Wednesday, September 7, 2011

07 of 31 Reasons People Do Not Receive Their Financial Harvest


      The spirit of self-sufficiency is a deadly trap.
      Millions do not pursue the principles of God or invest any time alone w/Him in the Secret Place.  They are confident, cocky and arrogant.  They 'need no one.'  The principle is, "If it is 2b, it is up 2 me."
     Now, at first glance, this looks like a wonderful philosophy.  It shows willingness 2 take responsibility.  It reveals boldness and strength.  But, God will not let u succeed alone.  In His system, u will fail w/o a total dependency upon Him.  he will C 2 it.
     God rewards humility"And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thy own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?" (I Samuel  15:17).
     The  Prophet Samuel showed King Saul how he had deteriorated from the attitude of humility exhibited at his beginning of kingship.  The old nature of Adam is still within us.  It craves self-sufficiency, a separation from God.  It may appear wonderful and humble that u do not need nor pursue the participation of God in you financial harvest, but it is folly, stupid, and tragic.
     It will take more than hard work 4 an uncommon harvest.  It will require more than overtime on your job.  It will require more than extra seminars and books.
     An uncommon harvest requires and uncommon provider.  God knows this.  He will not stop creating crisis until u discover it.  "It is good 4 me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Thy Statutes" (Psalms 119:71).
     Your hard work and efforts are wonderful seeds.  Your willingness 2 sit under college mentorship and invest hours in research is so commendable.  It is recognized and always rewarded.  But, never be so foolish as 2 pursue a harvest that does not require the supernatural intervention of an Uncommon Provider, your Jehovah-Jireh.  Nothing u could ever produce 4 yourself will satisfy the eternity part of u.
     The invisible u requires an invisible God.  The impure part of u requires a pure God.  The untaught part of u requires a Mentor and Teacher, the Holy Spirit.
     Millions forfeit a financial harvest bcoz they see themselves as their own source of every blessing.
     The pride of Nebuchadnezzar almost destroyed him.  He too became self-reliant and said about himself, "Is  not  this great Babylon, that I have built 4 the house of the kingdom by  the might of my power,  and 4 the honour of my majesty?" (Daniel 4:30).
     God responded quickly.  "The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet w/the dew of heaven, til his hairs were grown like eagle's feathers, and his nails like bird's claws" (Daniel 4:33).
     It is a dangerous and tragic thing 2 become your own god.  U are not the only person involved in the miracle cycle of a financial harvest.  God is your true Source.
     Self-sufficiency infuriates God.  He will never let u 4get it.  "Bcoz thou sayest, I am rich, and increased w/goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou aret wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  I counsel thee 2 buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest  be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear, and anoint thine eyes w/eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent" (Revelation 3:17-19).
     God  monitors every conversation that reveals self-worhip.  "This will I do:  I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods ... But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee." (Luke 12:18-20).  Jesus warned, "So is he that layeth up treasure 4 himself, and is not rich toward God" (Luke 12:21).
     When I C unbelievers ignore church yet pull their boat down the freeway toward the beach on Sunday, I C someone who has made himself his god.  He ignores the house of God, his pastor, and thinks that it is permissible 2 neglect the assembling of himself w/other believers.  He really believes that God has nothing 2 do w/his financial harvest.  He is confident of his abilities, his ability 2 make progress in a busy world.  He does not realize he is one heartbeat away from his deathbed every moment.
     His prayerlessness is proof of his ignorance (Proverbs 3:5,6).  He trusts his own abilities.  He has excluded God.
     This is one of the reasons millions never receive their financial harvest"When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God 4 the good land which He hath given thee.  Beware that thou 4get not the LORD thy God, in not keeping His commandments, and His Judgments, and His Statues, which I command [Instruct] thee this day:  Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and 2 dwelt therein;  And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;  Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou 4get the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage" (Deuteronomy 8:10-14).
     Recognize the importance of God.  Become addicted 2 His sweet Presence, dependent upon His counsel and u will discover financial success like u never imagined.

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