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July 15, 2013
Ask and You Will Receive
Mary Southerland

Today’s Truth

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7, NIV).

Friend to Friend

I have always loved giving gifts to my children – all kinds of gifts including hugs, kisses, time, and love – as well as material things like toys, books, and clothes. When the kids were young we didn’t have much money, so the gifts were small, but the kids didn’t seem to mind. I often scrimped and saved in order to buy a certain item for a birthday or for Christmas, and loved every minute of it.

Dan and I now have five grandchildren and I am in so much trouble! I want to give them everything! I know I need to give them the important things such as love, time and training in the ways of God, but I find myself in the same situation I was in when our son and daughter were babies – little money but a big desire to give.

I once took our daughter-in-law shopping for Jaydan and Lelia, our five-year-old twins. I had a list of items I wanted to purchase but was disappointed when I found only half of the items on the list. However, it was getting late, and the babies began to “tell” us that they were ready for dinner and bedtime. We checked out, loaded the babies into the car, and headed home.

When Jodi leaned over to kiss my cheek and thank me for the gifts, I looked at her and said, “You are so welcome, honey, but it’s not enough!” Jodi chuckled, but I was serious! “No, you don’t understand,” I continued.  “We have to go shopping again because I haven’t given the babies enough and my heart is not excited enough yet!” I know. I am totally ruined, but I am going to try very hard not to ruin Jaydan and Lelia. (The projected success rate does not look good right now, but I promise to work on it.)

On the way home, I began to analyze my words and my heart. I fully realize that material things won’t satisfy the deepest needs of our grandchildren. I am also committed to investing time in their lives to help them find Jesus Christ and discover His plan for their lives. Honestly, I don’t really know how to explain what I feel for our grandchildren, but it is sort of like watching my heart walk around on the outside of my body. I know I can love them in so many ways…and I do…and I will…but I always want to give them more.

Our Father has the same heart – a giving heart – when it comes to giving His children good things. The problem is that we don’t really believe that truth. We tend to measure His love and benevolent heart of giving by how much we have done or accomplished, or even by what we haven’t done and promise not to do.

We are missing the truth that God’s love simply cannot be measured. God doesn’t love us because we are so lovable. God loves us because He is love.

One of the most tragic results of our unbelief is an ineffective prayer life. We pray, not really believing that God wants to or really will answer those prayers. Jesus addresses this issue in Matthew 7:7-11.

Matthew 7:7-11 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him?”

Jesus is teaching about prayer and about the very nature of God. He relates it to something we all can understand, the child-parent relationship. The son has been out in the fields working all day long and by the time he comes home, he is starving. His family is seated at the dinner table as dishes of steaming, delicious food are being passed around. I can almost see that tired and hungry boy’s eyes zeroing in on the food, salivating in anticipation of the meal before him. Then imagine that the father, seeing the hunger of his child, picks up a rock, tosses it to his son and says, “Here! Eat this!” Jesus is driving home the truth that good fathers want to give their kids good gifts. Now if this is true of earthly parents (and grandparents), imagine what our Heavenly Parent wants to give us – if only we would ask.

No one’s voice sounds sweeter to God than your voice, girlfriend. Nothing in the universe could keep Him from giving you His full attention when you pray. In fact, He longs to hear your prayer. In Psalm 34:8, the psalmist invites us to “taste and see that the LORD is good.” In this verse, “Lord” means “Jehovah, Abba Father.” In other words, your Abba Father, Dearest Daddy, is inviting you to come to Him in childlike faith, with a hungry heart so He can fill it with the gifts of peace, contentment and a satisfied spirit.

Don’t think you have to figure out a way to steal a blessing from God. Don’t believe you have to trick Him into giving up what He would rather keep for Himself. It is God’s very nature to give to His children. He has made all of His resources available to you. Do not doubt for a moment that He is a giving God with a heart that longs to bless, to encourage, to empower and to love you. God is not only able to answer your prayer, but God wants to answer your prayer. Ask and you will receive.

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“Christianity is not a religion of  suffering. Bible doctrine explains suffering, and metabolized , applied doctrine alleviates suffering in the soul. There is no asceticism in the protocol plan of God. Despite false teaching to the contrary, suffering for its own sake is not a legitimate Christian objective.

 

 

 

Tragically, many Christians never learn the doctrine of suffering. To their way of thinking, Adversity creates an aura of spirituality. Presumptuously claiming to follow Christ in His sufferings, they attach importance to their own pain as if it brought them closer to God. They distort their lives to fit a crippling false doctrine. They assume God honors self-sacrifice and commands them to suffer. This malignant idea breeds arrogance, destroys capacity for life, and blasphemes the character of God.” (R.B. Thieme Jr.)

 

 

 

Dr. Rick Wallace

 

 

One of the most crippling forces in this ethereal journey of Christianity is asceticism. When the Christian believer does not understand suffering as it relates to God’s divine plan, they erroneously apply value to being in a state of suffering. Too many believers have adapting suffering as their lot in life. They fail to realize God’s purpose in it for them, so they miss the chance to advance. God has no desire for you to be miserable, but He will use whatever means is necessary to insure your success in fulfilling your designed purpose. Paul endured suffering to insure that he would not be destroyed by his own arrogance (2 Cor. 12:7-9)

 

 

 

Suffering always has a purpose, whether for correction, protection, testing, or blessing. It is not God’s desire to destroy your happiness, but to provide you with the resources and assets that will solidify your happiness irregardless of your circumstances. Inner happiness is not circumstantial, it is based on the immutability of God and your position in His royal family. ~ Dr. Rick Wallace

 

One of the questions that finds its way to me from believers seeking guidance more incessantly than all others is: How do I get past the pain? Within this one question lies many others: How do I move on? How do I forgive? What did I do to deserve this? Where is God when it hurts?

One of the most difficult things to do is recognize the hand of God moving in the midst of your pain. The pain of heartbreak and loss can be crippling, paralyzing, and even blinding. Pain has the power to stop you dead in the middle of your tracks and it has the weight to buckle your knees. Being a person intimately acquainted with pain, I can easily empathize with those that are engaging the enigmatic conundrum of pain. One of the most insightful books I have ever read on pain was a book entitled: :Where is God When it Hurts? ~ by author Phillip Yancy. In addressing this topic I thought it would be appropriate to borrow that title.

As I stated earlier, the ability to sense the presence of God in your circumstances can be stifled by the excruciating force of pain. The loss of a loved one, betrayal or abandonment by a loved one, and many other painful experience can squeeze you so tight that the very breath that sustains you seems to leave your body. It takes all that you have within you to rise each day and face the uncertainties of what was once a very simple and sequacious life. The question arises: Where is God in all of this? When the pain won’t subside and the malevolent force of its merciless cruelty, will not allow you to seek refuge from its pernicious assault, what do you do? When you look for a moment to simply recompose yourself, but the deafening sounds of the cries of your soul will not allow you to rest, how do you maintain? When every breath that you take seems to collapse your chest with wreathing pain, where do you turn? When it seems that God has abandoned you to the chaos of the moment, what is left?

I would simply like to make one point. God has never and will never leave you. It may be dark right now, but Solomon said that God dwells in the darkness. God knows all that you are going through right now. He is perfectly cognizant of the depth of your pain and the severity of your struggle. One day, you will be able to say, like King David, “If it had not been for the Lord, who was on my side, I would have been destroyed.”

My friend, you are not alone. Pain is a part of the process and though it is uncomfortable, it is profitable. Your pain is developing character within you that cannot be obtained through any alternative measure. It is building a resolve of faithfulness and commitment to the cause of the kingdom. Your pain is revealing those in your life whom you can trust, and those whom you can’t. Pain has a way of thinning the air of all of the impostors in your life masquerading as friends. Pain frightens the inauthentic people in your life. It makes them uncomfortable and drives them into the distance. It is disappointing, but very necessary that they leave. They were a distraction and hindrance to your growth and advancement.

Pain draws you nearer to God as you yearn and seek his presence. The most awesome thing to me about being a Christian is the uniqueness of the relationship between the Savior and the saved. You see, only in this faith can the believer say that their Lord has shared in their pain. You may say what you will about God being indifferent to the pain of His people, but what other God can boast that he has literally come down as a man and experienced the same pain? So, when you are going through, know that there is nothing that you are experiencing that our Savior has not already experienced before you. You are not alone. In fact, Christ wants to carry that pain for you. Give it to Him. Dealing with pain is never easy, but with God all things are possible. You are a child of the King. Lift your hands and give God praise, for He will soon reveal the great things that your pain has produced. ~ (Bishop) Dr. Rick Wallace

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October 22, 20l2
Set Free
Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,” (John 8:32 NIV).

Friend to Friend
For fifteen years, Leeanne was emotionally and verbally abused by her mother. Every day she heard that she was a stupid worthless failure. Her mother told her that she was “ugly” and “fat” and “not good enough.” “No man will ever want you,” she scorned.

Leeanne grew up afraid of women and hating herself. “Why can’t I be different?” she wondered.  She believed her mother’s estimation of her and lived in defeat. Leeanne grabbed attention any way she could, and by the time she was twenty-three, she had three abortions on her medical record. The guilt and shame of those abortions compounded her feelings of worthlessness.

But something amazing happened to Leeanne when she was twenty-four. She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and became a new creation. She knew that God forgave her the moment she asked – totally and completely. However, Satan continued to remind her of the terrible mistakes of her past.  How could I have killed my children?  What would my friends think if they knew the truth? I can never let anyone know about my past. Some things are simply unforgivable in human eyes.

Leeanne met and married a wonderful Christian man. They began their life of ministry as he pastored a church in a small community. God blessed them with three wonderful children, but still the shame of her past lingered.

“I felt so unworthy of my husband’s love,” she said. “I felt I wasn’t good enough to be his wife.  I never told him about my past. It was a secret that weighed me down.”

Leeanne went to a women’s retreat and picked up one of my books, Your Scars are Beautiful to God.  For the first time, she began to heal from the wounds her mother had inflicted on her little girl heart.  She realized that is was Satan who continued to taunt her with those lies and make her feel as if they were true. Then she did something that really made the enemy mad.  She forgave her mother. Even though her mother had since died, she forgave her as if she were standing before her that very day.

Leeanne imagined Jesus erasing away all her faults, especially the ones that her mother had so maliciously written on the chalkboard of her mind. “All gone,” she said. “I’m set free.”

But there was one more step to Leeanne’s freedom. See, as long as she kept her past a secret, she would never be totally free. “I prayed all day and night for the courage to tell my husband about the three abortions, and I finally did. No one in the world knew about the abortions but me.  I had to tell my husband the secret so Satan could not use it against me any longer.”

“Finally, I did it. I told him the truth. But he did not react the way I imagined he would. He held me in his arms and cried. ‘I can’t believe you have held on to this for so long alone,’ he said.”

Leeanne went on to say…

“I am no longer shameful. I am pure.”

“I am no longer ugly. I am beautiful.”

“I am no longer unlovable. I am dearly loved.”

Leeanne recognized the lies. Leeanne rejected the lies. Leeanne replaced the lies with truth. She is now walking in the truth as a holy, chosen, dearly loved, child of God.

Let’s Pray
Dear LORD,   thank You for setting me free from condemnation.  Thank you for Your grace – receiving the gift I don’t deserve, and for mercy – not receiving the punishment I do deserve.  Thank You for making me a new creation in Christ – pure, holy, cleansed.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but[b]divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…7 [c] You are looking at [d]things as they are outwardly.  (2 Corinthians 10:3-5, 7, NASB)

In the above scriptural passage we have an extremely powerful revelation given to us by God through the Apostle Paul. In it we find not only one of the major reasons why many believers live perpetually in a state of defeat, we also find the means of overcoming our defeatist state of mind.

It is of immense importance to the Christian believer to understand the manner in which he must engage his struggles. Too often the believer attempts to engage spiritual matters through natural means and finds himself in a place of intense darkness. In 2 Corinthians Chapter 10 Paul produces a state of lucidity for the Corinthian believers who were in a state of carnality that was close to tearing the local church apart.

In verse 3, Paul immediately introduces a truth that when apprehended brings with it victory and power. Paul tells the Corinthian believers that although they walk in the natural realm, they do not wage war through natural means.

I cannot stress enough the gravity of this truth. So many believers find themselves in situations and they immediately employ natural methods of engagement to spiritual issues. Allow me to elucidate; no matter what situation you may be in, no matter how pragmatic or empirical the evidence of your circumstances may be, the issue is always spiritual. What you are seeing is simply the physical manifestation of an issue that has a spiritual origin.

Paul made this very clear when he told the Ephesians that “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood…’ but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph. 6:12).” The problem may have manifested itself in some physical form and yes that physical issue must be addressed, but the issue must be engaged from the place of spiritual warfare.

I have noticed as I read the tweets, posts and rants of believers that know how to speak about breakthrough, but very few of them understand the true dynamics of obtaining their breakthrough. Understand that the enemy preys on our ignorance. It was the Prophet Hosea that gave us the revelation that God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. The enemy knows that the vast majority of believers are lacking in foundational indoctrination; this means that believers don’t fully understand their basic rights and the assets that are available to them as a part of the royal family of God.

What the enemy does is attack believers and then convinces them that there is nothing that they can do about it. The enemy has successfully directed the focus of believers to their circumstances and away from God. Many of you reading this short treatise are convinced that your breakthrough is tied to the improvement of your circumstances. Let me make something lucidly clear to you; the Christian life is not circumstantial; it is not situational; it is solidified in your position in Christ and validated through your faith.

What does Paul say on the matter? He says that we walk in the flesh, but we do not wage war according to the flesh. What he is saying is that we may be of this world, but we are not bound by it. Our spiritual assets are powerful and mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds. For those of you that did not get it, the pulling down of strongholds constitutes a breakthrough; however, the breakthrough is not initiated in the physical realm. This is where so many believers lose the battle. The breakthrough is initiated in your thought processes. It is in understanding your identity in Christ; it is in being cognizant of the divine assets that you have at your disposal; it is in understanding the dynamics of spiritual warfare.

So many of you are waiting on your circumstances to change to validate your breakthrough, but your circumstances are actually waiting on you to move into the spiritual realm and assert your spiritual prowess through faith and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s be clear about this, this is not mystical, but it is spiritual. This is about gaining an understanding that your circumstances to do not dictate who you are and what you can and will accomplish. Listen to what I am about to say very carefully: Your victory is not in the changing of your circumstances, but in the manner that you engage them. Your breakthrough is not in alleviating the struggle, but realizing that you are victorious despite them. As a faith wielding believer, you are built to advance in adversity. Adversity is the fertile soil in which faith is cultivated and grown.

It was Paul that said that tribulation produces patience, and patience hope, and hope does not disappoint. So, you see that your breakthrough begins with your state of mind. You are victorious even in the midst of the struggle. You are still royalty, even in the midst of the struggle. You are still a joint heir with Christ, even in the midst of the struggle. You are still men or valor and women of virtue, even in the midst of the struggle.

Paul tells us that our weapons are mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds. The physical manifestation of your breakthrough comes when you exercise the dynamics of faith through a mindset that says I am who God says that I am and I will not be shaken or swayed by my circumstances. Genuine breakthrough manifests itself in the physical when authentic believers refused to back down to their circumstances. The believer simply decides that they will not receive the negative report of the enemy. Although the circumstance is real, the believer’s spirit simply disagrees with the circumstance.

What I mean when I say that a believer’s spirit disagrees with their circumstances is that they see that the circumstance is real, but they understand that they have the power to step into the spiritual realm and override the circumstance and render it inconsequential in negative impact. The believer that has learned how to wage spiritual warfare knows how to use their negative situations to their benefit.

In the book of Isaiah, Chapter 40 we are told that those that wait upon the Lord are renewed in strength and shall mount up with wings as eagles. I have taken many looks at this passage over the years and it carries massive implications. First we must understand that the word “wait” here is not in the passive sense, but requires progressive endurance merged with a patience that understands that in God’s timing he is going to move and His movement will be immensely powerful and unmistakably God. Next is the empowerment that is analogous to the soaring of the majestic eagle.

I studied a little about the eagle and what I have learned is there is no other creature who can soar at the heights of the eagle. What I found most interesting is the fact that when a storm is approaching and the winds begin to pick up, the eagle literally flies toward the storm and uses the force of its tumultuous winds to fly above it. This is what the faith filled believer does; he uses the adversity in his life to propel him into the next level. He soars above his struggles.

One important note: Paul says that we are to cast down imaginations or arguments of all that is exalted against the knowledge of God. I will not delve too deep into this at this moment, but th,is points once again to the enemy attacking our thoughts. The word rendered “imaginations’ or “arguments” is actually “systems of thought” and points to the attempt of the enemy to confuse the thinking, mindset, and belief systems of the believer. We are to speak against and move against all things that are contrary to the knowledge of God. In order to do this one must have knowledge of God.

In closing, I want each of you to understand that breakthrough is a process that begins with your mindset. When you become aware of who you are in Christ and the powerful assets that are available to you through your relationship with Christ, you will be able to accomplish great feats and overcome all obstacles. You will understand that your physical breakthrough is simply the manifestation of your faith which says that you have already overcome.

You conquer your moments through faith.

God bless,

Bishop Rick Wallace

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I want each of you to pick up your iPhones, EVO’s, and all of those other smart phones, turn off the screen until its dark and then look at your reflection in that iPhone and I want you to tell yourself, “Self, I am coming out and I am coming out with my hands up! I coming out of every dark situation with my hands held high in victory. God has promised that he would deliver me.I am coming out of the trap of selfish ambitions.
I am coming out of depression.
I am coming out of low self-esteem.
I am coming out of financial difficulty.
I am coming out of this abusive relationship.
I am coming out of confusion and despair.
i am coming out of subpar living
I am coming out of the sphere of dwarfed goals
I am coming out of weak moments and poor decisionsLook to God and tell Him that you glory in His name and you rest in the promises of His Word. Self, I know that God has something for me, for His Word says that Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the hearts of men all of the things that God has prepared for those that wait on Him. Self, hold on a little while longer, the breakthrough is coming. Self, settle yourself into the peace that transcends all understanding and wait for the flow of God’s awesome power to reach into this situation. Self, I am coming out. I coming out with my praise in tact. I am coming out with my joy in place. I am coming out with my song ever refreshed in my soul. I coming out with a new testimony. I am coming out with new wings to soar. I am coming with a Dance like David’s. I am coming out with vision and purpose in view.

Praise God.

I have not been shy in my assessment of the average believer’s deficiency as it pertains to scripture. One does not have to look far at all to see the source of a great deal of Christian struggles. The Bible is replete with scriptures that point to the requirement to learn doctrine. We are to engage the Word of God on a daily basis. The first and greatest responsibility of every believer is the constant daily intake, digestion, metabolism and inculcation of Bile doctrine. Irregardless to your calling, your mission, your gifts, no other responsibility can be properly executed without mastering the first.

Although this principle of learning doctrine is taught throughout the Bible, We will center our focus in the New Testament because it addresses the Christian believer in specific. This means that these scriptural passages cannot be explained away through dispensational or covenantal theories. These scriptures directly address Church age believers. (Of Course I will have to toss in a couple of OT classics for good measure)

Let us take a look at the first scripture that we will examine in this study:

I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment to do from the Father. (2 John 4 NASB)

2 John is an epistle or letter sent to Lady Nympha (Cyria), a noble woman who opened her home in Laodicea to one of six of John’s nonresident congregations (Col. 4:15-16; Rev. 2-3). It seems that Nympha was committed to learning and teaching doctrine and had applied what she new in rearing her children, several of which had moved to Ephesus and were part of John’s congregation there. John recognized by observing Nympha’s children that she was to be commended and supported for her work in Laodicea. Nympha would read John’s written sermons to the congregation in her home.

John explains that this divine command to walk in and live in truth is only accomplished by knowing truth (Bible Doctrine).

5And now I beg you, lady (Cyria), not as if I were issuing a new charge (injunction or command), but [simply recalling to your mind] the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another.

6And what this love consists in is this: that we live and walk in accordance with and guided by His commandments (His orders, ordinances, precepts, teaching). This is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you continue to walk in love [guided by it and following it]. (2 John 5-6 AMP)

The divine mandate to learn and appropriately apply Bible doctrine is also implied in Paul’s dissertation on the pastor’s professional objectives.

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Eph. 4:11-13 NIV)

Spiritual momentum is developed as we progress toward spiritual maturity and spiritual maturity is accomplished by the consistent learning and application of Bible Doctrine. In doing this we take on the mind of Christ which allows us emulate the character, integrity and capacity for the complete Christian life He acquired while fulfilling His earthly mission. Full “knowledge” as is connoted here is translated from the Greek word

ἐπίγνωσις

epignōsis

ip-ig’-no-sis

From G1921; recognition, that is, (by implication) full discernment, acknowledgement: – (ac-) knowledge (-ing, -ment).

Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries G1922

Epignosis in contrast to “gnosis” is full knowledge that a Christian understands and believes. Because this knowledge is learned it is resident in the soul and is readily available for accurate application to life.

Paul continued his treatise on Pastors and their responsibility to study and teach (accurately disseminate) Bible doctrine while under the power of the Holy Spirit.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. (Eph. 4:14-15 NIV)

Paul brings to life this same truth while addressing the Thessalonians. He iterates with clarity the divine mandate to learn and apply doctrine in order to achieve the capacity to live the Christian life as it is meant to be lived based on the Divine Plan of God.

12Now also we beseech you, brethren, get to know those who labor among you [recognize them for what they are, acknowledge and appreciate and respect them all]–your leaders who are over you in the Lord and those who warn and kindly reprove and exhort you.

13And hold them in very high and most affectionate esteem in [intelligent and sympathetic] appreciation of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 AMP).

Paul is making the point that a pastor should be respected and appreciated for his accurate knowledge of the Word of God accompanied by his effective teaching of this same knowledge. A committed pastor labors hours in the Word each day to be in a place to effectively and accurately disseminate Bible doctrine to his congregation and he is to be respected and held in high regard for this. Why; because sound Biblical doctrine is the foundation for the advancement of the Christian way of life. When bible doctrine is not sufficiently appropriated into the life of the believer he suffers from a spiritual deficiency and fails to advance toward spiritual maturity. It is imperative that each believer be committed to a daily regimen of studying the Word of God. The lack of this commitment leads to failure in purpose and a destructive lifestyle.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you that you shall be no priest to Me; seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children. (Hosea 4:6 AMP)

You cannot neglect this great responsibility and advance in the Christian life. You cannot properly and adequately engage the issues of life without emerging yourself in scripture. You will not develop the fortitude to persevere which is a requirement for blessing and attainment without full knowledge of scriputure. Your success is directly tied to accurate apprehension and appropriate application of scripture.

7Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.

8This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good[b]success. (Josh. 1:7-8 AMP)

Your ability to live this life victoriously is inextricably bound to your knowledge and application of Bible doctrine. Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to the enemy through ignorance, pick up that Word and get to it.

God bless,

Bishop Rick Wallace

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)

 

Recently I put together an exegesis on Romans 8:28. That analysis of Romans 8:28 brought lucidity to the subject of knowing for whom God works all things for the good. What I aim to do here briefly is give insight to the last word in this passage; purpose.

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πρόθεσις

prothesis

proth’-es-is

From G4388; a setting forth, that is, (figuratively) proposal (intention); specifically the show bread (in the Temple) as exposed before God: – purpose, shew [-bread].

Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

 

The Greek word “prothesis” translated purpose in English connotes something being set forth and placed in view (with the underlying meaning being that it has been set forth with the understanding  and clarity of the reason for which it was set forth). Simply put, purpose means something that has been set forth with clear understanding of its reason. Clear understanding does not constitute easy access, but clarity in the sense of understanding what has been revealed.

Purpose and its underlying elements have been pondered through the ages. The Great Greek philosophers of ancient times have grappled with purpose and the significance of human life and their modern counterparts have faced the same enigmatic issues that plagued them centuries ago. Freud, Nietzsche, and Foucault have no better settled the quandaries of life than did the likes of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Secular paradigms and cosmic speculations have infiltrated the faith of Christianity and have brought about paradigmatic shifts in the thinking of believers. When I survey the Christian landscape I find that the cosmic thinking of secular worldviews such as Nihilism, Secular Humanism, Religious Pluralism, Relativism, etc. have infiltrated the thought processes of the Christian believer. This helps to explain how so many things that were socially unacceptable just a few decades ago is now common place. When these worldviews impress their tenets of moral ambiguity and their nebulous approach to purpose and destiny, they undermine the power of God and they open the door to antinomianism and even legalism.

Understanding purpose carries with it a wealth of benefits in the sense of perseverance through the trials of this life. Purpose steadies us when we begin to waver under the pernicious attacks of the enemy. Purpose sets the resolve necessary to penetrate the darkness of doubt. Purpose makes visible the plan that is unique to each individual’s life. Purpose says that I am here for a reason, and in knowing this purpose I can comprehend the challenges that accompany this life in the sense that they will work toward the fulfilling of that purpose. My purpose explains my pain.

There is an inherent desire for significance within each of us. There is a yearning to belong; there is a yearning to matter; there is a yearning to have something for which you can base your life; purpose is the substance that satisfies this yearning. Purpose identifies and validates your direction. There are many secular systems that have created paradigms that suggest there is no true meaning to life and that our existence is simply the result chance mutation. There are those that speculate because of the size of our planet in relation to the rest of the universe that we have no true significance. It is easy for the finite perspicacity of man to erroneously hypothesize concerning such issues because without knowledge of God there is no true revelation. Without God things just don’t make sense. Until we unite with our purpose as set forth by God, we will wonder aimless, and strive ineffectively throughout our lives.

To really understand the power in purpose we must understand the following verse of scripture in the Romans 8 passage:

“For those whom he foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” (rom. 8:29-30)

“For those whom he foreknew”, introduces the doctrine of foreknowledge which can be defined as the subcategory of God’s omniscience in which he personally knew each believer in eternity past and thereby knew that they would repent and receive The Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. With this knowledge in mind, he set forth an individual plan for the life of each of these believers. Within this plan lies the purpose and destiny of each believer. The setting out of this plan by God is known as predestination (To predetermine or foreordain; to appoint or ordain beforehand by an unchangeable purpose).  In other words, by divine decree, a purpose has been placed upon your life and the emptiness that is within many of you will never be satiated until you began to walk in that purpose. When you begin to walk in your purpose a peace will settle upon you. When you engage your purpose you will find exceptional power to live in that purpose. When you put on the jacket of purpose you will defend yourself from storms of doubt that have filled your life.

 

Purpose girds your thoughts when the enemy attempts to infiltrate your mind. Purpose provides the focus that propels you into your destiny with a passion that is undeterred by trials. Purpose is the inexorable force that speaks to doubt and reminds you that God is behind the scenes holding the plan together.  Purpose reminds you that your destiny has been decreed and that only your dedication to remaining on the path is required. Purpose exposes you to the unlimited assets that God has placed at your disposal. Purpose provides the answer to the question: After salvation, then what?

 

We are told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). The Greek word [ κατεργάζομαι , katergazomai] which is rendered “work out” means “to continually work to bring something to fulfillment or completion. This is sometimes misapplied to teach salvation by works which would call for us to disregard scriptures such as Romans 3:21-24 and Ephesians 2:8-9). What Paul is teaching is that there is more to salvation than eternal life. Salvation comes with purpose or after salvation we would be immediately taken away to live in eternity. We have been left behind in this hostile world because we have a purpose in it. Salvation is not earned by works, but it is confirmed by them.

 

I urge each of you to search out your purpose and take hold of it; walk in it. Stand in your purpose. Do not relinquish the vision that has been placed inside of you for the vision is inundated with purpose. Do not forsake the constant study of the Word of God, for the Word is saturated with purpose. Do not forgo prayer, for prayer settles you in purpose. Do not forsake the assembly as some do because fellowship exposes the interconnectivity of individual purpose with the universal purpose of the body of Christ.

 

Welcome to your purpose; welcome to your destiny!

 

 

Best regards,

 

Bishop Rick Wallace

Founder & President

Rick Wallace Ministries

100 Men of Purpose

Life Solutions 21

The Invisible Father

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

 

 

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