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This went out to the Facebook open group “The Believers Initiative”. Anyone that wants to better themselves in every aspect of life is willing to join.

 

Anyone that knows me knows that I am intent on being informed about past and current issues. I was contemplating the objective of this Group Forum
: To help advance believers in every aspect of their lives. So I took the 21 principles of Christian Living as revealed to me by the Holy Spirit and I wanted to address the 5 that are lacking the most.

21 Principles of Christian Living

1. God above all else ( When God is placed first the process of power begins)
2. Always know that God is in control (This is the essence of faith)
3. Constantly renew your mind and your thinking (transformation begins here)
4. Daily intake, digestion, metabolism & inculcation of Bible doctrine
5. Always look to give more than you receive (Fill your space)
6. Wholeness of Life (let no area be in lack)
7. Living in true abundance (finance is only a small portion of true abundance)
8. Guard Your Tongue & Understand its power. (Life & Death lie here)
9. Maintain the Temple (our bodies; health, fitness & nutrition)
10. Teach others as you learn (Of whom much is given, much is required)
11. Build up rather than tear down (Christians have become good at the latter)
12. Forgive (Forgiveness is one of the greatest ways to reclaim stolen power)
13. Live in your purpose (Your Purpose defines your pain)
14. Honor God in your Walk (This is your greatest testimony
15. Allow Praise to become a daily practice (Praise confounds the enemy)
16. Work in harmony with all believers (stop being a busy body & complainer)
17. Accept Correction (Only a fool despises it)
18. Maintain a heart of gratitude (take notice of the simple things)
19. Develop a sense of order (Without order chaos rules and little is accomplished)
20. Expand your vision & God will enlarge your territory (We have been trained to
think
small, criticized when we open up to the possibilities (God is not a god of
mediocrity)
21. No surrender; No retreat (God takes not pleasure in those that draw back)

When we follow these principles victory is inevitable. When I began to delve into the things that were troubling believers most, I found the following 5 things to be most prevalent.

1. Financial Struggles (falls under principle #3)
2. Fitness and Nutrition (falls under principle #9)
3. Relationship Issues (falls under principles #11 and 17)
4. Poor Vision or Dwarfed Goals (falls under principle 20)
5. lack of Knowledge (falls under principle #3)

Each of this issues are due to lack. The issue is always lack.

25 “This is the inscription that was written:

MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN

26 “Here is what these words mean:

Mene[e]: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.

27 Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

This is the famous passage in Daniel dealing with the writing on the wall. Belshazzar was weighed in the balances or searched by God and found to be lacking. Any area of perpetual personal struggle is always due to a lack of the virtue that provides foundation and strength in that area of your life. This is why we are to have an abundance in every area of our life, not just focusing on wealth.

We are going to address these issues head on. The first thing that I want each of you to do is determine which of these areas of struggle apply to you. Determine what the exact need is. Second you are to determine which of thse areas you are strongest in and decide the best way to use your strengths to help others with weaknesses in the area of your strengths. If you know of courses, products, people and other resources, prepare to share them with the rest of the group beginning Monday. If you have something you want to share before then thats fine too. I need all of you Entrepreneurs, Life Coaches, Motivational Speakers, Spiritual Leaders to step to the forefront. I will provide support on several fronts. I will provide insight from my years of experience as a business owner; Health, fitness, health, and holistic living from my expertise in the fitness arena; and scriptural foundation in order to build the foundation on which we will build up each of these areas of weakness.

Let every one you know that is in need of help to come. Tell all the heavy hitters that this is a chance to give back as well as generate business within the guidelines of the program.

Together we will make a difference, not only in the lives of the people within this group, but the people we come in contact with outside this group.

Okay, lets do this.

Bishop Rick Wallace
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P.S. Pastors, I have some special resources to share with you. Those of you in the Dallas and Houston area should contact me directly. This includes Author and Publisher Andrea Taylor of Third Chapter Press

For the past month I have been talking to you about the power of the mind. I have iterated on multitudinous occasions that in order to change your current state you must first change your current state of mind.

Educational psychology states that a learned person is one with a vision of unified knowledge. He does not like being restricted to seeing things from one dimension. He prefers seeing things from multiple dimensions and combines them into an integrated perspective. His thoughts, visions and projections are unified and in harmony with his direction.

In the arena of Business Administration many companies are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that the old model no longer works. These companies are now recruiting executives that are emerging from the new school of innovative thinking. Yes, they are looking for thinkers. Social evolution requires the ability to shift the model. It takes a person that is able to consistently exercise thought in several realms or dimensions to insure that the current model is effective. In this arena there are three major thought processes:

  1. The first is “reflective thinking”; this is a place where you allow your mind to flow freely and think freely without being confined to organized system. If you are putting in energy and effort into this realm of thought then it is not truly reflective. This type of thinking opens up the possibility for creative thought. It creates the capability to function in the second realm of thinking.
  2. The second realm of thought is “lateral thinking”. Lateral thinking, also known as thinking outside of the box, is a thought process in which preconceived boundaries are removed and alternative ideas are entertained. Lateral thinking is the reason that a young entrepreneur who has been told that his passion will not translate into a viable business in the present economy still flourishes. He has learned how to think outside of the built-in boundaries of his niche.
  3. The third realm of thought is “critical thinking”. This is the thought process by which you analyze, anatomize, re-examine, and recalculate your processes. This is the analytical realm that when properly navigated reduces errors and maximizes opportunity.

 

Example: Reflective thinking will provide the idea of how to build your loved one a beautiful gift from wood. Lateral thinking will give you the idea that cutting the traditional way as explained in the instructions will give you a generic product, whereas as simple change in tools and angles will offer something that will be truly unique. Critical thinking will cause you to examine the cutting angles and tools used with precise thought and consideration given to each detail. What this does is reduce the chance of error and the loss of a valuable piece of wood.

All of this has been stated in order to stress the power of thought. Listen to what the creator of Mind Reality; who happens to be a Christian by the way, says.

The secret of wealth is consciousness of wealth. In order to
experience abundance, you have to be abundant. Abundance is your
true nature, and when you think, act and live according to it, you
will manifest abundance. The rich in mentality get richer while the
poor in mentality get poorer. The accumulation of material wealth
begins with wealth consciousness. Pursuing spiritual development
before working on wealth creation is the key to attaining both
inner and outer riches. The outer is reflection of inner.

The secret of health is consciousness of health. Disease is a lack
of ease psychologically and physically. Conflicting thoughts and
feelings in your consciousness is what causes this state of
distress. When you notice yourself becoming sick, watch for
conflicting thoughts that have arisen within your consciousness and
resolve them. Either push them all one way or the other, or find a
way to hold them in a harmonious way. External remedies only cure
symptoms but dealing with consciousness cures at root. (see Bishop Rick Wallace for a more detailed explanation on sickness and healing)

The secret of secrets is the consciousness of secrets. All the
truths about life are not secrets, but they are hidden from us due
to our ignorance. By thinking about the discovery of truths as a
search for the secrets, we motivate our subconscious mind to go on
a treasure hunt. The greatest treasure in this world is wisdom, and
life is to be played as a treasure hunting game. Treasures are
meant to be appreciated and so when you think of truths as secrets,
your appreciative mindset will draw them all to you.

Written by Enoch Tan – Creator of Mind Reality

 

Can you at least begin to grasp what is written here? Everything he says here has strong biblical foundation.

“As a man thinks in his heart so is he…” (Prov. 23:7)

When I first decided that I wanted to be an entrepreneur years ago, I was blessed to have an awesome mentor who spent the majority of his time, not giving me different business models that were certain to work, but teaching me that poverty is a mentality and so is wealth. This is what Enoch was speaking of when he said, “Abundance is your true nature, and when you think, act and live according to it, you will manifest abundance. The rich in mentality get richer while the poor in mentality get poorer. The accumulation of material wealth begins with wealth consciousness.” When you find yourself in any kind of pit or grounded in any area of your life it can be traced back to your thinking. We all fall into places where we fall victim to what Christian Author, Joyce Meyers calls “stinkin thinkin”. Our way of thinking sends us down a path of destruction and delay. The Christian should have a thought process that is inundated with Christian doctrine. The Christian should not have a mindset of lack because the God we serve is a God of abundance.

Proper and accurate knowledge that is put into action is the execution of wisdom. There must first be the apprehension of knowledge:

“My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge.” (Hos. 4:6)

The knowledge that is apprehended must be put into action and its progression facilitated by faith. This means that you believe that what God has promised you as an inheritance is already yours as long as you align with his will.

Remember what Enoch said, “The rich in mentality get richer while the poor in mentality get poorer.” What this means is what separates the wealthy from the poor is not socioeconomic boundaries; it’s not geographical impediments, it’s not racial discrimination; those are simply built in excuses for failure. What separates the wealthy from the poor is the mentality of each. Understand this: In order to truly become wealthy, you must become wealthy in your mentality. Money is simply one of the manifestations of your wealth and is the conduit through which external expression of that wealth is most easily witnessed. When you gain this understanding you will never be imprisoned by money again. When you grasp this truth you will never experience poverty again, even if your bank account is empty. You may be asking how that can be so. This means that you have not grasped it just yet. Money is simply a medium produced through the power of the mind impressed upon life. As long as you understand wealth and you think in abundance you will always recover.

When I say think in abundance, I am not speaking of daydreaming. There is a place and time for that; it falls under the reflective thought process I spoke of earlier. In this instance, thinking in abundance means careful and intent consideration of what is before you and the power you have been given by God to obtain it.

“But you shall remember the LORD your God, for (S)it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” (Deut. 8:18 NASB)

As we press forward in this journey of elevation this year, I will continue to present new truths that will allow you to adjust your thinking. There are opportunities out there right now that will produce cash in abundance, but I tell you that until your thinking has change you will not be successful or like most lottery winners, you will have fleeting riches. It is not the opportunity, but the mindset. The mindset will automatically uncover opportunities. I will eventually present opportunities, but I want to establish the need for proper thinking or it will be a waste and a source of frustration.

I pray that this short treatise has in some way blessed you. If it has I encourage you to pass the link on to others so that together we can raise the status of believers everywhere.

Bishop Rick Wallace

 

” Throughout the past centuries, mankind has been looking to the outside for improving the quality of our lives. Technology has developed and advanced to a level where we can do many things we couldn’t possibly do before. It’s amazing how far the genius that God has put in us has turn out to be. Now at the turn of the millennia, mankind is beginning to turn from looking outside to looking inside to exploring and developing the vastly untapped potential that lies within each and every one of us all along.” ~ Enoch Tan”

Abiding In Abundance

By Bishop Rick Wallace

 

It does not require much effort to find yourself digesting massive doses of rhetoric and propaganda concerning the current economic situation.  Every self proclaimed expert is weighing in on the matter; and as always there is more criticism than contributions towards a valid solution.  The thing that grabs me the most is the level of fear.  In fact, an enormous portion of the current economic situation is driven by fear.  Consumers fear making the most nominal and inconsequential of purchases; bankers fear lending money due to the risk of default; retailers fear making the necessary investments to procure adequate marketing and advertising.  There is so much fear permeating throughout the corridors of society that we are feeding and nurturing the very thing we fear – economic instability.

 

In the fury of all of the extrapolated theories floating around in the air, in the midst of the paralyzing fear gripping our nation, is hidden the most disparaging of revelations, the defeated Christian.  The fear level among the saved is equal to or greater than the unbeliever.  Those who are called to walk by faith have become sight-walkers; glued to the T.V. set and gaining on every financial report.  I am in no way suggesting that anyone at any time engage in unwise spending nor do I propose total ignorance to the economic climate that encapsulates you.  However, I passionately desire to impress upon the heart of every believer that engages this piece to walk each day in the confidence of your identity in Christ and to stand implacably on the promises of God.  The promises of God are 100% recession proof.  Come with me as we take a journey through the infallible Word of God and come face to face with the great and precious promises of our great provider.  Walk with me as I show you how to abide in the abundance of God and share with you its multitudinous benefits.

 

There is no mistaking the signs of economic recession and the presages of a pending structural collapse of the economy.  Yet, these prognostications should not be the guiding forces in the lives of believers.  Yes, we are to be prudent in our thoughts and actions irrespective to social or economic climates, however, there is a distinct difference between prudence and paranoia.  External circumstances should never be the point of reference of the Christian solider.  We are to be guided by the Word of God.  We must ask ourselves: What does the Word say about this?  God’s Word is lucidly clear when it concerns the financial state of His chosen.

 

Though I will be addressing financial prosperity and stability in primary, it is of immense importance to understand that Biblical prosperity and abundance extends beyond the realm of monetary wealth.  Biblical prosperity encompasses emotional, physical, relational, spiritual, and financial advancement and stability.  There is to be balance in the progression of the believer.  Remember we are the reflection of God’s love and thereby the window through which the world sees our savior.  If we are only focused on prosperity in wealth, we do not represent our savior well.  We are told over and over in scripture that God will perfect us.  The verb “perfect” in the Bible connotes completion, fulfillment, and attainment of a desired goal.  Completion implies a person be established in every aspect. So, we cannot become so enamored with one aspect of our lives that we neglect others.

 

Yet, we must come to an understanding that financial prosperity is a part of the inheritance of the saints (belivers). There are those that teach that financial prosperity as promised in the Bible is only promised to the Jews of the Old Testament and are not a part of the new covenant. I will not spend a great deal of time addressing this directly, but we must understand that wealth in its rawest form is represented in natural created things. God created these things in abundance for all to have access to. For those that follow me, you know that it is my stance that lack is not of God; and just enough to get by is lack. We serve a God of abundance, and His magnanimous benevolence is expressed in every area of the believer’s life. Just as in other areas of a believer’s life; his financial lack comes from a lack of knowledge and appropriate action. Simply put lacking in knowledge in any particular aspect of your life produces poor decisions and fallible actions that produce lack in that area.

 

Now that we have this understood let us press forward.  What does God promise concerning finances?  Let us begin with the apprehension of the fact that money, as with all other blessings, carries with it an immense responsibility. Financial prosperity is a trust.

 

“Will a man rob God?  Yet you have robbed Me!  But you say, In what way have we robbed you?  In tithes and offerings.”(Mal. 3:8)

 

“In tithes and offerings”; there are two forms of giving, one obligatory and one voluntary.  There is a distinction between the two and failure to distinguish between the two can lead to indecision.  The fact that Malachi distinguishes between the two in verse 8 supports the fact that tithing and offering (free will giving) are two separate functions.

 

The word tithe means a tenth.  Since God commanded Israel to bring tithes (Lev. 27:30-34), it is compulsory in its proper context.  In the Old Testament, tithes were levied on the nation of Israel as a whole.  Every man was to give a tenth of what they owned or earned through labor.  There were several tithes: a tax for the maintenance of the Levites, the priestly tribe as inheritance in return for their work as priests (Num.18: 21,24); a tax for the national feasts and sacrifices (Deut. 14:22-27); and a tax every third year used for the poor and destitute of the land. (Deut. 14:28,29)  As we can see, not only was tithing obligatory, it had a specific purpose.  In the Old Testament, offerings extended beyond the mandated tithes.  It is what was given of one’s own free will.

 

There are some who believe that although tithing is not mentioned in the New Testament, it remains a valid function of Christian living, and there are those who believe that tithing was a bona fide function only in the Old Testament Israel.  Tithing as a legal obligation was given to the Jews of the Old Testament and them only. This means that a legal obligation for tithing no longer exists. Remember, we are no longer under the law, but grace. It does not, however, make tithing an invalid function within the church. The principles behind tithing are still true. The laws of diving reciprocity are still active. As you will soon see, not being under the law does not excuse the believer from giving, but actually requires us to give more. The Christian functioning under grace has a greater responsibility to give than the Jew functioning under the law.

 

Whether you believe in Church age tithing or not, we are still called to give.  The issue is motive and obedience. Tithing existed before the law was given to Moses, therefore it is a bona-fide function in spiritual service. Whether it is compulsory for the Church is a subject to be visited later. With this in mind, let us take a look at what Paul had to say concerning giving:

 

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity (compulsion); for god loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor. 9:6,7)

 

The first principle made visible here is the law of divine reciprocity.  In the manner you give is the manner you receive.  This is the simplest and most ingenuous of scriptural truths.  The sowing of seeds is an analogical principle revealed throughout scripture, and is without question, aptly applied to financial giving.  The second principle unveiled here is the attitude and motive through which one gives.  One is not to give begrudgingly or out of compulsion.  Mental attitude is the issue here.  The point here is God’s graciousness towards you should motivate you to be gracious in your giving.

 

We must always be cognizant of the fact that God is our source of sufficiency, abundance, and stability.  All things that are beneficial to our existence originate in Him.  We are blessed to be a blessing to others.

 

“….I will bless you….and you shall be a blessing.”(Gen 12:2)

 

It is God who gives the increase so that others may experience His graciousness through you.  To this point, you may be questioning the significance of seed sowing in the form of voluntary giving.  Please understand that the financial breakthrough you are seeking is inextricably bound to your ability and willingness to give.

 

Let us revisit Malachi and see what God has to say concerning being robbed:

 

“You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation.  Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this, Says the Lord of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”(Mal. 3:9,10)

 

We find that we have been brought under a curse due to our failure to give.  The curse here is the consequential result of the dereliction of a triune principle; a principle formed through the compilation of three basic Biblical precepts: Obedience, responsibility, and divine reciprocity.  At the core character of every successful and prosperous Christian is an obedient spirit.  A willingness to surrender their personal volition to the awesome will of God.  They have an erudite understanding that obedience is not only an essential part of Christian living; it is a banner that reveals the genuineness of their faith.

 

As Christians, we understand that our blessings come with great responsibility (Luke 12:48).  We, as Christians, must understand that as blessings come from God they are not to be managed through the vacuum of greed, but the liberal faucet of generosity and Christian love.

 

“…I will bless you…and you shall be a blessing.”(Gen. 12:2)

“…So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing.”(Zech. 8:13)

 

Being blessed carries the responsibility of being a blessing.

 

The law of divine reciprocity tells us that giving precedes receiving, that seeds must be sown in order to reap a harvest.  This law is 100% perpetual, meaning it is always functional.  Irrespective to the financial climate, despite personal circumstances, we are to give.  The concept of giving yourself out of a financial bind is as valid as any other Biblical principle; however, sewing seeds requires faith.  Trust God to perform that which He has promised. Stop making excuses of why the Church age believer is not privileged to the blessing of the Old Testament and start trusting God to honor his Word.

 

When we fail to obey, to properly execute our responsibility, or to sow productive seeds, we become counterproductive in our endeavors.  The curse of counter productivity is an inexorable force that devastates the life it invades.  When we withhold in hopes of sustaining, the very opposite happens; we lose ground.

 

“Trying God”

 

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house and try Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”(Mal. 3:10)

 

God invites his people to try Him that it may prove and validate His trustworthiness.  What God has promised in His Word, he will perform. (Isa. 55:11)  God uses money as a type of trust; it requires stewardship.  What we do with what we’ve been given has a bearing on how we are blessed in the future.  When we withhold giving, whether tithes or offerings, we not only rob God and the church, we rob ourselves of positional, sequential and corollary blessings.  God blesses us that we may bless others; He gives to us that we may give.  He calls for a renewed commitment to our giving in tithes and offerings.  Regardless to what side of the fence we sit on concerning New Testament tithing, it is important to remember that tithing was a genuine and valid function long before the law was given.  In Gen. 14:20, Abram gives Melchizedek a tithe (tenth), making tithing a bona-fide function long before the law was given. We simply should not take a legalistic approach to it. It is not the law that makes tithing effective, it the heart that understands its principles.

 

After a renewed commitment toward giving, God reveals that there will be food (resources for kingdom work) in His house.  Giving in the church equips the church to function, both internally and externally.  Not only in the inward functions, such as utilities, maintenance, salaries, etc., but it also allows the church to be an outreach into the community and beyond.

 

Then God says that those that give will place themselves in position to receive an overflow of blessings (that there will not be room enough to receive).  The Hebrew “day” pronounced (dye) translated have “room enough” carries the meaning sufficient, enough; a large enough quantity; plenty; immeasurable.  This word occurs approximately forty times in the Old Testament.  It describes an abundance that is inexpressible and beyond sufficient.  God is simplistically stating that we can in no way out give Him.  Growing up in church, we would sing a song, “You can’t beat God-giving”.  One of the lines said, “The more you give, the more He gives to you.”  I compel you to give yourself out of lack and into abundance.

 

I will digress momentarily.  Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wonder why so many nonbelievers seem to prosper even though they are seemingly diametrically opposed to the divine will of God?”  The answer is lucidly revealed in scripture.  These people have grasped an experiential knowledge of the law of divine reciprocity (the general principle of giving).  Biblical principles can be divided into two categories: general principles and exclusive principles.  A general principle that is delineated from Biblical doctrine applies to both, nonbelievers and believers alike.  The book of Proverbs is replete with such principles.  On the other hand, an exclusive principle is a principle that only applies to God’s chosen; it is covenantal.  Therefore, the question you should be pondering is: ”If unbelievers can prosper by adherence to a Biblical principle, how much more will God bless those who are His own when they are obedient to his will?” God designed the universe to bring back to you what you put out, both negatively and positively.

 

In Malachi chapter 3, God does not only promise an overflow to those who are loyal in there giving.  He promises to defend those blessings from the assault of the enemy:

 

“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, says the lord of hosts;”(Mal. 3:11)

 

This guarantees that Satan himself cannot stop the blessing process.  There is nothing like abiding under divine protection; living your life knowing that, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.”(Isa. 54:17)  A mature believer will never allow himself to be deterred from his responsibility to give.  Allow me to pose a question.  If a Jew living under the law was required to give one-tenth, how much more should the Christian living under grace give? Grace provides so much more in the way of blessings, requiring so much more in return.

 

Let me be clear; one of the most important and powerful forces of life is the principle of giving.

 

“There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty.  The generous soul will be made rich.  And he who waters will also be watered himself.”(Prov. 11:24,25)

 

The aforementioned truths are undeniable and are invaluable in the life of the believer.  We can never become so imbued by social opinion that we lose focus as to our direction, purpose, and destiny as Christians.  We are to never allow fear to render us dysfunctional.  Fear is the antitheses of faith and has no place in the life of the believer.  For we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7)

 

The Cheerful Giver

 

“But this I say:  He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully so let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor. 9:6,7)

 

Here, we once again see giving as being analogous to seed sowing.  We gain the stance that the measure at which we give is the very measure in which we receive.  Yet, Paul does not stop with the principle of giving; he protracts the message to the sphere of attitude.  “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).  We can see that God is not only interested in your giving, but the state of heart and mind at the time of giving.  Your motivation behind giving is just as important as the act of giving itself.  We are not to give grudgingly or reluctantly, but freely and openly.  We are not to give of necessity, which in essence, means under constraint, against one’s will, or as an act of compulsion.  We are to give out of love as a response to God’s immeasurable love towards us.  Yes, giving is an act of obedience, but our obedience should always be a responsive action in view of God’s awesome love and generosity towards us.

 

God searches our hearts as we give to determine our motives.  We are to be a reflection of His love and bountiful generosity.  For God gives us richly all things to enjoy (1 Tim: 6:17).

 

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance toward every good work.  As it is written: ”He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.  Now may He who supplies seed to the sewer, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. (2 Cor 9:8-10)

 

There are three particular details we do well to take notice of here: First we must never lose sight of the fact that it is God who causes all grace to abound toward you.  In a society that places so much significance and perceptive consequence on being independent, it is a facile accomplishment to become convinced that we are autonomous and self-sufficient.  The fact is, irregardless to how active or proactive you are in your life and its circumstances, it is God who provides, protects, and sustains.

 

Secondly, the abundance of God’s grace comes with specificity of purpose; God blesses you with abundance (more than what is required), so that we may be a blessing to others. (Gen. 12:2)

 

Third, not only is it God who provides for your basic needs, but supplies for you in immense abundance so that you may bless others.  When you sow seed, you reap a harvest in direct correspondence to the type and amount of seed you’ve sown.  There must be an investment in order to receive a return.  Again, this giving cannot be contingent upon the economic climate, your mood and emotions, or any other potentiality; any time fear, stinginess, or spite causes you to withhold what is appropriate, and in truth, belongs to God, the harvest is emaciated and ravaged.  Liberality is the foundational force behind both, spiritual and material prosperity.  When the heart is guided by a liberal spirit, it opens the doors for God’s awesome and munificent blessings to flow through the arteries of your life.

 

When you are an incessant giver, you not only sow new seed, but also perpetually water the seed that you’ve sown previously.  The dynamic force in play insures that the harvest will yield bountifully as long as you continue to give.  Keep in mind that your attitude towards giving is the key; your attitude should always reflect God’s love and generosity toward you.

 

 

Opening Up The Gates

 

“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.  For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.”(Heb. 2:10,11)

 

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God…. Beloved, now we are children of God.”(1 John 3:1)

 

“…having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself…”(Eph. 1:5)

 

These scriptures, among others, establish the doctrinal truth that, upon salvation, we are grafted into the Royal Family of God.  We become heirs with Christ.  If this is so, it stands to reason that God will supply our every need by His riches in glory.  Wait a minute, that’s not human reason, that’s sound scriptural principle!  Beyond money and wealth, God has blessings in escrow for the believer.  This means before you were conceived, before creation, God designed blessings specifically for your life and predicated on your purpose.  There are so many of us strolling through each phase of life failing to take hold of God’s blessings.

 

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”(Rom. 8:32)

 

Here, the Apostle Paul uses “A Fortiori” logic to establish the fact that God will take care of His own.  A Fortiori is a Latin phrase that carries the meaning “from or with stronger reason.”  A fortiori logic has two parts: the greater and the less.  Paul uses a fortiori with surgical precision in Romans Chapter 5, but we can also bear witness to His ingenious use of “a fortiori” logic in Romans 8:32.  I know that we have drifted of course, but bear with me for a moment.  As usual, I will get you there.

 

A fortiori logic is comprised of two comparative clauses which are also conditional.  A conditional clause has two parts: if this, then that.  The second clause is dependent upon the first clause; the “if” portion or premise is known in grammar as the protasis, and the “then” portion or conclusion is called the apodosis.  In essence, Paul takes something known to establish something unknown in a manner that the thing that was once unknown becomes lucidly clear.

 

An example of an “a fortiori” would be: If Usain Bolt can run 100 meters in 9.58 seconds, it follows “a fortiori” that he can run it in 10 seconds.  With 9.58 seconds being the greater task and 10 seconds being the less.

 

In Rom. 8:32, Paul uses the fact that God did not spare Jesus, but offered Him as a sacrifice for all, the greater, then He will surely, in conjunction with this sacrifice, freely give us all things, the less.  In fact, every time you gaze back at Calvary, every time you meditate on the cross, each time you fathom the awesome power of the blood, you should become confident that the same God that introduced grace will also provide more grace. (James 4:6)

 

The question is inevitable; how do we open up the floodgates to these escrow blessings?

 

“Give, and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”(Luke 6:38)

 

Though financial encumbrances may tempt you to give in, God’s Word calls for you to give outward.  Do not be confused or deceived by the enemy, the key to your breakthrough is giving.  If your back is against the wall financially, if you can see no way out, foreclosures and tax liens loom large, I dare you to try God, I dare you to test Him, I dare you to trust Him.  Give yourself into a blessing frenzy.  I’m not just speaking of sowing monetary seeds.  Sow yourself into your ministry; sow yourself into being a better parent, give of yourselves in every imaginable way.  We are to give even when we, ourselves, are in need. (2 Cor. 1-5)

 

The law of divine reciprocity is a universal principle that teaches us that as we give outward, we receive in direct correspondence to what we give.  If you sow seeds the ground yields a harvest.  If you deposit money into the bank it accrues interest.  There is a reciprocal affect.  There is a reciprocal relationship that exists between God and his chosen.  As we give, he gives to us.  The thing is we want something from God, but we refuse to give.  When we do this, we not only rob God, but we rob ourselves of exponential increase.  Whether you are investing time taken, commitment, money or obedience, abundance begins with investment.

 

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 2)

 

In this scriptural passage, the Apostle John prays for temporal prosperity and physical health for Gaius; not only that, he prays that this prosperity will be commensurate with his spiritual status.  The term “temporal prosperity” does not connote transitory prosperity, but is stated in reference to eternal prosperity, which extends into eternity “Just as your soul prospers”, references Gaius spiritual prosperity and maturity.  The word “euodoo” in the Greek; translated “prosper” meaning to help on the road, to succeed in reaching, or to reach a desired or profitable result.  So for the believer prosperity is not transitory.  It is a continuum through which we progress in correspondence to our spiritual growth.  As we grow up in Christ, God is free to expand our blessings.

 

 

Well, Bishop, Jesus commanded the rich young ruler to sell all he had and follow him; doesn’t this mean we are not to acquire wealth.  No, this passage is not a condemnation of a massing wealth, but of being possessed or controlled by our possessions, we are never to become so engrossed in the blessing that we lose sight of the blesser.  We are to never allow the gift to supersede the giver.

 

But Bishop, Paul said that money is the root of all evil.  No, what Paul said was, “…the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil…”(1 Tim 6:10).  The problem here isn’t money, but the way we perceive it and to whom we consider to be its source.  When money replaces God, we are out of line.  When we are not good stewards with our money, we are out of line.  We are not to put our trust in wealth, but we are not to despise it either.

 

Many of you are thinking that I’ve spent all this time teaching on the importance of giving, but I’ve failed to address the financial turbulence of today’s economy.  Oh, but I have!  Your breakthrough is inextricably bound to your willingness to give.  God’s promises of prosperity are multitudinous.  He has promised to bless the fruit of our body, to make us the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, the lender and not the borrower. Yes, these are covenantal promises made directly to the nation of Israel; however, they apply to the church age believer in principal.  And what does he ask of you in return for these blessings?  Give!  Give your time; give your money; give the sacrifice of obedience.

 

My friends, God is still God, even in the time of recession.  He owns the cattle on a thousand hills.  You are His children; you bear His name.  He wants nothing more than to bless you.  A child of God should not be stressing about the mortgage payment.  A child of The Most High should not be encumbered by the fear of losing their job.  A child of the King is never moved by external circumstances, for he knows that God is able.  Let the experts weigh in, let the naysayers scurry in fear; let the Wall Street dons press and pull, but as for you, trust God; try God.  Know that as you give, it will return in good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.  You are standing at the threshold of your breakthrough.  I invite you to walk into the sanctuary of abundant living.  God has a blessing of abundance with your name on it!

 

May God bless and keep you!

 

Bishop Rick Wallace

 

 

1 Therefore (A)I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to(B)present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice,[a]acceptable to God, which is your[b]spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not (C)be conformed to(D)this [c]world, but be transformed by the (E)renewing of your mind, so that you may [d](F)prove what the will of God is, that which is good and[e]acceptable and perfect. (Rom. 12:1-2 NASB)

In my previous writings I pointed to the need of the Christian believer to rise up and live in the greatness of their design. There are too many Christians that are walking around defeated and devastated by life’s circumstances. There are too many Christians that are walking around perplexed by the vicissitudes of life.. There is, without question, a need for Christians to walk in their elevated purposes.

As I stated in my previous contribution, I will be presenting some covenantal truths to you over the next 52+ plus weeks. These truths are biblically founded and point to the power of God and the veracity of his words. These truths have the power to elevate and establish those that are willing to receive them as truth and to walk in them inexorably. We will see as we move forward that God honors his Word and He has established a covenant with His people to provide for them, to protect them, to prosper them, to work mighty works through them; however, there is something that has to take place in order for the Word of God and the work of God to function optimally in the life of the believer; there must be a renewing of the mind.

I want you to pay very close attention to what you will read from this point because it will be the difference between your success in escaping all that has oppressed you. As we move on, those that are willing to change their thinking will see remarkable progress, while those that continue to think in the same old ways will find themselves repeating another year of the “barelies”, The “barelies” are a series of positions one finds themselves in due to erroneous concepts manifested through poor thought processes: barely getting by (financially), barely holding it together (emotionally), barely functional (in kingdom work), barely living (in every aspect).

What you will find is that some of you have excelled in some areas, but have struggled mightily in others. The ones that will be most difficult to reach in this process of growth will be the ones that are experiencing some level of success. You will think that you have arrived when you haven’t come close; however your perceived success will act as a barrier to true growth and prosperity in every area of your life. Some of you are unaware that you are in need of help because you have convinced yourself that your deficiencies are just a part of being human. Actually your deficiencies are a result of decision making.

I will be calling for you to move away from non-Christian worldviews. I will be touching on modern worldviews over the next several weeks. I will be showing you some of the ways secular paradigms are diametrically opposed to biblical doctrine.

In Romans 12:1-2 Paul appeals to the Roman believers to present their bodies as a living sacrifice that is Holy and acceptable to God. He concluded by iterating that this was there reasonable service. This was not something that was beyond reasonable expectation. With all that God had done in the way of grace, this was the minimal action that should be expected from the redeemed. What I want you to focus on is the second verse. Paul says, “Do not be conformed to this world…”  The word translated “conformed” is the Greek word “suschematizo”- meaning conform to the example of another. So Paul was saying that believers are not to conform to the examples of the world. If fact, careful study of scripture reveals that believers are to set the example, and when we do we reap the benefits of the seeds we have sown.

Paul continues by showing the Roman believers how to get out of the rut they were in by following worldly examples: “…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” The word translated “transformed” here is the Greek word “metamarphoo” – it is where we get our English word metamorphosis, and it means to transform or change. So Paul says that the way we change ourselves is to first of all change our thinking. The bible is replete with scripture that points to the immense impact our thinking has on our life and our being.

“and that you be (BE)renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and(BF)put on the(BG)new [q]self, which [r](BH)in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” (Eph. 4:23 NASB)

7For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Prov. 23:7)

“You offspring of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil (wicked)? For out of the fullness (the overflow, the[p]superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matt. 12:34 AMP)

Don’t let Matthew 12:34 or Proverbs 4:23 throw you off with the use of the word heart; heart and mind are often used synonymously (or interchangeably) in the Bible. Actually the mind and the heart function in conjunction with one another as the perceptional functional faculties of the soul. I will cover this in detail in the upcoming weeks so that you may have at least a basic understanding of why it so important to think Bible doctrine.

It is paramount that you understand that a change in thinking is absolutely necessary to insure that you are able to truly walk in your design. Remember you were not designed for mediocrity. Despite what so many are being taught today, Christ did not make the magnanimous sacrifice he made so that we could live in the pit of poverty nor meander through the maze of mediocrity. We are not to elevate ourselves above what we are, but we are not to walk below it either.

I promise you, once you free up your mind to think biblically, you will free up your finances. Once you break your mind free, you break free of depression. Once you break your mind free, you will break free of sight walking. Once you break your mind free, you will break free of relational dysfunctionality. Once you break your mind free, you will break free of mediocrity. When you renew your mind, your spirit will be renewed and the transformation will take place.

Don’t allow the enemy to convince you that your thinking is perfect. Over the weeks to come I will reveal to you some erroneous concepts that have filtered into the Church that are 100% secular worldview, yet they are being taught by the pulpit. The concepts and beliefs has crippled the power of the Church and given the enemy an upper hand.

If you enter into this process of change and advancement with an open mind and a willingness to change, there is no limit to what the Holy Spirit will do in developing you. It is time to step outside of the boundaries of limited advancement and view the opportunities of limitless possibilities.

For those of you that are ready to make 2012 their year of coming out, I simply say be prepared to be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Tell yourself right now, “Self, I am coming out of this with a new way of thinking. I am walking into abundance, I am walking into my designed purpose, and I am walking into all that God has prepared for me.”

 

I look forward to traveling this journey with you.

 

May God bless and keep each of you!

 

Sincerely,

 

Bishop Rick Wallace

Life Solutions 21

 

 

 

Below you will find an email from the Barak Obama re-election campaign. I urge you to read it and provide your input on the content.

Last night, Democrats in the Senate tried to pass a simple piece of President Obama’s jobs plan that shouldn’t be controversial: provide money to prevent further layoffs of teachers, cops, and firefighters at the local level, and pay for it by taxing the income of millionaires an extra 0.5%.

This morning a lot of media outlets reported that the Senate “rejected” or “voted down” this proposal.

But that’s not what happened. The measure didn’t come to an actual vote.

That’s because every single Republican senator filibustered the bill — meaning they wouldn’t even let an up-or-down vote happen. Republicans have unilaterally decided not to allow even that simple majority vote on anything that might help the economy before the next election.

To be clear: This bill would have created jobs, and both parties have supported similar measures in the past.

But, sadly, some in the Congress do not feel any responsibility to act. As someone who has spent a lot of time working in and with the Senate, I can tell you that it’s a particularly low moment for the legislative branch of our government.

It doesn’t need to be this way. That’s why the President and our campaign are focused on fixing what’s broken in Washington. Right now, that means we’re going to keep the pressure on Congress to act, until every single piece of the President’s jobs plan — the parts to help veterans find jobs and get small businesses hiring more people — gets a vote.

So please, reach out and keep reaching out to your Republican members of Congress and ask them to give each piece of the American Jobs Act a fair vote.

Call them now — then let us know how it went.

According to our records, you’re represented in the Senate by Kay Bailey Hutchison: (202) 224-5922
and John Cornyn: (202) 224-2934

If you’re on Twitter, be sure to tweet at your Republicans in Congress as well.

We’ll have more on this soon.

Messina

Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America






To all reading this:


We have an immense responsibility to be informed and involved in the political process. We must not be led by false propaganda, but must invest the time and energy to see things as they truly are. We must examine the facts in detail to know exactly what is going on in Washington. I urge you to step up and make a difference. Impactful living is what every Christian must must do. ~ Bishop Rick Wallace

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