The other day when I was contending for some things in my own life, I heard myself say, much like in the movie Jerry McGuire’s client did, “SHOW ME THE GLORY!”
In the movie Jerry McGuire was an agent and his client was a struggling football player who was not going to take less than a lot. Really, I thought I was going to say it like the movie does, “Show me the money!”, but instead what came out was, “Show me the Glory!” I knew that was a “God message thing.” Smile….
God is going to deal with the hearts of His Beloved People on money this year. We have seen a lot of excesses and we have seen a lot done wrong and some are just working to “make it work.” But we need to learn it and do it God’s way. He has a Plan and He is well able; we just need to learn how He wants it done.
I have a word for all my good minister friends and for all those who love God enough to give towards His Work. Don’t take up offerings to “pay expenses.” It sounds like YOU are supporting God! We have come into a place of presumption that we have not even realized needs to be corrected.
Instead, take up offerings to push back the kingdom of darkness and bring forth the Light. Put yourself in agreement with HIM! Not with men and their works. When you sow your faith like that, you please God. Get your excitement up in the real thing! Then the expenses will be met. Then EVERYONE will feel and share in the investment into the Kingdom of GOD! Not only that, a divine power comes upon that giving that makes it holy and anointed and God will deal with those who touch it.
True ministers need to learn how to channel this Godly energy. (Selah!) This means it will require a lot of prayer and humility. You learn it from God and not from business school, although there are good helps in business school. The two should join righteously. But the ministry of the anointing is different. This will bring forth the “Divine Push” that WE Christians really need.
God is fine, and will be fine and has been fine. He is not in crisis. We are the ones who need the Life connect. Join to gain it! This is a very serious concept. Remember Uzzah who tried to “help” God? He died. But when we get in proper order and protocol, and everyone in their place of effectiveness and service (with grace and hopes for more!), we get it right and move forward into the Blessing.
When you give, give to what you WANT to SEE, what you KNOW and discern is real Kingdom. Many have lost heart because of what they have not wanted to see, so they quit giving because it seemed so in vain! The “promises” and the “giving and sowing” seemed so far apart and growing farther still! The Church felt and seemed less and less potent, but those who know the God of the past just knew He had not changed.
Even I had to be corrected on this. I just got sad and unhappy with a lot of things. It seemed so de-personalized from me and I felt I was worshipping men and programs in the name of God. It didn’t “feel” right!
But God is asking, “Will you join ME in seeing the Kingdom come?” I mean, I had been praying “Thy Kingdom come.” He asked me what kind of world/kingdom did I want to SEE. And He said “Give to THAT.”
I felt so strongly that many of the churches and movements were missing it in critical ways because of the world’s mocking and the feeling of indifference to so many real needs. So many were falling away. I had even prophesied that God was tearing down this old church order because it was just not working like it should.
But we ARE commanded to assemble ourselves together and for many it was becoming the “house to house” church again. God is not opposed to “assembly”, but He is opposed to wrong assembly. He is opposed to fleecing the flock and double standards. The leaven of the lust for so many things is pervasive and the lines have become unclear – in the Church. We are due for this correction!
When I just felt like I didn’t want to give and that I could decide best for myself, I really felt bad about it. I thought I was a “bad person” for feeling like that and it was a struggle to submit to the teaching I knew. But I just did not feel that I could trust the precious thing in my soul to others. I know a lot of people feel that way and I know that it is more than just a bad economy that has people not giving.
If you give nothing, you stop the Kingdom of God. You give the devil room to advance. Think about WHY you give and WHAT you give to. God honors FAITH. Faith means you BELIEVE in Him. I knew I could not lose that, but I was feeling like I “wanted” to. I was mature enough to catch on to it.
God wants the heart-connect. He doesn’t want our faith in other people or preachers or programs, He wants OUR faith in us IN Him! Then that will manifest in true life expression. THAT is what He wants.
So if you believe in HIM, then give to HIM in the ways you believe in. When you sow, you connect to it. There needs to be a drive behind your finances and incomes. Dueteronomy 8:18 says, “God gives US the power to create wealth to establish His Covenant.” We need to get a clear understanding of that. It’s not “Let’s make a deal with God!” God is not dealing like that, even if we get a right principle here and there and seem affirmed.
The power is in you to win with God. Your ~VISION~ MUST CONNECT with your giving! The Covenant He has is WITH YOU!!!
If you just haphazardly throw money in certain directions, it is going to come haphazardly back to you and it may be intercepted. If the devil has his way, then it will be. There is going to be warfare, but that’s okay.
You just have to press through until you make it a stronghold. It so can happen! Then when we get our personal stronghold and then get collective with that, we have a power source and a power force to overcome the kingdom of darkness. Every connected part is significant.
Get the right SPIRIT. God is the Father of our spirits. He is not training our personna’s first, He is training our spirits and He will correct us! We walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. He says we are to love Him: heart, mind, soul and strength. There is a lot to that but notice that the heart comes first and that this is the first Commandment.
When we say something do we really mean it? Jesus said we will not be heard by Him with our rote words. He is looking into our hearts. I love what I heard musician Misty Edwards share recently about the “the sacred space” that we all have. It is a place that God has designed for Him alone. No one else can share it. He made it that way. And it’s inside every single person, not just a few. Just close your eyes and you can see what might be cluttering it but you know the space is without question His. He can make this known! It’s the place of our prayers and it’s the place where He will even talk back to us, if we prepare the place for that.
Now take that “sacred space” and connect with God. Join Him. Don’t support Him, He does not need supporting. JOIN Him in the work HE is doing and support that. GIVE to push back the forces of darkness and to advance the Kingdom of Light. It causes you to find your place in Him and when you do, you will find joy in that, and the joy is also your strength (Selah!).
You are to grow and mature in Him, so you are not stuck in one place. You just are where you are at the moment and what you do can make that change for the better and greater! So give with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and then He will SHOW YOU THE GLORY!
Praise the Lord.
17 So the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”
18 And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”
19 Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”