so the government of God will bring liberty, peace and prosperity in your life.

 

Haggai 2:15

 

And now I pray you, consider from this day and upward, from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the LORD:

 

I really love this verse because it is the verse of transition, transformation, change, or whatever you would like to call it. Let us quickly backtrack to Haggai1:7 (NLT) and start from there.

“…..consider how things are going for you!” But after the foundation of the Temple was laid, things started moving in their favour because the laying of the foundation of the Temple was the laying of the foundation for the government of God among men.

 

Haggai 2:15-17 (N.L.T)

 

…..consider how things were going for you before you began to lay the foundation of the Lord’s Temple!

When you hoped for a twenty bushel crop, you harvested only ten. When you expected to draw fifty gallons from the winepress you found only twenty. I sent blight and mildew and hail to destroy all the produce of your labor, yet, even so, you refused to return to me, says the LORD. (Emphasis mine)

 

Before the foundation of the Temple was laid these people were miserable, poor and hungry. Everything was going wrong for them, especially financially, because the glory of God had departed, but……

 

Haggai 2:18-19 (N.L.T)

 

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When they began the work of building the Temple, their lives also began changing, because the glory began to return. As you begin the work of building the Temple of God, your life begins to change and as you continue building, God continues to load your life with dynamic blessings.

 

God promised the people bumper harvests even before they had sown their seed. This is how serious God is with the building of His house. He promises to give you a bumper harvest even before you sow your seed. And the promises of God are yes and amen in Him (Jesus), they were already guaranteed by His death. What are you waiting for, build up the Lord’s house.

 

Haggai 2:20-23 (N.L.T)

 

The LORD sent this second message to Haggai on December 18: tell Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah, that I am about to shake the heavens and the earth. I will overthrow royal thrones, destroying the power of foreign kingdoms. I will overturn their chariots and charioteers. The horses will fall, and their riders will kill each other. But when this happens, says the LORD Almighty, I will honor you Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant. I will treat you like a signet ring on my finger, says the LORD, for I have specially chosen you. I, the LORD Almighty have spoken!

 

It is only after you have committed yourself to building up the house of the Lord that God Himself commits to destroying all your enemies, even if it means He has to shake heaven and earth to do it. And it is as your enemies are destroyed that you yourself are promoted, but in order for all this to happen…..“Go up into the hills, bring timber, and rebuild My house,” says the Lord. What made Solomon the greatest king that ever lived?

 

2 Chronicles 2:1-5

 

, and a house for his kingdom. And Solomon told out three score and ten thousand men to bear burdens, and fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them. And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, As thou did deal with David my father, and didst send him cedars to build him a house to dwell therein, even so deal with me.

, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual showbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the Sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance forever to Israel and the house which I build is great, for great is our God above all gods. (Emphasis mine)

 

Solomon was great because he saw the greatness of God and greatly desired to build Him a great house. Your greatness is determined by how you value God and how much you put into building His house.

 

Ezra 6:14

 

So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the Temple according to the commandment of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia.

 

As they built they prospered. Their transition from abject poverty to absolute prosperity was relational to the Temples transition from total desolation to completion. Your transition from mediocrity to greatness lies in your commitment to building up the body of Christ. As the testimony of Israel was, so shall yours be, i.e. as you build up the Kingdom, so shall your prosperity be built up.

 

PART SIX

 

 

 

 

 

KEEP IT FLOWING

 

CHAPTER 22

 

SUSTAINING A LIFESTYLE OF PROSPERITY

 

Prosperity is not an event, it is a lifestyle, and every lifestyle has to be sustained. For life to be sustained, there are certain basic things that have to be CONTINUOUSLY or CONSTANTLY in place. For example, life is sustainable on earth because we have a continuous supply of oxygen and other basic needs and these needs have to be available together, otherwise life would be unbearable. There are some people who have learnt the secrets of prosperity but still living as if the heavens are closed above them, yet heaven is ready to bless them but is holding back, why? The heavens are open but there is nothing to sustain the blessings. God is not a waster He does not pour out His blessings where they cannot be sustained.

 

In order for us to enjoy a lifestyle of prosperity we need to know and understand what sustains a lifestyle of prosperity and then implement those things in our lives. True, prosperity is a covenant and God is a covenant keeping God but for every covenant to be binding it has to be sustained.

 

WHAT ARE THOSE THINGS THAT ARE NEEDED TO SUSTAIN A LIFESTYLE OF PROSPERITY?

 

Before we talk about the things that sustain prosperity,

I need to stress the fact that in the Kingdom of God it is difficult if not impossible to get by without understanding.

 

Ephesians4:18

 

Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of the heart.

 

Without understanding one is alienated from God, separated from the abundance of the kingdom, His grace and His glory. Of all the things that are destroying the children of God, blindness of heart is the chief.

 

Proverbs 21:16

 

The man that wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

 

No matter how much you learn, without understanding you are as good as dead for the Kingdom of God is a Kingdom of mysteries and understanding of these mysteries qualifies you to partake of the glory hidden in them.

 

Psalm 25:12-14

 

What man is he that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear Him; and He will show them His covenant.

 

Understanding of the secrets of the Kingdom opens up mysterious doors of supernatural provision and protection.

 

1 Samuel 2:3

 

Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed.

 

God is a God of knowledge and His children must live by knowledge. That is why faith comes by hearing, it comes from having knowledge of the ways of God and this is pleasing to God.

 

Proverbs 24:3-4

 

Through wisdom is an house built, and by understanding it is established: and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

 

Whatever blessing you receive in the kingdom has to be sustained by understanding the laws governing that blessing.

 

Proverbs 4:7

 

Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding. (Emphasis mine)

 

Wisdom is the principal thing but without understanding it is vanity. Therefore make sure that with all that you get, get understanding, for it is understanding that will keep you from being alienated from God and His glory.

 

Proverbs 13:15

 

Good understanding gives favor: but the way of transgressors is hard.

 

So many people are crying out to God for favour, yet what they should be crying for is understanding. And the result of that understanding will be everlasting favour. Now to those things that sustain a lifestyle of prosperity.

 

 

CHAPTER 23

KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE COVENANT OF PROSPERITY

 

Isaiah 5:13

 

Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.

 

In this scripture God is talking about His people, believers, you and I. “My people are gone into captivity….” God’s people have been captured by a strong man called poverty and are imprisoned in lack and want. It is common sense that for anyone to be imprisoned there must be a binding reason. The binding reason for God’s people going into captivity is lack of knowledge, ignorance. As long as Christians lack knowledge of their covenant of prosperity with God they will remain in hunger and their multitudes (families) will be dried up with thirst (lack).

 

Proverbs 11:9

 

…..through knowledge shall the just be delivered.”

 

Your deliverance from that prison of poverty lies in your knowledge of the covenant of prosperity. The only key that can unlock the doors of this prison of ignorance is knowledge, for “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

 

Proverbs 4:7-9

 

Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding. exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, when you embrace her. She shall give to your head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to you.

 

In all your getting get wisdom and understanding, why?

 

Proverbs 24:13-14

 

My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honey comb, which is good to thy taste: so shall the knowledge of wisdom be to thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a sure reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off. (Emphasis mine)

 

Knowledge is as sweet a reward as honey. When knowledge is discovered it brings with it a reward, its truth sets you free, it becomes a tangible part of your life. Knowledge gives faith, an expectation of that which you know and because you have knowledge your expectation shall not be cut off. Until you have knowledge, what you have cannot be delivered to you, you cannot partake of the prosperity that Christ brought you. The reason you need to get knowledge and understanding above everything else is because knowledge creates and generates what you need, for example wealth.

 

Money comes and goes, but knowledge of the covenant keeps it coming.

 

Proverbs 8:12

 

I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

 

Witty inventions are a result of discovering the ways and laws of God and putting them to use. What we call witty inventions are simply the discoveries (knowledge) of God’s ways and ordering our lives around that knowledge, thus enjoying to the full what God has already availed to us. It is these same witty inventions that have prospered those who have put the knowledge of God’s ways to use. A clear example is Henry Ford. Wherever you go in the world you will see the name of this man and in many parts of the world the Ford foundation is pumping out money to improve people’s lives. All this is because of a witty invention that came from God. Another good example is George Washington Carver. A simple prayer led to the discovery and inventions of many products we are still using today. Things like perfumes, soap, oils and many other things, all from a simple peanut. It these kinds of witty inventions that God wants to show us so that through them we may prosper. And these only come from knowing and understanding God and His ways.

 

Proverbs 8:1-4; 10-12; 17-21 (N.K.J.V)

 

Does not wisdom cry? And understanding put forth her voice? She stands in the top of the high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She cries at the gates, at the entry to the city, at the entrance at the doors. Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of men.

Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired cannot be compared to it. I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion.

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Riches and honor are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice: that I may cause those that love me to inherit wealth; and I will fill their treasuries. (Emphasis mine)

 

Wisdom, knowledge and understanding of God’s covenant of prosperity are a must if you are to encounter and sustain a lifestyle of prosperity.

 

Jeremiah 5:4

 

Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the law of their God.

 

Poverty is not a result of curses, bad luck or the devil, no. It is a result of ignorance, lack of the knowledge of God’s ways. Poverty is never an issue of the pocket but of the mind.

 

Luke 11:52

 

Woe unto you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge: you entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in you hindered.

 

The key to your prosperity is knowledge. Get it and unlock the unlimited wealth of heaven. Invest in acquiring knowledge of biblical principles and the financial systems that govern money and APPLY THEM. Read and attend seminars on money management and entrepreneurship, develop your money skills and apply biblical wisdom to them. As you do this prosperity is inevitable.

CHAPTER 24

PRACTICE THE PRINCIPLE OF SEED TIME AND HARVEST

 

Genesis 8:22-9:1

 

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth.

 

One of the first things that God spoke to Noah about after the flood is the principle of seed time and harvest because God was out to teach Noah the keys of prosperity.

 

Seed time and harvest ….. shall not cease..” For there to be a season of harvest there must be a season of sowing first. Notice that seed is not just sown once you must have seasons of sowing and a season means the time is prolonged. Many people do not reap much because they do not sow for prolonged periods of time. They do not have seasons of sowing and therefore they can never have seasons of harvesting. Do not stop sowing just because you do not see any harvests. Keep on sowing the harvest season will surely come.

 

The sowing season is a sensitive season because it is the season in which God gives us seed to sow. If we do not understand that it is seed we end up eating the seed thereby aborting the season of harvest.

 

2 Corinthians 9:6-11

 

But this I say, He who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. (As it is written, He has dispersed abroad; He has given to the poor: His righteousness endures forever. Now He that ministers seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness). Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, who causes through us thanksgiving to God.

 

God gives us seed and He also gives us bread. We need to understand and discern which is which. Whenever you receive a blessing ask God whether it is a seed or bread. Do not just rush and devour it, inquire of it. Many people are reaping hunger because they devoured the seed God gave them to sow. They are suffering from poverty because they ate the seed that God gave them to sow in order to sustain a lifestyle of prosperity.

 

Proverbs 19:17

 

He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, and that which he has given will He pay him again.

 

So many times after receiving a blessing, notice that you will encounter the poor or someone who needs your help. Take this as a cue from God that you are to sow seed, or to lend to Him. Never give excuses as to why you cannot give to those in need otherwise you will be excused from the season of harvest.

 

Proverbs 20:4

 

The sluggard will not plough by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

 

Do not be a lazy farmer who says I cannot sow because I have no seed. Do not say, “oh I cannot give because I am in my financial winter”, lest you become a beggar while others enter into their season of harvest. Sustain your prosperity by always removing a seed from whatever God blesses you with.

 

Psalm 126:1-4

 

When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the nations, The LORD has done great things for them. The LORD has done great things for us; and we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.

 

What caused God to turn the captivity of these people? It was the seeds they sowed in tears. In their time of hardship, the people realized the principle of seed time and harvest and put it to work in their lives and their captivity was turned. That little you have can be transformed to much if it is sowed. Do not be stingy, otherwise poverty will sting you.

 

We have looked at sowing seed in the previous chapters so I will not go into more detail here but it is important that I enlighten you on two other areas we need to sow into. These two areas are so crucial God considers it sin when we neglect them.

 

GIVING TO THE POOR

 

Deuteronomy 15:9-11

 

Beware that there be not a thought in your wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and your eye be evil against you poor brother, and you give him nothing; and he cries unto the LORD against you, and it be sin in you. You shall surely give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give unto him: because for this thing the LORD your God shall bless you in all your works, and in all that you put you put your hand unto. For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command you saying, you shall open your hand wide unto your brother, to your poor, and to your needy, in your land.

 

So many people are suffering from poverty because they ignore the poor and look for “good ground”. Yet God says as long as we acknowledge the poor we have sown on good ground because we are sowing where He told us to sow. And where He tells us to sow is the best ground. It is so sad to see that the church of today is neglecting the poor in the name of so called “good ground” of which this good ground is usually preachers. I am not saying it is not good to give to preachers and to sow in their ministries. What I am saying is that we need to be balanced. We need to open our eyes and hands to the poor as well, for they too are fertile ground we need to tap into. God promises to bless those who give the poor, for as you give to the poor, you lend to the LORD Almighty.

 

Psalm 41:1-3

 

Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and you will not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: you will restore his bed in his sickness.

 

The poor are such fertile ground they even carry blessings of deliverance in time of trouble and healing in times of sickness.

 

Ecclesiastes 11:4

 

He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the clouds shall not reap.

 

Those that are always looking for “good soil” rarely find it and when they think they have found it they cast their seed once, neglecting God’s principle of seasons of sowing.

 

Ecclesiastes 11:6

 

In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hand: for you know not which shall prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike shall be good.

 

Continual sowing guarantees you a harvest, a continual harvest. The truth of the matter is that there is only one good ground and that is God, what do I mean? When you give do not give as if you are giving to man, give as if you are giving to God and in the name of God and you will surely reap wherever you sow.

 

Proverbs 28:27

 

He that gives unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse.

 

Seed sowing is crucial in sustaining a lifestyle of prosperity for without sowing you can never reap. Seed sowing guarantees that you will never lack. Do not eat your seed, sow it, and He who gave you the seed will also give you bread to sustain you as you wait for the harvest.

 

GIVING TO FAMILY

 

1 Timothy 5:8

 

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

 

The most important field many forget is the field right under their noses, their family. God values this field so much He vows to cut off those that do not sow there from the kingdom. Have you been sowing in this field? Or are you always neglecting to give to your family members? This one is so crucial if we neglect it all other seeds become barren. When we neglect our families, especially our parents, God declares us blacklisted from the economy of heaven. We become worse than infidels or non believers.

 

Isaiah 32:20

 

Blessed are you that sow beside all waters, that send forth freely the feet of the ox and the donkey.

CHAPTER 25

UNDERSTAND THE TITHING COVENANT

 

The cheapest and easiest way to tap into heavens riches is by applying the covenant of tithing. And the easiest way of sustaining these riches is by continued tithing.

 

Malachi 3:8-9

 

Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say, How have we robbed you? In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse: for you have robbed me, even this whole nation.

 

The problem with most people is that they are thieves. They are robbing God therefore their rightful place as thieves is the prison of poverty. If you want to come out of this prison, just pay your bail and come out.

 

Malachi 3:7

 

Even from the days of your fathers you have gone away from my ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, how shall we return?

 

The only way to return to your God ordained place of prosperity is by bringing your tithes and offerings into God’s storehouse.

 

Malachi 3:10-12

 

Bring you all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my storehouse, and test me now in this, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast its fruit before the time in the field, says the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for you shall be a delightful land, says the LORD of hosts.

 

In the whole entire bible we are only challenged to try God in one thing and one thing alone, His faithfulness in prospering those who are faithful in bringing in their tithes and offerings. It is important to note that the tithe is not just a key to heavens wealth. The tithe is also the security that you need to ensure that a lifestyle of prosperity is sustained. God Himself taking the full responsibility of protecting your wealth.

 

Proverbs 3:9-10

 

Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the first fruits of all your increase: so shall your barns be filled with plenty, and your presses shall burst out with new wine.

 

The problem with people these days is that they bring their first fruits to church but not to God. They do not honor God with their increase. Most people tithe out of tradition, this is wrong. Others tithe to please the pastor, this is terrible. There is only one reason for tithing and that is to honor God. Your tithe is the best instrument you can use to worship God. Do not treat it casually by just crumpling it up and throwing it into the basket. It is because of this disrespect for the tithe that many are not being blessed. When you bring your tithe, do not bring it to the Pastor. Bring it to God. Worship and honour God with your tithe. It is only as you learn to honor God with your tithe that your barns (bank accounts, pockets wallets, etcetera) will be filled with plenty.

 

Isaiah 58:13-14

 

If you turn way your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honorable; and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words: then shall you delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride upon the heights of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.

 

It is only those that honor God with their first fruits that ride on the high places of the earth and eat the heritage of Jacob, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

 

Deuteronomy 14:22

 

You shall truly tithe all the increase of your seed, that the field brings forth year by year.

 

What does it mean to truly tithe?

 

Deuteronomy 14:23-29

 

And you shall eat before the LORD your God, in the place which he shall choose to place His name there, the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks; that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always. And if the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry it; or if the place is too far from you, which the LORD your God shall choose to set His name there, when the LORD your God has blessed you: then shall you turn it into money, and bind up the money in your hand, and shall go unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose; and you shall bestow that money for whatsoever your soul desires, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever your soul desires:

and you shall eat there before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you, and your household, and the Levite that is within your gates; you shall not forsake him; for he has no part nor inheritance with you. At the end of three years you shall bring forth all the tithe of your increase the same year, and shall lay it up within your gates: and the Levite, (because he has no part nor inheritance with you,) and the stranger and the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.

 

The harvest season was a special season for the children of Israel because it was in this season that they went to the Temple to worship God with their tithes. They just did not go with the tithe and throw it in the basket like many do today; they had a real worship service. How often do you disrespect God by just coming casually to church with your tithe and casually throwing it into the basket? The day you tithe should be a day of celebration; celebrating God and celebrating the fact that your lifestyle of prosperity shall be sustained by Him. Honor God, worship Him with your tithes and offerings. True tithing is honoring God by putting Him first and giving Him priority in your budget. Whatever you receive, give God His portion first. It is as you truly tithe that God will ensure that prosperity becomes a lifestyle for you.

 

Deuteronomy 26:1-5; 10-11

 

And it shall be, when you are come in unto the land which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance, and posses it and dwell therein; that you shall take of all the first of the fruit of the earth, which you shall bring of your land that the LORD your God gives you, and shall put it in a basket, and shall go unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose to place His name there. And you shall go unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say unto him, I profess this day unto the LORD your God, that I am come unto the country which the LORD swore unto our fathers to give us. And the priest shall take the basket out of your hand, and set it down before the altar of the LORD your God. And you shall speak and say before the LORD your God, an Aramean ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous……… (Emphasis mine)

 

The tithe is not set before the Pastor it is set before God. It is used to worship God. The tithe is an instrument of celebrating the goodness of God, rejoice as you tithe. That is why Paul says God loves a cheerful giver.

 

Deuteronomy 26:12-14 (N.K.J.V)

 

, and also have given them to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all your commandments which you have commanded me; I have not transgressed Your commandments, nor have I forgotten them. I have not eaten any of it when in mourning, nor have I removed any of it for an unclean use, nor given any of it for the dead. I have obeyed the voice of the LORD my God, and have done according to all that you have commanded me.*] (Emphasis mine)

 

When you have tithed you have to tell God that you have tithed; confessing that you have fulfilled His word and that you have not spent the holy portion for anything. Speak out loud that you have not eaten the tithe or spent it for any other thing so that the devourer may also hear that you have tithed. The devourer is always out to devour the holy things of God. That is why he always attacks you when you do not tithe. He will be coming after the holy thing that you are carrying and in the process he devours all that you have. That is why so many children were destroyed in Egypt when Moses was born. The devourer was seeking the deliverer of Israel. That is why many babies died when Jesus was born. The devourer was looking for the holy child. That is why many people lose their money. The devourer will be looking for the tithe, because it is holy.

 

Malachi 3:11

 

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast its fruit before the time in the field, says the LORD of hosts.

 

When you tithe you return the holy thing to God and God responds by protecting all that you have. He rebukes the devourer for your sake.

 

Deuteronomy 26 :15(N.K.J.V)

 

Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless your people Israel and the land which you have given us, just as you swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.

 

It is only after you have tithed that you have the right to claim your inheritance in Christ of which wealth and riches are a part of that inheritance(2 Corinthians 8:9).

 

Deuteronomy 26:16-19(N.K.J.V)

 

This day the LORD your God commands you to observe these statutes and judgments; therefore you shall be careful to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul. Today you have proclaimed the LORD to be your God, and that you will walk in all His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments, and His judgments, and that you will obey His voice. Also today the LORD has proclaimed you to be His special people just as He promised to you, that you should keep all His commandments, and that He will set you high above the nations which He has made, in praise, in name, in honor, and that you may be a holy people to the LORD your God, just as He has spoken.

 

By truly tithing, you proclaim the Lord to be your God; not money, not the devil, but God. When you proclaim the Lord to be your God He proclaims you to be His special people, a people to be set high above the nations.

 

Proverbs 20:25

 

It is a snare to the man that devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry.

 

Do not set a trap for yourself by eating your tithe and promising to replace it. The devourer will only be too happy to join you in destroying you prosperity. Tithing does not only sustain your prosperity by keeping the heavens open above your life but God also rebukes everything that comes to “kill, steal and destroy” your wealth and health.

 

Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.”

EPILOGUE

 

That is the power to get wealth. Work, give, obey and use your tongue and you will make your way prosperous. There is no reason why you should languish in poverty, Jesus came to destroy the bonds of poverty and you are free to walk in prosperity.

 

Luke 4:18-19

 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

 

This is the gospel that Jesus came to preach to the poor. The gospel of the kingdom (Luke 4:43), a kingdom that knows no poverty. Every captive of poverty is released. To those who are oppressed liberty has come; liberty from sickness, oppression and poverty. We are in the age of Jubilee, freedom from financial constraints.

 

Hear O nations, the Lord our God is one, He is the only source of financial freedom, the only source of prosperity. Embrace Him and love Him with all your heart. Obey all His commands for it is He that teaches us to profit.

 

Job 22:21-28

 

Acquaint now yourself with Him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto you. Receive, I pray you, the law from His mouth, and lay up His words in your heart. If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, you shall put away iniquity far from your tents. Then shall you lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. Yea, the Almighty shall be your defense, and you shall have plenty of silver. For then shall you have your delight in the Almighty, and shall lift up your face unto God. You shall make your prayer unto Him, and He shall hear you, and you shall pay your vows. You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established for you: and the light shall shine upon your ways.

 

Acquaint NOW yourself with God. Be at peace with Him and prosperity shall come your way. Receive the law from His mouth and lay up His word in your heart. Return to Him; confess the Lord Jesus as your Lord and savior, put sin and wrongdoing away from you and God will fulfill His part of the covenant. He will cause you to lay up gold as dust and money will become a common thing that you need not chase after. He Himself will be your defense and every time you lift up your eyes in prayer to Him HE will hear you and answer you. Whenever you decree, or confess, a thing it shall come to pass. God almighty will glorify your life with His own glory and you shall be a blessing to nations; ministering to nations out of your abundance. But my dear brethren this will only come to pass if you reconcile your ENTIRE life to God. Be at peace with Him and treasure His word and law.

 

2 Corinthians 13:14.

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus (2 Corinthians 8:9) and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kato Nkhoma is a seasoned teacher of the word with exceptional biblical insight. He has been pastoring full-time for over a decade and is a husband to one wife, Alakanani, and father to two wonderful children, Amal and Koen Watipashe. He is currently pastoring a branch of Bible Life Ministries in the northern part of Botswana under the Apostolic leadership of Apostle Dr. Enoch Sitima.

 

 

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KINGDOM FINANCE DYNAMICS

Kingdom Finance Dynamics is a financial breakthrough manual. This book contains biblical principles for succeeding the area of finances. Kingdom Finance Dynamics answers questions such as, 'Why is God concerned about my finances' and many more. In this book you will learn how to transact with the bank of heaven, how to sustain a lifestyle of prosperity, how to avoid the Laban system (a system that is limiting many peoples finances) and many more life changing principles. The uniqueness of this book is that it is a prophetic book that also touches on God's end time agenda. Finances are an integral part of spiritual warfare in these end times and finances are critical for the last major revival that is about to take place. This is why Kingdom Finance Dynamics is a must read for every believer.

  • ISBN: 9781370171958
  • Author: Kato Nkhoma
  • Published: 2016-11-24 11:35:20
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