The Father’s Blessing
May 02, 2010
The Father’s Blessing
The feeling – Every son and daughter loves to hear their father’s praise. My own father didn’t go out of his way to be complimentary, but he did work hard to teach me how to help out on the ranch when I was young. When he saw those new skills doing a good job, he said so. Even seeing a difficult task completed, or done well, left me with the feeling of his approval. Sometimes it was just a look or a smile. Nothing gave me more pleasure than pleasing him.
When we get saved, there is something very special about hearing “well done” from our heavenly father. He is not only pleased with us, but He delights in His people. It goes even farther… He delights in blessing us abundantly and prospering us… “Delights in the prosperity of his servant.”
The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Zeph 3:17 NIV
Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; And let them say continually, “The Lord be magnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.” Ps 35:27 NASU
Remember me, O Lord, in Your favor toward Your people; Visit me with Your salvation, That I may see the prosperity of Your chosen ones… Ps 106:4-5 NASU
The reason cups overflow – We are not typically born with a prosperous mentality. Most of us have to dig ourselves out of the attitudes and actions that produce poverty. Fortunately, he “leads out the prisoners into prosperity” in every area.
God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity… Ps 68:6 NASU
Why does God sponsor prosperity? That’s a good question. Many people don’t assume that God wants to favor us. They don’t come close to a belief that God might want to prosper us financially. We need to understand why our Father wants us to operate from cups that overflow. Here’s the reason:
All ministry comes from abundance: an overflow of our hearts and our finances. I want to suggest that believers are generous. We enjoy giving and blessing others with whatever we have. The reality is that most have not yet learned to multiply finances so that we can bless people financially. I learned another thing from my pastoral days – even spiritual ministry costs money.
In this hour there is another lie of poverty circulating: “abundance is bad.” The favorite complaint of politicians and the media is the greed of wealthy businessmen or corporate executives who make lots of money. I’m not defending corruption or dishonesty. However, I’m boldly declaring that ministry flows through finances. Kings with money can convert it to ministry!
Kings in the business marketplace know how to multiply finances. Do I need to point out that this skill of multiplication is totally absent from government bureaucracies and from the Church?
Church – I know there are ministries that claim God can miraculously provide finances. He does do miracles on occasion. However, if you show me a ministry or a business that depends on miracles for their provision, and you will also find an “offering mentality” instead of an abundance mentality.
Government – Similarly, governments don’t know how to multiply finances either. Bureaucrats know how to print it, borrow it, and tax it, but have no clue how to multiply wealth. Can you see the anomaly with state welfare as a solution to poverty? An entity with no talent for multipling finances is using other people’s money to lead prisoners into prosperity. You can’t impart what you don’t have. That’s why welfare tends to produce poverty. I know there are exceptions, and I’m not advocating abandoning support programs. We just need to sharpen our focus and do what works best. People in need are not primarily looking for a hand-out; they are looking for an opportunity… usually in the form of a job or the things that lead to a job: vocational skills or more education. A hand-out, absent an opportunity, kills self-respect.
Will God favor me? – More specifically, can you believe that God’s favor can include finances? Am I willing to do the things that multiply finances? Am I willing to work hard, seek out wisdom, and take risks in order to pursue my dream? Our answer has roots in the Father’s blessing. All of my confidence as a young man stemmed from my natural father teaching me how to work, and extending his blessing through his teaching, the fellowship of working together, and the satisfaction of accomplishment. It was a natural step to leave home and know that I could be successful in other areas. My Dad told me numerous times, when I asked about careers, “Johnny, you can do anything you decide to do.”
Father God is saying the same thing. You can do anything you decide to do. You have the Father’s blessing. It’s not magic or miraculous. It’s the confidence that allows us to come out of our shell and try new things with enough persistence and wisdom and anointing to be successful, and to do whatever we set our hand to do. Our inheritance and prosperity begins when we set our hands to the task of doing – it’s called work, but it’s in the area of our heart’s desire and it reflects the will of God in our calling. It’s fun and it causes finances to multiply. Our will and God’s will are both engaged… blessing follows! Can you see the theme of personal initiative and responsibility?
There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you. Deut 12:7 NIV
…and you are to rejoice before the Lord your God in everything you put your hand to. Deut 12:18-19 NIV
Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. Deut 15:10 NIV
You may charge a foreigner interest, but not a brother Israelite, so that the Lord your God may bless you in everything you put your hand to in the land you are entering to possess. Deut 23:20 NIV
The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. Deut 28:8 NIV
How much overflow? What level of prosperity should I expect from putting my hand to the task? Abundant prosperity: the kind that overflows your cup and allows you to bless others. It’s a level of abundance that exceeds our expectations, “far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think.”
But the humble will inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity. Ps 37:11 ASU
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us… Eph 3:20 NASU
Hear this in your heart. This level of abundance can solve poverty. It can pay off the debt of nations. It can “bless the nations.” That’s the creative, entrepreneurial level that Kings are called to. It starts at home with you and me. It’s our land.
Spiritual Maturity – We all value spiritual ministry: sharing the gospel, healing the sick, teaching the word, worshipping in God’s presence. I want to suggest that Biblical maturity also includes the ability and anointing to multiply finances. Here’s the progression: First we become creative and entrepreneurial in the area of our heart’s desire or calling, 2) we leverage those skills to multiply finances (we create a product or service others value to improve their lives, we start a business, we employ others to help us – creating jobs), 3) the entire process touches ministry in our personal sphere; however, when our cup really begins to overflow with finances, we can take the ministry ingredient to a missions level and reach out to our cities and bless nations in an even greater way. Instead of complaining about the high salaries of those business owners and CEO’s, we become them. We esteem creativity, inventions and entrepreneurial pursuits as spiritual endeavors that build the Kingdom and bless the nations.
John and Sue
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PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of the open view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.
Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
1.The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
2.The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
3.The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace and occupy the Seven mountains of: business, media, arts & entertainment, education, family and government in addition to the church. See video #1 and video #2
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