Sunday, May 20, 2012
Why do Christians suffer financial lack?
GOD IS WAITING ON YOU!
The area of finances is an intense battleground-NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT, but you can win and get ahead! The secret is having revelation knowledge of what the Lord has done for us at the cross. Let's take the example of Adam. Did you know that Adam possessed a huge amount of real estate? In Gen 1:28, Adam was given a command-replenish and subdue the earth. In Psalms 115:16, it says that the earth was given to Adam.
We, all know what happened. Adam bowed his knees to sin and lost everything. Satan had control over the earth and mankind. God could not violate his word and knew that it was impossible for man to follow his commandments. Bearing this in mind, God became man in the form of Jesus and became the second and last Adam.(I Cor 15:45) He obeyed the law to the letter, took our punishment upon him and gave us a garden of Eden in our lives.He provided healing, peace and communion with God. He, also, provided financial prosperity. Let's look at the following verses-
"According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." (II Peter 1:3-4) (KJV)
I want to call your attention to the following words..."He hath given (Past tense) all things that pertain unto life and godliness" In other words, anything that you need in life, you will find the answer in the Bible. In fact, If you are a Christian, you have all you need to make it in life. For example, if you have a broken fender in your car.--God has, already, provided it for us! Need to pay your high electric bill? It is covered in his promises. He hath given unto US all things that pertain unto life!
But, in the next verse, there are conditions to be met. Please forgive me for bursting anyone's bubble. It says...Partakers of the divine nature! Summing it up, if you are not partaking of Christ's divine nature, you won't have any of these promises. If you are living a carnal life, you won't have these promises working for you. It will short-circuit and leave your prayer void of power.
A CARNAL MIND
A carnal mind is a dangerous thing to have. It is enmity against God. While we associate enmity as an enemy of God, it, also, means hostile to God. When we think of the words carnal, we think of the big sins as Adultery, Homosexuality, etc, but a lack of faith can separate you from God. One example-" I am just a sinner saved by grace!" The Bible says that you have a divine and new nature. (II Peter 1:4, II Cor 5:17) You are not a sinner, but a new creation. That doesn't mean that you are not going to stumble and sin, but it means that you have a choice. You can choose not to sin and live holy.
If you do sin, God has a solution. Confess it and get rid of it.(I John 1:9) FAITH PLEASES GOD!!! Now, I want to address some other things that keeps the body of Christ in tradition and in defeat. Many times, we hear Christians say-"God will bring the money to help pay my bills but in his timing, not ours." Another popular cliche is-Just wait on God. Well, I got news for you-GOD IS WAITING ON YOU!
We have seen, previously, how God has, already given us all things that pertain unto life and Godliness. The question to ask-WHY DON'T WE HAVE THEM? My friends, the blessings of God are not, supernaturally, going to fall from heaven to you. You have to do it God's way. You have to call those blessings into existence. You see, Life and Death is in the power of your tongue. You have to call death unto your problem and speak life ! Life and abundance in your finances!
FAITH AND PATIENCE
Yes, one word we don't like to hear----PATIENCE! Why? It is not because God is sitting in his throne room getting a kick of you groveling, begging for his promises and then, when he sees you begging hard enough, he's going to grant your petition. NO! The Lord hath given us all things. ALL means ALL and it is past tense.
The manifestation of our needs and wants has already been given in the spirit. What is needed is a breakthrough! A way to understand this is the Polaroid camera. In the '70's, the small Polaroid camera was a big item. It would take a picture, give it to you and you would see it develop right before your eyes. The light of the sun would help it form and you would have your picture! That was revolutionary for that time.
The same applies to us, spiritually. As we renew our minds, meditate on the answer instead of the problem, we get the light of God's word(Revelation knowledge) and it brings about the desired results. When you pray, don't pray the problem---pray the answer and move that mountain! Worry, fear and stress will make your mountain bigger!
When we worry, we are meditating on the words of the devil. Stress, worry and anxiety has caused many a dear saint to die before his or her time.(Ecc. 7:17) As we renew our minds, we think abundance instead of lack. We think of victory instead of defeat.
None of us are immune from the habit of worry. I, myself, have to wrestle with this everyday. One day, I had a pressing financial need. I started to pray the answer and believe it or not, money started to come in, but it was not easy. I had to deal with worry and anxiety. It took a lot of work to bind these thoughts and see myself with the answer. You have to press through and be determined to renew your mind. Capturing those thoughts is key to walking in victory and enjoying God's best. God bless.