Proverbs 10:22 KJV
The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
God’s will concerning financial prosperity and abundance is clearly revealed in the Scriptures. From the beginning of time, He has provided financial prosperity for His people through obedience to His Word.
Recap of Part 1
God’s Covenant with Abraham.
Because Adam disobeyed God, sin entered the picture and robbed man of THE BLESSING and the abundance it brings. But God made a way to get that BLESSING back into the earth by establishing a covenant with Abraham.
Galatians 3:29 NKJV
And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
We said last week:
- Don’t settle. Move onto your promise land.
- Get out of your country, family, house and go to the place God shows you. You must leave the familiar for the unfamiliar. You take the first step and then God will show you the next step.
- We looked at Lot’s association with Abram and how he prospered but when he disconnected from Abram, he went down. Stay connected. Don’t let disagreement lead to disconnection.
- We saw how Abram missed it. He lied and said his wife, Sarai is his sister. But in spite of all this, God still blessed him and made him rich in livestock, silver and gold. God blessed him because of His promise. His covenant with Abram and not because of Abrahams performance.
Let’s continue in Genesis 14
We see in this chapter how war broke out between the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, etc and the kings of other nations. (4 kings against 5).
They defeated king Sodom and the other kings and took all their goods and persons and Lot (Abrahams nephew) was also taken captive. They came and told Abram about it and in…
Genesis 14:14-24 NKJV
Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.
Can you see that word “armed”? As a child of God, you must understand that you are in a war. You are not in some beauty contest, some fashion show. You must put on the whole armor of God and resist the devil and possess your Canaan land. 318 trained servants – What trained them? The Blessing that makes rich. The anointing. Don’t be afraid of learning new things, a new job, a new direction. The anointing will teach you all things.
1 John 2:20 NKJV
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.
1 John 2:27 NKJV
But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
That is not many trained servants to go against all those kings and their armies. But the battle is not Abram’s. And the battle is not yours. The battle belongs to the Lord. Abram knew that God was on his side.
15 He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16 So he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.
Do you know that after Abram saved him and brought him back, we read in Genesis 19 when God decided He is going to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, we find Lot again in Sodom. (He loved the place of sin more than he loved God).
That describes some Christians. You go and save them, help them. God delivers them but when you look again, they back in that sinful place.
They love the things of this world and pleasure more than they love God. Their heart start loving other things more than they love God. Their heart started going after the things of this world more than they love God
2 Timothy 4:10 NKJV
for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica…
17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley), after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him.
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said:
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
And he gave him a tithe of all.
Melchizedek was the priest who blessed Abram after coming home from the battle. He said “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth”. Not God, but Abram is Possessor of heaven and earth. Melchizedek blessed him and then Abram gives Him a tithe of all. He tithes not to be blessed. He tithes because he is blessed. The bread and wine speaks of communion. Have communion and present your tithes to Jesus as your High Priest before you sow it. Jesus is a type of Melchizedek. He is now our High Priest (Read Hebrews 7) and the bible says that He lives and still receives tithes from us today. So you are not bringing your tithes to the church, you are bringing your tithes to Jesus, your High-Priest through the church.
All this happened 430 years before the law. So the law had nothing to do with the tithe. The law just explained the procedure and demanded it. Because people say “we don’t tithe because we are not under the law, we now under grace”. We are the seed of Abraham. This is what we do in order to honor God for all He has blessed us with.
Look at what Abrahams servant said:
Genesis 24:35 NIV
The Lord has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.
Look at what the Bible says about Abraham at the end of his life.
Genesis 24:1 NKJV
Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.
Abraham was blessed in all things. And that is God’s will for you too, in the New Testament, to prosper in all things.
3 John 1:2 NKJV
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
Let’s continue to read in:
Genesis 14:21-24 NKJV
21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.”
22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’— 24 except only what the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.”
Abram didn’t want any man to take credit for where he was and for what he had. He wanted God to get all the glory. He remembered God and gave God all the glory for making him rich and giving him victory over his enemies. That is what you and I should do. Always remember God when He blesses you and always give God the glory. Don’t ever take credit for the graces God has given you.
Deuteronomy 8:6-19 NLT
“So obey the commands of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and fearing him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills. 8 It is a land of wheat and barley; of grapevines, fig trees, and pomegranates; of olive oil and honey. 9 It is a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking. It is a land where iron is as common as stone, and copper is abundant in the hills.10 When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.
That is talking about your Canaan land, your promise land, where there’s abundance and more than enough. That is God’s will for you and that is what God is bringing you and I into.
But look at what the next verses say:
11 “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today. 12 For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, 13 and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful!14 Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.
Always pray, “God, before you put something in my hand, first do something with my heart”.
God knows when you are ready. If you can be faithful with little, you will be faithful with much.
15 Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock!
God protected you from the serpents and scorpions, demons and evil spirits. He gave you water. He provided for you.
16 He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good. 17 He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ 18 Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.
We talking about the same covenant of prosperity. God prospered Abraham through this covenant. Remember that it is God who gives you the power to get wealth and He is fulfilling that same covenant in your life.
19 “But I assure you of this: If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods, worshiping and bowing down to them, you will certainly be destroyed.
Genesis 15:1 NKJV
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
After what things? After Abram gave God a tithe of all. After Abram remembered God and gave Him the glory for making him rich.
God said to him, “because you honoured Me and gave Me the glory and the credit. Do not be afraid Abram, I am Your Source, I am Your shield, I am Your defender, I am Your protector, I am Your abundant compensation. I am your exceedingly great reward. I will take care of you.”
No enemy could successfully stand before Abraham because he had a covenant with God. And as long as Abraham kept the covenant and walked uprightly before the Lord, nothing could alter the promise of God. You can also trust God. He will take care of you. That same covenant will prosper you. Today, let go and let God. Humble yourself and let God make you rich and successful and let Him get the credit for the graces that you have in your life.
|Pastor Lester Holland|
3rd November 2019