Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Power to Get Wealth

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

The power to get wealth is not a method, but a Person – Jesus the Christ. He Himself is the Power that infills you and empowers you to receive the wealth that is Himself. Everything comes from Him and is an expression of Him. As long as people keep looking for things or methods they will miss the true Power. Even if they acquire a measure of wealth they will have to continue to work hard at keeping it since it’s self-generated and not God-imparted.

Matt. 6:31-33
Do not worry saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.

When you find the Kingdom of God you are able to find the King who is in you. At that point your ego – your sense of self – is set aside, and He who is in you is free to manifest the Kingdom through you. The needs that you perceive you have are not really needs at all since Christ in you has no need. This is why when you seek and find the Kingdom all things are added to you.

Jesus epitomized this in His life here on earth. He was able to put His humanity – His awareness of self – on the back burner so to speak, and it was because of this I believe, that He was able to do the mighty miracles that He did. You can do the same.

A miracle can only be done by the Miracle Worker Himself. I believe that one of the reasons why we don’t see as many miracles as were done in Jesus’ day is that our own self-awareness has hindered the Christ in us from functioning freely.

I have often heard preachers say that you can’t win those who have a lot of money unless yours is equal to or exceeding theirs. If that were true then Jesus would have taught this as a vital principle. He did, however, say that it is hard (yet not impossible) for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.

The spirit of mammon is so subtle and enticing that it has snared even the most devout and well meaning of saints. Little do men and women realize that when they buy into the kind of mindset mentioned above, they are actually making mammon their god. Our God does not have any such prerequisite to bring someone – rich or poor – to Him. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that brings men to repentance and salvation – not the power of the wallet.

What the rich and influential of this world need to see is the awesome power of God manifested in the lives of His children, and that power can only be received and transmitted through prolonged, consistent, intimate communion with the Father.

How many ministers of the Gospel are truly ready to spend the time needed to receive that magnificent impartation of God’s power so that rich and poor alike can come to Christ? Are you one of them?





Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Cry Behind The Cry

Irma’s sharp words shot across the room like bullets. Her face was creased in a deep scowl as she continued her barrage, knowing that she was hitting her mark with each blow, but not caring that she was inflicting wounds. Her husband Sam, the recipient of the onslaught, walked away in stony silence choosing to stifle his response rather than let loose his own arsenal.

How many Irmas have you met in your lifetime? Are you an ‘Irma’ yourself?

In the wilderness the Israelites became angry when things were uncomfortable and they blamed Moses for taking them out of Egypt. Moses in turn often became frustrated with them. But God heard the cry behind their cry – the sound behind their anger. It was a cry of panic, bewilderment and desperation. In His great love the Father answered and provided water for them.

We often criticize the children of Israel for their lack of faith in God. The truth is that they did not have an intimate personal relationship with their God as Moses did. They knew His works, but not His ways. How then, could they know that He was not as fickle as they were? How do you trust someone with whom you have little or no relationship, especially when you are in a frightening situation?

People are hurting, angry, afraid, depressed and frustrated. In their pain they cry out, and their cries often sound like angry words. This is a perfect time for the Body of Christ to manifest the image of God in the earth.

The next time you witness someone let loose a barrage of angry words would you ask God for the ability to hear the cry behind their cry? Would you be willing to allow the Father to use you as their “water in the wilderness”? Wouldn't you want someone to hear the cry behind your cry?

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