Power to Get Wealth - Part 2

Some mindsets that hinder wealth.

“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV

…that He may establish His covenant…

As we briefly mentioned in our first lesson, we as Westerners do not understand covenant. We deal in contracts. Many, if they do not want to fulfill their obligation to the contract, get a good lawyer to get them out of the agreement they made. So many Christians have let that mentality shape their idea of God. They think that God is looking for the least shred of legality to keep Him from fulfilling His promises to us. The truth is that God is looking for the least shred of legality to bring blessing to us. Others believe that God is a dictator (they would never admit this but it is how it works out in practice). A dictator does not rule according to established law or principle but by personal whim. A dictator may pat you on the back tonight and then have you shot tomorrow. All depending upon how he feels at the moment. This is how many religious people view God. If He feels like it He will prosper you, if He does not He will not.  If He likes the way, you look today, He will heal you, but if you are having a “bad hair day”, He will not. God is not a dictator. God does not operate according to personal whim but established law and principles laid out in His Word.
Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.Acts 10:34 NKJV
For there is no partiality with God.Romans 2:11 NKJV

When God promises to give us power to get wealth, it is a covenant declaration. God bound Himself by a covenant oath in the shed blood of Jesus that He will provide financial abundance for us. If we are not receiving financial prosperity, it is not because God failed to provide it, because God has already set the laws of prosperity in motion. We have to find out what principles unlock His financial abundance.

There is no way to cover all the principles that govern prosperity in one article. Nor do I claim to know them all. I will, however, share a few foundation principles from the Word to get us started.

…that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers…
“Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness,
You who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
And to the hole of the pit from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham your father,
And to Sarah who bore you;
For I called him alone,
And blessed him and increased him.”
Isaiah 51:3 NKJV
According to this passage, there are things we can learn by studying the life of our father in the faith, Abraham.
1Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Genesis 12:1-3 NKJV
Get out of your country.

We can draw from this passage is that we must leave behind anything in our culture that does not line up with the Word of God.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 NKJV
According to this passage, we cannot even discern the will of God if our mindset is conformed to the world system.

One mentality in our culture that we have to get beyond is that to be wealthy you must be a crook or dishonest in some way.  Some hear the faith message and see that God wants to bless them financially. And they may even give lip service to the fact that God wants to make them blessed financially. Yet, they will vote for policies that increase taxes on the wealthy. If you asked them if they wanted to pay more taxes, they would say no. Yet, they want people who are presently wealthy to pay more taxes. By their actions, they are proving that they do not see themselves as wealthy. They still have a poverty mentality. A poverty mentality believes there is not enough money and resources in the earth and therefore resents that wealth that others have.  You will only prosper to the degree that your soul (mind, will, and emotions) prospers.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
3 John 2 NKJV
You will also never receive financial prosperity if you resent the prosperity of those in God’s five-fold ministry. I am amazed that Christian people will get offended at ministers who have an airplane, TO PREACH THE GOSPEL! It is okay for the pornographic magazines to have an airplane to spread their demonic message but God’s messengers are supposed to be limited by flying commercial on the commercial airline’s schedule. If your flight is canceled, you do not go and people are not reached for the gospel. No one seems to mind the whiskey company having an airplane but the gospel should go second rate. A worldly musician can fly the best, drive the best, and use it to corrupt your children.  Yet, God’s ministers are supposed to not have anything.  We see a similar attitude in the Bible.
Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.
But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”
John 12:3-8 NKJV
I have heard many professing Christians say the same thing when some ministry builds nice facilities to honor God. They say, “Look at that nice building. They should have used that money to feed the poor”.  Do you realize whom you are identifying with when you say that? Judas, the thief who would betray Jesus! Yet, many professing Christians grudge any nice gift Jesus’ minister might receive. They are being a "Judas". Some say well that was Jesus we should not do that for His ministers. What does Jesus say?
40 “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.

41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.
Matthew 10:40-41 NKJV
According to Jesus, how you treat, bless, and honor His ministers is how you treat, bless and honor Him.

Get out… from your family.

Secondly, we must leave behind everything in our family that does not line up with the Word of God. We cannot blindly accept anything as scriptural just because that is what Grandma believed.
making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”
Mark 7:13 NKJV
In addition, as we find out later with the incident his nephew lot there must have been a tendency toward strife in his family.
1Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, to the South.
 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents.

Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.
 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.
So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren.

Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”
14 And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward;
Genesis 13:1-2,5-9, 14 NKJV
Notice that Abram received no more revelation until the strife issue was dealt with.
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
James 3:16 NKJV
If we are going to walk in God’s blessing, we have to remove ourselves from family squabbles. Whatever you could gain from winning the argument cannot compensate for what you will lose for being in strife. According to this passage, strife opens the door for every evil work.  Notice that Abraham believed taking the inferior land with God’s blessing on it would be better than to be in strife.  Lot however, who did not prefer his uncle ended up losing everything including his wife and ended up in an incestuous relationship with his daughters (Genesis 19).

Get out… from your fathers house.
Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Genesis 2:24 NKJV
You can only cleave to your wife and new family to the degree that you leave your father’s house.  Some men physically leave their father’s house but never assume the role of spiritual head of their household. Those of your immediate family may not understand everything you are called to do. You have to go on with God. Many are afraid to do the will of God for fear of being left out of the will. Anything you walk away from for the gospel’s sake, Jesus promised we would receive back one hundred fold.
29 So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s,

30 who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.
Mark 10:29-30 NKJV
To a land I will show you.

We must be led by the Spirit of God to walk in God's abundance. The more we become sensitive to the Spirit of God, the more we will in the right place at the right time to be productive financially. Very much of our calling is geographical. A person who is graced for deep-sea fishing will not do well in Montana. God knows us better than we do. Therefore, if we yield to Him we will be in the right place at the right time. Imagine how well we can prosper if we know when, where and how much to invest. Many are afraid to yield to the Spirit of God because they do not truly believe He has their best interests in mind. To find out more about being Spirit led I would refer you to “How to be led by the Spirit” parts 1-3 on this same web sight.

Review:

Mindsets that hinder wealth:
  1.     Lack of Understanding of covenant.

  2.    Mind conformed to this world system.

  3.    Resentment toward those who have wealth especially those in Jesus’ five-fold ministry.

  4.     Religious family traditions.

  5.     Strife.

  6.     Failure to assume responsibility as head of household.

  7.     Bondage to family opinion.

  8.     Failure to be led by the Spirit of God.
-- Rev. Travis Johnson was born again and Spirit filled in May of 1994. He accepted God's call to ministry in 1996. He graduated from Faith Bible Institute in 1997. He is recognized as an anointed Bible Teacher. His desire is to, along with other ministers of the Body of Christ, empower believers to interpret the Bible for themselves and make the Word of God applicable to be successful in day to day life. Travis currently lives in Arkansas with his wife and daughter.


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