Friday, September 16, 2011

16 of 31 Reasons People Do Not Receive Their Financial Harvest


     You can only do what u know.
     Thousands have been taught that it is wrong 2 expect something in return when u give 2 God.
     They feel that this is proof of greed.
     "When I give 2 God, I expect nothing in return!" is the prideful claim of many who have been trapped by tragic and erroneous teaching.
     Do u expect a salary from your boss at the end of a work week?  Of course, u do.  Is this greed?  Hardly.
     Did u expect forgiveness when u confessed your sins 2 Christ?  Of course, u did.  Is this greed?  Hardly.
     Stripping EXPECTATION from your SEED is theft of the ONLY PLEASURE GOD KNOWS.
     Remember,  Remember,  His greatest pleasure is 2b BELIEVED.  His greatest pain is 2b DOUBTED.  "Without Faith, it is impossible 2 please Him.  Why? Bcoz Faith is having CONFIDENCE IN GOD.  For He that cometh 2 God must BELIEVE that He is, and that He is a REWARDER ... that He is a rewarder... of them [anyone] who diligently seeks Him" (Hebrews 11:6).  
    Motive means your reason 4 doing something.
     When someone is on trial accused of murder, prosecutors try 2 find the possible motive or reason why he should have been motivated 2 do such a horrible thing.
     He expected u 2b motivated by supply, the promise of provision"Give, and it shall be given unto u, Good Measure, Pressed Down, and Shaken Together, and Running Over, shall men give into your bosom" (Luke 6:38).  (This is much more than a principle of mercy and forgiveness.  This is a PRINCIPLE in Supply.)
     He offers overflow as a reason u should sow SEED!  SEEDS of forgiveness or whatever u need.
     "Honour the LORD w/thy substance, and w/the firstfruits of all thine increase:  So shall thy barns be filled w/plenty, and thy presses shall burst out w/new wine" (Proverbs 3:9-10). Notice that God PAINTS the picture of overflowing barns 2 motivate us (give us a reason) 4 honoring Him.
      He promised benefits 2 those who might be fearful about tithing.  "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine House, and prove ME now herewith, saith the LORD of Hosts, if I will not open u the windows of Heaven, and pour u out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough 2 receive it" (Malachi 3:10).
     Read Deuteronomy 28?1-14.  Here in the Scripture God creates a list of specific blessings that will occur if u obey Him.  Why does He give us these Portraits of Prosperity?  To inspire u and give u a reason 2 obey.
     Peter needed this kind of encouragement just like u and I do today.  He felt such emptiness as he related 2 Christ that he and others had 'given up everything."
     Jesus promised him one 100-fold return.  "Then Peter began 2 say unto Him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.  And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto u,  There is NO man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, 4 My sake, and the Gospel's,  But he shall receive an 100-fold [NOW in this time here on earth], houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, w/Persecutions; and in the World 2 come Eternal Life" (Mark 10:28-30). 
     Many people think this is evil 2 sow 4 a harvest.  THAT IS THE REASON 2 SOW!
     Giving is the CURE 4 greed, not hoarding.  When u sow 2 get a harvest, u have just mastered greed.  Greed hoards.  Man withholds.  Satan steals.
     The nature of God alone is the giving nature.
     When u give, u have just revealed the nature of God inside u.
     The only pleasure God receives is thru acts of faith.  I stress this again.  His ONLY need is 2b believed.  His GREATEST need is 2b believed.  "God is not a man that He should lie" (Numbers 23:19). 
     If a unbeliever confesses 2 a pastor after church, "I want 2 give my heart 2 Christ, pastor."  The pastor prays.  Suppose the unbeliever then says,  "Will u pray that God will give me peace and forgiveness 4 my confession?"  Imagine a pastor who would reply w/indignation.. "Of course not!  That is greedy.  U want something back 4 giving your heart 2 Christ?" U would be shocked if your pastor said this
     Your  Heavenly Father offers Supply 4 SEED; Forgiveness 4 confession; order 4 chaos.
     When Jesus talked 2 the woman at the well of Samaria,  He promised her water that she would never thirst again.  Was he wrong 2 offer her something if she pursued Him?  Of course not.  That was the purpose of the Portrait of water--2 motivate her and give her a reason 4 obeying Him.
     One day, my dear friend Dwight Thompson, the powerful evangelist, told me a story about the papaya.  Somebody counted 470 papaya seeds in a single papaya.  If that was consistent, one papaya seed will produce a plant containing 10 papayas.  If each of the 10 papayas contained 470 seeds, there would be 4,700 papaya seeds on one plant.
     Now, just suppose u replant those 4,700 seeds 2 create 4,700 more plants.  do u know how much 5,000 plants containing 5,000 seeds would be?  Twenty-five million seeds... on the second planting alone.
     And we are having troubles really BELIEVING in the 100-fold return.  Why?
     Millions must UNLEARN the poisonous and traitorous teaching that it is wrong 2 EXPECT anything in return.
     Expectation is the powerful current that makes the SEED work 4 u"But w/o Faith it is impossible 2 please Him:  4 He that cometh 2 God must BELIEVE that He is, and that He is a REWARDER of them that diligently seek Him:" (Hebrews 11:6).  
     Expect protection as He promised.  "And I will rebuke the devourer 4 your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit b4 the time in the field, saith the LORD Of Hosts" (Malachi 3;11).
     Expect favor from a Boaz close 2 u"Give and it shall be given unto u; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall MEN [people bcoz things don fall from the sky lol] give into your bosom.  For w/the SAME MEASURE that ye mete withal it shall be measured 2 u again" (Luke 638).
     Expect financial IDEAS and WISDOM from God as a Harvest"But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God:  4 it is He that GIVETH thee POWER 2 get WEALTH," (Deuteronomy 8:18).
     Expect your enemies 2 fragment and be confused and flee b4 u.  "The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee 2 be smitten b4 thy face:  they shall come out against thee one way, and flee b4 thee 7 ways" (Deuteronomy 28:7).
     Expect God 2 bless u 4 every act of obedience"And it shall come 2 pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the Voice of the LORD thy God, 2 observe and 2 do all His commandments which I command [Instruct] thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the Earth:  And all these Blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shall hearken unto the Voice of the LORD they God" (Deuteronomy 28:1-2).
     A businessman approached me.  "I do not really believe Jesus really meant what He said about the 100-fold.  We have misunderstood that."
     "So, u intend 2 teach Jesus how 2 talk when u get 2 Heaven? I laughed.
     If he will do it 4 a papaya...  He will do it 4 u and me.  We are His children, not merely fruit on a tree!
     I believe one of the Major Reasons people do not experience a supernatural abundant harvest in finances is bcoz they really do not expect Jesus 2 do what He said He would do.
      Low expectations affect God.
      When u sow w/EXPECTATION your "SEED" will stand b4 God as a testimony of your Faith and confidence(s).  REMEMBER that Faith is Confidence IN God.
     >  Sow, expecting God 2 respond favorably 2 every act of confidence in Him.
     >  Sow, from every paycheck.
     >  Sow, expectantly, generously and faithfully.

     When u start looking and expecting God 2 fulfill His promise the Harvest u have needed so long will come more quickly and bountiful than u have ever dreamed.
     Let's pray:
     "Father, teach us the Wonder of Expectation.  Show us how it pleasures You 2b believed.  Hasten the Harvest as we depend on Your incredible integrity.  In Jesus Name.  Amen."