Beyond My Needs
December 14, 2008
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Beyond My Needs
According to your Faith – I recently read a story about a TV station that staged a man on a busy downtown sidewalk with a sign that read “free money.” They gave him a sizable amount of cash with the goal of filming the response of passersby. He couldn’t give away a cent; people politely turned him down, ignored him, and often walked out of their way to avoid eye contact. Why? No one believed there was any such thing as free money. They assumed it had to be a gimmick that wasn’t in their best interest.
As I read the story the Lord spoke to me, “That’s similar to the way my people respond to the Holy Spirit. There is grace to create wealth right now, and a first fruits are beginning to break through and accept my offer. People struggle accepting that I want to prosper them beyond their needs They struggle to believe it’s possible and lack understanding on how to position themselves to receive.”
So… let’s talk about how to move beyond our needs.
Needs vs. Wants – A belief that God supplies all our needs is Biblical and healthy. Here are a few verses we use to make that point.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.Phil 4:19 KJV
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. Ps 23:1 NIV
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need… 2 Cor 9:8 NIV
The corollary to believing that God supplies all our needs is that He is not committed to providing all our wants. I want to suggest that belief is largely false. The reason God supplies all our needs is so that our focus can be on something other than ourselves, my money, my problems, and “me.” God is looking for people that can “seek the Kingdom first.” If problems with relationships, health, or finances are consuming all of our attention, we won’t have time or energy to bless the nations or focus on anything but self. Does God want to go beyond our needs so that our cup runs over? Absolutely! Ministry is all about exporting blessing to others from a position of abundance in health, finances, revelation, anointing, power, leadership, and courage. We’re called to bless the nations and God is not sending us out empty handed.
Yes, but how – When we’re ready to move our personal beliefs from needs to abundance, the next step is sowing… abundantly, consistently, persistently, and wisely.
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Cor 9:6 NASU
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap… And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Gal 6:7-9
The mistake we’ve made with sowing is that we’ve assumed that if we give away money, God will bless us financially. This is a half-truth. If you give away all your money, you’ll be guaranteed to be broke! Sowing finances in a way that causes multiplication does enable generosity after we increase. The principle is that we plant our seed and give out of the harvest. Many Christians have foolishly given away their seed and now have nothing to sow or give. That’s just bad stewardship. Here’s what the Bible really says – sow your seed and reap a harvest so that your store of seed increases to “rich.” Then give out of your increase and become significantly generous on every occasion that arises.
PS – keeping sowing and multiplying in the meantime.
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 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 9:10-11 NIV
Sowing consistently – Sowing to multiply finances and receive wealth is a Biblical concept most Christian know nothing about. It’s much easier to put money in the offering plate and live from paycheck to paycheck. It satisfies a level of false humility and makes us feel self righteous. “Sowing” means that you’re going take the initiative and do the work of finding good investments or starting a business to sell a product or service. You’re taking the responsibility to create something of value for others and position yourself to receive a return on your time or money.
Here’s the challenge. Not all of our sowing will work. Most of us have a sense of becoming more entrepreneurial, but we’ve underestimated the effort required to make it happen. Let’s say you step out and try to do something to multiply your finances and position yourself in the will of God to receive wealth. Some fraction of the time you will end up with a failure on your hands that costs you time, money and emotional energy. God does promise to bless us as we sow; He doesn’t promise a home run every time we pick up the bat! No one has ever multiplied finances or received their inheritance in terms of wealth and ministry without a fight. Translation – you have to pick yourself up after a set back, make a wise adjustment to your plan, and try again… however many times it takes. It’s a process that goes on throughout our lives at different levels. Think of it as the adventure associated with inheriting our land.
Motivated by a dream – Where does the tenacity to resurrect after a failure come from? Quite simply, we have to enjoy the process. A few successes along the way really helps too. We have to invest our selves, our time, and our money in our dream in order to find the motivation to stick with it for the long haul. That means we have a passion and a dream. Without a personal dream we’re just a servant doing the minimum out of obedience. With a dream we’re doing the maximum out of personal initiative. That’s the difference between friends and servants. Both go to heaven – one bears fruit, and the other works to meet his needs… for money, acceptance, love, and salvation.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. John 15:15-16 NIV
Example – When we change our beliefs from needs to abundance, our actions change toward a dream that will produce abundance instead of just meeting needs. We start sowing! I received an email while writing this newsletter. Take a peek.
After hearing Harold Eberle minister at our local church, I went to the lobby to purchase some of his materials. The Releasing Kings book was as if it was screaming at me to “pick me, pick me”. I completed the book last year and God has reignited the dream and passion to open several Retail stores. As of today, I’m halfway finished with Desire to Destiny! I’m a Marketplace King!!!! Can’t wait for the Desire to Destiny website to be complete. Bless you!
Wilfred, Musician/ Regional Manager
John & Sue (are dancing – Join us)
Harold is dancing too … with Linda
Opportunity! – I helped Jayston Tunnelle (a pastor from Liberia) write a business plan for a grocery store in Monrovia. We need someone with experience in retail / groceries to review it and we need an investor to make it a reality. The details of the business start-up and Jayston’s contact info are on the link.
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.
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at