Trusting for Finances
I have been many times afoot, with the soles worn out of my shoes, but I knew God would promote me if I’d be faithful. It wasn’t that God withheld from me, but the devil was going to see if I really believed what I claimed I believed. At every turn of the road, the devil will stick up his head. He’s going to see if you really believe. He’s going to put you to the test. The same things could happen now that happened in the case of Job. The devil came up accusing Job. “Yeah, no wonder he serves You,” the devil said. “Just look: Everything’s nice. All of his children are well. He’s got big crops. He’s got money. He’s wealthy. Just take down the hedge and let me get to him. You’ll see!” Well, Satan’s got a right to get to people here, because he’s the god of this world. A lot of your transactions—especially when it comes to finances —are in this world, where Satan is god, and he’ll really stick up his head. But if you’ll do what the Word says, you’re not going to be afraid. I know. I know from experience. I can understand how Peter could lie down and sleep soundly when they were planning to kill him the next day. He was sleeping so deeply an angel had to smite him on the side to wake him up, and Peter didn’t realize he was really awake until he got outside the prison (Acts 12:6-11). But I understand that. The Lord has enabled me to lie down and sleep under the most adverse circumstances when nothing seemed to be going right. But I knew that godliness is profitable. I knew that if I would be faithful—if I would not be weary in well doing—in DUE SEASON I’d reap. I wanted to be there when the due season came! Yes, it would have been easy to become weary. It would have been easy to quit. Absolutely. That would have been the easy way out: Just quit. Just give up. My flesh wanted to quit. My mind wanted to quit. But something on the inside of me —that Word and that Spirit …. Be a man or woman of the Word and of the Spirit. Promotion will come, sooner or later. It’s coming. Be not weary in well doing, for in due season you shall reap if you faint not. Promotion day’s coming. You’re about to be promoted, glory to God. Chapter 6 6 Formula for Prosperity Third, godliness insures prosperity. The Bible says that as long as King Uzziah sought the Lord, God made him to prosper (2 Chron. 26:5). Furthermore, in the early days of Joshua’s ministry, when he had to fill the shoes of Moses (think about having to fill the shoes of Moses), God told him exactly how to prosper: JOSHUA 1:8 8 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. And right here in our text, Paul told Timothy, “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all” (1 Tim. 4:15). (In other words, everybody can see it.) Chapter 7 7 Perpetuity: In Father’s House Fourth, godliness will insure perpetuity. In the 91st Psalm God said, “With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation” (v. 16). In Psalm 34 He said, “What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile” (vv. 12,13). In the New Testament Peter quotes that Psalm, “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile” (1 Peter 3:10). The Bible teaches that godliness insures perpetuity. EPHESIANS 6:1-3 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. Teach your children that while they’re small. I taught Ken and Pat that passage nearly every day. That’s the reason we never had to take either one of them to the hospital. (Those are not “well days” when you’re in the hospital.) Of course, somebody always comes up and says, “I know So-and-so, and he was a preacher, and his boy died when he was 12 years old.” Well, that doesn’t change the Bible. Maybe he was a good man. Maybe he loved God with all of his heart, but he didn’t have the revelation of what we know. You see, the Bible says, “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever….” (Deut. 29:29). When it was revealed to me, I knew it belonged to my children as well. Yes, I believe we can believe God for long life here. But John 3:16 says, “… whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have EVERLASTING LIFE.” Now that’s long life, isn’t it? Just because I leave this body is no sign I’m dead! I’m never going to die. The Bible says, “Whosoever liveth and believeth in me SHALL NEVER DIE” (John 11:26). (Of course, if Jesus tarries His coming, we will depart these bodies at physical death.) Your loved ones are not dead. Don’t even say they’re dead. They just moved out of this house into Father’s House. Glory! Did the Psalmist David say, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord till I die”? No, no, no! He said, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord FOR EVER” (Ps. 23:6). Forever! Perpetuity. That means forever and ever. Godliness means live for God. It’s profitable. It pays off in this life. In this life! And in the life to come. Be determined. Live for God. A Sinner’s Prayer to Receive Jesus as Savior Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “… him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). So I know You won’t cast me out, but You take me in. And I thank You for it. You said in Your Word, “… if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, THOU SHALT BE SAVED…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:9,13). I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. believe He was raised from the dead for my justification. I am calling upon His Name—the Name of Jesus—so I know, Father, that You save me now. Your Word says, “… with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. 10:10). I do believe with my heart, and I confess Jesus now as my Lord. Therefore I am saved! Thank You, Father!