The Way Out of Lack
If you have been with us very long, you may recall what I am about to share with you.
Years ago, while I was working for a ministry in Cleveland, I sought God about finances. You see, I did not make enough money each week to pay my bills and have groceries. I knew it was where God had placed me, however, I needed to be able to provide for myself.
As I sought God about this he gave me simple instructions. Although simple, it seemed almost impossible at the time.
What did he tell me? He told me to tithe on what I needed, not what I made each week. The amount would be quite a difference. Frankly, I was a little fearful at first. However, I obeyed God and I began to tithe each week on what I needed to come in that week instead of what I actually made in my paycheck.
For seven years, I followed this principle. My paycheck didn’t change, but I did not have lack. I did not lack the entire time I was there. I tithed on what I needed to have and the tithe brought in the amount I needed each week for seven years. Looking back, it is amazing.
God has brought this revealed principal to me time and again over the years. And I have thought about it often.
Recently, I was standing in faith for a certain amount to come into the ministry that month, before month end. It seemed impossible. However, God said “tithe on what you are believing me for…not as it comes in, but now, at the beginning of the month.”
I thought, “Oh, I have been here before.” Tithing on what I need instead of what I see. I know this principal and I know it works. So, I obeyed God. I tithed at the beginning of the month. Our giving puts the sickle to the harvest and brings it in.
Today, I received an email from the Elijah List about this very thing. I had to share it with you.
Blueprints and Strategies to Acquire Wealth by Edie Bayer
Recently, the Lord told me that He is releasing blueprints and strategies to get wealth. He was clear that not only was He RELEASING them, but He also expects us to HEAR them and LATCH ONTO them, and DO them! He then brought back to my remembrance a simple process by which He has already enabled us to get wealth according to His Word.
You see, a while back, the Lord gave me a massive download about a real-estate development that He wants me to build. He showed me in detail the housing layouts, where the lake will be, and the exact locations of the churches. The best part of it was when He said to me, “You only need 12 million to start.”
Yes..12 million…as in DOLLARS. To Him, that might not be much money, but to the rest of us, that is a chunk. The belief system of most people would never allow them to acquire that much money EVER. But God…He proceeded to give me the road-map and plan to acquire that money.
Unfortunately, at that moment, I didn’t get it. You see, even though He told me EXACTLY how to get the money, I didn’t actually DO IT. It was easy to understand, but I still didn’t get it! I was still expecting Him to somehow just drop it in my lap, to show up with it at my door, or send it by wire into my account. So, for the last year, I have been driving around, looking at land, waiting for God to show up at my door with cash…and it hasn’t happened. Sound familiar?
“It’s not about you! It’s about the Kingdom!”
Look, everyone I know, including YOU I’m sure, wants to have a never-ending stream of millions of dollars so that we can give it away to churches and ministries, orphans and outreaches, but we don’t know HOW to acquire that kind of money.
Or do we?
Years ago, I was struggling with something, and the Lord said to me, “Just turn around, look back through time, and see how you did it.” Sounds simple enough, right? Just look back and SEE HOW YOU DID IT. The only problem was the problem was STILL IN FRONT OF ME, and not behind me! Or, at least that is the way I perceived it.
Needless to say, even though I didn’t understand what God was saying at the time, it stuck with me, and fortunately it did, because it applies to HOW TO GET WEALTH!
The truth is, the simplicity of obtaining wealth resides in the inherent ability that God has already given us to get it: “But you shall [earnestly] remember the Lord your God, for it is He Who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day” (Deut. 8:18).
Simple, right? Just turn around and see how you did it!
As I said, the Lord told me that He is releasing blueprints and strategies to acquire wealth. Once again, because obviously it is important to Him, He reminded me about that same $12 million dollars…and then He gave me a formula. Yes, a FORMULA. You see, it’s been in the Bible the entire time, but because it’s a PROCESS and not a “dropped-in-your-lap-lump-sum of money” we don’t do it.
It’s true! It’s called TITHING. However, this is not tithing in the traditional sense. It is NOT your typical “give 10% of your paycheck to the church, and hope for the best” tithing system, to which we have become accustomed. Yes, it’s a TITHE – it is still 10% OF SOME NUMBER, but not 10% of your paycheck.
It is a “LOOK BACK THROUGH TIME AND SEE HOW YOU DID IT” tithe – and you MUST sow INTENTIONALLY.
For example: Let’s look at the dollar figure the Lord dropped on me of $12 million. I have absolutely no way to raise that kind of cash in the natural, that’s for sure. However, the Lord showed me a video clip on TBN of a famous Christian leader who had a word of knowledge as he walked into the sanctuary, that someone had been praying for $500. He asked from the pulpit, “WHO in the room explicitly asked the Lord for $500 this morning?” After ascertaining that, a particular woman had actually prayed for that precise amount of money, and this minister reached into his pocket and pulled out a $50 bill.
He said to that person, “I don’t have $500 to give you, but here is $50. It is a seed. There is $500 in that $50.” His story went on to say that the lady went to the store and spent the $50 – not on herself, but on some people who needed money to buy groceries. Her thoughts were, “Well, there went that $50!” When she got home, someone drove up to her and handed her a check for $500.
Now, I WANT YOU TO GET THIS!!! THERE ARE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW.
Can’t You Talk Louder, God?
There are several times in my life when I believe that the Lord has given me revelation directly from the Throne of Grace. This is one of those times! Here is what the Lord said to me when He originally downloaded the simple “formula” for how to come up with $12 MILLION DOLLARS:
To get $12,000,000 I need to sow $1.2 MILLION.
“Wow! Who can do that?” I asked Him, shaking my head with doubt and disbelief.
He said, “Wait…in order to have $1.2 Million to sow, you must sow $120,000.
“And in order to have $120,000 to sow, you must sow $12,000.
“And in order to have $12,000 to sow, you must sow $1200.
“And in order to have $1200 to sow, you must sow $120.
“And in order to have $120 to sow, you must first sow $12.”
“OH MY GOSH!” I exclaimed, “I CAN DO THAT! I can sow $12. Anyone can sow $12!”
And that is true – anyone CAN sow $12. But can that person, even me or you, sow it with purposeful INTENT TO ACQUIRE WEALTH? Or are we just sowing willy-nilly, with no expectations of receiving anything in return?
If we are, that is unscriptural! The Bible says, “[It is] the hard-working farmer [who labors to produce] who must be the first partaker of the fruits” (2 Timothy 2:6). Every farmer sows seed with the expectation of receiving a harvest. Why would you sow anything, especially with regard to investing your money into the Kingdom of God, with no expectation of a return?
“He is releasing blueprints and strategies to get wealth.”
Here is what I want you to do: ASK HIM YOURSELF. Don’t take my word for it. Look up the Scriptures yourself. God is a God of multiplication. “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him” (Genesis 26:12).
HE TOLD ME TO DO THIS. He may not tell you to do it…but He just might! He wants me to release this to you! Just ask Him! He wants us all to prosper and be healthy, even as our souls prosper! “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2:2).
He told me to start with $12.34. That is 1-2-3-4…getting in alignment and getting in order according to Matthew 12:34, “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” and, “… as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). God is a God of order! Get in alignment and get in order!
Here is the order:
2. Get more than you gave.
3. Give more than what you just got.
4. Get more than that again, so that you can give it away again!
Give to get wealth so you can give, and give, and give again!
It’s not about you! It’s about the Kingdom! These are Kingdom principles given by the King Himself. He WANTS to use you to financially bless both the saved and the getting-ready-to-be-saved. They are all His people. Those are His orphans. There are multiple missions trips He wants you to take. But you must first be obedient and get into order.
God doesn’t want us broke. He wants us wealthy so we are more than able to accomplish every good work with more than enough left over to give away again and again.
1. Ask God EXACTLY how much money you need to accomplish your God-purpose. He will tell you. Write it down; in fact, start a spreadsheet or a journal to track His faithfulness – and to track the growth of these finances. Nothing like evidence to convince a non-believer!
2. Look backwards in time to see how you acquired that amount of money (i.e., go through the process as above). Take your God-purpose dollar amount and find 10% of that figure; that is what you need to sow. If that number is still too great for you to sow (and it should be), then find 10% of that seed amount and so on until God tells you to STOP. He will tell you how much to seed initially – and it might be a stretch for you! OBEY HIM at all costs.
3. Find a WORTHY MINISTRY to sow into GOOD SOIL ONLY – one that is bearing obvious fruit. I strongly recommend you ask God where to sow. Again, He will tell you.
4. DO IT. Don’t think about it. Don’t be a “hearer only”. Be a Do-er!
5. DON’T EAT YOUR SEED! When the money begins to come in, don’t spend it! Save it for the next seed amount! You will know when it starts to arrive: Gifts, found money, refunds, pay raises, mailbox money…you name it! Any combination or all of the above will start to arrive. Don’t spend it! This is your seed to sow again and to reap again.
6. When you have enough to sow again toward the next level of your God-purpose amount, sow it! Then do it again, over and over until you reach your God-purpose money amount!
7. ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOD-PURPOSE! Repeat!
Note: Don’t skip any steps. I believe God is a God of PROCESS, and He wants you to go through the process! Don’t skip steps unless He tells you to…just ask Him!
“When you get the revelation that it is already done, the battle is won!” – K Potter