To Him That Has…
August 17, 2008
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A Study Group – Many people are involved in Bible study groups to Release Kings. Here are some helpful suggestions www.Releasing-Kings.com/Starting-a-Group.html.
Recommended reading – I reread Developing a Prosperous Soul, Vol 2 – a book Harold wrote in 1997 available through the link. He’s also got another book coming out in November entitled God Is A Capitalist. Both are easy reading and very worthwhile.
To Him That Has
I want to Prosper – Here’s why. Although many Christians would never admit a desire to prosper financially, our ministry and generosity are tied closely to our checkbook. If you’re broke there are some severe limitations on your ministry. For Kings, “full time ministry” is the financial flexibility and freedom to fulfill your calling.
The next thing we notice is that God doesn’t prosper everyone equally. He doesn’t necessarily bless according to need either. I believe he loves us all equally in the sense of giving us the same opportunity to multiply our talents. The fact remains that we don’t respond equally. Some have a prosperous mentality and naturally gravitate toward increase, generosity and multiplication. Others have a natural orientation toward poverty; money and opportunity tends to elude them. The good news is that poverty can be reversed and prosperity can be increased. We want to use this newsletter to summarize how and why.
The secret – is really only a secret to those in poverty. How to prosper and receive the blessing of God is a theme throughout the Bible and it’s surprisingly simple. People with a poverty mentality have a clear vision to experience breakthrough and receive God’s miraculous intervention. In attitude they often try to hit a home run and buy the winning lottery ticket. They are willing to take business risks (a good thing) but they usually lose because they bet on long shots. That’s the primary reason they are in poverty. Please hear this carefully.
If you could interview millionaires you would find a very consistent theme; consistent work and wise decisions over a long time – often several generations. Here’s the secret; God blesses exactly in proportion to what you have done with what you have. This may even seem unfair at first because we often live in socialistic, welfare-oriented societies where we tolerate a victim mentality.
For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Matt 13:12 KJV
“‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matt 25:28-30 NIV
Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.” Luke 8:18 NIV
“Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’ 25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’ 26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away. Luke 19:24-26 NIV
So what should I do? – Instead of, 1) living to far in the future, 2) focusing on the envy of those more prosperous, 3) waiting for a breakthrough, 4) or making hasty decisions risking long shots, simply start multiplying the talent (money and ministry) you already have. You won’t be eligible for more until you can increase what you already have. Now that usually translates to “work.” People with a poverty mentality quite frankly don’t work as hard or as wisely as those in prosperity. Listen to how clearly Paul and Solomon spoke to this aspect of prosperity:
For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 2 Thess 3:10 NKJV
Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. Prov 10:4-5
The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Prov 13:4
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Prov 21:5 NIV
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest — 34 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man. Prov 24:33-34 NIV
Offerings and Wealth Transfer – Much of what Christians are exposed to regarding finances is the weekly exhortation built around the offering at church. Every money-related verse in the Bible has been used to encourage giving. The most popular (I’ve used them often myself) are:
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38 KJV
A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. Prov 13:22 NIV
The take home message is that if I empty my pockets to put money in the offering, God will miraculously intervene and multiply my finances. I simply want to suggest that thought process is patently false and filled with poverty. It simply makes God your lottery ticket and takes the focus off what you’re doing with the one talent you have. Waiting for God’s breakthrough put’s us in a passive frame of mind or it causes us to make unwise risks trying to hit a home run. The most pressing question God wants answered is, “What are you doing with the “very little” that you do have?”
And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’ Luke 19:17-18 NKJV
Do support your local church, but don’t put all of your “seed” in the offering. Learn to multiply it first and give out of the increase. If you give away all your money, you’ll always be broke – Is that too hard to understand?
Enjoy the ride – There is no shortcut to prosperity. People that do win the lottery usually lose it in the end. It takes time and diligence to prosper God’s way. You have to enjoy your work and it has to line up with your heart’s desires. However, when you really get started multiplying what little you do have, you’ll be amazed how quickly you can make progress. God will add to the talents that you have multiplied yourself and you will experience the real secret of prosperity… “to him that has, shall more be given.” Start from where you’re at… Now! Stop waiting for God, circumstances, or some one else to hand you a breakthrough.
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.
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