Soaring In Your Finances
What are the two doctrines that have been fought against the most by religion in the past 30 years?
I’d say healing and finances.
You might have heard people say: “I can’t stand that ‘Health and Wealth Gospel.’”
Well, I’ve got some good news for you: Jesus didn’t die and rise from the dead for the “Sickness and Poverty Gospel.”
The Bible doesn’t teach a “Health and Wealth Gospel” or a “Prosperity Gospel”, but the Gospel of the Kingdom includes healing and prosperity.
Healing and prosperity are not the whole Gospel…but the Gospel is not whole without them.
Listen to 2 Corinthians 9:8 (which is in the middle of two entire chapters on finances and giving): “And God is able to make a little bit of grace squirt out to you if you are good enough.”
No, that’s not what it says. Here’s what it says (I hope you’ve got your shoutin’ shoes on):
“And God is able to make ALL grace ABOUND to you, so that having ALL sufficiency in ALL things at ALL times, you may ABOUND in EVERY good work.
”When He calls it a “grace”—that means He paid for your abundant provision on the cross!
So, here is my definition of financial abundance: You have more than enough resources to fulfill every divine assignment God has for you and enough left over to help others fulfill theirs.
“Healing and prosperity are not the whole Gospel… but the Gospel is not whole without them.”
Prosperity doesn’t mean that every Christian is going to be a zillionaire. It does mean that we should have finances proportionate to our assignments from the Lord and more than enough to be a blessing to others.
That means the farmer in Uganda is going to look different than the person called to reach the Hollywood elite.
If you are Joseph in prison, abundance isn’t the palace on a hill somewhere or the finest chariot. It is emotional health and well-being and favor that got him appointed as the head of all the other prisoners.
We stay in our lane and in our lane, God gives us an abundance to bring kingdom influence to that realm of responsibility.
If you think of yourself as a hose through which God’s blessings can flow, then it makes sense that the inside of a hose would get wet!
If God can get money through you, He can get money to you…and there will be plenty left over for you.
When the priority of your finances is on God rather than yourself, God will take better care of you on “accident” than you ever could on purpose.
And remember, His name is El Shaddai, not El Cheapo
Growing up, we often heard amazing stories of missionaries out on the field. Often the story went something like this:
The family was out in a remote location. They were broken. They didn’t have food for their next meal. But by faith, they would set the table with the plates and silverware, hold hands and pray for provision.
Knock, knock, knock. Someone was at the door!
The family would race to open the door, and there was someone standing there with a week’s worth of groceries. God had provided!
Listen: we need to hear those stories of miraculous provision. But what we need even more is an army of people with resources and the ability to hear from God where to put those resources.
Affluence is for influence. Income is for impact. Prosperity has a purpose.
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