May 31st, 2017
To fix the money thing in your life, you need to understand how the laws of God’s Kingdom function and the progressive steps associated with those laws.
There are some basics that you can begin to apply in your finances, but I encourage you to search the Bible for yourself.
Let’s start by looking at Mark 8.
Here we see that the disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat.
“Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”
They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”
Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
“Twelve,” they replied.
*“And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
They answered, “Seven.” He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”
Jesus was reminding them of provision—abundant provision. He pointed them back to two instances of miraculous provision. Jesus was asking, “Don’t you remember?”
He wanted them to remember that there were thousands of people in lack at that moment. If you were asked to feed 20,000 people and you had nothing, you’d have to agree that would be a sizable task. I doubt your financial situation is that intimidating at this moment. But even if it is, we have a clear illustration in the Bible that shows us that the Kingdom of God is able to meet the need.
When faced with the need, what did Jesus do? What should you do?
Here are the Kingdom steps:
1. Find some of what you need.
Jesus identified something that they currently had that could be put under the government of God. Once that asset was transferred to God’s domain, He would then have legal access to multiply of affect change with it.
Jesus took lunch that was barely enough for one person and blessed it. He consecrated it, separated it, and brought it under the domain of the Kingdom of God. Then, and only then, was the lunch able to multiply for the people.
When you have need in the area of provision, find some of whatever it is you have need of to sow into the Kingdom. Jesus taught continually about giving in this way. For example, Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over shall men give unto your bosom. And with the same measure that you give, it shall be given unto you.”
2. Release it into the Kingdom of God with your words.
The second principle we need to follow from the story is bringing what we have need of under the dominion of the Kingdom of God with our words, just like Jesus did.
To do this, you simply do what Jesus did. You lay your hands on your seed, and you speak over it. Pray, and release it into the Kingdom of God with your words. Remember, God created everything with words, and we have the power of God backing our words.
3. Pay attention to the plan of the Holy Spirit.
God can’t bring you any money. Money isn’t in heaven; it’s in the marketplace. So the Holy Spirit has to show you where it is. By giving you an idea, a plan, a direction, or a concept, He can show you how to capture what you need. In the story, Jesus gave them a plan. “Have the people sit down in groups,” He said, “and begin to pass out the bread.”
Watch for steps 4 & 5 next week!
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