Sunday, March 4, 2012

God’s Plan of Supernatural Provision..................

God's Plan of Supernatural Provision

The time has come for God's people to break free from financial bondage. 

Our Father enables us to be free of every financial problem. He wants us to remove the challenges of making ends meet, a lack of steady employment, and excessive debt. God wants us to enjoy a purpose-filled life (Deut 28:1-8, 11). God's Word is filled cover-to-cover with promises of blessings and supernatural provisions that He has planned for us to enjoy.

God doesn't want us to be limited by our current financial circumstances. You may be deep in debt, not knowing whether you will ever be completely debt free. You may also be struggling with some longstanding financial problems and not know what to do. Or you may be free of debt but not understand God's Master Plan for you to prosper. He does desire that we be successful and prosper both physically and spiritually (3 John 1:2). 

The purpose of this article is to enable you to understand the relationship we should have with God and our money. From here, you can develop a financial plan for you and your family, based upon fulfilling God's purpose for you. What we do with our money can reflect our level of obedience towards God.

In the very beginning of His dealings with His chosen people, God entered into a covenant with Israel, and promised to bless and prosper them above all other nations. 

Today, we who are in the Christian Church are spiritual Israel, and these same promises belong to us. As the seed of Abraham, we have inherited these promises and they are part of our covenant with God. 

In Deuteronomy 28, we see that God's purpose for blessing and prospering His people is clearly revealed. Verse one states that God desires to set His people above all other people. He promises to  pour out His blessings to such a degree for our obedience that through our example the world will see how good life can be when we obey Him and acknowledge that He is the only true and living God.

In verses 3-7, God's blessings are outlined, covering many areas of our lives. The listing illustrates that He intends for His blessings to be upon us wherever we go, for our children and grandchildren—and even blessings on the job. Everything we set our hands to do will be blessed, if only we obey Him. He promises that all these blessing will overtake us (verse 2). In other words, we can expect them to come running after us. In verse 11, again we see God's promise of prosperity. God did not plan for us to barely survive, or to worry about how we will pay the bills barely making it from one paycheque to the next. He did not plan for us and our families to suffer from the lack of necessities of life. Quite the contrary, He wants us to live an abundant life.

God's process of supernatural provision looks like this:

You give to God as best as you can through tithes and offerings, then you will receive more blessings (or increase) from God's supernatural provision. You then give tithes and offerings to God from the increase and you will receive even more blessings from God (Mal 3:10-12). God does not lie.  If He promises increase in your life, you will receive it. 

In the cycle of giving and receiving God will meet both your spiritual and physical needs. He will give you an increase in what you have given so there will be additional funds to spend  for both you and your family. This will also help you to contribute more to do the work of God which will result in allowing the work to "freely give" to those seeking the Truth of God. This cycle is set in motion when we have God involved in our finances. 

It's difficult to live a life free of financial woes. It sometimes feels like every step we make in the right direction, Satan the devil pulls us in the opposite direction. To experience financial deliverance and increase in God's blessings during times of financial crisis, here are six major steps you can incorporate into your life:

Remove the spirit of fear, worry and unbelief from your heart and mind.
Take your eyes off your financial problems and focus on God. 
Stop depending upon yourself and rely on God as your source of total supply.
Do not hold from God your tithes and offerings; give liberally, expecting God to multiply it back into your life. (Mal 3:8)

Walk in faith. We must realign our thinking and walk in obedience to God. (Phil 4:13) 
Ask in faith without doubting God (Hab 2:4; Heb 11:6).

God's promise to you today is that in the midst of your financial need you can come to Him and draw whatever you need from His storehouse. God promises that in times of famine you will be satisfied. The Lord will bless you abundantly (Prov 3:9-10).

Satan will try to attack our circumstances; therefore, it is very important for us to understand that our warfare is not with natural forces—it is a spiritual warfare. Satan attempts to discourage us in many ways. He is going to attack us with negative emotions such as stress, fear, worry, doubt, weariness, discouragement, depression, and so on. Let us not be ignorant of his devices because our battle is against spiritual forces in high places (Eph 6:12-13).

Satan can be violent, so we have to prepare for him. We must have the faith to tell the devil to get his hands out of our finances. Draw near to God and the devil will flee from you (James 4:7-8). 

The worst thing we can do when in financial difficulty is to dwell on our circumstances and stop paying our tithes. Satan's strategy is to try to get us to forget God's tithes and offerings. But God is always there to help us break the cycle of financial defeat. One of the strategies we should use to defeat the devil and our own fears and doubt is to remember the promises and actions of God (Deut 8:18).

To maintain continuous financial prosperity, we must continue holding on to Jesus Christ and never let go of Him. When things are not going well, He is our ultimate strength in times of difficulty. We must turn to Him for continuous support and guidance. 

The Bible says, 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." 

                                                                                     (Phil 4:13)

In order to prosper, we must realign our thinking to God because everything that God has given to us is a resource. We just have to come to the Father and ask Him how to utilize such resources.

But remember the LORD your God is the one who makes you wealthy. He's confirming the promise which he swore to your ancestors. It's still in effect today." (Deut 8:18)

Let us hear this word today. Let us heed it for as long as we live. We should always remember it is the Lord who gives the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding to attain wealth. Sometimes we interchange the term wealth with prosperity. Prosperity is not limited to monetary blessings (Deut 28:1-14). Clearly, our Lord reminds us to seek the Kingdom first, and then all those things will be added to us (Matthew 6:33-34). This perspective will help us to live balanced lives centered on God and His priorities in our lives; that's what real prosperity is all about!

Sometimes Christians will use unethical means to achieve material riches, but we must remember that the love of money will lead us down an evil pathway (1 Tim 6:10). Prosperity does not just mean money. Do not limit God! When we limit the term, "God's prosperity" to our financial blessings, we are limiting God (Deut 28:13).

When people do their financial planning, they often plan according to their current financial conditions. But God wants to take us beyond these limitations to a new spiritual dimension whereby we believe Him for those things that may seem impossible to us. He wants to open our spiritual eyes to see His unlimited resources that He has in store for us. As God's plan of supernatural provision is revealed to you through His Word, you will have a better understanding of the new relationship with God.  You will no longer depend upon your own skills, abilities, limitations, or personal resources; instead you will begin to see God's provisions for you.

Like anything else in our Christian life, we must be willing to manage our finances effectively. We must also allow God to bless and guide us in controlling our resources. When we are in control of our finances we can use God's blessings for His glory. Do not let anything have control over you (Psa 119:133). We should involve God in all aspects of our life. Anything that has dominion over us will limit us from doing God's work. Yet sadly, many of us have allowed our debt to bleed off revenues, tithes, and offerings from God's Work (Deut 28:44; Prov 11:15, 22:26).  

We cannot prosper without God (Deut 8:18; John 10:10). Make use of God's management system and techniques.  Don't be afraid to use them (Joshua 1:7-9). Fear is a barrier to being prosperous. We should not be afraid of prosperity. Just stay in the Word.  Think it, read it, say it.

Finally it is God's will for us to prosper in every area of life (3 John 1:2). That's something we should never forget, especially when we are faced with financial difficulties.

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