Lies That Stop the Harvest 08: Failure to Obtain Wisdom

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When you increase in wisdom, you increase in finances! Proverbs 8 tells us that riches and honour are tied to wisdom (v. 14) and that if you love wisdom, God will fill your treasures (v. 21).

Let me say this another way: to gain wealth, you need to become good at what you do.

Study! Go to seminars! Read books! Get a mentor! 

These are ways to increase wisdom, and it is increasing wisdom that will increase your net worth. You don’t have to know everything about everything, but you have to know something about something. You have to develop a skill, an ability, a gift – you must find what God has placed inside you and cultivate that.

What you love is a great clue to your dominant gift – if you love computers, that’s a clue your gifting will be in that, if you love children, then that’s a clue your gifting will be there – and if you love something, it is always easier to develop in wisdom in that area.

Please, develop the attitude that you will be a lifelong learner. I have seen people stop learning and then they start dying.

Today, don’t take prisoners, but be ruthless towards apathy and ignorance. Today, find a seminar and get yourself booked in. Today, buy a book about your chosen topic. Today, find a mentor.  Don’t wait around, this is vital to your life success.

Lies That Stop The Harvest 07: Sloth

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The truth that has to be said over and over is that to disobey God’s Word is to bring loss into your life, and to obey God’s Word is to bring prosperity into your life. Now when I share that with people, someone will always bring up the wicked people that are doing quite well for themselves, and they will tell me that they don’t go to church, they don’t read their Bible, but they are doing well… why?

Well, the answer is invariably because they work. A lot of Christians do not understand that God has designed them to work and to work hard. The blessing of God is not on your prayers but on the work of your hands.

The Lord shall give you His good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in His season, and to bless all the work of thine hand (Deut. 28.12)

It is not just a good idea that you work, it is actually vital – Paul the apostle said that those who do not work should not even be fed (2 Thess. 3.10) and that they are busybodies (2 Thess. 3.11) because people without business of their own always seem to get their noses caught up in everyone else’s business! My advice to people is to stay away from people who refuse to work and is rebellious to having a job – don’t be their friends! And if you think that is a bit harsh, realize that it not my idea, it is also Paul’s:

And if any man obey not our word by this epistle [in other words, not working as per 2 Thess. 3.10-11], note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed (2 Thess. 3.14)

Note that man means that you should draw attention to them and let people know about the lazy person and stay away. That’s what the Scripture says – the only question you have is whether to obey it or not. I have lost more people from Tree of Life Church by telling them they need to go and get a job than anything else I have ever said to people. There is a culture of laziness that will always stop prosperity. That is why someone who never goes to church can be prosperous, but some Christians never prosper because they never produce. You have to produce to prosper.

But what if I lost my job? Well, while hunting another one and believing for another one you should still be productive. Joseph was put in jail, but still worked. It wasn’t a job, but it produced, and it highlighted the favour on Joseph’s life. You might not enjoy the job you have right now, but if you don’t learn to obey your boss, be productive, follow instructions you will never prosper in your future ever. God will have you repeat the class over and over until you learn this lesson!

 

 

Lies That Stop the Harvest 06: A Failure to Give Assignment to Your Seed

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Every seed has inside it an invisible instruction manual, and if you could somehow look closely enough you could see it. The apple seed is designed to produce apples, the orange seed oranges, the tomato seed tomatoes.

When you sow a seed, there is absolutely zero doubt that the seed you sow will produce after its own kind. No-one expects – or would even believe – that you can plant an apple seed and get a cucumber. We all know that seeds are utterly, unwaveringly consistent.

God planned the harvest He wanted, then wrote that harvest inside the seed in language so small you cannot see it even with the most powerful of lenses – in fact, scientists have only just in the last five years been able to see DNA with electron microscopes.

When God wanted many sons to come to glory, He sowed a son.  And inside the Son, He wrote an invisible code  – “seek and save that which is lost”. Jesus was the greatest seed ever planted, and you are part of the greatest harvest of all time!

What does this have to do with you and your financial statement?

Well, once there was a starving widow. And, like most ministers today, Elijah received an offering for her. And I am fine with that – everyone should be expected to contribute to offerings and everyone should be a tither no matter how poor they are. But unlike most charismatic ministers today, Elijah wasn’t after her money, he was trying to paint a picture of her future – he was, to use Tree of Life language, inspiring her to dream and challenging her to live the dream.  Elijah said:

For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, the barrel of meal shall not waste, nor shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain on the earth (1 Kings 17.14)

Elijah gave her a picture of what the harvest would be when she sowed her seed. He told her that making him a cake of bread was not a tomato seed, not an apple seed, but a miracle seed and Elijah showed her a picture of the harvest. When you sow a seed with a picture of the harvest in your heart, and you speak that image out, then you are writing inside the seed – you are taking a spiritual pen and writing the DNA of your offering, and designing your own future.  Look what happened to the widow:

And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days (1 Kings 17.15)

If you give to a specific end, and you declare your harvest as you sow, you can write the DNA into your offering and determine your harvest. That is the authority you have as a believer.

And the barrel of meal wasted neither did the cruse of oil fail according to the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah (1 Kings 17.16)

You can sow for financial freedom, you can sow for victory in a situation, David sowed to stop a plague and his offering stopped a plague (2 Samuel. 24.25). Your giving can get you out of trouble!

Anything you have in your hand that you can give to another to benefit their life and not yours is seed. You can sow information, sow wisdom, sow encouragement, sow money. When you plant, give your seed an assignment so that it produces a great harvest for you.

Now don’t try and give your seed several instructions, it will get confused. Even David said “This one thing I do”. Don’t waver in this, be strong and bold. Give your seed an assignment and bring your focus into the picture too.

So the next time you are at church, and pastor says “We are holding a special offering for a building” – don’t just respond. Don’t just give. That’s great for the church and the building, but we want the offering to be great for you.

Give your seed an assignment. Aim that seed and plant it deliberately because you want a harvest in your life, and write the DNA of the seed with your words. Your testimony will be amazing, so please share it here, I look forward to hearing from you!