Realize that you are a covenant person, which sets you apart from others who aren’t.

Today, as always, there is a major difference between God’s covenant people and unbelievers. You must begin to believe it with all your might! The way you see yourself and talk about yourself is the way the devil sees you. You’ve got to begin seeing yourself as God sees you!

Follow These Six Principles for Prosperity

1. It is God’s will for you to have increase. The Bible is filled with principles for godly prosperity.

God gives abundance for a purpose, not merely for laying up treasure for yourself. Jesus tells the parable of the rich man who said, “I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry” (Luke 12:19). God said to the foolish rich man, “This night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:20-21).

God requires that you pay fair wages: “Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth” (James 5:4).

God says to give to those in need, rather than merely giving to buy prestige: “He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want” (Proverbs 22:16).

God gives abundance so you can build a heavenly treasury: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matthew 6:19-20).

Giving to God’s work causes sufficiency to abound and bountifulness to be enriched: “This I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.… And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:6,8). Giving also causes bountifulness to be enriched: “Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness; Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:10-11).

Giving to God’s work brings increase: “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty” (Proverbs 11:24).

Giving to the needy brings no lack: “He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse” (Proverbs 28:27).

These seven principles help point out the major difference between the world’s prosperity message and the Gospel’s prosperity message. The message of the world is greed: get all you can get! But the message of the Gospel is knowing the will of God and using His abundant overflow to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

Greed versus giving—that’s the difference!

2. Live in God’s Economy

There are 2,250 scriptures dealing with money, and the Bible focuses much time on being a good steward over our money. How we handle our finances determines how we handle our life: “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21).

Biblical prosperity is the result of truth in your life: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2).

The Word of God promises abundance, life, peace, joy, and health—nothing lacking. All it requires is faithfulness. If your faith is abundant, the return will always be abundant.

God’s Word is filled with these promises, and they are ours!

What He requires is obedience. Faith without faithfulness and obedience is worthless: “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:20).

Every spiritual act demands a physical act. When you receive Jesus Christ into your heart, God requires a public confession of faith. When you want to be healed, you must reach out and receive. You must make a point of contact. You must act in faith, whether you desire a spiritual, emotional, physical, or financial miracle!

Likewise, supernatural financial healing requires a natural act. It requires a step of faith. And that step is giving! Be a faithful giver, and you will be amazed at the results.

3. Target your seed as you give.

Then give with expectancy. See yourself coming out of debt. Give toward your future. Let this month’s seed-gift be the beginning of giving that will target your coming out of debt.

4. Hammer Away at Debt

“But I’ve got a wall of debt in front of me,” you may say.

Let your giving be your hammer to begin breaking down that wall. Maybe each hammer strike will only chip away a portion of the wall, but as you keep hammering away, you will soon be surprised at how that wall begins to fall apart.

Keep hammering until that wall of debt shatters completely!

Biblical blessing cannot be left to chance. It comes as the result of obeying God, believing His Word, and stepping out in faith with our giving: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).

Jesus often talked about the power of seed that is planted in faith: “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20).

The apostle Paul often referred to the law of sowing and reaping: “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

Throughout the Scriptures, the Lord tells us what to do if we want mountains moved – and that certainly includes a wall of debt. Plant your seed as an act of faith!

5. It is time for your supernatural harvest! Prepare to receive!

This is the time to prepare by sowing seed. Release your seed-gift as an act of faith, and the Lord will surely send you a supernatural harvest.

Now is the time to get out of debt, for your greatest days are ahead!

Moses and the children of Israel were told, “All these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God” (Deuteronomy 28:2). They believed it, and the gold became as dust and rocks in the land.

6. Release your faith as you sow a sacrificial seed!

If your need is great, your seed should be great. Sow your seed toward the Gospel and target that seed toward a harvest to see a wonderful breakthrough with your finances!

It’s time to break free from the bondage that has been holding you back!

Divine prosperity is God’s will for you!

It has been that way dating back to the earliest times. God told Abraham, “I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). All we have to do is obey God: “Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do” (Deuteronomy 29:9). We are told, “If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity” (Job 36:11).

God gets pleasure from pouring out His abundance on the obedient and faithful. We are told, “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.… That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures” (Proverbs 8:17-18, 21). That is why the psalmist wrote, “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant” (Psalm 35:27).

Break Free from Debt

Poverty brings about slavery and bondage: “The borrower is servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7). Bondage to debt is crippling. That is why the Word of God adamantly states that it is His will for us to be free from debt! The Bible is filled with warnings against slavery to debt. And that is where so many believers are living today – in debt, in bondage, and out of God’s will.

Obedience and faithfulness bring freedom and prosperity. When God’s Word invades your heart and you are faithful to Him, prosperity is the result. In fact, the only part of the Gospel that works for you is the part you understand and obey: “If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth” (Deuteronomy 28:1).

Faithfulness and obedience lead us to a long list of powerful promises – blessings will overtake us, blessings will occur in the city and in the field, blessings will come to our children, crops, and possessions, blessings will fall upon our provisions, and we will be blessed wherever we are (Deuteronomy 28:2-6).

All that will come to pass if we hear and obey His voice!

Expect Supernatural Abundance

Living a life of righteousness and faith puts you in line to prosper supernaturally: “The tabernacle of the upright shall flourish” (Proverbs 14:11). And God promises, “In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble” (Proverbs 15:6).

God wants to cover you with His blessings: “God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God” (Ecclesiastes 2:26).

It is time to focus on getting out of debt and breaking free from the shackles of bondage.

It is time to decide to get out of debt and not turn back.

We know we can’t look to the world’s systems. The world doesn’t encourage us to get out of debt. Governments around the world are overwhelmed with debt with seemingly no way out. Institutions and individuals all around the globe are still trying to borrow their way to prosperity – the worst thing to do.

God’s Word tells us, “Thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow” (Deuteronomy 28:12).

We are given this promise: “Thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day” (Deuteronomy 8:18).

As you study the Bible, it is interesting to note how many times that when famine strikes, it changes things in the spirit for God’s people – not for the world, but for God’s people. Natural famine, often happening because of both natural and spiritual sin, brings spiritual change.

When famine came in the days of Abraham, it changed everything for him. The same happened for Isaac, Jacob, Israel, David, Solomon, and so many more people. Just because we are going through famine in the natural, it should not be ignored in the spirit. It is time to open your spiritual eyes to see why it is happening.

When Elijah appeared on the scene, the first thing he prophesied was famine. The land was encased in sin because of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. The famine came, and God sent Elijah to prepare for the ministry that would impact the entire region.

There are many parallels today, and as you look with spiritually opened eyes, you can see that though we are going through famine and downturn, there is great abundance ahead for God’s people. His children should be getting ready today for what is coming tomorrow!

As you are obedient to God’s direction in your life, you will experience abundance like you have never seen, for the righteous are always the people who prosper in times of famine.

There is no other issue in today’s church that causes me more personal disdain than the issue of remuneration of our pastors, priests, bishops, and other paid church staff. In the secular world we think it is a wonderful thing if a person has a well paying job. We think even better of them and/or the situation if they receive a raise in wages.

This is viewed by society as a positive experience and one that every working person should strive for. However, in the “world of church”, the opposite mentally seems to prevail. We think highly of someone who has “received the call” to “go into full time ministry.” That statement is wrong to begin with. All Christians have “the call”, and all Christians are in “full time ministry!” Therefore that statement is misleading, confusing, and tends to make a tier structure out of church members. It puts pastors on pedestals and makes for a “serf culture.” Then, when this person “with the call” becomes a pastor, we then ask him, “how little can you live on?” We financially compensate our pastors and other church staff as little as we can get away with, and justify if by saying that the staff should be grateful as they are “serving the Lord.” Are not all Christians “serving the Lord?” Actually, we are not supposed to be “serving” Him. He didn’t create us to be His servants. We are his children; not servants. Additionally some denominations intentionally want to keep the pastor “poor and humble.”

All of these ideas are not only completely false and wrong, but demonic! Poverty and humility are not even closely related to each other. Poverty is a curse as listed in the Book of Deuteronomy, and humility is a high praise and desired attribute of the Kingdom of God. However, for some very strange reason the modern church seems to be offended if a pastor or other church worker has some personal wealth. (who would they rather see have the wealth; the heathens?)

The bible says that the worker deserves his wages. (1 Tim. 5:18) What wages does he deserve? Ideally, every ministry should be paying at least “the going rate” for staff as compared to the same type of secular position. Secondly, I Timothy 5:17 says that the elders (ie staff) of the church should be paid double the honour or wages if they labour in the Word. So, instead of seeing how little we can pay the pastor, we should be seeing how much more we can pay him! Our pastor should be the most well paid, driving the best car and living in the best house! Why not? I cannot think of a worse job in the world that of a church pastor. Yet we over work and under pay these people then wonder why we don’t have enough pastors and/or why they get burned out. Few things in life can cause more of a drain on a person than debt and poverty. As if the pastor does not have enough to contend with in his occupation, we then thrust poverty on him as well. It makes no sense and is completely unbiblical.

Some denominations place their clergy in a rectory or manse, and then think they are being generous by paying his bills. The fallacy to that is that the pastor is unable to build equity in his own home. The church simply does not look after its own people. A friend of mine was forced to resign from the Anglican Church when the Bishop closed his church. It was a political issue and had no bearing on the church’s “performance” or the priests. My friend at age 65, is now working a menial retail job and will have to continue until age 80, to retire his mortgage.

It seems to me that in Canada we view profit as something to be feared, taxed, and/or something to be taken from others. Our socialist NDP thinking has lead us to these delusions. Indeed, a recent poll stated that if Canadians could vote in U.S. federal elections, three in four would vote Democrat. (ie. socialist) In the U.S., profit is envied, respected and desired. It is interesting to note that American pastors are as a rule paid better and thought of more highly than are Canadian pastors. Creflo Dollar and his wife drive Bentleys and Fred Price drives a Rolls Royce. These cars were given as gifts to them by their parishioners. If a pastor was seen even riding in a car like that in Canada, people would criticize and leave the church! I don’t understand that. Who would they rather like to have the cars and wealth? The heathens??!! We don’t seem to have a problem with Donald Trump having money, but Christians, especially pastors are not allowed to??!! We are the chosen people of God; we should be living and be blest beyond our imaginations, not squandering in poverty and underpaying our staff.

Does it bother you that a pastor is poor? Does it bother you if he is wealthy?

Our money is the one thing in life that is all consuming. The amount of money we have and how we spend it determines where our treasure (i.e. heart) is and how much of an effect we will have in the Kingdom of God. I like what Benny Hinn says, “the gospel is free; it just takes money to preach it.” Jesus spoke more about money and/or stewardship that any other subject. Therefore our financial health and state of finances is a biblical priority.

When one considers that we Christians are to be “the head and not the tail”  (Deut. 28:24) you would think that we would have the upper hand over the world in the understanding and accumulating of wealth. Such is not the case! In fact my experience as a teacher of biblical economics, is that it is the Christians that are so gravely lacking in not only the subject of God’s finances, but also on the subject of world finances. Christians succumb to the same financial woes of the secular world.

The bible says, “My people perish for their lack of knowledge.”  (Hosea 4:6) Christians are perishing for their lack of understanding of finances and for their lack of proper biblically based financial planning. This is sin. “To whom much is given much is required.” (Luke 12:48) Much has been given to anyone living in Canada. Compared to the whole world, we are in the top eight percent of the world’s population in terms of wealth. Unfortunately, we think of ourselves as being poor if we do not have a colour T.V., microwave oven, and a cell phone. Compared to he rest of the world, we are very rich! That then, indicates that we have been given much, and therefore much is required of us. What is that, that is required? Good stewardship of what we have and a biblical approach and priority with respect to our finances. I see too much lack of knowledge, but worse yet, complacency among Christians to not have the knowledge about finances and to not make it a biblical priority in their lives.

The sad reality of life is that “it takes money to preach the gospel.” If the money is not there, than the gospel is not being preached. Consequently, people are going to hell, not because they are “bad,” but because they have not heard the gospel and made Jesus the Lord of their life. A gospel that was not preached to them, because we didn’t have enough money to get it preached to them! (no pressure here!!….) This is not to suggest that we should be putting ourselves on a “guilt trip,” but rather it does mean that we are to “get wisdom and get understanding”  (Prov. 4:7) with respect to our finances. We need to be blest in order to be a blessing. We can’t get the fullness of our own blessing if we do not understand biblical economics and worldly economics. If we don’t have that fullness of blessings, then we are not blessing others as well as we should be or could be. Consequently, people go to hell because we don’t have wisdom!

It behooves all Christians to get the wisdom and understanding they need to build wealth to further the Kingdom of God. I remember a number of years go when my brother was attending a church, he was asked to teach a course on secular finances and personal investing. He was qualified for this, and said he would. People in his church were complaining about their financial situation and said they wanted some “wisdom.” After weeks of preparing a course my brother was ready to teach. The course was then cancelled, because of a lack of enrollment. Typical. It reminds me of the Israelites complaining about being out in the desert and wanting to go back to bondage in Egypt.

Not only are God’s chosen people perishing, but the heathen are perishing too because there is not enough money to preach the gospel around the world and transform it. Financial stewardship needs to be a priority with all Christians.

Have you given any thought of where and how you can give?

The last three blogs were about ‘Seed, time, and Harvest’. Here is a ten point summary:

  1. If you don’t know what kind of seed you are sewing, you won’t know what kind of harvest you are getting.
  2. Sowing should be regarded as an act of worship.
  3. Sowing should be motivated by love.
  4. All human life is sewing.
  5. “Consider your ways” is the key element in specific seed sowing.
  6. There are certain conditions in which God will bless his people.
  7. All our acts are forces; every time we think, feel, or exercise our wills, we are sowing.
  8. Cultivating and watering our seed (through praise and worship) will produce a higher yield.
  9. The very habit of thinking about financial seed planting causes seed to grow and makes a great sense of importance out of it, because you are giving according to purpose.
  10. Deception has kept people from their full entitlement – throwing seed on the ground instead of sowing it; you’ll lose it.

1. Don’t Love Money Or Worry About It

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”  (Matt. 6:25-34)

The devil wants you to worry about your finances so that it will drive you from God and make you put your trust in the world Babylonian system. He knows that if you actually follow God, if you actually honour Him, if you actually love Him, if you actually live your life for Him, then He will prosper you. And…

“Blest shall you be when you come in, and blest shall you be when you go out.”  (Deut. 28:6)

2. Work With Excellence

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men”.  (Col. 3:23 NKJ)

When you work with all your might as unto God, He is your boss. When it comes time for promotion, it does not matter if your boss is a jerk, God is over him, and He sees your heart and what you are doing. He sees your diligence, motivation, integrity, and honesty. He sees and He will bless the fruit of your hands.

“And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.”  (Deut. 28:13 NKJ)

3. Know The Purpose Of Money

“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”  (Deut 8:18)

It is not about you, as Rick Warren says in his best seller, “The Purpose Driven life,” it is about what you can do for the Kingdom with money.

4. Know That It’s God’s Money

It’s not yours; it’s God’s money. It comes from Him and He has a much bigger purpose for that money. He wants to multiply that money, but when you get it and you don’t honour Him or you are stingy with it or you’re all caught up with it, He will not bless you with more. He will not give you more because those attitudes put you on the road to destruction. If you’re on a road to destruction, He’s not going to give you more so that you wind up destroying your life.

5. Be Generous

“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”  (2 Cor. 9:7)

6. Give Into The Right Soil

See the Parable of the Sower; Matt 13 – different types of soil. Always plant into good soil.

7. Understand The Seasons

You need to realize that there is a time of plenty and a preparation for a time of famine. There are seasons of famine and seasons of plenty; this is absolutely scriptural. Joseph did this when God blest his nation for seven years and with great abundance Isaac sowed during famine.

If you are in a season of famine and you are prospering where you have planted and can be trusted with what you have, you will gain more. Have a spirit of excellence during this time and God will cause you to prosper when the world is failing financially.

8. Prosper Where You Have Planted

Work where you are in the position you are in. Stop complaining to God about your circumstances or playing the “if only” game. Start to prosper where you are.

9. Have Faith For And Ask God For BIG Things

God Is Not Small

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man. The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”  (1 Cor. 2:9 NKJ)

10. Seek Wisdom

We all make mistakes, but press onto the goal; fight the good fight of faith, and never quit. While you are working on all that, seek wisdom.

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”  (Proverbs. 4:7)

Take courses, read books, study the Word – learn what you don’t know and then put it into action. You must keep a good set of books which includes budgeting and planning.

1) Give Cheerfully

“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Do you know how you get cheerful in giving? You expect results. You expect a harvest. The farmer that is out there laboring in the field planting his seed has a joy on the inside of him because he knows he is going to have a harvest one day. When you sow your finances do you expect a harvest? Well, you should because God has promised it. God says that He will multiply seed that is sown. When I give for the Gospel’s sake, I’m planting seeds in the Kingdom of God.

Do not “give until it hurts” – give until it’s not joyful anymore!

This principle is working in every facet of life. Words, thoughts, actions and money are all seeds. Ideas are seeds. One idea inspired by God can change your whole life. Thoughts are seeds. Thoughts from the devil are seeds trying to overcome the Word of God. We stand in the strategic position of being the only one that can determine the outcome of our lives by the seeds that we allow to enter into our hearts. What seeds are growing in your heart? I trust they are God’s Words. If they are, then you are in store for a wonderful harvest.

2) Consider Your Ways

“Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! You have sown much, and bring in little;You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes. Thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:5-7)

Everything on the earth revolves around the law of Seed time and Harvest – our words, our thoughts, our finances. Principles of Seed time and Harvest are discussed repeatedly throughout the Old and New Testaments. In Galatians 6:7 the Bible tells us, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

If you are sowing productive seeds according to God’s Word and have not been reaping the abundant harvest that God promises, then God says, “. . .then, consider your ways.” Take an inventory of your life and find out what has been hindering your harvest.

3) Expect A Harvest

A farmer has joy on the inside of him when he plants his seed. Even though it is hard, laboring work, and even though he knows there is much tilling, weeding, and fertilizing ahead of him, he expects a harvest and plans for it. He knows the law of Seed time and harvest, so there is a joy in planting the seed.

The prosperity message (a term I do not like) is not a ‘get-rich-quick’ scheme or an overnight success formula that you can work up and then just live anyway that you want. It is really about “blessing” which is a lifestyle that is the result of seed time and harvest you have to be committed.

The laws of God work together. One is designed to affect the other, and you can’t pick out one little thing and ignore the rest and expect it all to work. For instance, in flying, there is the law of lift, the law of drag, and the law of thrust. If you don’t apply those laws properly, even though they are laws, you won’t get off the ground. Once you get off the ground, if you do something to interfere with those laws, such as turn the engines off, then you negate those laws and another law comes into manifestation immediately – the law of gravity.

This blog post has been adapted from my Biblical Economics 101 course. Learn what the Word of God can teach you about money and wealth with Biblical Economics 101.

“Even as I have seen, Those who plow iniquity, And sow trouble reap the same.” (Job 4:8)

Our hearts are a spiritual production center, and the seeds we sow will grow. There is work going on inside of us. The Bible says “as a man thinketh in his heart so is he . . .” (Prov. 23:7). Every word that we hear and allow to get into our hearts will produce. As we think on those things and mediate on them, they become reality. We become what we think; what we dwell on, and the very seeds that we sow in my heart are eventually going to reap a harvest.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” Phil 4:6-9

We’ve been taught how to fail: how to go broke, how to live in misery, how to fail in marriage, how to fail in business, how to be sick, and, for the most part, we’ve been very good students. Now time for us to have our minds renewed to God’s ways. God says that we can succeed through the Word, so let’s plant those seeds and begin to harvest success.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

If you plow iniquity and wickedness, you are going to reap iniquity and wickedness. If you sow seeds of hatred, you are going to reap hatred. On the other hand, if you sow seeds of love, you are going to reap love. If you plant seeds of strife, there is going to be strife around you all the time.

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy.” (Hosea 10:12)

If you want good things in your life, then you must sow good seed. How? Right words!

“A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:20-21) (KJ)

The Bible tells us to put away from ourselves a forward mouth, and we are to put perverse lips far from us. A forward mouth is one that is not under the conviction of God’s Word. It is an uncontrolled mouth. Learn to speak the words of God in every situation and the harvest that begins to come up in your life will be one of joy, peace, health, happiness, and prosperity.

The Bible even expresses that the giving of our finances is like sowing. Our money is seed.

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)

What if you don’t have any seed?

“For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. (2 Cor. 9:10) L.B.

How you sow will dictate how much you reap. This is a spiritual law and it will work for you if you will put into work.

This blog post has been adapted from my Biblical Economics 101 course. Learn what the Word of God can teach you about money and wealth with Biblical Economics 101.

“While the earth remains, Seed time and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night, Shall not cease.” (Gen 8:22)

God is telling us that some things will never change.

As long as the earth remains, there is going to be Seed time and harvest, and day and night, and summer and winter. You can not change it.

A law is defined as a general principle to which all applicable things must conform. When there is something that never changes, then it is commonly referred to as a law. God is telling us here in Gen 8:22 that Seed time and Harvest is a spiritual law put into motion by Him.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap…” (Gal 6:7)

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)

Our whole lives consist of seed planting. We are planting seeds all of the time with our thoughts, our words, and our actions. We are therefore all sowers, and God says to us in Mark 4:14, “The sower sows the word,” so God compares words with seed. Every word that we speak is a seed. Our heart is the ground in which these seeds are planted, and if the ground is good, the seeds are going to take root and grow and produce fruit. You can either plant good seeds from the Word of God in that ground, or you can plant bad seeds (of doubt and unbelief). If you plant bad seeds in your ground (your heart) you will get a crop of misery, sickness, poverty, lack and want.

“Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matt 12:34-37)

Our eyes and ears are gateways to our hearts. What we hear will get into our hearts and if our eyes are not focused on God’s Word then our whole being is going to be full of darkness. If our eyes are focused on God’s Word, then our whole being is going to be full of light. Whatever we are listening to and adhering to is going to produce fruit in our lives (ie. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap).

If we are not satisfied with our lives, if we are not happy with what is happening around us, we cannot blame anyone but ourselves. We are the ones who planted the seeds. If we don’t want tomato seeds in our garden, don’t plant tomato seeds. If we don’t want defeat in our lives, quit planting those seeds of defeat.

Book Recommendation: “The Principle of the Path” by Andy Stanley

This blog post has been adapted from my Biblical Economics 101 course. Learn what the Word of God can teach you about money and wealth with Biblical Economics 101.

Religion has developed an idea that says, “Spiritual maturity is the result of a decrease in the desires of money or blessings.” Jesus was poor and therefore we need to be “poor and humble” like him.

The early church worshiped God and conducted church correctly; by that I mean according to how Paul spoke of it in his many letters. Prosperity is the will of God and poverty being the opposite must therefore not be the will of God. The spirit of poverty entered the church under the rule of Constantine in the 300 A.D. era who took the Greek mind set and added it to the Jewish or Christian mind set. Eventually this Greek thinking over took the church. The Greeks believed that the whole world was divided into two equal parts; the material world and the spiritual world. They were in balance and if you had more of one then you had less of the other. To “be more spiritual” a person had to give up the material. Therefore, wealth was considered an enemy of the spiritual (i.e. God) world. This false theology was further perpetuated by the monks in the fourteenth century. This has continued into the church right up to today which is why so many Christians think that wealth is a sin.

Today, we still see the remandments of this in our churches. There are still Christians that feel that poverty is next to godliness and that money and wealth is sin. As you will discover, through scriptures and through the renewing of your own mind, nothing could be further from the truth.

In studying the bible, I have come to the conclusion that many practices in the church today and many things that are taught do not line-up with the Word of God! About 90% of what I have learned about biblical economics I did not learn in church. Why? The church does not teach it, or if they do, they teach many things that are incorrect. I learned it from reading books, taking courses and seminars, and mostly through read the bible.

What has the church taught you about money?

This blog post has been adapted from Lesson I of my Biblical Economics 101 course. Learn what the Word of God can teach you about money and wealth with Biblical Economics 101.