Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Kingdom of Self and the Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of Self and the Kingdom of God

Jeff Beacham: "THE CLASH OF THE KINGDOMS--THE KINGDOM OF SELF AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD"

INTRODUCTION

From God’s view, there are only two kingdoms. In one, you "follow Him" and obey His will and ways. In the other, there is only "worship of self," which is always in competition against God’s ways, which are selfless. In this season, we need to align ourselves to the culture of His Kingdom and not make the mistake of thinking that western "Christian" culture and Kingdom culture are necessarily the same!

NUMBER ONE
As we progress in these times, there is a monumental clash coming between these two Kingdoms as they compete for the souls of humanity. Competition first originated in Heaven as Lucifer decided to strive against God to become number one. The same powerful spirit is alive in the world today, motivating people or groups to compete with one another to try to become number one.

Competition is an integral part of life in Western cultures. It has been accepted and celebrated as a very necessary ingredient for a successful life. However, competition ultimately is self-seeking and involves covetousness, which leads to envy, which results in all kinds of strife and war.

The first earthly competition was between Cain and Abel. Cain had had his own ideas on how to do offerings. However, when Abel’s offerings were acceptable to God and Cain’s were not, Cain become very angry and murdered his brother. Cain’s competition with Abel was really his competition with God over who would be number one in his life.

King Nimrod, who built the original city and tower of Babylon, was the great-grandson of Noah. He discarded the faith of his fathers and tapped into the occult. He was the first to put competition to work within his army to train and toughen his troops. He enticed and controlled men by using immorality, competition, and sorcery.

The Babylonian culture gave rise to the Greek civilization, which gave rise to the Roman empire, which in turn laid the foundations for Western civilization today. Competition can serve a valuable purpose in our culture. It balances greed and encourages quality service because businesses must compete with one another to survive. In a similar way, it can motivate individuals to greater performance. Competition is also generally believed by many to increase production, and for the short term, it can stimulate production between individuals and groups. However, over the long-term and in the bigger picture, competition decreases production and efficiency, due to the inevitability of strife and war as a result.

KINGDOM ECONOMICS
"Cooperation and collaboration are the ways of His Kingdom."
In the end, cooperation and collaboration will always prove to be more productive than competition. Competition is not a Kingdom of God principle. Cooperation and collaboration are the ways of His Kingdom. Competition in Babylonian-style cultures is like the law of the jungle! Only the strong survive.

The Kingdom of God is not a competition-oriented economy based on greed. The Kingdom of God is a service-oriented economy based on love. Jesus said in Matthew 22:39, "Love your neighbor as yourself." He told the disciples to love one another as He had loved them, and that men would know they were His disciples by their love (John 13:34-35).
Competition leads to unnecessary strife between individuals, families, tribes, and nations. It has its root in a fear of not having enough. Whether it is not enough land, food, jobs or business, or whether it is not enough praise, acceptance, affection, love or some other need, the fear is "I will not have enough unless I strive against you to get more."

A belief that there is not enough for everyone leads to wars and strife of every kind. I must strive to get mine before you get it or from you if you already have it. James 4:1-2, "Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask." Faith is the fertilizer of the Kingdom of God that brings increase!

Competition is striving against God and against others to be in control. In the Kingdom of God lifestyle there is no striving. "And a servant of the Lord must not strive but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will" (2 Timothy 2:24-26). There is no strife or competition between individuals or groups in the Kingdom of God. Everyone desires to take care of himself and others on an equal footing.

NO LOSERS
In the Kingdom of God, there are no losers. Play is for fun, and work is for serving, meeting the needs of others. No one must be made a mockery or ridiculed for someone else to win. The only competition in the Kingdom of God is with the devil! Every person on earth is involved, whether they know it or not, in the great conflict between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness! The only strife in the Kingdom of God is directly, or indirectly, against satan and his kingdom of darkness.

There is never strife against any person. There is never competition with any person for any reason. God is no respecter of persons. Everybody has the opportunity to acknowledge God and seek the Kingdom of God. The way is open for everyone to come to Christ, and God is not willing that any should perish. Any person seeking the Kingdom of God must turn away from the kingdom of darkness, and let go of it.

Repentance is not an apology; it is turning from one kingdom to another. The real sin is that we are still in love with the kingdom that crucified our Lord. "We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." --Plato

THE CULTURE OF THE KINGDOM
As the Kingdom of God is coming forth into our world, more and more people are seeing the value of living according to God’s Kingdom principles. More and more are seeking the Kingdom of God, who is the true number one, rather than seeking to be number one.

"Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm, but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves." --T. S. Eliot
God's Kingdom only knows one direction--forward.

Daniel 4:34b, "For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His Kingdom is from generation to generation."

Jeff Beacham, Founder and DirectorFirepower Ministries International
http://www.firepowerint.com
Email:mailto:info@firepowerint.com

Monday, February 19, 2007

Are You Jesus?

Are You Jesus?

(As you read this think about what you would do!) A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago . They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night's dinner.

In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding.

ALL BUT ONE !!! He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.

He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor.

He was glad he did. The 16 year old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping and no one to care for her plight. The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket. When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, "Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay?" She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, "I hope we didn't spoil your day too badly."

As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, "Mister...."; he paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, "Are you Jesus?" He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: "Are you Jesus?"

Do people mistake you for Jesus? That's our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.

If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It's actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.

You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked you and me up on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

What are you trading the days of your life for now?

What are you trading the days of your life for?
Mindset Call - by Jack Weinzierl (edited)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for all of your provision, guidance and the hedge of protection that you place around us. You are gracious, giving favor to each of us. We are growing in the Lord. Father, You give us knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom.
You bring each of us to find favor, compassion, and loving-kindness with our team members and candidates. We obtain favor in the sight of all who look upon us this day, in the name of Jesus. We are filled with Your fullness — rooted and grounded in love. You are doing exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, for Your mighty power is taking over in our lives.
Thank You, Father, that we are well-favored by You and by man, in Jesus’ name we pray! Amen.
Scripture References:Numbers 6:25 AMP Psalm 8:5Deuteronomy 28:13 Ephesians 2:10Matthew 6:33 Luke 2:40Proverbs 11:27 Daniel 1:17Ephesians 6:24 Daniel 1:9 AMPLuke 6:38 Esther 2:15,17Zechariah 12:10 AMP Ephesians 3:19,20
Debbie Lantz, who I so appreciate as a friend, leader, and Sister in Christ, hosted the past two Mindset calls and two questions that she asked each of us to ask ourselves were:
1) Who do we have on the throne? Is it us or the Lord?
2) What are we thinking about when we wake up and go to bed each night?
Two great questions and challenges that are worth reinforcing as they were seeds for today’s Mindset call. I am not sure if that hit close to home for some of you, but it sure did for me.
So I have a few more questions for each of us today.
What are you trading the days of your life for?
Folks, that is exactly what we are doing and if we do not have our priorities in order, we can wake up one day empty, having tried to fill that void with STUFF that simply will not satisfy. Stuff wears out and any small void it fills is not lasting. We need to have purpose and be on purpose every day of our lives. This IS the day the Lord has made, I WILL rejoice and be glad in it. We need to be thankful for and make the most of each day we are given.
We all need to ask, are we making a difference or are we just taking up space? I have had the opportunity to be on well over 300 personal and 3 way calls with candidates over the past 17 months and regardless of their social status, profession, or income, most if not ALL are looking to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others. That is the one common denominator that I see with all the representatives of Advantage Conferences. Many of these folks have built successful law practices, multi-million dollar businesses, medical practices, and other successful ventures. But, they understand they have a greater purpose for His Kingdom.
It is critical that we seek Him first and ask the Lord to guide and direct our path. Personally, I am a delivered micro-manager. I planned everything for most of my professional career and it was my plan, not the Master’s plan. Finally, I had to surrender my plans to the Lord and that is an ongoing battle for many of us.
I received an email from a person yesterday with this powerful quote and I encourage you to write this quote down. We all understand the importance of planning in our lives and we all know the clich├ęs… fail to plan, one plans to fail, but here is the key--
"Write your plans in pencil and give God the eraser."
We all have the same number of seconds in our minutes, minutes in our day, days in our weeks, weeks in our months, and months in our years.
What are we each going to do with our God-given time, gifts and talents?

Have you bought into the cultural lie that says the business entrepreneur's ideal goal is to quickly build a successful enterprise, makes lots of money, and then sell it at it’s peak to the highest bidder (all those with cash are ‘qualified’), in order to retire while still young and healthy enough to enjoy their well-deserved ‘golden years’ in extended luxury and self-indulgence?
I sure did for many years. This is coming from a kid that would save his lunch money every day for years in school beginning in 8th grade, go in the library to read the Wall Street Journal during lunch and buy an ounce of silver every week with that saved lunch money. For those of you who remember the show Family Ties, I was fairly close to Alex Keaton.
But all former reality aside, many folks on this growing team realize that we are called to marketplace ministry. The 9 to 5 window as Os Hillman has phrased it is one of the greatest untapped opportunities for evangelism. Through our Advantage Conferences businesses, we have an opportunity through our Christ-centered entrepreneurial mindset mentoring product, as well as our business vehicle, to impact millions of lives for eternity. And folks, that is a very, very long time.
So what is all this talk about marketplace ministry anyway? Jack, I thought one needed to go to Bible school or seminary to be in the ministry.
Marketplace ministry is the passion that starts when God connects your job, business, ministry, and life purpose into one package. We talk about being congruent at Advantage Conferences.

Entrepreneurs like each of us in our workplace AND/or our business bring a Christ-centered approach to cash flow, colleagues and customers. Marketplace ministry begins with a desire that God put in your heart - an entrepreneurial spirit that replaces that scarcity mentality with a new optimism, financial health, and a new ability to make others successful. Our business is marketplace ministry whether you recognize and embrace that fact or not. We already have almost 8,000 individuals around the world getting the Footsteps of Faith Messenger each week, 5 of those accepting Christ two weeks ago, hundreds committing the reading the Bible Cover to Cover this year and we could do an entire call on our Gift of Service project, Treasures for the Kingdom and TFA. Each of us have a part to play in this ministry. We are the ground troops and we build this business and we reach people with the Good News one person at a time.
What an awesome opportunity and RESPONSIBILITY it is.
And I realize that most out there are still working full-time and are building their AC businesses part-time, this Mindset call and marketplace ministry applies to your job as well.
Ask yourself…. Does Your Faith Go To Work With You?

Marketplace Ministry is a powerful movement.
Here are some quick facts and some of these are even a few years old already:
“5 years ago – there was only one conference on spirituality and the workplace; now there are hundreds.” - 1999 Business Week magazine
There are 10,000 Bible and prayer groups in workplaces that meet regularly” – 1999 Business Week.
79 Books Published on Faith & Work in Year 2000, “12 Books A Month Published in 2002“ - Pete Hammond, Intervarsity Press
“… a mostly unorganized mass of believers--a counterculture bubbling up all over corporate America--who want to bridge the traditional divide between spirituality and work. Historically, such folk operated below the radar, on their own or in small workplace groups where they prayed or studied the Bible. But now they are getting organized and going public to agitate for change.” Fortune Magazine, July 16, 2001
“Ten years ago we could identity only 25 national or international workplace ministries; today we can identify more than 900.” Mike McLoughlin, YWAM Marketplace Mission

What is the Biblical precedent for this you should be asking:

New Testament – Of Jesus’ 132 public appearances in the NT, 122 were in the marketplace
Of 52 parables Jesus told, 45 had a workplace context. Of 40 divine interventions recorded in Acts, 39 were in the marketplace.
Jesus spent his adult life as a carpenter until age 30 before he went into a preaching ministry in the workplace. Jesus called 12 workplace individuals, not clergy, to build His church.
Work is Worship - The Hebrew word "Avodah" is root for word from which we get the words work and worship.
Work in its different forms is mentioned more than 800 times in the Bible, more than all the words used to express worship, music, praise, and singing combined.


And here are some quotes on Work and Faith--AKA marketplace ministry

“I believe that one of the next great moves of God is going to be through believers in the workplace.” Dr. Billy Graham

“The spiritual manifests itself in a life which knows no division into sacred and secular.” Oswald Chambers

"Spirituality in the workplace is exploding." Laura Nash, Business Ethicist, Harvard University

“God is marshalling his people in the workplace as never before in history. God is up to something. The next spiritual awakening could take place in the marketplace."
–Henry Blackaby

"There is a distinction between church work and the work of the church. Church work is what you do for the organized institution of the church. The work of the church is what is done between Sundays when the church is scattered all over the metropolitan area where it is located - in homes, schools, offices, on construction jobs, in market places." - Dick Halverson

“Workplace ministry will be one of the core future innovations in church ministry.” George Barna, Boiling Point, Regal Publishing

"We have more Christians today per capita with less impact on the culture than ever before. We are big and we are weak." - Land Cope, YWAM

"We reviewed 52 movements in the body of Christ. We narrowed it down to 28, then 12, then 4 to invest our resources in the coming years. The workplace is one of those because this is an area where we see God working." Chad Hammond, Director, New Ventures (division of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc.)

"Our surveys reveal that 90-97% of Christians have never heard a sermon relating biblical principles to their work life." Doug Sherman, author, Your Work Matters to God.

“Societal transformation is high on God’s agenda and the chief catalytic force to bring it about will be Christians ministering in the marketplace.” C. Peter Wagner, Chancellor, Wagner Leadership Institute

“The church in the workplace is the purest form of the body of Christ today due to its diversity. Workplace believers are less prone to denominational differences because they have a common goal of representing Christ in their workplaces. The movement will break down denominational barriers that have been held in the past.” Os Hillman, International Coalition of Workplace Ministries

““The most common self-inflicted put-down is ‘I am not a pastor—I am just a layperson.’ This is all part of a clever satanic scheme to neutralize apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers along with the entire army of disciples, already positioned in the marketplace.” Ed Silvoso, Anointed for Business, Harvest Evangelism

“Indeed, as with first-century Christianity, it all begins in the marketplace, where the disciples of Jesus daily rub shoulders with the lost.” – Bill McCartney, Promise Keepers, Anointed for Business, Regal Publishing

“In today’s global community, the greatest channel of distribution for ‘salt and light’ is the business community… the marketplace.” Bill Pollard, Chairman, ServiceMaster

“Someone recently said that the “First” Reformation took the Word of God to the common man and woman; the “Second” Reformation is taking the work of God to the common man and woman. That time is now. The greatest potential ministry in the world today is the marketplace. Christ’s greatest labor force is those men and women already in that environment.” Tom Phillips, VP of Training , Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

“The workplace is where a majority of a church congregation, spends a majority of their time, interacting with a majority of the unchurched world. The Church on Monday is evidence that the Church on Sunday is real!” Doug Spada, His Church at Work.org


OK, I get it. Marketplace ministry is a major movement and those are some fairly prominent leaders providing further validation. But, what does this have to do with me in my personal business or my Advantage Conferences business? Everything!

You’re called to full-time ministry too! We need to renew and change our perception and definition of “ministry.”
OK, at the foundation of being a Christian entrepreneur and operating as a marketplace ministry, we need to understand a few basics.
God wants to bless you so you can bless others. Blessed to be a blessing.
We're called to literally bless the nations.
You have a calling. It is built into your personality, your gifts, and the desires of your heart. God put it there. Until you activate the real desires of your heart, you never will be fully passionate about God or anything you do for Him. You’ll just be a servant going through the motions looking for a wage, a retirement, and an eternal pension. There’s more to life than that! It is people living out the desires of their hearts with a contagious sense of adventure, passion, and fruit.
So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul—then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. (Deut. 11:13-15)
Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.... (Deut. 15:10-11; see also 14:28-29)
The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it. (Prov. 10:22)
“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the LORD Almighty. (Mal. 3:8-12)
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matt. 6:33)
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)
Holding these promises for abundance, then you can advance with confidence in this specific sense. You can believe and expect that God’s favor is on your life and expect to find opportunities that will bring wealth.
Strongholds that Prevent You from Being Prosperous
In addition to claiming God’s promises for prosperity, you must also make a conscious effort to recognize specific thoughts and a mindset that threaten to keep you chained to a poverty mentality. Here are some of the most common “lies” that have infiltrated our society:
The Resource Pie Is a Fixed Quantity
This erroneous economic theory implies that a larger slice of the resource pie for you means a smaller slice for me. The concept of supply and demand assumes that there is a finite supply of a commodity and that demand governs both its price and the rate at which the supply will be exhausted. Tim Darnell talks about getting out of the finite all the time. Get out of the natural and into the supernatural.
We serve a God of abundance. Creativity united with faith opens our eyes to see Him and His answers.
It Is Spiritual to Be Poor
The cousin of “the resource pie is fixed,” is another form of the poverty mentality that holds poverty as an esteemed spiritual quality. Christians often judge abundance to be excessive materialism.
Most people think of Mother Theresa as the epitome of humility and generosity. And this is true—she really was humble and generous. She also had access to her own air transportation, a support staff, and made million-dollar decisions. Mother Teresa outwardly disavowed power, fame, and wealth, and yet she became powerful, famous, and generated enough wealth to support a worldwide organization with 4,000 employees. Her ministry targeted the poor outside the Church, and she expanded the Kingdom of God by reaching out to them. But to say she shared a life of poverty denies the reality of the resources that flowed to and through her.
As my pastor often shares, “God will get it to you if He can get it through you.”
The Wealthy Are Arrogant
Too often we’ve looked at entrepreneurs with their wealth and assumed they were proud, unapproachable, and consumed with selfish materialism. We need to rethink this stereotype of the wealthy. Are there some wealthy people who are arrogant, of course, but money will simply exaggerate what is already there.
The reason they have wealth in the first place is usually because they already are tapped into a spiritual principle…at a deeper level than some of their poor but pious critics!
Here are a couple more questions you need to ask yourself:
1. Do you believe it’s OK with God?
The first entrepreneurial test is simply, “have you given yourself permission to go there, to be successful, to operate in marketplace ministry?” We often place such a premium on service and humility that we prevent ourselves from being entrepreneurial.
2. Are you ready for wealth? – The Bible has many promises for financial prosperity. God gives us the ability to produce wealth.
You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today. (Deut. 8:16-18)
Church ministries can be supported by tithing and an occasional special offering. However, the mission of reaching cities and nations never will be supported by tithes alone. It requires the resources that Christian entrepreneurs can harness.
3. Are you ready for responsibility? – When the church in Acts ran into administrative problems, they chose men full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, with a good reputation in the community. These men were not less spiritual than the apostles; they just had a different gift mix.
“...Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them. Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the Priests were obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:3-7 NKJV)
A spiritual awakening for the Church
God is raising up men and women who are beginning to understand their work (vocation) is their ministry. We have hundreds and soon to be, thousands and tens of thousands here at Advantage Conferences who already do understand and will understand that we have an opportunity and responsibility.
God has not called us to separate our faith and work, but true to the New Testament church, they are one and the same.

A majority of the church congregation spends a majority of their time, and interacts with a majority of the lost world - not in the church, not in the neighborhoods, but in the workplace! Pastors and those in the workplace alike are sensing a call to rethink our premise of ministry.

Jesus said, “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields.” (Matthew 9:37-38). Nowhere is this truer than in the very place that the church spends most of its time – at work.


He Tells Us How He Wants Us to Proceed

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…” Col 3:23

“…spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together…let us encourage one another…” He 10:24-25

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Pr 27:17

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Eccl 4:12

“…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Mt 5:16

“For waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.” Pr 24:6

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Ro 12:2

“Diligent hands will rule…” Pr 12:24

“With there is no vision, the people perish...” Pr 29:18

“…speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him, who is the Head, Jesus Christ.” Eph 4:15

“…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” He 12:1

“…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Is 40:31


We Have Been Uniquely Called to Serve Him

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Eph 2:10

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Ro 8:28

“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.” Is 61:3c

“…God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear...He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 1Co 10:13

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Pr 16:3

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.” 2Co 5:20a

“…and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” Mt 28:19

As Christian Entrepreneurs, we are called to make a difference and are positioned by God to do so.
I hope this both challenged and encouraged you.
So I ask again, what are you trading the days of your life for?

God Bless you Brother Jack and Amen!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

I Will from The Greatest Networker

I WILL from The Greatest Networker

Genesis 17:6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.
Genesis 16:10 The angel added, "I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count.“
Genesis 22:17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies.
Genesis 28:15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
Judges 7:4 But the LORD said to Gideon, "There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will sift them for you there. If I say, 'This one shall go with you,' he shall go…”
2 Samuel 7:8-10 …"'This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel . I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth. And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning…”

Are you ready to change?

Are you ready to change what you are doing to change what you are getting...to change what you are giving?

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

I come to you today saying, BE ENCOURAGED! BE TOTALLY EXPECTANT!
Wisdom and understanding are better than silver and gold and nothing I desire can compare with them; therefore, I make it my ambition and desire to have understanding and wisdom; therefore I know I will have all of the other desires of my heart. (Proverbs 8:10-11)

Instead of being anxious, are you assured that God will provide for you and your family? Do YOU expect to have favor with God? The Bible calls us to this biblical expectancy.
What are you expecting in your health, in your relationships, and in your finances?

Be in prayer and ask the Lord for discernment.
Be blessed to be a blessing.

52 Key Verses on Generous Giving

52 Key Verses on Generous Giving

“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds ... For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Deuteronomy 11:18a; Romans 15:4). God not only commands us to memorize his word, but he also promises us an immeasurably great return for it. To help you get started, we have arranged into weekly readings 52 key verses on generous giving from generousgiving.org.

God Owns Everything, and I Am His Money Manager

Week 1 — Psalm 24:1 — “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
Week 2 — Leviticus 25:23 — “The land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.”
Week 3 — Haggai 2:8 — “ ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”
Week 4 — 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 — “You are not your own; you were bought at a price.”
Week 5 — John 3:16 — “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Week 6 — Deuteronomy 8:18 — “Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”
Week 7 — Romans 11:36a — “For from him and through him and to him are all things ...”
Week 8 — 1 Corinthians 4:2 — “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
Week 9 — Romans 14:10 — “... For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat ...”
Week 10 — Romans 14:12 — “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.”
Week 11 — Luke 6:38 — “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
My Heart Always Goes Where I Put God’s Money

Week 12 — Ecclesiastes 5:12 — “The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep.”
Week 13 — Proverbs 18:10-11 — “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.”
Week 14 — Matthew 6:19 — “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
Week 15 — Matthew 6:20 — “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Week 16 — Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34 — “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
This Present World Is Not My Permanent Home

Week 17 — Philippians 3:20 — “Our citizenship is in heaven.”
Week 18 — Luke 12:15 — “Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.’ ”
Week 19 — Proverbs 23:4-5 — “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.”
Week 20 — Psalm 90:10 — “The length of our days is seventy years—or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”
Week 21 — Psalm 39:5b — “Each man’s life is but a breath.”
Week 22 — 1 Timothy 6:6-7 — “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.”
Week 23 — 2 Corinthians 8:9 — “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
Week 24 — Mark 12:43-44 — “Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.’ ”
I Should Not Live Merely for the Moment but for Eternity

Week 25 — Hebrews 11:25-26 — “[Moses] chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt , because he was looking ahead to his reward.”
Week 26 — Matthew 25:21 — “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ ”
Week 27 — Matthew 19:27-28 — “Peter answered him, ‘We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?’ Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.’ ”
Week 28 — Matthew 19:29 — “ ‘And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.’ ”
Week 29 — Proverbs 19:17 — “He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.”
Week 30 — Revelation 19:7-8 — “ ‘Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.’ (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)”
Week 31 — 2 Corinthians 9:6 — “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
Giving Is the Only Antidote to Materialism

Week 32 — Ecclesiastes 5:10 — “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.”
Week 33 — Ecclesiastes 5:13-14 — “I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him.”
Week 34 — Mark 10:21 — “Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said. ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’ ”
Week 35 — 1 Timothy 6:9 — “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.”
Week 36 — 1 Timothy 6:10 — “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
Week 37 — 1 Timothy 6:17 — “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”
Week 38 — 1 Timothy 6:18-19 — “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”
Week 39 — Malachi 3:10 — “ ‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.’ ”
God Prospers Me to Raise Not My Standard of Living, but My Standard of Giving

Week 40 — 2 Corinthians 9:10 — “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”
Week 41 — 2 Corinthians 9:11 — “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
Week 42 — 2 Corinthians 9:12 — “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”
Week 43 — 2 Corinthians 9:13 — “Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.”
Week 44 — Luke 12:33 — “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.”
Week 45 — Acts 20:35b — “[T]he Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
Week 46 — 2 Corinthians 8:7 — “But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
Week 47 — 2 Corinthians 9:9, quoting Psalm 112:9 — “As it is written: ‘He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.’ ”
Week 48 — 2 Corinthians 9:7b — “[F]or God loves a cheerful giver.”
Week 49 — James 2:14-17 — “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
Week 50 — 1 John 3:16 — “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”
Week 51 — 1 John 3:17 — “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”
Week 52 — 1 John 3:18 — “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

Radical Favor and Geting Into Position to Receive

Radical Favor and Getting Into Position to Receive.
How many know that Joseph had some radical Favor? How many of you could use some radical favor in your business? Where people just come into your business and simply have no idea why they are doing business with you; they are compelled to do so. We can walk in that radical favor. Favor is not “me” focused, it is for His Glory. Every thing you do is an opportunity to give Glory to Him.
The World needs to see you and say, what business are you in? What do you do?
Dear Heavenly Father,I pray for each person here this morning, Holy Spirit be our guide, speak to us this morning, open our eyes, open our ears and open our hearts this week, we know that you have given us the authority and we need to walk in and exude your power every day of our lives, and we give you all the Glory, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

He Is Your Strength
The world would have you believe that it is your strength that is going to create the success in life and all the achievement that happens. But King David knew better. Your encouragement and strength is not coming from you, or your friends, or even temporary recognition that you may receive from succeeding.
The Strength of God is the supernatural power source of all that we achieve and ever will achieve. Our praise and prayers are connected to an unseen power that is beyond comprehension and beyond all words, for God is beyond thought.
Are you relying on a weaker world for your success in life? Are you leaning on a weaker power for strength? That is the source of much struggle in life-our own power. Your Success power lies in God's Power, as He gives you the strength you need. Ask God to pour His strength into your strength, and ask Him to touch you with His encouraging Word and Grace. He will empower you with success that endures...not success that disappears.
Understand this: You have tremendous ability - but with God - you have a Supernatural ability. His ability to work through you on any task or project enlarges your ability to succeed beyond measure. Quit looking at your abilities that you think you don't have, and start looking at the Supernatural Ability that God has! He is there beside you- silently helping you in immeasurable ways to enlarge your own abilities!!
Jesus understood timing. God's Timing is Perfect. Our timing is not. And many times we may be praying for something but we don't get an answer, nor receive it. Maybe your hour for that result, client, appointment, or sale has not yet come.
Many successful people had to wait until their hour was at hand, before the blessings showed up. But they proved to God they were willing to press in, and continue the battle for success. They knew their hour would come. So will yours!
But look at God's supernatural timing, not your clock or watch. His carries the blessings and success - His success - you just have to press in and NOT GIVE UP- until His timing becomes yours, and success floods your life like a river.
We also need to be putting ourselves in a position to receive
Have you ever gotten discouraged or frustrated by the apparent lack of results when you pray?
We’ve all been told our blessing is coming. We’ve gotten excited; preachers have promised us it’s coming. But friends, let’s face it – there are more people who don’t receive what they’ve prayed for than those who do.
What’s the problem then? Many Christians have prayed, tried, and cried because they haven’t seen any results. They have just given up on expecting much from God. Others blindly expect the moon but have no idea that we have as much to do our part.
I Corinthians 3:9 says we are co-workers with Him! Our relationships with God should be like any other good relationship – it’s a partnership. You have a part, and God has a part.
We can be sure that God will keep His part of the deal since He is unchanging, never fails to keep His promises, and He is not a respecter of persons (which means He has no favorites!). So, if there is a failure and we don’t get results – the problem HAS to be on our side of the deal!
What we fail to understand is that almost all of His promises are conditional. We will receive what He has for us – when WE do our part. Results depend on some choices we make and some actions we take.

What has to happen?
Let’s get some answers! What is our part?
1. Believe that receiving your full inheritance from God is as important to Him as it is to you. In Acts 26:17-18, Jesus told Paul to “Teach people to receive forgiveness of sins and their inheritance.” You see, we have all believed it’s the will of God and it’s essential to receive forgiveness of sins, but did you know Jesus said it’s just as much His will for you to receive your inheritance? We must believe it’s His will and His desire for us to receive everything He has for us.
2. Ask God for the thing you need and desire. Be specific! If you need an unsaved loved one saved, be specific – name that person to God. Jesus said in John 16:24, “Ask and you shall receive.” James 4:2 says, “You have not because you ask not.”3. Be sure you’re asking for the right things. James 4:3 says, “You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss.” He tells us that when we miss the mark in what we ask for, we will not receive.
How can we be sure of the right things to ask for? A. Is it good? (Every good gift comes from God. James 1:17 )B. Is it in the Word of God? Can you find two or three Scriptures to support what it is you’re asking for? John said in I John 5:14, “If we ask anything according to the will of God, He hears us....” The Word of God is the will of God. A will is a testament – it is a list of promises that a person who dies leaves for his loved one. When Jesus died, all His promises became legally available to us. The promises in His Word are His will. His will is not a mystery as so many Christians have thought.
C. Are you capable of being responsible with it when it comes? This point is so very important. If I ask God for one million dollars for a business idea that will help millions of people, I am fooling myself if I expect to receive it while I have been irresponsible and unwise with the $1,000 that I have already received.
Many people want to jump from $10 faith to $10 million faith, and it doesn’t work that way. You have to be faithful so God can give you more. If my ten-year old son asked me for a car – as much as I want to give it to him, I can’t because he’s not ready for it. Even if he were 16, I wouldn’t necessarily give it to him, unless he had been faithful with his bicycle! Did he take care of it? Did he keep it clean? Had he been reckless with it? If he had, why would I think he would act any differently toward more my car?
This is called faithful stewardship and is mandatory if you want to receive the blessing of the Lord. Proverbs 28:20 says “A faithful man will abound with blessing.” You can’t give a loaded gun to a child – and quite literally much of our failure to receive has to do with the immaturity in our lives. If we’re acting like spiritual babies – not controlling our tongues, sinning all the time, or are irresponsible with our stuff – God will not be able to entrust us with more. It would be poor stewardship on His part.
But the good news is we don’t have to stay babies...we can grow up. How?
I. Control our mouth and words. Make sure that the things that come out of our mouths line up with God’s Word (James 3:2).
II. Be thankful in everything. Grumbling and complaining is one of the chief reasons the children of Israel did not enter the Promise Land (I Corinthians 10:10 ).
III. Be responsible now for our lives, our money, our bodies, and our possessions. Be good stewards of the things we already have (Luke 12:42 ). Don’t expect God to give you more until you care for what you have!
IV. Now, once we have asked according to God’s will… The next thing we need to do is…
4. Believe you received it the moment you ask, no matter what you see or feel (Mark 11:24 ). This is walking by faith, not by sight (II Corinthians 5-7). You have to break the habit of only believing something when you see it. You must see what is invisible NOW and believe that it is yours – just as a pregnant woman knows there’s a baby in her womb because she has received the seed. And the doctor has confirmed there is life inside – she hasn’t seen anything – but it’s there. She knows it’s there.
5. That leads to the next critical ingredient. Luke 6:38 says, “Give and you shall receive.” Your seed is so vital to receiving what it is you have asked for. Galatians 6:7 says, “Let no one be deceived, whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” We must take action if we want to see results. James 2:20 declares “Faith without works is dead.” Again, let me remind you, Abraham demonstrated his faith by the offering of his son. While it is obvious God is not requiring your son of you, the principle is the same.
We must back up our need with some seed – an offering! Not just any old offering, but one that is valuable to us. Plant a financial seed toward the need you have. You may ask, “What if the need isn’t financial? Why would I plant a financial seed for a spiritual or emotional need?” Simply because money is a proof of trust. God doesn’t need your money. But, when you give, it shows God He can trust you because you can let go of one of the most valuable things you have. An example of this is the widow in Elijah’s day who gave financial seed and reaped the miraculous harvest of her son’s resurrection from the dead (I Kings 17).
Remember, though, God can’t give you something He doesn’t have. He doesn’t have poverty, sickness, disease, and sadness so don’t bother asking Him for any of those.

I have some questions for you today. In fact, I want you to take this time to answer these questions.
1) What do you want?
2) Are you willing to stretch for it with thy hand?
3) Do you believe God is able?
4) Where is your treasure?
5) What is your greatest obstacle?

5 additional things to ask and every single person can benefit from answering these:
1) What are you seeking?
2) Who is your shepherd? Who do you follow?
3) What is one thing that is overflowing in your life?
4) What’s been your most recent valley experience? What did you learn from it?
5) What is your greatest fear and why?

Our commission is to deliver people out of bondage. Healing and prosperity. This is the business vehicle to do that. God has assignments for you in the marketplace that will not only bless you but help bring forth His will in the lives of your prospects. Everywhere you go, you are in fact a carrier of the Holy Spirit—you are on Divine assignment for the Glory of God.
How is that for a mission statement?

The greatest tool you have in your toolbox is the Holy Spirit. Take the anointing—don’t leave home without it. His Glory is your magnet for success.

Take action—go to the place where the prospects are.

Pray and expect the Lord to lead you to those who are thirsty.

When people mistreat you, you have to bless and love them. Bless them. Need to move forward and not look back.

You may never see the harvest, but you are planting seeds in your business every day.

Worship and praise the Lord before you talk with anyone.

If you are a leader, be a leader. The enemy will try to take you off course.

You must operate in the Authority of Jesus Christ at this time. Bind what needs to be bound in Jesus name.
1) Connect to God and Receive His Success Covenant
2) Declare Success and call forth angels
3) Make a forward focus covenant with your Master—do not look back
4) Prepare for business—be ready with tools
5) Take action—go to fertile place
6) Ask and Expect—of God in the Supernatural
7) Prospect and Connect—ask questions in the natural
8) Remain Quiet and Observant—listen, qualify
9) Worship Jesus for what He’s about to do, then present and testify
10) Get in front of who they know quickly
11) Tell Your story, Ask for the decision
12) Operate in His Authority—maintain control
13) Worship the Lord for your success
14) Move on- Don’t let them slow you down—you’re on a roll!

One cure for fear. Action. Action cures fear.

 (edited message by Jack Weinzierl)

Friday, February 9, 2007

What are you trading the days of your life for?

Whatever we are doing now is exactly what we are trading the days of our life for. Things change, people change, the environment changes but God never changes and we must keep our minds clearly focused on what God is calling us to do. God never changes He's the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 As you go through your daily activities, you are either impacting the people around you or you are being infected by them. We do a good job of conforming to the ways of this world and being "politically correct" leaving God in the Church. The worldly thinking says conform to this "PC" thinking. The Holy Spirit doesn’t want you adapting to the world, He wants you transforming the world. What did Jesus do when he went into the marketplace? He transformed it. So, what are you trading the days of your life for?

"Do not conform any longer to the ways of this world…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Rom. 12:2 "For better is He in me than he who is in this world." I John 4:4
"Jesus hasn’t changed! He is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever!" Hebrews 13:8
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope" Jeremiah 29:11
"Let your light shine before man and let your good deeds shine before man." Proverbs 4:26
"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13 "Get out of the finite thinking and get into the infinite thinking." Romans 8:28

Change Your Image, Change Your Life

Change Your Image, Change Your Life
by Bill Winston

God wants all His children to live in abundance.
Sadly, many are not living an abundant life—the kind of prosperous lifestyle God
has planned. Why? Because of vision. They don’t see themselves as anything other than
poor and in lack, or “just getting by.” That sounds harsh, I know, but it is reality.
Most Christians today are living beneath their privileges, and not up to what God
has promised and expects of them. They know they are saved, and they understand they
have an inheritance that includes eternal life when they leave this earth. But when it
comes to manifesting what we have been given here on the earth, the vast majority has
missed it. Why? Because they have a poor selfimage—a distorted mental picture of themselves.
Meanwhile, the ungodly are increasing…“Behold, these are the ungodly, who
prosper in the world; they increase in riches” (Psalm 73:12). Look around and take note
of what’s going on in industries such as entertainment, gambling, real estate, oil and in
business, and who has most of the wealth in the world. I heard recently that there are 33
billionaires in Russia alone, and I would dare say most of them are not Christian. In the
book of Jeremiah the prophet asked, “Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper?
Wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?” (Jeremiah 12:1). I’ll tell you
how they are prospering—by understanding and working the corrupt and failing world
system. Jesus said, “For the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the
children of [God]” (Luke 16:8). They are using their system and working their way to the
top, while at the same time gaining respect from the world. What I’m saying is that the devil has a system for getting his people ahead and keeping them there.

A Prosperous Image
Well, God has a system, too. But His system doesn’t involve deception nor is it
corrupt or dishonest in any way. It involves you seeing yourself as God sees you and
recognizing that your inheritance of the abundant life is here and now.
Working God’s system begins with you developing a prosperous image inside
yourself, according to His Word. In Matthew 12:34, Jesus said, talking to the religious leaders, “You offspring of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil (wicked)? For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks” (The
Amplified Bible). That’s where your prosperous image begins—in your heart or spirit.
As I studied carefully God’s ways and the kingdomofGod system, I saw that
Jesus didn’t spend time trying to get men out of poverty. He got the poverty out of them
and they did the rest. If Christ were here today, He wouldn’t move people out of the
slums…He’d simply get the slums out of them. Their new inner image would eventually
change their surroundings to match the new prosperous image on the inside.
God’s way of changing your world is by first changing your self image through
His Word and the work of His Spirit on the inside of you. Jesus teaches, “The sower
soweth the word” (Mark 4:14). When you acknowledge or confess God’s promises, you
are sowing the seed of His Word into the soil of your heart (spirit) where it begins to
develop and bring to pass what you have spoken. Out of that seed good things will grow.
Jesus goes on to say, “A good man out of the good [deposit] of the heart bringeth forth
good things: and an evil man out of the evil [deposit] bringeth forth evil things” (Matthew 12:35). The abundant life is already yours right now. Jesus saw to that a long time ago.
He was rich in all things, but became poor so that you could live an abundant,
prosperous, rich life (2 Corinthians 8:9). Abundance, or prosperity, is so much more than
money. God’s idea of being rich is having more than enough in every area of your life—
so much you can be a blessing and give generously to others.

Where Is Your Wealth?
The question still arises for the Body of Christ, If God wants His people to
abound in every area of life, and He has already made provision, why are so many
believers not walking in that prosperity?
When the 12 spies came back from spying out the land of Canaan, 10 of
them had what the Bible calls an “evil report.” What they all observed was a pretty
impossible situation in the natural. Joshua and Caleb, however, had a “good report.”
“Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for
we are well able to overcome it” (Numbers 13:30). Joshua and Caleb’s report was
different not because of what they observed with their natural eyes, but because of how
they saw themselves on the inside. They saw themselves and their situation in the light of
God’s Word and not according to what had been programmed into them during their
years of bondage in Egypt. The Word, “the good deposit,” in their hearts, was coming out
of their mouths and God was bound to honor it. God said, “For I am alert and active,
watching over My word to perform it” (Jeremiah 1:12, The Amplified Bible).
Do you see how bold Joshua and Caleb were? The Bible says, “The righteous are
bold as a lion.” It was illogical to believe they could fight a nation of giants, win the
battle and take their land. But the image the two spies had of themselves and their
confidence that God was on their side caused them to declare the impossible: “Let us go
up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” This is where most
Christians fear to tread. It’s where we must walk by faith and not by sight.
The other 10 spies had witnessed the miraculous parting of the Red Sea when God
delivered them out of the hands of the Egyptian army. He was leading them into a “land
of milk and honey,” but the image they had of themselves as grasshoppers gave them a
sense of inferiority and powerlessness. Their confession was…“We be not able to go up
against the people; for they are stronger than we,” which sounded logical. However, it
was not in agreement with God’s Word and the promise He made to the seed of
Abraham. They died in the wilderness without receiving their inheritance. This shows
that your outlook is based on what you’re looking out from. The 10 spies had an image of
lack and inferiority from 400 years of being brainwashed.
Remember, the key to our performance and achievement in life is our selfimage.
The poor image of the 10 spies caused what made perfect sense to Caleb and Joshua seem
impossible to them.

Come Out From Behind Your Fence!
Inside every one of us is an image I call an “invisible fence,” which dictates how
far we can go and what we see ourselves doing and being. It is an invisible wall between
you and God, holding you back, and keeping you from stepping out and doing what
seems impossible. If you attempt to go outside this fence, your subconscious mind brings
you back. I call it your “autopilot.” It’s designed to keep you on course at the level of your self image. Another barrier (fence) to possessing your inheritance can be condemnation.
Satan uses it to get you to look at your past and destroy your faith for something you need
or desire. Perhaps you lived a sinful life or have something in your past the devil is
accusing you about. Well, here’s the good news. God does not remember it! When you
got born again through the precious blood of Jesus, your past was expunged from His
records. He said, “I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for my own sake,
and will not remember thy sins” (Isaiah 43:25). If He doesn’t remember them, why should you?
In this situation, the invisible fence is nothing more than condemnation which
brings a sense of guilt, shame and inferiority, and absolutely destroys faith. It is a disease
that weakens your spirit so you cannot receive from God. Instead of going to God in
faith, you find yourself crying, whining and begging. Nothing delights the devil more
than to bring up the past to get you off track when you are about to step out in faith and
allow God to bless you.
Paul says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). God will convict
you, but He never condemns. For Him to bring up your past would be a violation of His
Word. He forgets, and so should you. Forgetting your past is a major step in rooting out
your old self image.
Joshua 1:8 is the success formula I used to break through barriers in my life. God
told Joshua as he was about to lead the children of Israel into the land of abundance:
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein
day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for
then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” This is
God’s way of changing what you believe and making what is impossible possible.
The Apostle John wrote, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest
prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2). God’s way of
prospering His people is from the inside out. If you’re living below your privileges, if it
seems like you’re going around the same mountain and not making any progress, don’t
complain or start blaming. Get into the Word of God, allow it to change you on the inside
and experience God’s best for your life. You’ll no longer be working for the system—but
the system will work for you.
The change begins with you. You can change your image with the Word and change your life.
Bill Winston is founder and pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a 15,000member
church located in Forest Park, Ill. He is also the founder and chairman of The
Joseph Center ® for Business Development. For more information or ministry materials
write to Bill Winston Ministries, P.O. Box 947, Oak Park, IL 60303; call (800) 7119327;
or visit his Web site at www.bwm.org.

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