One of the most exciting things that God spoke to me as we approached the New Year was that 2016 would be a year of unprecedented prosperity for His people. Great wealth will begin to come to those who are standing in faith for provision and for overflow. This is so exciting! One of the definitions I believe for the word prosperity is this: God’s overwhelming desire to bless the people of God – including finances, so we can meet the needs of humanity. Now, we know that wealth is simply one aspect of kingdom prosperity, but I’d like to offer you some principles I’ve learned through the years regarding Kingdom economics as it relates to the kingdom of God.
Principle 1: God is your source.
Genesis 1 begins with the declarative words “In the beginning.” God is your source for all things. Not your Job, not your boss, not your career. Of course God can and does use those things, but ultimately He is our source. If you lose your job today, and you’re a believer, you are promised that God will take care of you. That’s a promise! So we must always keep at the forefront of our minds that God is our source for total supply.
Principle 2: The kingdom of heaven’s economic system does not operate according to the world’s system.
We walk by faith and not by sight. One of the greatest kingdom principles is the principle of tithing. It is imperative that you become a tither in your local church community. And contrary to some, this does not mean tithing your “time”. Tithing is money. It’s the first ten percent of all that comes in that you give back to your church community. And according to the book of Malachi, “God will rebuke the devourer for our sake” (Malachi 3:10). So never be afraid to give.
Principle 3: Learn to become an extravagant giver
You become an extravagant giver by hearing the voice of God. In Acts 11 the prophets hear about an impending famine. So how do they respond to that alarming news? They take an offering! Following the voice of God doesn’t often make sense to our natural mind. The world says “There’s going to be a famine so we must hoard what we have”. In the Kingdom if we hear that there’s going to be a famine in the land our response is not to hoard - but to give. Do you see the major difference? We must become extravagant givers. I often encourage people to ask God for wisdom on how to handle the money that they already have. This is imperative if we are to become the extravagant givers that God wants us to be. Look at what you need to survive every month, then look at what’s “more than enough” and believe God for that. Sure, there are times in our lives when we have “just enough” to give a “just a little” but we must believe that the ultimate goal of God in every area of our life is for us to have more than enough.
This excites me so much that I want to see it in the life of every believer that come in contact with. That you live with no credit card debt, no mortgage payments, and no car payments! I believe that is the will of God. In Deuteronomy 28 it tells us if we obey the voice of God it these kinds of financial blessings will happen. It’s not maybe, it’s not if you’re gifted enough, it’s not if you’re called to ministry, it’s not if you have a multi-million dollar building. The blessing of God is for every believer who is in Christ. So this month I pray for every person reading this blog who wants to get out of debt. I want to pray for every person who has “just” enough to get by. I want to pray and I want to believe with you that the prosperity of heaven will come upon you in ways you’ve never known. As you read this I declare debts are being paid off. Some of you are going to receive supernatural overflow to pay every one of your credit card debts off! Even as some of you are reading this you will hear the voice of the God reveal to you specific areas in which to give and specific amounts that will stretch you beyond your imagination. And you can believe God, according to Matthew 13, for a hundred-fold return on your seed.
I bless you with Kingdom prosperity and I bless you to be a blessings.