Financial

A word on your future success

As I prepare to sell my house and move on with my life, I’ve been making plans. Plans for life, business, and ministry have all been on my mind, and the Lord had me thinking of the details necessary to achieve my mission.

As I pondered all of this, another thought crossed my mind: many of us want to prosper financially but have no real vision for what we’d do if we did.

Yes, God blessed Israel when He brought them into what preachers like to call the land of more than enough, but did you notice that what He blessed them with was production capacity? That’s right, they still had to put that land to work. They still had to decide what they were going to do with all that capacity.

Before God brought them there, He walked them through a long season of preparation for it, and when they got there, they had to fight for it. We are walking through a very difficult time.

  • What are you doing with it to ensure you are surrendering to God’s process?
  • What are you doing with what God has already given you?
  • What are your plans for when He does give you what you’re asking for, and are those plans right in His sight?

The answers to those questions will reveal a great deal.

Does God want you to prosper?

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)
 
It is God’s will for you to prosper! This doesn’t necessarily mean you will be rich, but it does mean that you will have more than enough. Now, there are some seasons in which we may endure hardship, and others may do so for a lifetime for the kingdom’s sake, but nevertheless, there should be some kind of success in your life, though this verse is greatly misunderstood.
 
We must remember that this was written by a fisherman in the 1st century AD in a world that hadn’t yet been overtaken by our postmodern, western sensibilities with regard to the meaning of prosperity. To prosper was to succeed at and flourish in what you were doing: to a fisherman, this meant catching enough fish to meet his needs and live comfortably. For a farmer, it meant good harvests. It didn’t necessarily mean the fisherman or famer would become rich. It DID mean they’d have more than enough.
 
Does God bless people? YES, and I certainly hope He blesses you greatly, both with finances and the good sense and wisdom to use His blessings to benefit the kingdom.
 
This said, let us address the last 5 words of this verse, ‘even as thy soul prospereth.’ The priority is for your soul to prosper. Are you growing? Are you becoming like Christ? Do you even know your kingdom mission, and are you presently able to undertake it? Your blessing is found in that Promised Land called Your Purpose, and with the blessing of God comes the responsibility of stewardship. God will no more entrust the immature saint with the stewardship of great blessings than a good parent would trust their five year old to drive a Lamborghini.
 
Even the greatest of God’s blessings in this life are but for a moment in the light of Eternity, but you are a Son forever, and this ought to be our priority: growth in our Sonship. Let God deal with you. Let Him mold you. Let Him grow you. No detail of your life escapes His intention, and no concern of yours is too great or small for His grace. Remember, the Blessing of Abraham is your birthright in Christ, and to Abraham He said, ‘You shall BE a blessing.’ Let God prosper your soul, and the rest MUST follow in due course.
 
Yes, it IS God will for you to be blessed. It is His will for you to have more than enough, but it is His higher priority for you to become more than enough.

Does tithing connect you to your covenant?

Preachers, so many of you are going to go to hell for scaring people into mandatory income tithing with threats of curses.
 
Tithing under the law was expressly commanded to Israel as 1/10 of the agricultural production of the land. This is why God calls it ‘the tithe of the land.’ It was never based on income or wages. Only those who owned land and livestock tithed. There were plenty of non-farmers living at that time, including bankers, jewelers, weavers, stoneworkers, and carpenters. Our Savior was a carpenter.
 
Another interesting detail the preaches love to leave out is that the tithe was given to the priests only twice every seven years. In the 7th year, there was no crop production, so the only tithe was of animals. In the other 4 years the people were commanded to eat the tithe crops, or to sell them and then spend the money ON THEMSELVES. (See Deut 14:26)
 
We are to give generously, give cheerfully, but let no man manipulate you into works of the Law that were never commanded anywhere in the New Testament, nor is there any evidence in the first 600+ years of church history of any church body teaching mandatory income tithing. The tradition of income tithing began in 680 AD when the Roman government instituted it as a tax for their state-controlled church.
 
The New Testament writings do not teach it.
 
The early apostles and church fathers did not teach it. Not one of the thousands of primary source historical documents we have from those who lead the church in all those centuries gives us any evidence at all that the church ever taught it up until the paganized Roman church forced it on everyone in the empire.
 
When the threats of curses do not, work, many preachers then resort to two doctrines to support mandatory income tithing:
 
The first is that Abraham tithed to Melchizedek, and this means we ought to tithe. This is very poor theology, since Abraham did this only ONCE, he did so VOLUNTARILY and NOT by commandment, and it was from property taken in a war. It is extremely poor theology to use a one-time voluntary act to teach people they must tithe from their income.
 
The second lie that is relied upon is the false promise that tithing connects you to your covenant.
 
This is BLASPHEMY. Why?
 
2 Corinthians 5:5 tells us:
 
Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.
 
A pledge is a deposit. The KJV says the ‘earnest of the Spirit.’ When I first made an offer on my house, I was required to submit with that offer $500 as an earnest money deposit. That deposit is credited toward the purchase of the house, and is called the ‘earnest money,’ because it is the evidence, the proof, that I was in earnest – serious and committed – about buying the house. It was the sign that I was serious about going through with the purchase.
 
Similarly, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is God’s deposit on our life, the promise that He will complete what He has begun.
 
THAT is what connects you to your covenant written in the Blood of Christ, not your money.

Why YOU aren’t Prospering


 

 
Have you ever wondered why it is so many prophets try to convince you that they key to your prosperity it giving THEM money, yet year after year, decade after decade the saints stay broke? Let’s discus the REAL reasons why you’re not prospering the way you could be, and how to turn that around NOW.

Why God REFUSES to bless you


Sometimes people aren’t as blessed as they want to be because it’s just not their season, but sometimes there are other reasons, including God’s refusal to bless us because we won’t steward his blessing well.

Let’s talk.

Do you really need to tithe?

The OT Law NEVER defined the tithe as 1/10 of income. In fact, it was expressly defined as being 1/10 of the crops and livestock produced that year. We are not under the Law, and even if we were, the tithe was NEVER income.
You may have noticed that preachers who promote the tithing heresy will read from Malachi, which never DEFINES the tithe, and then they go on to give their own definition while ignoring how the BIBLE defined it.
When confronted with this, most of you tithe pimps will claim that it was an agrarian society back then with a barter economy and no money. That’s an outright LIE. In Genesis 23:16, 500+ years BEFORE the Law, we are told by the BIBLE that Abraham bought the cave of Machpelah for MONEY.
Thus we must understand that income tithing as it is taught today is a doctrine and commandment of men.

The rationalization that ministry costs money does not justify LYING to God’s people and telling them that they will be cursed if they do not obey a command which God never gave to us even under the Law.

So give freely, but don’t let anyone tell you that you HAVE to tithe.

The prophetic word for THIS season?

Prophets, have you no shame? Why do you continue to attempt to decree declare and propheLIE words that God did not give you? The word of the Lord for this season is not about breakthrough, it’s not about dominion, but rather it is a call for his people to REPENT for their adultery with the ways of the world.

While you’re telling people they’re going to get what they want, the heart of God aches for his people to draw near to him in a fellowship untainted by the cultural idolatry that has seeped into nearly every area of Christian life.

A word on Thrift…

Go to the ant, sluggard; consider her ways and be wise; who having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provides her food in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest. (Proverbs 6:6-8)

Financial tip of the day:

It’s good to remember that ants don’t just plan for their provision, but they are also not wasteful or irresponsible with their resources.

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