Monday, January 15 2018
Contributor: Alex Alajiki
INTRODUCTION: We deeply thank God for guiding us through the studies of 1 and 2 books of Corinthians last year.
I believe we personally got many life applicable lessons from our studies. I trust the Lord that these valuable lessons will continue to impact our Christian lives in Jesus’ name. Amen.
This year, we are looking into the area of Kingdom prosperity. There are lots of strange teachings going on all over the world, especially, over the social media that is bringing a lot of confusion to the body of Christ. We trust the Holy Spirit, as we go through these studies, to open the eyes of our understanding so as to know and follow the will of God about Kingdom Prosperity.
1. God Wants You To Prosper: Due.8:18
“And 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 to your fathers, as it is this day
There are four things every believer must understand from the above scripture about the will of God to prosper us.
A, Remember the Lord your God; we can’t produce kingdom wealth without God’s involvement (Prov.10:22)
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.
You can be wealthy with self-effort by working hard and following principles of prosperity, but kingdom wealth is a derivative of God’s blessing without sorrow. We must partner with heaven to release what was prepared for us.
B, Power to produce kingdom wealth is a gift from God. We have the mind of Christ (1 Corn.2:16)
For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
The mind of Christ working on our natural gifts and skills can produce wealth for every believer.
C, Kingdom wealth is for a purpose; God want to use us to fund His kingdom interest on earth. (Prov.3:9)
Honour the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; To honour God is to follow His instruction in distributing or giving our substance or wealth according to His instructions.
* We must understand His instruction on Tithing and offering to keep his Church funded (Mala.3:10-12)
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.
* We must understand His instruction on giving to the poor and widows (Prov.19:17; James 1:27)
He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
* We must understand His instruction on giving to God’s servants (Matt.10:40-42; Phil.4:16-19)
For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus
D, Kingdom wealth is part of our covenant benefits. Jesus was made poor for our prosperity (2 Corinthians 8:9)
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich (plousios = wealthy, abounding in material resources), yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich (plouteô = “to be rich, to have abundance; of outward possessions; to be richly supplied; is affluent in resources so that he can give blessings of salvation to all).
The wealth covenant was originally established in Abraham and came to us through his seed; Jesus Christ. (Gal.3:16)
Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.
CONCLUSION: There are two extremes in the gospel of prosperity; Many believe that poverty and lack is a sigh of spirituality while at the other end, others believe that prosperity is a sign of God’s approval. We must use scriptures to maintain balance if we don’t want to fall into satanic deception in this end times.
Thursday, December 17 2015
Contributor: Alex Alajiki
This is the last class for this year in our Bible focused studies on kingdom prosperity. We have been able to receive many life changing instructions that can transform our lives, families and Church. But, knowledge is nothing until it is implemented and forced to produce expected results. You never gain mastery in any areas of life without concentrated focus on the subject matter. My advice is for us to go back and find out areas in these studies that we need to know and implement in our lives and families.
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” Matt.7:24-27
Today we are looking at how we can live debt free. One of the reasons why we must not be in debt is because of Prov.22:7 “The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.”
Let us find out the Biblical provisions for us to be able to live debt free.
1) God is our Source and Only Source; Matt.6:31-33, Phil.4:19, 2 Cor.9:8
““Therefore don’t be anxious, saying, ‘What will we eat?’, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘With what will we be clothed? ‘For the Gentiles seek after all these things, for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek, aim at and strive after first of all His kingdom and His righteousness, His way of doing and being right, and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.”
When God is our source and only source, then everything else become a resource He uses to bless us.
Whenever there is a need, our first point of help should be getting God involved. He already knows what we need even before we ask Him for help. Ps.23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing.”
• How do we seek first the kingdom? We give God’s Word first place and final authority in our lives. We must commit yourself to obey whatever we see in the Word at any cost.
“God is the source of my supply. His riches flow to me freely, copiously, and abundantly. All my financial and other needs are met at every moment of time and point of space; there is always a divine surplus.” By Joseph Murphy
2) We must be deliberate in getting out of debt; Rom.13:8
“Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another.”
Why is it important for us to be totally debt free? Because the wealth of the sinner, which the Bible says "is stored up for the righteous," can never come into the hands of the body of Christ until we're debt-free (see Prov. 13:22). Otherwise, it would pass right through our hands and back into the hands of the banks, mortgage companies and credit card companies and other avenues by which debts are taking money away from us.
God delivered us from the bondage of lack and debt when we received salvation. He delivered us from the "power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love" (Col. 1:13).
"Deliverance is release from the oppressor, but freedom is deliverance from oppression. In essence, it is possible to be delivered and not to be free." It is possible to be delivered from debt and not be free from it. Why?
The Children of Israel were delivered from slavery, but never free from slave mentality until they were self-destroyed. The reason is that the people never learned to think in accordance with the truth. The Word says, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Rom. 12:2).
What about us? Do we have slave mentality where money is concerned? Are we unable to see our ways past poverty as a result of having grown up with it? Until we change our thinking, we won't change our circumstances.
Debt is the world method of meeting need while faith and supernatural provision is the Kingdom method of meeting every need.
The process whereby we move from deliverance to freedom starts between our ears. The Lord said to Joshua: "This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you" (Josh. 5:9). We know that Egypt is a symbol for bondage or debt. And "reproach," from the Hebrew text, means "shame." We can never be proud of any debt.
3) Steps out of debts; 2 Cor.9:8, Prov.3:5-6
“And God is able to make all grace [every favour and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.”
a) Study the Word and see how much God wants us to prosper and be debt free (see Jer. 29:11). We renew our mind by studying scriptures on the subject of financial abundance and freedom from debt. We can write them down on cards or phones and carry them with us. Read them aloud and confess them often as God's promises to us (see Rom.10:17).
b) Listen or read books on financial freedom and how to get out of debt. We can take time to listen to Dave Ramsey on YouTube or Podcast on how to take baby steps out of debt. He is one of the best Christian consultant on finance.
c) Make a Quality Decision to Live Debt Free from now on.
A quality decision forever settles the issue. It is a decision of no retreat and no return. It is a memorial that settles all future decisions.
The very moment we make the quality decision to live debt free, God sees us debt free. We settle it forever that God is our Source—not people and we are not limited to salaries or our sources of incomes.
d) Take practical action like what the Copeland did several years ago;
“We figured out how much we owed. I got my chequebook and wrote out the checks that would pay these debts. We laid hands on them and prayed according to Romans 13:8. “Father, in the Name of Jesus, I am putting these checks in this desk drawer and am believing You to get us out of this mess. I am looking to You for the money to pay all these debts, in the Name of Jesus.”
“I did not mail those checks until the money was in the bank! We figured to the last penny how much it would take to operate our household abundantly, even allowing for unexpected things. We wrote it down and prayed over it in the Name of Jesus.”
“I made up my mind to be single-minded from that day forward. In less than 12 months from that day, we did not owe anything!”
e) Tithe faithfully. Expect the Lord to meet all your needs while He rebukes the devourer for our sake (see Phil. 4:19; Mal. 3:11).
f) We must begin to see ourselves living in abundance. We can't have it if we can't see it.
g) Deliberately sow faith seeds and praise God for multiplying our seeds back to us. Keep a list of seeds sown into God's kingdom. Constantly water the seeds with praise and thanksgiving.
h) Be profitably engaged and be diligent in your assignments (see Prov.10:4).
Philippians 4:19 (AMP/Greek paraphrase): My God will liberally supply, fill to the full, cram, furnish, satisfy, finish and complete all of your needs, employment, requirements, lack and business according to His riches, His wealth, His money and His possessions in glory by Christ Jesus.
Most parts of this outline are culled from the Book “40 DAYS OF PROSPERITY” by Pastor George Pearsons.
Sunday, November 29 2015
Contributor: Isekhua Evborokhai
Last week we learnt that aggressive faith and total immersion is what it will take to prosper in these times. Because poverty is an aggressive spirit (a curse as a result of disobedience); it will take faith – an aggressive force that aggressively takes what belongs to it to deal with the spirit of poverty.
In today’s study we shall be considering God’s Formula for Success.
Our Text in Joshua 1:8 says:
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
The dictionary defines success as the favourable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavours; the attainment of wealth, position, honours, or the like. Success is often associated with accomplishments or obtaining things such as lots of money, material possessions, or high positions of power. The more you have the more successful you are viewed by the people around you. This definition of success is based on tangible things and what other people think of you.
But that’s not what true success is! True success is how God views it. I believe that true (godly) success can include the above definition and also much more. Because godly success includes eternal blessings! However, the absence of the above does not mean one isn’t successful!
Genesis 39:2 says:
“The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. He worked in the house of his Egyptian master”
To attain success, we need to understand true success. Success for the believer is based on the Word of God and not only attempts at gaining worldly popularity or material gain.
From the above verse of scripture success is tied to God being with us!
God is a just God who operates by principles! He wants us to succeed in life and has provided the formula:
Interestingly there’s only one formula for success; the Word!
Joshua 1:8 (AMP) says:
“This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.”
So what is important is how we interact with the Word. How we believe in the Word; how we obey the Word and if we live by the Word!
APPLYING THE FORMULA
From Joshua 1:8 we see the following steps:
Step No. 1—Speak and Confess God's Word
Keep God's Word in your mouth at all times.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NIV): “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
The same command is re-echoed in Deuteronomy 11:18-21 with verse 21 emphasizing the result of speaking the Word: “your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon earth.”
The Bible in Proverbs 18:21 says there’s power in the words we speak.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
• There is no lack in this earth so great and so powerful that it cannot be turned around with words of faith.
• The entire course of nature—your future and destiny, success and prosperity—are controlled by the words you speak.
That’s why Hebrews 10:23 admonishes us:
“Let us hold fast the profession [confession] of our faith without wavering….”
Step No. 2—Meditate on God's Word
“Meditation on the Word enlarges our capacity for faith; it transforms and expands our capacity to believe and receive.” —Kenneth Copeland
Meditation on God’s Word is fixing your mind and setting your heart on the desired result.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
How to meditate God’s Word
a. Apply the Word personally in your life.
b. Allow the Holy Spirit to make the Word a reality in your heart.
c. Carefully ponder how this Word applies to your life.
d. Dwell on how the Word changes your situation.
e. Place yourself in agreement with what the Word says about you.
f. See yourself as God sees you
g. Realize the integrity in God's Word.
Step No. 3—Act on the Word
2. Luke 6:47-49:
“Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like. He is like a man which built an house and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”
The MSG version of verse 48 says:
“If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock.”
It was the same storm that hit both houses but they experienced different results.
Decide not just to be a hearer of the Word but a doer of the Word. See James 1:22
Acting on the Word:
Matt. 6:33, Luke 6:38, Galatians 6:9, 2 Corinthians 9:6, Malachi 3:10, Proverbs 3:9-10, 2 Peter 1:3
God wants us to be successful in life. But He doesn’t want us to clamour for it like the world does. Matt. 6:32. So He put in place principles that will guide us to achieving this. We have seen them in the application of the formula. So let us put the formula together.
First, we find out what God's Word says about our financial situations. Then, we speak that Word in faith, believing for the desired result. And then we meditate upon it until the Word becomes greater on the inside then the lack on the outside. And finally, we fearlessly act on what we see in the Word, knowing that no word from God is void or without power. It is easy to act on God's Word if you have been speaking the Word and meditating on the Word. The result is that you will make your way prosperous, deal wisely in the affairs of life and have good success.
Wednesday, November 25 2015
Contributor: Leye Olayiwola
Continuing in our series of the topic on True Prosperity, we considered the topics The Hundredfold Return and Putting Your Prosperity Angels To Work. We learnt that the hundredfold return is not literally a hundred times return on investment but the greatest possible return on seeds sown. We concluded on the four (4) things required to be done in order to receive an hundredfold returns which are;
• Asking God where you need to sow and going ahead in obedience to sow there.
• Keeping your faith active all the time.
• Confessing positively after sowing
• and finally, putting your prosperity angels to work through positive declarations.
We will continue in this series by considering the importance of Aggressive Faith and Total Immersion in God's word in the realisation of True Prosperity.
A. Poverty - An Aggressive Spirit [Deut.28:15-68]
It is important to note that curse is a result of disobedience. Also, poverty is a product of a curse.
1. Poverty is a part of the curse of the law.
2. Examples of aggressive poverty are;
• You shall plant a vineyard and shall not gather the grapes [vs 30]
• You will carry much seed into the field and shall gather but little in, for the locust shall consume it [vs 38].
• The stranger shall lend to thee and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head and thou shalt be the tail [vs 44].
3. Poverty feeds on hopelessness and fear.
4. Aggressive poverty must be countered with an aggressive faith.
5. It will take a bold, aggressive faith to prosper in these times.
B. Faith Is An Aggressive Force [Heb. 11:32-34]
1. Greek Word for Faith is PISTIS - which is An aggressive, forward-directed force. Never
passive, retreating, backward or shy.
2. The aggressive force of faith in action [vs 32-24]
3. David ran toward the army to meet the Philistine [1 Samuel 17:48]
4. Faith is determined, persistent and stubborn. It refuses to give up and quit—it won’t let go
and it will not take no for an answer.
C. Faith Aggressively Takes What Belongs to It [Mark 11:22-24]
1. Greek Translation of Verse 24 - "Believe that you receive them."
• Take with much force
• Seize with a grip that cannot be shaken off
2. What God has so wonderfully provided through His grace, we must lay hold of, possess
and take with our faith.
3. How long are you slack to go to possess the land which the Lord God of you fathers has
given you? [Joshua 18:3]
• Hebrew word for Possess means to take; to claim a territory by attacking it, seizing it,
driving out the inhabitants and occupying it
• NLT: How long are you going to wait before taking possession of the remaining land that God has given you?
• MSG: How long are you going to sit around on your hands and put off taking possession of the land that God gave you?
4. Aggressive faith makes a demand on God’s Word and takes hold on the desired
result. Aggressive faith speaks!
a. “Spirit of poverty, get out of my way!”
b. “I will either go past you or I am going to go right through you.”
c. “Either way, I am going to aggressively take the prosperity that rightfully
belongs to me in Christ Jesus!”
A. Do Not Be Conformed To The World [Romans 12:1-2]
1. The attack on the mind in this modern day is immense. The daily challenges and circumstances being experienced very often make people ask, “How are we going to make it during these times?”
2. To Conformed means to shape like another.
• MSG: Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it
without even thinking.
• PHI: Don’t let the world squeeze you into its mold.
3. To be Transformed means to undergo a complete change.
• AMP: Be transformed—changed by the entire renewal of your mind by its
new ideals and its new attitude.
• GW: Change the way you think.
• PHI: Let God remold your mind from within.
4. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.” [Isaiah 26:3]
• NLT: “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose
thoughts are fixed on you!”
• Stayed means established, focused, totally immersed.
B. The Principle of Total Immersion [Psalm 1:1-3]
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth hisfruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shallprosper.”
1. “Day and night” is total immersion in God’s Word.
2. Total transformation in your thinking comes from total immersion in God’s Word [e.g
3. By constantly immersing yourself in God’s Word, you will flush out all fear of
failure and become rooted in the truth of your prosperity.
4. This is what it will take to break the lack mentality and establish a new way of
C. Pastor George's Personal Total Immersion Program
Pastor George and his wife Terri prayed and believed the Lord wanted them to sow their house debt free. The pressure of what to do next began to consume his mind, thereby finding himself living by fear instead of faith. Thereafter, the Lord led him to do three things to totally immerse his thinking and get him back over into faith for prosperity. Pastor George had to totally immersed himself in scriptures that took his limitations off God. The following scriptures were of great benefit to him;
• Is anything too hard for the Lord? NO! [Genesis 18:14]
• Has the Lord’s hand, ability and power become short, thwarted and inadequate? NO! [Numbers 11:23 (AMP)]
• With men, this is impossible. But with God, all things are possible. YES! [Matthew 19:26].
In addition to this, He totally immersed himself in Dr. Leroy Thompson’s audio series Money Cometh,and Brother Copeland’s audio series titled The Laws of Prosperity. He listened to them all the time, at home, in the car, on the plane—everywhere! He totally immersed himself in God’s Word by locating and meditating on 21 major ways that God provides along with the total of 191scripture references. As a result of these life transforming exercise,
• His spirit was strengthened.
• His faith was fed.
• His mind was renewed.
• His life was completely transformed.
This is what it will take to prosper in these times.
Thursday, November 12 2015
Contributor: Isekhua Evborokhai
In last week’s study we considered the topic “Our source of supply” we learnt that the problem today was that we were looking in the wrong places as our source of supply; we learnt how to unlock the channels to our source of supply and that selfishness and our motives are the reasons we don’t enjoy the benefits of God as our source. In today’s study we will consider an interesting topic: The Hundredfold Return.
“Peter said to him, See, we have given up everything, and come after you. Jesus said, Truly I say to you, There is no man who has given up house, or brothers, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or land, because of me and the good news, who will not get a hundred times as much now in this time, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and land—though with great troubles; and, in the world to come, eternal life.”
The whole kingdom of God operates according to the principles of planting, seedtime and harvest. The hundredfold return is God’s principle of return on your giving. What are you planting into the kingdom of God? Expect a hundredfold return on whatever you give, whether it is words, faith, money or any other seed you plant.
SO, HOW MUCH IS A HUNDREDFOLD EXACTLY?
We often think of it as 100 times the original seed sown, but in reality it can be much greater than that. More accurately, the hundredfold return is simply the greatest possible return on any particular seed sown. For example, a hundredfold return on an apple seed would be a strong, healthy tree that produces an abundance of high quality apples every year. When we believe God for the hundredfold return in our lives, we believe for the greatest possible return on every seed we sow!
We can discover what the greatest possible return on our seeds sown by spending time with God in worship and prayer. After we tithe and sow seed, our role is to let Him reveal to us what we should believe for in regard to our harvest.
The Kingdom is the greatest place of investment. Because there’s nowhere in the natural world one can be offered the return of 100 times their investment? At best they can double your money. If for some reason you receive 10 times your investment, it will be classed as a marvellous deal! But no one ever talks in terms of receiving 100 times your investment; only in the Kingdom!
RECEIVING A HUNDREDFOLD
1. Ask God where you need to sow then go ahead and sow!
Genesis 26:12 says: “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.” Emphasis mine
Isaac sowed in a particular land; the bible says he sowed in “that land”. We should ask God where we need to sow; not only to make it through this tough financial time the world is facing, but to increase in it! There can never be a recession in Heaven, and God is not a respecter of persons. What He did for Isaac, He will do for you! The world tells us that can't happen! But, we, as Christians, should be rising above all of this mess in the world! Like the children of Israel when they were held captive by the Egyptians, we can boldly tell the world the answer, and show them that while it may be dark in Egypt, there is light in Goshen! We have the answer out of this mess! It’s giving! Sowing and reaping!
So let’s obediently go out like the farmer and sow our seeds on good soils and trust God for them to yield a hundredfold!
2. Keep Your Faith Active All the Time
To receive our hundredfold return we need to keep our faith active all the time; not just some of the time. None of the blessings of God work automatically, even though they belong to us. They become manifested in our lives as we exercise our faith to receive them.” For instance, healing belongs to every believer, but that great blessing is enjoyed only by those who exercise their faith to receive it. In the same way, the hundredfold return is a powerful force in the believer’s financial blessing, but you have to release your faith to receive all that the Word offers you. The force of faith for the hundredfold return must be applied by the Word of God in your heart and by the confession of your mouth.”
3. After Sowing, Confess Positively
Make this confession: “Thank you, Father, for the hundredfold return offered in Your Word. It is such a generous return and it belongs to me.”
Thanking God keeps our faith active and operative to receive.
4. Put Your Prosperity Angels to Work
Hebrews 1:14 [AMP] says: “Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation?”
Galatians 3:29 says: “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.”
We are heirs of salvation—deliverance, preservation, soundness and prosperity. The angels of God have been sent to perform whatever is necessary to establish God’s covenant in the earth.
1 Kings 19:5-6: “As [Elijah] lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, arise and eat. And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baked on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink….”
The Hundred Fold return is still working today if we believe. We should not be afraid to sow in difficult times when the Lord asks us to. Isaac sowed in a time of famine, and received the same year a hundredfold! We must act in faith because it is the currency of heaven, speak and stay positive and put your prosperity angels to work. The God we serve can do exceedingly abundantly beyond what we can ask or imagine!
Friday, November 06 2015
Contributor: Isekhua Evborokhai
INTRODUCTION: In our last study in the series of True Prosperity we looked at how we can be Free from Financial Fear and Making Our Faith for Provision Work every time. We looked at the contrast between faith and fear and concluded that God was our source of provision. In today’s study we shall continue from there as we look at the topic “Our source of Supply”
Genesis 22:14: “Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-Jireh, the LORD is my provider. As it is said to this day, “In the LORD’s mountain it will be provided.”
Philippians 4:19: “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
THE PROBLEM TODAY - LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACES AS OUR SOURCE OF SUPPLY
There are a number of places we tend to look to for our supply
1. The Government
2. People (family, friends, pastors, congregants, etc.)
3. Our jobs, businesses, salaries, savings, etc.
GOD IS OUR SOURCE!
1. Source—Point of origin. It is a place, person, or thing from which something originates or can be obtained. The beginning place; where something can be traced back to
2. Supply—Provision, inventory, stock
3. Our source of supply is the point of origin for the fulfilment of all our needs. That is why Philippians 4:19 says: “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
4. James 1:17 – “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow.”
5. 2 Peter 1:2, 3 – “Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, seeing that his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…”
The truth that God is our source must be ingrained in our thinking. Especially during economic times like these
UNLOCKING THE CHANNELS TO OUR SOURCE OF SUPPLY
a) Obedience to the Word of God
Psalms 1:1-3: “Blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers; But his delight is in the law of the LORD; On his law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also does not wither. Whatever he does shall prosper.”
b) Confession and Submission
Psalms 23:1 – “The Lord is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing.” This implies that we are sheep; a sheep is completely submissive to the will of the Shepherd.
c) Reverent Fear
Psalms 34:9, 10 – “Oh fear the LORD, you his saints, for there is no lack with those who fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger, but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.”
d) Waiting on Him
Psalms 104:27, 28 – “These all wait for you, that you may give them their food in due season. You give to them; they gather. You open your hand; they are satisfied with good.”
Psalms 107:9 – “For he satisfies the longing soul. He fills the hungry soul with good.”
e) Seeking the Kingdom of God
Matthew 6:31-33 "Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
f) Trusting in God
Jeremiah 17:7-8: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose trust the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, who spreads out its roots by the river, and shall not fear when heat comes, but its leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”
Philippians 4:14-16: “Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction. You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs.”
John 15:5-7: “I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man doesn’t remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.”
WHY WE DON’T ENJOY THIS PROMISE MORE
In general, we don’t enjoy the benefits of God as our source because we don’t completely follow the principles of unlocking the channels to our source of supply listed above. Here are two other reasons:
1. Our motives. James 4: 3: “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
2. Selfishness. Proverbs 11:24: “One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.”
Our source of supply is unlimited. It is from the Almighty God. His word says in Psalms 50:12b says: “the world is mine, and the fullness thereof.” He challenged us to prove Him to see if He will not open the windows of heaven, and pour us out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it! To enjoy this great promise we need to be completely obedient to Him.
Thursday, October 01 2015
Contributor: Leye Olayiwola
“Giving is at the very heart of prosperity". Last week, we were reminded of the very purpose God has placed us here on the earth. We are stewards of God's treasures and have the responsibility of distributing His wealth to the needy. We were also reminded that our motive for wealth accumulation should be for the sole purpose of distribution. Like Abraham, we are not only blessed, we are also a BLESSING! We will continue in our series of True Prosperity this week by looking at how we can be Free from Financial Fear and Making Our Faith for Provision Work everytime.
A. Freedom from Financial Fear
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]." [2Tim.1:7 AMP Emphasis Mine]
"I sought the LORD [on the authority of His word], and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears." [Psalm 34:4]
1. Faith and Fear are expectation.
• Faith expects the best.
• Fear expects the worst.
2. Faith and Fear are magnets.
• Faith is a magnet that draws provisions.
• Fear is a magnet that draws lack - Proverbs 29:25: "The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in and puts his confidence in the Lord will be exalted and safe."; Job 3:25: “For the thing which I greatly fear comes upon me, And that of which I am afraid has come upon me".
3. Faith and Fear are both spirits.
• 2 Cor.4:13: " Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had, who wrote in Scripture, “I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE.” We also believe, therefore we also speak". Also see 2Tim.1:7 above.
4. The contrast between faith and fear.
• Romans 10:17: Faith for finances comes by hearing the Word of God
about prosperity and fear of lack comes by hearing the lies of the devil about poverty.[paraphrased]
• Hebrews 11:1: Faith is the substance of prosperity hoped for, the evidence
of prosperity not seen. Fear is the substance of poverty dreaded, the evidence of poverty not seen. .[paraphrased]
• 1 John 5:4: This is the victory that overcomes lack—even our faith. This is the defeat that overcomes us—even our fear.[paraphrased]
5. We must adopt a "zero-tolerance policy" towards any form of fear. This can be done by feeding on God's words (promises), which will eventually influence faith-provoking thought patterns and believes which will develop a positively-aggressive faith in us.
6. A Christian, by the name Kellie declared, "I refuse to fear!" when her daughter Lyndsey was given a terrible report about spinal meningitis. As a result;
• The whole situation changed from that moment on.
• Fear left and faith came on the scene.
• You must use your faith in the same way over your finances.
I Refuse to Fear Over Finances.
1. 2 Timothy 1:7: I have not been given the spirit of fear over my finances—but of
power and love and of a sound mind. .[paraphrased]
2. Isaiah 41:10: God said, “Fear not,” for He is with me. I am not dismayed over my
financial condition; He is my God—my Provider and my Supplier. Everything is
going to be all right! [paraphrased]
3. Psalm 27:3: Though a host of bills should encamp against me, my heart shall not
4. Psalm 112:7: I shall not be afraid of economic conditions; my heart is fixed,
trusting in the Lord. My heart is established. I shall not be afraid. [paraphrased]
5. James 4:7: I resist the fear of lack and the fear of lack must flee! [paraphrased]
B. My Faith for Provision Works All the Time.
Galatians 6:9 AMP - "Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in."
• A note to Pastor George: “Thank you, Pastor George, for teaching us about reaping. We have been going back over your first ‘10 Days of Prosperity’ on the Internet. It is really blessing us. We had been asking the same question over and over again—‘We tithe and give, but we are not seeing results. Why isn’t it working for us?’ After reviewing your series, we are very encouraged! Our faith is back on track and is now working again!”
• Many ask the same question: “Why isn’t it working for me?”
• When they tithe and sow and don’t see results, they get discouraged, and wonder why it doesn’t work.
• They don’t realize that their harvest is right around the faith corner.
Hebrews 10:23, 35-36 AMP - "Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word]; Do not, therefore, fling away your [fearless] confidence, for it has a glorious and great reward. For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised."
• We must stay encouraged and continue to use our faith.
• Do not cast away your boldness of speech and confession.
Hebrews 6:12 - " that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.". Patience here is synonymous to;
• Maintaining your stand in spite of the circumstances/
• Being constant all the time.
• The ability to see the results before you have them.
Proverbs 18:21 - " Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.."
• Encourage your faith by speaking life over your tithing and giving.
• Tithe—Declare that the windows of heaven are opened over your life.
• Seed—Declare that your giving is producing an extreme, maximum, overflowing harvest.
My Confession of Faith
I refuse to fear. I am not moved by what I see. I am not fearful over my financial future.
God is my source of provision. He provides cars to drive, food to eat, clothes to wear, places to live and everything else I need in liberal supply. I am not subject to the times. I live in the household of faith, not the dungeon of fear. My household is thriving, and not just surviving.
My household is flourishing and not failing. Every bill is paid, every need is met and every debt is wiped out. I walk by faith and not by fear. My faith is alive, activated and energized. My faith for provision is working for me all the time. I give and it is given to me (Luke 6:38). I reap what I sow (Galatians 6:7). My seed is mighty upon the earth (Psalm 112:2), in Jesus’ Name! Amen.
Culled from the Book: 40 Days of Prosperity by Pastor George Pearsons
Wednesday, September 23 2015
Contributor: Isekhua Evborokhai
Last week we considered two important assurances God gave us in relation to our wealth. It was that our wealth was hinged on our covenant with Him and His favour to us! We learnt that our God is the One who promised to make us not only rich but extremely rich as we see in Ezekiel 16:7 “I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments.” Our wealth is a confirmation of the covenant God made with our ancestors and He is a God who honours His covenants. (Psalm 89:34). We also learnt what the Bible teaches about handling wealth and the terms and conditions for the biblical rich. In today’s study we will be considering the topic: “The Heart of Prosperity”.
A. Biblical Definitions of True Prosperity.
The most common Hebrew word for "prosper" is tsalach (tsaw-lakh') it means "to advance, make progress, succeed, be profitable. To bring to successful issue; to experience prosperity."
Prosperity is a blessing from the Lord when people follow his ways.
• Psalm 1:3[KJV] “and he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
• Joshua 1:8 [KJV] “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
• Prov.10:22 [KJV] “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
• Prov. 8:21[KJV] “Riches and honour 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 judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures
• 3 John 2-3 [KJV]. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
The Greek word "prosper" in 3 John 1:3 is euodoo (yoo-od-o'-o) which means "to have a successful journey through life.” The Hebrew word shalom (shaw-lome') can be translated "prosperous" also (as we see in Zech. 8:12); which means "completeness, safety, health, soundness, and contentment."]
Another Hebrew word for "prosper" is sakal (saw-kal') [same word for "success"] which means "to be prudent, to consider, be circumspect.” See 1 Kings 2:3. In other words, to be cautious and good stewards of what God gives us. (1 Timothy 6:17-18)
B. True Prosperity as defined by Kenneth Copeland
1. True prosperity is the ability to use the power of God to meet the needs of mankind in every realm of life—spirit, soul, body, financially, socially.
2. True prosperity is when you make it your need to get salvation into the hands of people and when you make it your purpose to feed the gospel to the unsaved.
3. True prosperity is the ability to look a man in the eye in his moment of impossibility and take his needs on as your own.
4. True prosperity is walking with God to be able and equipped to do for others whatever He needs done, whenever He needs it done and with whatever He requires.
5. True prosperity is not for keeping your bills paid and your body well just so you can lie around and watch TV in comfort. God is not prospering us to get us out of debt so we can get into bigger debt. He is not prospering us so we can buy and buy and buy. He is prospering us so we can give and give and give.
Having defined prosperity, we will look at the “heart” of prosperity. “Heart” referred to here, implies the core - the part of something that is central to or the reason of its existence.
C. Giving Is at the Very Heart of Prosperity
Our Motivation (reason) for accumulation of wealth should be for distribution. It’s not for our selfish purposes. 1 Timothy 6:17-18 (LB) confirms this: “Tell those who are rich not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone, but their pride and trust should be in the living God who always richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give happily to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them.” Emphasis mine
Proverbs 11:24 says: “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
We are God’s stewards on earth with the responsibility to distribute His wealth.
a) Genesis 12:2 (AMP): “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favours] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].”
b) Zechariah 8:13 (NLT): “…I will rescue you and will make you both a symbol and a source of blessing.”
c) Galatians 6:10: “Let us practice generosity to all while the opportunity is ours, and above all, to those who are one family with us in the household of faith.”
d) 1 Corinthians 10:24: “Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.”
e) Philippians 2:4: “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
f) 2 Corinthians 9:6 - 11 (NIV): Emphasis on verse 11: “[As a result of your giving] you will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” Emphasis added.
We are a source of God’s blessings to the world. The prosperity He sends our way is not for us only but for others as well. Zechariah 8:13 (NLT) says: “…I will rescue you and will make you both a symbol and a source of blessing.” We have been prospered to be a source of blessing to others. We are God’s stewards on earth with the responsibility to distribute His wealth so we should seek ways to empower others to be rich as well and not be selfish. The very heart of prosperity is giving! So let’s give happily to those in need, and be always ready to share with others whatever God has given us!
Wednesday, September 16 2015
Contributor: Isekhua Evborokhai
Last week we considered Supernatural Provision, Increase and Multiplication. We learnt that this unlimited, overwhelming supply, increase or multiplication comes from above as we see in James 1:17. We also learnt that God has unusual ways and unlimited avenues of provision that supersede all natural limitations and that it is faith that gives access to the supernatural.
Today we will be looking at two important assurances God has given us in relation to our wealth: Our Covenant of Wealth & God’s Favour and Wealth. God has made a covenant with us to be wealthy and it is by His favour!
1. OUR COVENANT OF WEALTH
The wealth we have is the fulfilment of a covenant God confirmed to our ancestors by oath! This means it is bilateral – both parties must be active. That is why Deuteronomy 8:18 (NLT) says: “Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfil the covenant He confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.”
(a) Prosperity is a sign of our covenant with God. Deuteronomy 8:18
(b) Zechariah 8:13 (NLT): “…I will rescue you and will make you both a symbol and a source of blessing.”
(c) Genesis 17:1-8: God covenanted with Abraham to make him rich.
(d) Galatians 3:13-14, 29 “. . . we are heirs of the covenant . . . And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
2 Chronicles 16:9 says: “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”
What can we learn from this verse of scripture?
(a) The phrase “Show Himself strong” (HEB) means the following: to bestow, to grant, to extend His covenant wealth
(b) Our covenant with God is His total commitment to support, defend, protect and provide.
(c) God’s consuming passion and determination is to locate His covenant people and bless them.
(d) It is an undying covenant devotion that propels Him to extend Himself to us with everything He is and with everything He has.
(e) It is a covenant love that won’t give up or quit until the extension of that love is satisfied. In 2 Samuel 9:1-3: David was consumed with locating an heir of Jonathan to bestow covenant wealth upon. The eyes of David ran to and fro throughout the whole earth searching for an heir of his covenant brother to lavish covenant wealth upon. How much more is God searching for us!
(a) “Covenant of Wealth” Scriptures
1. Deuteronomy 28:2: “And all these [covenant] blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee….”
2. Deuteronomy 28:11: “And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods….”
3. Ecclesiastes 5:19 (NLT): “And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it.”
4. Genesis 15:1: “Fear not Abram: I am your shield and your exceeding great reward.”
5. Hebrews 10:35: “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.”
6. Psalm 68:19: “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits.”
7. Psalm 103:2 (AMP): “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not one of all His (covenant) benefits.”
(b) The Windows or Floodgates of Heaven
Malachi 3:10 says: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith 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.”
Let’s picture the impact of opening the windows of heaven (or the floodgates of heaven). Read Genesis 7:11-12, 17-20 and replace the word waters with The Blessing (abundant, liberal, excessive prosperity)
We can believe for a constant, steady, nonstop outpouring of God’s abundant, liberal, and excessive prosperity.
(c) Showers of Blessing
Ezekiel 34:25-27 says: “I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. And I will make them and the places around my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord.”
We have mostly limited our definition of the word shower to a brief and usually light fall of rain, hail, sleet, or snow but there’s another definition of the word shower that this verse of scripture refers to:
“To give someone a great number of (things).”
Here are a few synonyms of this “shower”: deluge, flood, inundate, swamp, submerge, engulf, bury; overwhelm, saturate, overload. So when God says He will cause the shower to come down . . . and that there shall be showers of blessing our expectations should be that of a deluge of, a flood of, inundated with, swamped by, submerged in, engulfed by, buried in; overwhelmed with, saturated with, and overloaded with blessings!
(d) Covenant Tokens
Every covenant usually has a token. Tithing is one of the covenant tokens of wealth. So, when we tithe, we should be expecting a non-stop downpour and torrent of abundant, liberal, excessive prosperity and provision coming down violently in thick succession from the floodgates of heaven! Just like “Noah’s flood”!
The Effects of Tithing
• The tithe protects our money.
• Tithing places us under warranty.
• Tithing extends our warranty.
• Tithing places us in “flood stage.” “Not a trickle, not a stream, not a river but a flood.” —Oral Roberts
2. GOD’S FAVOUR AND WEALTH
Favour is a word that holds very similar meaning to grace—God’s kindness and help extended toward us. This includes promotion, restoration, honour, victory, recognition, preferential treatment and supernatural increase in assets and real estate.
• It is God personally acting on your behalf doing for you whatever it takes for you to prosper, thrive, flourish and be the success you were created to be. (Psalm 84:11, Psalm 44:3)
• It will cause people to go out of their way to bless you, provide for you, help you, assist you and make special concessions just for you. (Exodus 3:21)
• It will make a way where there is no way, open doors where there are no doors, provide where there is no provision and do the impossible in the midst of the most impossible situations. (Genesis 39:1-6)
• The favour of God surrounds us. (Psalm 5:12)
• The favour of God is among us. (Proverbs 14:9)
• The favour of God rests upon us. (Luke 2:14)
• God blesses us with an abundant increase of His favours. (Genesis 12:2)
The Blessing of the Lord Makes Rich
It is God’s blessings that makes one rich as we see in Proverbs 10:22—“The Blessing of the Lord, It Makes Rich, and He Adds No Sorrow with It”
We find this confirmation in Psalm 112:1; which says the man that fears God is blessed; in verse 3: “Wealth and riches shall be in his house”. And in vs 7: “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 8:9 (NLT): “You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.”
1 Timothy 6:17-18 spells out the terms and conditions for the biblical rich.
(a) Don’t be high-minded.
(b) Don’t trust in riches, but in the living God.
(c) Do good and be rich in good works.
(d) Be ready to distribute, willing to give.
Our God is the One who promised to make us not only rich but extremely rich! Ezekiel 16:7 says: “I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments….” Proverbs 8:18 (AMP) says: “Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness (right standing with God). His promise is enduring wealth – not the one that takes up wings and fly! (Proverbs 23:5). And Proverbs 8:21 says: “That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth and true riches, and that I may fill their treasuries.”
Finally, Deuteronomy 8:18 (NLT) admonishes us to: “Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed with your ancestors with an oath.” Our wealth is a confirmation of the covenant God made with our ancestors and He is a God who honours His covenants. (Psalm 89:34)
Wednesday, September 09 2015
Contributor: Alex Alajiki
Last two weeks, we considered the topic “Flourishing in the Household of Faith & Supernatural Wealth Transfer”. We were reminded that it is God’s desire, as a matter of fact, He’s always programmed into the “design specification” of Man, the power and ability to flourish. There is no doubt that it is God’s eternal plan for us to walk in absolute wealth for the main purpose of propagating His Kingdom.
Today we are looking at Supernatural Provision, Increase and Multiplication. Let us look at this word from the Lord through Kenneth Copeland.
“I have a great storehouse. Much more has been stored up in the storehouse of riches beyond your wildest dream that I laid up for you before the foundation of the world. Much more is stored up there than what the Church has ever called for. I never have held back on the Church,” saith The LORD and the God of plenty. “I’ve made it available to you. I put it in My WORD. I gave you promise and stood behind it with the blood—the precious blood of your Saviour.
“But there has been a backwardness in My people about laying hold of the things that I have provided for you.
“But I will say this: There is a people in the land. There is a people around the world. There is a people strong and mighty growing much stronger and much mightier and more bold to lay hold and put their claim of faith on the things that I have laid up for them and it thrills Me,” saith The LORD, “because it’s been theirs all the time.” By Kenneth Copeland Nov.10, 2011
1) What is “Super-natural”?
A) Super: - above, over, beyond, higher, surpassing; outside the natural realm.
B) Natural: - lower, below, limited to the earthly realm; conforming to the ordinary course of nature; something deduced by human reason alone rather than by divine revelation or inspiration.
C) Supernatural: - something that takes place outside the natural world; above, over, higher and beyond the ordinary course of nature. It is purely divine.
Supernatural Provision, increase and multiplication: - an unlimited, overwhelming supply, increase or multiplication that comes from above. James 1:17 (AMP): “Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light.”
God has unusual ways and unlimited avenues of provision that supersede all natural limitations and faith gives access to the supernatural.
People try to increase themselves through toiling. There is a supernatural increase and a supernatural multiplication that we ought to operate in, in the Kingdom of God system. So, we are looking at the above and beyond the natural course of this world.
“Rejoice and renew your faith in the supernatural. For it is time for the words and the faith and the preaching that has gone on before us to come to pass and come to full maturity. We will stand up and say, ‘Surely the Glory has come down.” —Word from the Lord through Kenneth Copeland, Dec. 24, 2005
• If you are blessed with €10m today, what will you do with it?
“If you put things off in time and are looking through the natural progression of time, you can’t operate in the supernatural. The supernatural only operates by faith and faith is a higher law than time.” By Bill Winston, the Supernatural Church.
2) Supernatural Provision; 1Kings 17:1-6, John 17:24-26
“After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” “From others,” Peter answered.
“Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. 27 “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
3) Supernatural Increase; Psalm 115:12-16, Leviticus 26:4
“The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great. The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth. The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.”
“Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.”
We are not limited to or affected by the natural realm. Supernatural provision, increase and multiplication will un-fix a fixed income. The Lord will supernaturally provide in ways we have never considered.
4) Supernatural Multiplication; John 6:1-13, Leviticus 26:9 (AMP)
“For I will be leaning toward you with favour and regard for you, rendering you fruitful, multiplying you, and establishing and ratifying My covenant with you.”
“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).” Ep.3:20
• What is the difference between Increase and Multiplication?
5) Steps to Supernatural Provision, Increase and Multiplication
Our God has unlimited avenues and unusual ways of providing that extend beyond our natural limitations.
1) Our God is our source and only source; Gen.22:1-14: Jehovah Jireh—the Lord will provide
2) Be conscious of God’s blessing upon your life and all that is connected to you. Deu.28:8, 11-12
3) Be ready to obey the word and voice of God irrespective of the circumstances. John 2:5
Philippians 4:19 (AMP/Greek paraphrase): My God will liberally supply, fill to the full, cram, furnish, satisfy, finish and complete all of your needs, employment, requirements, lack and business according to His riches, His wealth, His money and His possessions in glory by Christ Jesus.
Most parts of this outline are culled from the Book “40 DAYS OF PROSPERITY” by Pastor George Pearsons.
Wednesday, August 26 2015
Contributor: Leye Olayiwola
Last week, we considered the topic “Call in Your Harvest”. We were reminded that the responsibility of harvest is ours. In the words of Apostle Paul, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God [all the while] was making it grow and [He] gave the increase.” This also reiterates that planting is our responsibility. The growth part belongs to God. Mark 4:26-29 sums up the whole concept of planting, growth and harvesting. We were also reminded about the importance of our mouth in calling in our harvest. In today’s study, we shall be looking at God’s plan for us to flourish and the long overdue supernatural wealth transfer that those of us in the household of God have been positioned to enjoy in Jesus name, Amen.
A. Flourishing In The Household of Faith
“The world is in serious trouble. But for the household of faith and those who will cling to God’s word and listen very carefully, and do this thing that I have demonstrated before you tonight, and night after night after night……..Stand on my word and it’ll not come nigh you. Praise and worship My Name. Don’t feed and feed fear and feed trouble into your life and into your mouth. Feed on My Word, not on the bread of sorrow. In church, praise and worship and preach the Word. Everything is going to be alright” [Excerpt from the Word from the Lord through Brother Copeland in August 6, 2010]
“And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.” [Genesis 1:28 AMP]
It is God’s desire; As a matter of fact, He’s always programmed into the “design specification” of Man, the power and ability to flourish. We will look at scriptural confirmations to support this truth.
1. “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; to show that the Lord is upright: He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” [Psalm 92:12-15]
To flourish means;
• To Flower, blossom, bloom, breakthrough, spread out.
• Enter into a state of prosperity.
• Increase in wealth, favour and honour.
• Grow vigorously and exuberantly, enlarge and expand.
• Become extremely successful.
2. “The house of the wicked shall be overthrown; but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish” [Proverbs 14:11]
3. “I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.” [Psalm 52:8] – The word green signifies flourishing.
“Wealth and riches shall be in his (the righteous) house: and his righteousness endureth forever.” [Psalm 112:3]
4. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.” [Jeremiah 17:7-8]
• “….her leaf shall be green” – means prospering, thriving, flourishing.
• NLT Translation: “…Their leaves stay green [and flourishing], and they never stop producing fruit.”
• MSG Translation: “….They are like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers – never worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.”
5. “He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love. [SoS 2:4]
“He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage [branch]. [Prov. 11:28]
B. Supernatural Wealth Transfer
“Financial inversion (reverse in position) shall increase in these days. For you see, it is My (The Lord’s) desire to move in the realm of your financial prosperity. But release Me, saith the Lord, release Me that I may come in your behalf and move on your behalf….The economy shall go and it will go down [current situation in China worth mentioning]; but those who learn to walk in the Word, they shall see the prosperity of the Word come forth in this hour in a way that has not been seen by men in days past.
Yes, there’s coming a financial inversion in the world’s system. It’s been held in reservoirs of wicked men for days on end. But the end is nigh. Those reservoirs shall be tapped and drained into the gospel of Jesus Christ. It shall be done in the time allotted and so shall it be that the Word of the Lord shall come to pass that the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. This shall be done predominantly in two ways. Firstly through the conversion, into God’s Kingdom, of those who have hoarded up and stored up wealth because of the inspiration of the evil one. Secondly, the Word of the Lord shall rise within men of God of low esteem in the financial world, who shall work in the light of the Word and give. Their giving will increase, and through the hundredfold return, the reservoirs that have held riches in days past shall return to the hands of the giver. This is how the reservoirs shall be lost from the wicked and turned to the gospel. [Excerpt from the Word from the Lord through Charles Capps, in February 1, 1978]
We will consider some scriptural truths in line with this prophesy.
1. “But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.” [Proverbs 13:22b]
AMP Version: “…..the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up.”
2. “Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay, what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver. [Job 27:16-17 NIV]
NLT Version: “16 Evil people may have piles of money and may store away mounds of clothing. 17 But the righteous will wear that clothing, and the innocent will divide that money.” 19The wicked go to bed rich but wake to find that all their wealth is gone. “Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company” [Proverbs 24:1]
3. “To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God…...” NLT Version: “…if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please Him.”
4. “He brought [Israel] forth also with silver and gold, and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.” [Psalm 105:37 AMP]
[a] Feeble (in Hebrew) means there was not one pauper among their tribes
[b] Pauper – An extremely poor person; A person without any means of support; A destitute person who depends on aid from public welfare funds or charity.
[c] Tehillim Commentary:
• Rabbi Eliezer the Great taught that the lowliest among the children of Israel brought ninety (90) donkeys laden with silver and gold when he left Egypt.
• The pauper is a man who has become impoverished and stumbled from his original financial level, No Jew who left Egypt could be described as a pauper because all were enriched by the possessions of their oppressors.
• Ibn Yachya and Sforno describe the pauper as a man whose health has deteriorated to the point that he stumbles unless he uses a cane. When the Jews left Egypt, a miracle occurred – not a single person among them was sick or debilitated.
5. “And He brought forth His people with joy, and His chosen ones with gladness and singing,” [Psalm 105:43 AMP]
[a] Tehillim Commentary:
• God did not merely load their saddlebags with material wealth, He also filled their hearts with spiritual wealth.
• The redeemed ones reaped a rich 3harvest of faith, the outgrowth of the wonders they beheld. This filled their hearts with mirth and their mouths with song.
There is no doubt that it is God’s eternal plan for us to walk in absolute wealth for the main purpose of propagating His Kingdom. This wealth is already here even though some are in the hands of the wicked. But the time has come for the supernatural transfer to take place. We pray that every one of us in the household of God will be appropriately positioned to receive this wealth in Jesus name. This we will do through feeding on God’s Words, embracing His promises and acting on them by faith. Also through praising and worshipping Him in the beauty of His Holiness. “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.” [Isaiah 3:10].
Most parts of this outline are culled from the Book “40 DAYS OF PROSPERITY” by Pastor George Pearsons
Wednesday, August 19 2015
Contributor: Alex Alajiki
Last week, we considered how to make deposits and withdrawals from our heavenly accounts. Phil.4:14-19 gave us insight into how the Philippian Church consciously made deposits into their heavenly account. We saw the various ways of making deposits into these accounts.
This week, we are progressing into the understanding of how to call in our harvest after sowing or making deposits into our heavenly accounts.
1) Harvesting Is Our Responsibility; Ecc. 3:1-2 (NLT), Prov.10:5
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.”
“He that gathers in summer is a wise son: but he that sleeps in harvest is a son that causes shame.”
Any farmer that will put in the work to sow and will not bother to bring in the harvest will be considered a fool, so also, everyone that sows and never believe nor demand for harvest.
Believers are deceived in their thinking that they can just wait on God to bring in their harvest. Some are disillusioned and aggravated with God. Don’t think reaping is automatic. Don’t think once you put the money in, it’s all up to Him. You just sit back and relax and think it’s all going to just come on you. That is ignorance and confusion. We can’t sleep through our harvest or allow our harvest to stand in the field.
In Mark 4:26-29, the man did the sowing, God gave the increase and the man did the reaping.
2) How to Reap Your Harvest; Heb.11:6
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
A preacher was struggling financially. Physically, he was well and strong. He had powerful demonstrations of the spirit. The ministry was growing. The only area of trouble he had was in the financial realm. He took time to fast and pray, seeking the Lord to find out why. The Lord told him that he was not in faith where his finances were concerned. He told him that he had to receive his finances the same way he received his healing—by faith.
We must use our faith to call and bring in our harvest. The mouth is a powerful instrument of harvest. Mouth harvest whatever they speak. Our words of faith bring in the harvest.
We must expectantly command the angels to go bring in our harvest. Hebrews 1:14: “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
The reapers are the angels. Matt.13:39 “ ….and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.”
3) Not Subject to this world; John 17:14-17
“I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
We are not subject to, nor do we live under, the dominion, rule, control or influence of whichever way the economy and the world’s system are going at the moment. Our times are subject to the authority of the Word, the blood and the Name of Jesus spoken and acted upon by the believer. The times are subject to us. We are subject to and governed by another economy and another system—the kingdom of God.
We are to thrive, not just survive.
a. Survive—barely get by, merely exist
b. Thrive—flourish, succeed, advance, prosper
1 John 5:18 “ We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.”
We thrive and prosper in tough times. We are not subject to the economy of this world. We are to flourish in spite of what is happening around us in the world. We are untouched and unaffected.
Conclusion (Jer. 17:5-8)
The cursed man trusts himself, his heart is not toward God. The result: no fruit, no hope, no future The blessed man trusts God with his whole heart. The result: thriving tree, roots deep, no fear, produces fruit 5. Verse 8 (MSG): “They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers—never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.”
Most parts of this outline are culled from “40 DAYS OF PROSPERITY” by Pastor George Pearsons
Friday, August 14 2015
Contributor: Akin Akande
Last week, we considered how God is able to supernaturally provide as well as cancel debts, whenever He wishes to do so. We saw that God can not be limited in supplying for what we truly need and He is more than able to cancel any debt by providing the finances, removing the debt or moving upon the heart of others.
This week, we will look at the “bank” of heaven, how one makes deposits and withdrawing from the account.
“Bank” of heaven
Simply put, a bank is a supply of something (mostly money) held in reserve or an establishment for the custody, loan, exchange, or issue of money, for the extension of credit, and for facilitating the transmission of funds. There are therefore banks here on earth and nothing is wrong in having them. We must not only trust in them! In the bible there are “banks” (See 2 Chro. 31:11, John 12:6).
Similarly, there are “bank” accounts in heaven too (See Matt. 6:19-21, Luke 12:33). Unfortunately many do not know that they have such accounts. One church that walked in the reality of such account is the church at Philippi (Phil. 4:14-19 – Read verses 15 and 17 in different versions).
Just as we make deposits into our accounts here on earth, we must make deposits to our heavenly bank accounts. In Matt. 6:19-21, “Lay up” means to make deposits. One makes deposits by doing the following
• Tithing – Mal. 3:10
• Investing in the gospel – Mark 10:29-30
• Giving to the poor – Pro. 19:17, Matt. 19:21
• Giving as praise to God – 1 Chro. 16:29
Again, since there is an account and one makes deposits into them it must also be possible to make withdrawals 1 Tim 6:17-19
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland story: They started up with lots of difficulties in their finances. After hearing messages about faith from Kenneth Hagin, they took practical proactive steps; listed all they owed, what they needed, prayed, fasted, etc. They agreed together according to Romans 13:8 that they would never borrow another dime. They committed to God that they would pay back everyone they owed. They continued to make deposits into their heavenly account by faithfully tithing and sowing seed.
They released their faith and made a withdrawal from their heavenly bank account.
This process took time, effort, prayer, focus and diligence. They saturated themselves with God’s Word and cut off every voice of the world – no TV or newspapers – just the Word of God.
Praise God – twelve months from that day, every debt was paid in full and every need was completely met.
Seven-Point Bank of Heaven Withdrawal
1. Decide on the amount you need (James 1:5-8).
a. Be exact and single-minded.
b. Write it down.
c. List your needs, debts and desires.
2. Get in agreement with people of like faith (Matthew 18:19-20).
3. Claim what you need by faith (Mark 11:23-24).
4. Bind the devil and his forces (Matthew 18:18). Say something like “Satan, take your hands off my money!”
5. “Loose” (I will say “speak to”) the angels to go get it (Hebrews 1:4).
For example declare “Ministering spirits – go get my money!”
6. Continually praise God for it (Psalm 34:1).
7. Avoid strife and unforgiveness (James 3:16; Mark 11:25-26).
Understanding that we have “bank” accounts in heaven is the first step in order to make withdrawals. Most importantly, we must consciously make deposits into the accounts before withdrawals are made. Take practical steps to deposit into your heavenly accounts and release your faith to withdraw from them.
Most parts of this outline are culled from “40 DAYS OF PROSPERITY” by Pastor George Pearsons
Sample Prayer of Agreement
“Father, in the Name of Jesus, we make a withdrawal of €_______ from our heavenly bank account. We have this money in our account and we are withdrawing this amount now. We believe we receive €_______. As in Mark 11:23-24, we believe it in our hearts and confess now that it is ours in the Name of Jesus. We agree that we have this amount according to Matthew 18:19. From this day forward, we roll the care of this over on to You and thank You for it. Satan, we take authority over you; we bind your operation now and render you helpless. Ministering spirits, we charge you to go forth and cause this amount to come to us according to Hebrews 1:14. Father, we praise Your Name for meeting our needs according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus, and for multiplying our seed for sowing, in the Name of Jesus.”
Wednesday, August 05 2015
Contributor: Isekhua Evborokhai
Last week we treated “walking in the fullness of the blessing”. We learnt that by virtue of our redemption through Christ Jesus, we have access to the Blessing by faith; and that the Blessing makes us rich (with money) and our attitudes to money must be different from those of the unbelievers. Money is our servant and not the other way round. God doesn’t want us to be limited by our current financial circumstances but to walk in the fullness of the blessing. Today we will consider one of the ways God chooses to make us walk in the fullness of the blessings - Supernatural Provision & Supernatural Debt Cancellation.
I. SUPERNATURAL PROVISION
A supernatural occurrence is a manifestation or event that is attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature. It is an unusual, unlimited, accelerated supply from heaven superseding the realm of impossibility and foreign to natural man’s thinking. In simpler terms, it is God’s involvement in the physical world! God has supernatural ways to fully supply every need in the face of lack, shortage and a bad economy.
(a) Biblical Examples of Supernatural Provision
• The sacrificial ram for Abraham in place of Isaac. (Gen. 22:6-14)
• The ravens bringing food and drink to Elijah. (1 Kings 17:1-6)
• One-year supply of food for the widow and Elijah in the midst of a famine. (1 Kings 17:8-16)
• Multiplication of oil for a prophet’s widow. (2 Kings 4:1-7)
• Jesus turning water into wine. (John 2:1-11)
• Jesus multiplying the fish and loaves and feeds 20,000. (John 6:5-14)
These instances are not limited to the Bible only. A 15-year-old was so impressed with Elijah’s story that he decided to try it. He asked the Lord for $10 for missions. He went out, spoke to the birds and commanded them to put it in a tree in the backyard. The first day he discovered 65 cents, the second day $2.35, and the third day $7. Over the next two months, he found a total of $440 in the tree! And there will be many more other experiences out there today.
(b) What We Must Do to Experience Supernatural Provision
• We must feed on the Word of God and renew our minds. (Romans 12:2)
• We must take our eyes off your financial problems and focus on God. (Heb. 12:2)
• We must remove the spirit of fear, worry and unbelief from our hearts and mind. (Phil.4:6)
• We must picture God supernaturally supplying our needs enlarging our capacity for supernatural provision. (Phil.4:19)
• We must stop depending upon ourselves and rely on God as our source of total supply. (Prov.3:5)
• We must not hold from God our tithes and offerings; we must continue giving liberally, expecting God to multiply it back into our lives. (Mal 3:8)
• We must walk in and exercise our faith. We must realign our thinking and walk in obedience to God. (Phil 4:13)
• Ask in God for it in faith without doubting Him (Habakkuk 2:4; Heb. 11:6).
(c) Faith-Building Scriptures for Supernatural Provision
Galatians 3:14 says that we have access to the blessing by faith. Without belabouring the point; faith is therefore a huge necessity; most especially when it comes to supernatural provision. Let us consider a few scriptures that will help build our faith for the supernatural.
• James 1:17: “Every good gift and every perfect gift [AMP—free, large, full] is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
• Ephesians 3:20-21 (AMP): “Now to Him who, by the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams]—to Him be glory in the church....”
• Philippians 4:19 (AMP): “My God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
• Psalm 68:19: “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.”
• Isaiah 55:1: “Every one that thirsteth, come to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”
II. SUPERNATURAL DEBT CANCELLATION
God is Omnipotent; He has unlimited authority and power. So He can do anything if He so chooses. If He can blot out every handwriting against us, He sure as well can blot out any financial debts we owe!
(a) Three Ways God Supernaturally Removes Debt - Luke 4:14-21
i. He Provides the Finances
As we see in 2 Kings 4:1-7 (NLT): “…Sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.” And Luke 5:1-11: Simon Peter’s fishing business avoided bankruptcy after Jesus told him where to drop the nets. Also see Matthew 17:24-27: Taxes were paid from money in a fish’s mouth.
ii. He Removes the Debt
• Nehemiah cancelled the debts of the poor Jews. (Nehemiah 5:1-13)
• The king forgave his servant of the 10,000 talents. (Matthew 18:23-27). But it’s important to note (Matthew 6:12) “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”
• Jesus “cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note…with its legal decrees and demands. He set it aside and cleared it completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross.” (Colossians 2:13-14 (AMP))
• He reduces the debt. (Luke 16:1-7)
iii. He Moves Upon Others
Philemon 18-19 (AMP): “If he has done you any wrong in any way, or owes anything [to you], charge that to my account. I, Paul, write it with my own hand—I promise to pay it in full….”
Luke 10:30-37: “The Samaritan took out two pence and gave them to the owner of the inn and said to him, “Take care of him. Whatever else you have to spend, I will pay it back in full when I return.” God is the One who moves upon a person—not you.
Once again, these instances are not limited to the Bible only. (Share testimony)
(b) Principles for Supernatural debt cancellation
God has given us the power to overcome debt through the supernatural laws of debt release. Practical, natural wisdom can assist in debt freedom; however, Christians have an anointing advantage to get out of debt supernaturally.
(i.) Announce your deliverance from debt (Luke 4:18). Everything in the Kingdom of God starts with a decree. Declaring what God has said will release the anointing of God to destroy the power of debt.
(ii.) Bind the "strong man" (Matthew 12:28, 29). There is a demonic spirit behind debt. Binding the spirit behind debt gets to the root of the matter, which is spiritual. You can't stop debt if the spirit behind debt is still allowed to work. So take authority, and in the name of Jesus declare war on the spirit of debt.
(iii.) Apply violent faith (Matthew 11:12). Violent faith is faith that is consistent and working all the time. Meditate on the Word, and confess it every day, regardless of the attack and opposition. When force is exerted, the intensity of that force will cause victory. The more intense you are in your faith, the quicker you'll see results. Real freedom from anything requires violent faith, because the devil will not give you anything. Use the Word of God to speak to your debt, and take what belongs to you. Declare what you want as though you already have it.
(iv.) Don’t dwell on past debts. (Philippians 3:13, 14). Focusing on the past causes one to lose momentum. Past debts will cause depression and self-doubt. Stop remembering old things; God will do a new thing if you let go of the past (Isaiah 43:18, 19).
God doesn’t want us to be limited by our current financial circumstances but to walk in the fullness of the blessing. He is Jehovah El-Shaddai – the All Mighty One! This means He’s able to do anything He wants which includes supernatural provision and supernatural debt cancellation for us if we can truly take Him by His words!
Wednesday, July 29 2015
Contributor: Akin Akande
Thriving in the midst of famine was the subject that we treated last week. We saw that God does not just want us to survive during famine but to prosper, succeed and grow vigorously. This was the experience of Isaac and since we are also part of Abrahamic covenant we can enjoy the same privilege. Additionally, we must pay attention to the steps that Isaac took for him to thrive during famine. He obeyed God, sowed seeds, paid tithes and walked by faith. We also need to do same to enjoy such privilege.
This week, we will continue in the same spirit by looking at The Blessing, the basis for our access to The Blessing and what our relationship should be towards money. May the Lord open our eyes to this aspect of the redemptive package in Jesus’ name (Amen).
Review of the Blessing
The Blessing is loaded in the very first words heard by a human ear, setting the course and precedent for God’s perfect will for man. Essentially, man was empowered by The Blessing in order to: Be fruitful; multiply; replenish the earth; subdue the earth; Have dominion over the earth.
The Garden of Eden was a perfect demonstration of God’s plan for this planet. It was a prototype of what He wanted the planet to look like. Adam’s job was to exercise his God-given authority and expand that Garden until it encompassed the entire earth. That was what The Blessing was for.
It provided Adam with the power to carry on the work God began at Creation. It equipped him with the divine resources he needed to follow God’s example. He was to transform the uncultivated parts of this planet into a veritable Garden of Eden by speaking faith-filled words. The Blessing empowered Adam to be
The Blessing wherever he went. The Garden of Eden was literally inside Adam.
Adam lost The Blessing at the Fall. The last Adam in the person of Jesus Christ came to restore The Blessing that was lost. Jesus Christ is The Blessing! He is alive in us. We have been redeemed from the curse and now walk in The Blessing of Abraham.
Galatians 3:13-14 – Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that The Blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Therefore, we have been redeemed from the curse to walk in The Blessing
To Redeem means to buy back, to buy out, and to clear by payment. To free a person from captivity by paying a ransom. We have been freed from the curse of poverty (Lack, Deficiency, Not enough, Shortage). Proverbs 10:22: “The Blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it.”
Fullness means the state of being filled to capacity; To fill to the top so that nothing is wanting; to fill to the brim so that nothing is lacking; overabundance, excessive amount, superabundance.
Components of The Blessing and walking in it
Useful ingredients to walking in The Blessing include faith – Gal. 3:14, careful observance to all of God’s commandment and diligent obedience to His voice – Deut. 28:1
The Components: Deut. 28:2 – 14 (Read it!)
God’s Blessings on Israel
• Cities and farms will be successful (28:3)
• They will produce many children (28:4)
• They will harvest large crops (28:4)
• Their livestock will have many young (28:4)
• They will have plenty to eat (28:5)
• Their daily work will succeed (28:6)
• They will be able to defeat their enemies (28:10)
• They will be God’s own special people (28:10)
• Rain will come at the right times (28:12)
• They will have plenty of money to lend to others (28:12)
• Their nation will be a leader among nations (28:13)
• Their nation will be wealthy and powerful (28:13)
Money is a component of The Blessing and so what should be our relationship with money?
Our Relationship to Money
The Role of Money in Our Lives: Money issues can be a source of stress and pressure in that they control lives, attitudes and emotions. Some are slaves to money i.e. driven to make it and keep it. As believers, we must straighten out our relationship with money.
Matthew 6:24-33—Settle This: I Serve God. Money Serves Me. Seed was designed by God to serve us (Genesis 1:29). Seed is also for the service of man (Psalm 104:14).
How, then, should we conduct ourselves with money? 1 Timothy 6:10, 17-19
The love of money is the root of all evil (vs 10), hence, we must not love money – we love God. Also we must not trust money (vs 17) – we trust God. In addition, we are to be givers of money (vs 18) – not only takers. Finally money should be seen as a tool to help others.
By virtue of our redemption through Christ Jesus, we have access to The Blessing by faith. The Blessing makes us rich with money and our attitudes to money must be different from those of the unbelievers. Money is our servant and not the other way round.
Most parts of this outline are culled from “40 DAYS OF PROSPERITY” by Pastor George Pearsons
I am walking in the fullness of The Blessing, fully furnished and liberally supplied.
Filled to the top – nothing wanting.
Filled to the brim – nothing lacking.
My ship is full and overflowing.
The Blessing has come to me.
The Blessing has overtaken me.
I am walking in the superabundant, exceeding excess, fullness of The Blessing – in Jesus’ Name (Amen)
I settle this issue right now.
I adjust my financial attitude.
I do not serve money. I am not a slave to money.
I serve God. Money serves me.
I do not work for money. Money works for me.
Money doesn’t control me – I control money. Money doesn’t rule me – I rule money. Money doesn’t dominate me – I dominate money.
I fearlessly tithe as I am told. I boldly give as I am led.
Money – you serve me. Money – you obey me.
Money – you multiply, increase and produce maximum harvest.
Wednesday, July 22 2015
Contributor: Leye Olayiwola
“Poverty is a curse. It’s a curse that stems (emanates) from disobedience. Being under the curse of poverty means one cannot be prosperous even if they worked hard. But Jesus Christ broke the curse of poverty according to Galatians 3:13”. It is hoped that the above statement, which is startling, is still fresh in our memory, after the awesome lesson titled The Laws of Poverty, which was examined in details last week. It is hoped that we have been very mindful of the laws that governs Poverty and we have been conscious in operating the superseding laws. We shall continue this week on the series of the teachings on Prosperity by considering the topic, Thriving In the Midst of Famine.
1. There Was a Famine in the Land [Genesis 26:1]
Famine is defined as severe shortage; extreme scarcity or serious economic downturn. The time of Famine is a Dark Time for those
• who do not know God (Daniel 11:32)
• Who do not know their covenant with God
• Who are filled with fear, panic, uncertainty and hopelessness (2 Timothy 1:7)
God’s promises for us during the time of famine abound.
• “In famine He shall redeem you from death……….You shall laugh at destruction and famine.” - Job 5:20,22 (NKJV).
• “Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine.” - Psalm 33:18-19
• “They will not be disgraced in hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough”- Psalm 37:19
As sons, daughters and friends of God, we don’t just survive in famine. WE THRIVE!
“The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” – Proverbs 10:22. To thrive means to;
• To prosper, flourish, succeed, and advance.
• To grow vigorously.
• To increase in goods and estate.
2. Isaac Thrived In Famine
[a]. [Genesis 26:1-6] : Obey God and stay wherever He’s placed you.
Isaac obeyed God and stayed where God wanted him to stay. Egypt looked more like the Promised Land in the physical. It must have been a land flowing with milk and honey in those days. It must have been the favourite place of abode that majority may have been migrating to. But God told him explicitly “Do not go down to Egypt”. Isaac stayed in Gerar because;
• God needed him there.
• God needs us right here, right now (except you are very sure He’s asking you to move).
• “Among the other nations, Judah and Israel became symbols of a cursed nation. But no longer! Now I will rescue you and make you both a symbol and a source of blessing. So don’t be afraid. Be strong, and get on with rebuilding the Temple!”Zechariah 8:13 NLT
• We are a symbol and a source of THE BLESSING – “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]. And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves”. Genesis 12:2-3 AMP
“For You make him to be blessed and a blessing forever……” Psalm 21:6 AMP.
[b]. [Genesis 26:12]: He sowed and received in the same year one hundred fold – and the Lord blessed him. If anyone had told Isaac he could sow and reap anything in the land of Gerar, he would have disbelief it. But obedience to God made the difference. Suffice it to say that his obedience to God made the so called futile ground become fertile. The following are true;
• Unusual yield - even in fertile regions, yields are usually not greater than twenty-five (25) to fiftyfold (50).
• "You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy. The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep, and the valleys are carpeted with grain. They all shout and sing for joy!". Psalm 65:11-13 NLT. He reaped in the same year!
[c]. [Genesis 26:13]: Isaac waxed great, went forward and became very great.
• "He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow." Gen.26:13 NLT
• He was thriving - flourishing, succeeding, advancing, growing vigorously, increasing in goods, estates, bulk and stature.
• He became stronger and more powerful in wealth and influence.
[d]. [Genesis 26:14]: He had possessions of flocks of sheep, herds of cattle and a great store of servants. As a result of this fame;
• The Philistines were jealous of him and made efforts to stop him.
• Beware. Your godly prosperity will attract oppositions and resistance.
[e]. [Genesis 26:24]: He didn't give up - he wouldn't quit.
• Rehobeth (in Hebrew) means room, streets, a broad and spacious place, an enlargement.
• “At last the LORD has created enough space for us to prosper [thrive, flourish, succeed, advance and grow vigorously] in this land.” Gen.26:22b.
3. In Order to Thrive in Times of Famine, We must Keep Doing What Isaac Did
[a]. Keep Obeying God.
• Obedience is where THE BLESSING is. "If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;" Isaiah 1:19 AMP.
[b]. Keep Sowing seeds
• Everytime is a good time to sow into the kingdom of God. There's never a bad time. Seize every opportunity to sow into kingdom based projects and works. "He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap". Eccl.11:4 AMP.
[c]. Keep Tithing.
• Isaac tithed. How do we know?
• ".......And [Abram] gave him a tenth of all [he had taken].Gen.14:20b; "For I have known (chosen, acknowledged) him [as My own], so that he may teach and command his children and the sons of his house after him to keep the way of the Lord and to do what is just and righteous, so that the Lord may bring Abraham what He has promised him." Gen. 18:19 AMP.
[d]. Keep on walking by faith.
• Isaac did not quit standing in faith. Waiting back in Gerar, he must have seen the physically futile ground. There would have been neighbours and many others who were helpless because of the unbearable conditios in the land. Yet, Isaac persevered.
• "Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward." Hebrews 10:35 AMP;
• "And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint". Galatians 6:9 AMP
[e]. Keep attending church.
• Our future is secure in Him.
• The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible]. Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment]. Psalm 92:12-14 AMP.
Living a life of consistent faith in God's promises in this modern world has never been more challenging. The good news, however, is that our God remains ever faithful. Hebrews 13:8 confirms this. He is the same yesterday, today and will be forever. We can have the same encounter like Isaac did many centuries ago in this challenging times. Thriving to the envy of others. Remember, in order to thrive in this modern times, we must keep obeying God, keep sowing seed, keep tithing, keep on walking by faith and in fellowship with one another. Finally, we must consistently confess our belief in order to appropriate God's promises regarding prosperity. Please say the following confessions;
"I am not moved by what I see. I am not moved by what I hear.
I am going up higher. I am going to keep obeying. I am going to keep sowing.
I am going to keep believing. I am going to keep receiving. I am going to keep on walking by faith. In a time of famine, we are thriving. We are prospering.
We are flourishing. We are succeeding. We are advancing. We are growing vigorously. We are increasing." In Jesus Name. Amen.
Culled from the Book: 40 Days of Prosperity by Pastor George Pearsons
Thursday, July 16 2015
Contributor: Isekhua Evborokhai
During last week's study we learnt that there were laws governing every single thing in existence and that nothing happened by accident. We also talked about laws and opposing laws; we learnt that one must know about one law in order to counter it.
Poverty is a very serious phenomenon in the world today; its devastating effects can only point to the fact that there’s a spiritual force behind it. John 10:10 talks about the thief that comes to steal, kill and destroy. Poverty puts its victims in a bad place. It makes them vulnerable (Proverbs 18:23), they are shunned by friends (Proverbs 14:20), and makes them become servants to the rich (Proverbs 22:7). Poverty also brings sorrow (Proverbs 31:7) and can lead to crime (Proverbs 30:8-9). From these instances we know that poverty is not God’s intention for us; because He takes pleasure in the prosperity of his people. (Psalms 35:27).
In today's study we shall be considering the laws that govern poverty (in other words, the causes of poverty) solely for the purpose of knowing how to supersede them with a corresponding higher law!
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Poverty is a curse. It's a curse that stems from disobedience. Deuteronomy 28:15 says: “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you. “Also read, Malachi 3:8-9
Being under the curse of poverty means one cannot be prosperous even if they worked hard! Because the curse will negate their efforts. But Jesus broke the curse of poverty. Gal. 3:13 says:
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”).”
This tells us that we are no longer under the curse but it however, doesn't automatically makes us prosperous. 2 Corinthians 8:9 says: "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich." (Emphasis mine). He became poor for our sakes giving us the opportunity – making it possible that we can be rich; because now, the curse no longer has its effect on us!
THE LAWS THAT GOVERN POVERTY
The book of Proverbs gives visibility to the causes of poverty. Because of the book's instructive nature it does not only tell us the “Laws” it also tells us the “Superseding Laws”. So let us look at these causes:
1. LOVE OF SLEEP
Proverbs 24:33-34: “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.”
Proverbs 20:13: “Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.”
While this character should be up tilling his field and planting his vineyard, he is in his bed; and awaking, instead of rising, craves for and indulges himself in another little doze, and which he repeats again and again. Also it's important to know that sleep can also mean prayerlessness. The state of prayerlessness is spiritual slumber.
To supersede this Law of the Love of Sleep we need to turn to the higher Law – of Being Alert!
Prov. 23:34 says poverty will come like a robber – to steal, kill and destroy. That’s why 1 Peter 5:8 says we should “. . . be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”
Being in a rush especially when you have left something that needs to be done, undone. And then seeking for get-rich-quick schemes.
Proverbs 21:5: “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”
To supersede this Law of making haste we need to turn to the higher Law – of Careful Planning!
Proverbs 20:4 – “The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.”
Proverbs 19: 15 – “Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.”
Proverbs 10:4 – “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”
To supersede this Law of laziness, we need to turn to the higher Law – of Hard Work!
Proverbs 11:24 - “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.”
2 Corinthians 9:6
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
Another aspect of “scattering” is wisely investing in ventures that will bring increase. Eccl. 11:6 says: “In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.”
To supersede this Law of stinginess we need to turn to the higher Law – of Generosity!
Failure or refusal to obey God’s rules or surrender to His authority.
Deuteronomy 28:15 says: “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you.”
Jesus said if ye love me, keep my commandments. When we disobey God’s commandments, it shows that we don’t love Him. We also break the hedge and give room for the serpent to bite!
To supersede this Law of disobedience we need to turn to the higher Law – of Obedience!
A situation in which people do not control their behaviour or obey rules.
“Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, but he who regards a rebuke will be honoured.”
To supersede this Law of Indiscipline we need to turn to the higher Law – of Taking Correction and not continuing headlong in error.
Not working or active; habitually doing nothing or avoiding work. To pass time doing nothing.
Proverbs 14:23 – “In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.”
Proverbs 28:19 “He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!
To supersede this Law of idleness we need to turn to the higher Law – of Diligent Work.
8. EXTRAVAGANCE (SELF-INDULGENCE)
Lack of restraint in spending money or using resources. Characterized by doing or tending to do exactly what one wants, especially when this involves pleasure or idleness.
Proverbs 21:17 – “He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.”
Proverbs 23:20-21 – “Do not mix with winebibbers, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags”
To supersede this Law of extravagance we need to turn to the higher Law – of Exercising Restraint!
Poverty is a curse. It's a curse that stems from Disobedience. Poverty is a very serious phenomenon in the world today; its devastating effects can only point to the fact that there’s a force behind it. John 10:10. It is not God’s intention for us that’s why Jesus broke the curse of poverty as we see in Gal. 3:13. Meaning that we are no longer contending with the curse ourselves. However, breaking this curse doesn't automatically make us prosperous. Because if we allow the devil to use the tool of ignorance against us he will succeed in keeping us impoverished. Now that we know the laws of poverty, it is up to us to use the higher laws given by God in His words to supersede them!
Wednesday, July 08 2015
Contributor: Alex Alajiki
“And 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 to your fathers, as it is this day.” Duet. 8:18
“If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures” Job 36:11
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” Psalm 35:27
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil.4:19
“Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2
Prosperity is part of the redemptive package that Jesus delivered to us when were born again. Col.1:12 -14 “giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”
The same way that we were redeemed from sin and sickness, we were also redeemed from poverty and every work of the devil or darkness. We use the word of God to implement total redemption in our spirit, soul and body. God has a covenant determination to prosper us. Our responsibility is to believe it and receive it by faith.
What is True Prosperity?
True prosperity is the ability to use God’s power to meet the needs of mankind in every realm of life—spirit, soul, body, financially, emotionally, etc.
Spiritual and Physical Law: Rom.8:29
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
We must understand that there are laws governing every single thing in existence. Nothing is by accident. There are laws of the world of the spirit, and there are laws of the world of the natural. The laws of the world of the natural govern our activities in this natural, physical world. We don’t float; we walk. If the law of gravity were not in action, we would float. These physical laws can be manipulated. For instance, the law of gravity is used when flying an airplane, but it is superseded by another physical law, the law of lift. When you put the law of lift into operation, you can fly, but you must know something about the law of gravity in order to use the law of lift. You don’t do away with the law of gravity; you just supersede it with a higher law. These are natural, physical laws, and they govern this natural, physical world.
Spiritual law gave birth to physical law. The world and the physical forces governing it were created by the power of faith—a spiritual force. God, a Spirit, created all matter, and He created it with the force of faith. Hebrews 11:3 says, “…the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” The law of gravity would be meaningless if gravity were not a real force. Faith is a spiritual force, a spiritual energy, a spiritual power. It is this force of faith which makes the laws of the spirit world function. When the force of faith is put to work, these laws of the spirit function according to the way God says they will.
The Law of Sin and Death & the Spirit of Life;
There are two functional laws in the world of the spirit. One, the law of sin and death, was put into operation by Adam when he disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden. The other, the law of the Spirit of life, was put into operation by Jesus Christ at His Resurrection 1 Cor15:21 “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead”. The law of the Spirit of life is the master law under which we operate as children of God. It supersedes the law of sin and death and faith causes it to function. There are certain elements which, when combined, will bring forth the result God intends. Salvation is available to every human being on the face of the earth because the Word says anyone who calls upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved (Joel 2:32, Romans 10:13). This higher spiritual law of life is here in the earth, but every day people die and go to hell. Why? Because the law of salvation hasn’t been put to work in their particular lives. It will work only when it is put to work.
This same rule is true in prosperity. There are certain laws governing prosperity revealed in God’s Word. Faith causes them to function. They will work when they are put to work, and they will stop working when the force of faith is stopped. The laws of prosperity work the same as the laws of salvation, healing and so forth. A farmer can intend to have a good crop, but if he never plants the seed, how can he possibly produce a harvest? These laws, both spiritual and physical, must be followed if you expect to get results.
We Are Not Subject to the Times; Ps.27:5
“For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.”
We are not subject to, and do not live under, the dominion, rule, control or influence of whichever way the economy and world system is going at the moment. The times are subject to the authority of the Word, the blood and the Name of Jesus spoken and acted upon by the believer. The times are subject to us. We are subject to and governed by another economy and another system—the kingdom of God. We live in the secret place of the Most High Ps.91:1.
We must settle it in our hearts that God’s will for us is all round prosperity. There are active spiritual laws that govern the physical and spiritual realms. It is our responsibility to put the laws of prosperity to work in every area of our lives. We are not here to survive; barely get by and merely exist, we are to thrive; flourish, succeed, advance and prosper.