Our Tradition – There is a new sound in the Kingdom and Kings are beginning to experience a new kind of breakthrough. It’s financial! Our prior model for outreach ministry (or missions) has been centered around Jesus’ instructions to the disciples in Matt 10. Healing, resurrection, deliverance. “The worker is worthy of his keep” is classically understood to mean that the missionary is supported by offerings. Thus, our missionaries come home annually to “itinerate” and raise support through offerings in local churches. Traveling ministries depend on the frequency and size of offerings to survive.
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9 Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; 10 take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep. Matt 10:8-10
Multiplying Finances – That’s not a bad model – it’s just not the only model. What is happening in marketplace ministry is that Kings are going out with the same anointing for miracles plus a financial ingredient. Last week we featured an interview with Howard Ferris – a great example of an engineer with an self supporting evangelistic gift. We are starting to see testimonies of financial breakthrough and we’re starting to disciple an anointing for finances to go with ministry.
12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. Gen 26:12-14 NIV
“But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Matt 17:27 NIV
The New Paradigm – A number of changes are occurring in the Kingdom to complement a new entrepreneurial spirit.
1. Testimonies of financial increase are beginning to come in. We’re celebrating marketplace breakthroughs that used to be materialistic carnality. Now we understand the money can be converted to ministry. Our testimonies used to be “spiritual miracles” that verified that your offering would be put to good use. Now we see an anointing for signs and wonders coupled with the resources to carry out ministry.
7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply ; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. Gen 9:7 KJV
2. Entrepreneurial Disciples – God is putting a creative, entrepreneurial ingredient in Christians that excels in the marketplace. They accept abundance as a fact of “life in Christ” and the believe and work to see it manifested. They enjoy the creative process and they are finding open doors to notoriety and wealth which they view as tools of ministry – to make others successful.
2 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Gen 12:2-3 NIV
3. Sowing For Increase – Instead of waiting for God to sovereignly rain down provisions or taking the offering route, these Kings are sowing generously so they can reap generously. They are starting businesses or making investments that will result in ministry. They are aggressively pursuing God’s provision in a practical ways. They don’t feel greedy or materialistic to the slightest degree. In fact, they find the whole process of inheriting God’s abundance an exciting adventure.
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Cor 9:6 NIV
11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Cor 9:11 NIV
Could it be me? – Absolutely! Ministering out of a cup that is overflowing is what it’s all about… Jesus paved that way to “greater works” and the abundant life that makes it possible. You’ll be amazed at what you can do for God when you give yourself permission to act and take the responsibility and initiative to make it happen.
Matt 10:8 – Freely you have received, freely give…
…the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. Dan 11:32 KJV
Life is an adventure. People are a blessing. God is amazing. We’re winning.