The Faltering Prosperity of the Church

Prophetically speaking, I really believe that one of the reasons for the economic downturn is that people are not giving in the right places. When God’s people sow into dead works, God’s economy for them stumbles and falters. When people give with faith into the activities of God, they become co-laborers with Him and feel His joy and excitement and receive His blessing. He has not changed.

More and more strong appeals are going out for finances today, even from those you believed were pretty solid. When the Church leadership fails to feel the pain of the people, they breed zombies and not ambassadors. Zombies are followers with little opinions. They can pretty much be told what to do and they give the right response that their leader wants to hear, which makes the leader feel affirmed. But it’s not effective in the Kingdom of God.

Jesus said that a hireling runs when his flock is in trouble. A true shepherd gives his life for his sheep. When people are hurting and the preacher preaches down to them, they feel a sense of failure. If they have sacrificially given, and now encounter problems, then their self-worth becomes acquainted with their dollars and not their lives.

Not finding Christ there, they turn away. And of course this begins a downward spiral. Church leaders are intercessors for the people – if they are true. They speak to their potential in Christ. If the leader goes looking for the next financial investor, the spirit of Babylon has crept in and made a stronghold. But Babylon is destined for failure, and that leaven can destroy the whole lump or group.

The funds will fail and then everyone looks to see if the leader takes and follows his or her own advice! If they are hirelings, they will just jump from one ship to another. If they are mistaken, then they will repent and turn back to God.

This really is a very serious issue as finances are a means for exchange. How that is done makes a big difference. Satan was thrown out of heaven for merchadizing. So often in the corporate world you find people asking for your spiritual power. They want you to BELIEVE in their cause because they realize there is a power there. Problem is that if it is not God’s cause then it is defiled.

The law and ways of the Lord are clean. God doesn’t just ask for your soul, He asks for your heart. But the way He treats your heart is with freedom. He is not trying to “run your program” but is trying to get you to respond with a heartfelt response. Cold or hot is better than lukewarm to Him.

He wants the interchange of true personality. He is not bypassing your brain. It is just going through your heart. He wants that because there is joy and productivity in finding what works for both. God is very creative. When our spouses or children do things that may not be extravagant to the world but it speaks to your heart, you are touched and they are endeared to you. They have not sold their soul but multiplied it by giving it away in Love. Love is a safe place.

There are rules to the Universe that give it its order but in the middle of all that is a lot of space for creativity and interactivity. Without borders, nothing can be understood, but with borders, different aspects can be noted and highlighted and enjoyed. Then the substance is not feared but respected. So it should be in our relationships.

When we give because we care, there is passion and power that goes with it. It is an expression of the soul that produces more, not like an extraction from the soul that ultimately produces a death type experience. Mindless heartless giving is a dead work in God’s eyes.

Businesses offer services or goods. In exchange for their efforts they get reciprocal payments. When businesses or governments ask for more than that, they are offering a religion. They have set up a pastor/leader who gives you advice for living and a plan but they are the source and not God. It becomes a cult or movement where the rules become well defined. And the more people get into it, because of the diversity, the more rules that are needed to make it become its order. It’s a trap.

Only God can give true Spiritual benefits. When the Church sees church as a business, they have already failed. It has then become limited. There are good business ideas and strategies but if prayer does not lead through the heart, the system is infected. They have started working out of the intellect more than the spirit of the heart.

The Kingdom of God is within you. It is truly real and it truly offers you something in return that is much greater. It is not a commodity. When your soul is rich it manifests in other areas as well. God will supply the needs you have to do His Kingdom work. It’s His good pleasure!

When we feel financially deprived, the problem is usually because our soul has taken a wrong turn. When you are in your soul’s destiny, rich or poor, you are satisfied. Sometimes money is a distraction – the lack or the abundance of it. It’s a clue that we need to re-assess the values we have for life.

We can be influenced by others and sometimes we make bad decisions or wrong choices. The good thing with our faith is that we have a God who can overcome our problems. When we receive declarations that say we are limited in our opportunities, we have started to live the Lie. Our God is unlimited!

When the spirit of religion creeps into a church, it can appear to do God a favor but as He says, it’s whitewash. White wash is colored water, it is cheap paint because it does not really cover well and washes off in a short amount of time. Slicksters know that and prepare for the next story. But enlightened people through the truth of the Word of God begin to see through and seek for better. And it’s out there! We just have to seek until we find it. Genuine seeking efforts are not in vain. That faith speaks!

The bottom line is to know that your soul can be satisfied. There is an order of events that is going to take place but when we focus only on the tribulation and not on the life, we get a warped view of what God is all about. When we channel flip, we find murder stories on station and go to the Christian station only to see more death and dirth predicted or lamented. It gets depressing! We need the overcoming Gospel. It sets us apart.

Those who know their God will do exploits! And exploits are not about how much sorrow can you hold, but how much life can you find. Godly Christians will find life in what seems the most unlikely of places to the carnal mind. But we have something more – we have the Holy Spirit who overcomes even death and proved it by raising Jesus from the dead.

He IS the Resurrection and the Life that affects all life! When churches miss that focus, then the Church gets fearful, despondent, despairing, grumpy and angry. They will turn away to something else that gives them more life or sedation, but without the Savior, even that will ultimately fail them.

Our only hope is in Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One. The Anointing is the power from Heaven that is a life force. It joins and anoints a living Heaven to a fallen dead Earth and overcomes it with its Life. It destroys the works of the devil. Hallelujah!

The ministers weep between the porch and the altar. The porch is where people come to find help and leadership. The altar is where the sacrifice of the soul is made to God. The priests or ministers are those who intercede and who know how to approach God with understanding and wisdom and the right protocol for entreating. It’s about honor and respect and knowledge of the Holy. He really is a Personality!

The devastation of the Body and the Church in a time of crisis can be overcome by getting back to the basics. Most children have their basic needs provided while they learn how to navigate. But why do parents want children? They have to invest a lot in them for quite a while before they ever get any kind of quality return. Parents want children to reflect and solidify who they are, to know the joy of seeing their life replicated and enhanced, and for the loving relationship of genuine affection.

In God’s mind and ours, it truly is and should be a beautiful thought. We are created in God’s image which means there is more than just the natural but the Spiritual revelation too. Love can beget more love and multiply through the humility of being naked and transparent. Family is family because we know them through the junk!

God loves us. He wants to love us. We just need to make ourselves loveable in return to get and mulitiply the blessings. Have faith in God! He does it right and He blesses abundantly – inside and out! When the joy of the Body returns in faith, so does the prosperity. Be careful of your end time philosphy. It can affect your business.

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