Fourteen hundred acres of farmland. But farming wasn’t going well for Dan.
In fact, farming wasn’t even paying the bills.
Dan and his wife weren’t making ends meet.
Until one day…
If you’re anything like me, you love a good story, especially a good story that has God’s timing written all over it.
Stick with me. I’ll get to more of Dan’s farming story here in a minute. But I want to talk to you about timing.
You’ve probably heard the saying “timing is everything,” right?
But I’m going to take it one step further and say this: Timing and strategy are everything—God’s timing and strategy that is.
Understanding His timing and strategy are essential to every area of YOUR life. In fact, I believe the mysteries of His timing and strategy are two of the greatest mysteries in the Word of God, and it’s critical that you understand them if you expect to capture the opportunities God has for your life, experience increase, or give yourself “a raise” in 2018.
So, what do you need to know?
1. God desires to bless you financially for the purpose of expanding the Kingdom. Jesus paid for it.
2. Satan never wants you to prosper—never.
The enemy is set on killing, stealing, and destroying (John 10:10). He doesn’t want one single plan of God to be carried out. In fact, the Bible tells us that if satan had figured out God’s plan for Jesus, he never would have crucified Him.
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. —1 Corinthians 2:6-8
Had the enemy picked up on God’s strategy for Jesus to be crucified to free us, he would have changed tactics in an attempt to derail the plan of God.
The same goes for you. Because if Satan understands the plan of God, he will change his tactics to intercept it. He’ll bring pressure, trouble, and persecution against you. He’ll do everything he can to stop you.
That’s why Jesus spoke in parables, and why the stories in the Bible aren’t just stories. Hidden in those stories are mysteries that can bring revelation to you and me about how the Kingdom of God operates.
These mysteries are meant for you! In Matthew 13:11, Jesus said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.”
You’re not supposed to just stumble through life hoping things will work out.
You’re supposed to advance, to win in life.
But, too often, we forget we’re in a spiritual battle, and we don’t take the spiritual adversary we have seriously. All of our lives, we’ve seen too many TV shows and cartoons that downplay the enemy to just some creepy guy with horns and a red cape.
But Satan is alive and demons are real, and they don’t want to see you prosper and live the destiny God has for you. This is the reason the Bible says Jesus spoke everything in parables—it was God’s strategy to keep things from the enemy.
Think about it. The adversary would love to cut you off at the pass. God prevents that by keeping things hidden until the right time.
3. Spiritual timing and strategy are two weapons YOU have against the enemy.
Let’s look at more of Dan’s story:
As a farmer, Dan got multiple advertisements in the mail every day for farming equipment. He’d barely glance at the catalogs and postcards as he tossed them into the trash can.
But one day, the Holy Spirit told Dan to pull one of those 3 x 5 cards back out of the garbage right after he threw it away. That little card advertised a seminar about an innovative piece of farming equipment designed to increase yields.
Dan attended that seminar, bought the machine, and by using it produced a crop yield that was 128% greater than the year before.
God knows exactly when and how. Sometimes that means He shows up at the midnight hour, or what might seem like the last second, so the enemy can’t bring interference and hold things up.
Watch for Part Two of this post tomorrow!
There is so much more I want to share with you about this—more about Dan’s story and much more about the mysteries of the Kingdom of God and how they’re relevant to YOU, paying your bills, providing for your family, ministering in the marketplace, and living in your God-designed destiny!
As a friend of Faith Life Now, Drenda and I want to help you.
That’s why we’ve pulled together three incredible mentorship resources for you this month:
1. Money Mysteries from the Master: Time-Honored Financial Truths from Jesus Himself book — This is THE BOOK to read for everyday examples, amazing stories, and the parables of Jesus that will shed light on the powerful truths of the Bible and how they’re relevant to YOUR life right now.
2. 10 Financial Keys You Need to Know 2-CD set — Get the practical strategies you need to stop living paycheck-to-paycheck, experience financial freedom, and plan for your future.
3. The IRS Problem Solver: From Audits to Assessments—How to Solve Your Tax Problems and Keep the IRS Off Your Back Forever book — My friend Dan Pilla’s best-selling book provides you with simple, easy-to-follow battle plans for resolving tax problems.
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