THE SEED THAT SUCCEEDS, PT.3

By Stephen Powell

Recently I’ve been revelating on the subject of financial glory again based on an encounter I had with a heavenly minister of finance last week in New York. In part one and two of this series we discussed Malachi’s infamous third chapter and how He deals with the subject of financial glory discussing the purity and sanctity of the “Offerer” before the tithes and offerings are given. We saw how God releases financial justice and judgment against the wicked and corruption in response to pure seeds being sown into the heavens. We drew out some fresh insights from the verses dealing with robbing God, not bringing “all” the tithes into the storehouse (which is a Hebrew word translated “treasure house”, referring to the kingdom of heaven, beyond the natural implications of giving), and we clearly saw the ramifications of an open heaven and stepping into the overflow as a fruit of bringing pure tithes and offerings unto the Lord and sowing in faith and obedience. In part three we’ll continue to elaborate on this subject, and draw further revelation from the scripture concerning how God receives seed into the heavens!

 

GOD SEES GIVING DIFFERENTLY THAN PEOPLE DO

 

(Lk.21:1-4)

1 “And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury,

2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.

3 So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all;

4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty, put in all the livelihood that she had.”

 

This is a classic biblical story on kingdom finances, told by the Master himself, telling how God saw the widow’s mites compared to the rich’s offerings. If you recall from the vision I shared to start this series, there were many people giving money in the church but only three people actually gave in God’s eyes, whereby it was “laid to their account” in heaven. Why? Because only those who give with pure motives and give in faith are pleasing to the Lord. It is impossible to please God without faith (Heb.11:6), and much of the church is operating out of habit, carnal motivations, and a host of other entanglements of the soul when it comes to offering time at church, and God is not receiving much of it.

 

In God’s eyes (and try to see this with your imagination as you read along); the widow gave a huge sum. To accurately depict how these offerings translated into the kingdom, being offered unto the Lord, picture this. The widow brought in a cart full of gold, spiritually, compared to the rich who may have brought in a cart of gold in the natural, but from God’s perspective it was like the two mites. Why is this and how can this be? It’s because the widow gave with a pure heart, and she gave out of her poverty, as the Lord put it. What does it mean to give out of your poverty? Number one, it means that she felt it. It was sacrificial giving on her part. This is one of the requirements for interacting with the economy of heaven; you must know what it means to give sacrificially. Sacrifice is always attached to the lifestyle of faith and godliness. Number two, it means that she gave in obedience. Obedience is often tested when sacrifice is involved. Many people are willing to give out of their abundance, like the rich in this story, when times are good. But will you give according to your faith, in obedience to God’s word because you know it is right, when times are hard? That is the question. The fact is saints, giving when it hurts in pure obedience, giving faithfully when you don’t have much, will prepare you to render under the Lord what is due him in tithes, and beyond that in godly offerings, when you are blessed and God opens up the heavens and pours you out such blessing you don’t have room enough to receive. As Jesus said, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much” (Lk.16:10). This is how kingdom economics works. We must grasp this.

 

WE MUST GIVE IN FAITH

 

(Heb.11:6)

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

 

What does it mean when the scripture says “come to God believing that He is”? It means that you must approach him in faith, expecting to receive of him, and in order to receive you must believe and know who He is. In knowing who He is you must know the reward that is attached to that revelation of Him, and expect to receive that reward attached to your faith in that approach. For example, if you approach God in prayer, and you’re believing to encounter Him in intimacy, you must know that He is a relational Father. You must know who He is in this regard, and you must know that as you approach him in faith, believing to encounter him in intimacy, that you will receive the fruit of that intimate relationship by faith. This is pleasing to the Lord.

 

The same is true when it comes to giving and receiving. The same is true when it comes to finances. When you approach God with your offering you must know who He is. He is the Lord of the Harvest. Whatsoever a man or woman sows, of that will they also reap (Gal.6:7). If you do not believe that, if you do not approach God in faith when it comes to giving, expecting to receive a multiplied harvest back from heaven, then you do not believe his word. If you do not expect to receive the rewards of giving, then you are not approaching him believing that He is Jehovah Jireh, and therefore your offering is not pleasing to the Lord, and He does not accept it.

 

Paul put it like this: “whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Rom.14:23). This whole faith thing is a really big deal to God! To be a christian is to be a person of faith, and God wants everything you do and don’t do to be a direct fruit of your faith. This explains why so much of the giving in the church does not benefit the givers. It’s because in God’s eyes many of us are not giving. Our offerings are not translated into the heavenly realm apart from the foundation of faith which makes up the building blocks of the spiritual realm. Start sowing in faith and reaping of that same faith, and be freed from every lie which tells you this is ungodly, unholy, and a bad part of the prosperity gospel. The scriptures are extremely clear: it is God that has set up this system of sowing and reaping, not the prosperity preachers. God wants you receiving your increase from him, as a direct fruit of your walk of faith, and your relationship with God. In this, you become free from the babylonian banking system in the earth. In this you become free from fear, free from being manipulated by man. No matter what the economies of the earth do, you’re going to prosper and walk in blessing, because the earth is not your source, God is! No matter how much your company may put pressure on you to compromise your morals or beliefs, you can boldly take a stand, not giving in to manipulation with the threat of financial loss hanging in the balance, because you know that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Rom.8:28). You can stand for morals, follow your heart while walking with God, boldly live in obedience to the divine scriptures, knowing that God is your source, and that God gives the increase (1 Cor.3:7). I pray this helps you with your walk of faith, and I pray this helps you to see how God receives offerings in his kingdom!

 

In His Service,

Stephen Powell

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