As you know, I am bringing messages about WEALTH, and the question of whether God can allow Christians to become wealthy. The short answer is "YES"....and that is exactly what God's plan is for your life...and I am about to prove it.
I have also lived as a very rich man - whereby God has put millions of dollars into my hands...and I have lived as a very poor guy....when God allowed me to lose my money and other things, so I can relate to both sides of the money spectrum.
God has THREE PHASES of bringing an abundance of prosperity into your possession.
In week one, I delivered a message about "GOD AND CREDIT". In week two, the message was all about "TITHING - IS IT FOR GENTILES?". This is the third and final week that I will be speaking about money, and in particular, wealth building - God's way.
If you have NOT read my articles on the John Tyler dot net website, or listened to my video messages on my YouTube video channel (found at the bottom of this message), then YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME BEING HERE NOW. If you don't follow God's instructions....then you are never going to tap into God's wealth, so go back over those two lessons...and then come back here. THERE ARE NOT SHORTCUTS, and I don't want you to waste your time trying to take short cuts.
If you fail to receive all of God's principles...and especially those found in the first TWO LESSONS, then you are destined to become one of the 90% of people who will never know how to tap into God's resources.
There are many "preachers" who preach what I call the "prosperity gospel". Their goal is to get you to send $1,000 or more to them....to plant a "seed of faith", and watch it grow. That's CRAP! It "ain't gonna happen". They are ALL charlatans. That means fakes or frauds.
My goal is to teach you the principles of God's THREE PHASES OF GAINING WEALTH.
God has demonstrated to me, that He wants to give us the ability to tap into His resources, and that includes talent and money. Time is the third thing we have from God, and God would like to have us use that wisely, too...and not squander it.
PHASE ONE: To get to PHASE THREE, you need to know all about PHASE ONE and PHASE TWO. I have covered those in great detail in my first two lessons about money, but this THIRD PHASE is so critical, that I insist that you get it right, and that is why I am so adamant about your going back to review lessons one and two. Go ahead...I'll wait right here for you......
PHASE ONE of God's plan to bless you abundantly is this: He first wants you to establish a relationship with Him. If you seek God out, and listen to what He says, then you will discover that He made you and me so that He and we can communicate. He wants to communicate with YOU, and He wants YOU to communicate with Him.
Do you know God personally? How? Well, Jesus...God's Son, tells us, "The only way to get to the Father is through me." John 14:6. So, I would like to introduce you to that information. Just Click on the Salvation Link also found at the bottom of this message.
Phase two is followed by PHASE ONE. If you do not get to phase one...you are already doomed to failure. If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, God cannot hear your prayers. The first prayer from you that God will listen to is the one where you ask Him to point you to the truth. He will point you to His Son. Once you develop a relationship, then PHASE TWO can kick in.
Gaining God's wisdom and His wealth requires patience and training, and a heart that is willing to listen, read - and comprehend God's Word...the Bible. In Matthew 6:33, God tells us to "Seek me FIRST", and that means to put Him FIRST in your daily activities.
Imagine seeking a relationship with your wife or husband-to-be. Do you want to be with that person? Do you communicate with that person daily? Well, that is how God would like to be involved in your life, too. Talk with Him DAILY. If you do, His promise of taking care of your "Daily Bread Needs" will kick in.
Okay...let's go prove that with the Bible....
Matthew 6:33 - "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." What things? In the same chapter of Matthew, God spells out that He will take care of your necessities...food, clothing and shelter....IF YOU PUT HIM FIRST...DAILY.
When I asked God to save my soul from the Lake of Fire - at age eleven, I was guaranteed a spot in the kingdom of Heaven...but, I never studied God's Word out. It was "too complicated", or so I thought.
In December of 2007, I asked God to show me what His plan and purpose was for my life. He did...and my training has, for the most part, been painful - but rewarding. I now KNOW what James, the half-brother of Jesus meant when he penned these words in James 1:2..."My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations"...or, "John, count it all JOY when God puts you into many trials".
The reason why I count it as JOY is because the trials tell me that God loves me enough to test me. To test us is to prove us, and make us stronger. And the end result of that trial is that we experience JOY because God always brings the trial to a conclusion, and they ALL end well, and are designed for us, individually, by God Himself.
God knew that I finally wanted to have that relationship with Him. I was riding at the very top of my game in life. I had money...three houses....made good money selling real estate....life was GREAT. But, I knew, in my heart of hearts, that I was going to die one day and miss out on knowing what God's plan and purpose was for me, so I asked Him to show me.
It was then that God sent me to His "Boot Camp" for training. I asked Him for wisdom. He says that He will give it to us liberally...if we ask. I asked. He opened my eyes to His Word...the Bible. From then to now and forward, I read something that I have read a thousand times...only it is crystal clear... I get it now!
I get that if we seek God out on a daily basis, He WILL take care of our monthly obligations...our necessities. He also wants to bring ALL OF US to His next phase, and that is PHASE THREE....earning a ton of money....but, He has rules for us to follow to achieve that NEXT LEVEL.. I will tell you all about those rules here.
Once you know Jesus as Lord & Savior, and then, through Him...you gain access to His Father...God, it is then that you build a relationship with God - through Jesus. When you build a relationship (and it takes time and trust), then God will take care of your "Daily Bread Needs"....your "obligations", and those turn out to be the necessary expenses that you have like mortgage payments, taxes, car payments, gasoline, insurances, phone bills, utilities, etc. NOT CREDIT CARD DEBT! This is why you need to review lesson one.
Those items add up to what I call a BUDGET. God said, "If you cannot manage a LITTLE....then He will NOT let you have a LOT."
The REASON that God will allow Christians to have a lot of MONEY and WEALTH is found in Luke 16: 9-11 - "And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?"
Translated, God tells us, "The reason that I will put wealth into your hands is for you to use it (unrighteous mammon - money) to win souls...so that when you die (when ye fail), those people who you reached using the money that I gave you (God speaking) will welcome you into heaven (assuming they are their first)...and they will thank you because, if it was not for you using your money (or time and talent and money), they would not be there. Whoever among you are unjust (not faithful to use my wealth to win souls, feed the poor, take care of widows and orphans), then you are not going to be given much...because you are unfaithful in doing these little things."
I have NEVER heard a preacher tell me that. Their goal is to put us on a guilt trip, and tell us, "We are robbing God if we do not give one tenth (a TITHE) of our gross income....and of every bonus check, profit from a home sale.....everything (firstfruits)...and God will punish us."
THAT IS WRONG TEACHING, and I am on the hook with God for telling YOU this...and I accept. This is why you need to go back and read or view my YouTube message on TITHING.
This is important so that we can get to PHASE THREE....and that starts with a budget. If you cannot manage your money...God will NEVER let you manage more of it.
Let's start now with proving that God owns all of the wealth (Gold and silver...money), and that only HE CAN GIVE YOU THE POWER TO GET WEALTH. Haggai 2:8 - "The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts." And, in Deuteronomy 8:18, we read, "...Thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth..." If you don't think the Old Testament is applicable for God's principles (but they are), then Jesus also said it a little differently in John 15:5. "Without ME...YOU can do nothing."
Therefore, God owns it all, and He is the only one who can give YOU the power to get some of it. If your goal is the same as His, He will trust you with a LITTLE Gold or silver...money. If your desire is to lavish it upon yourself....this extra prosperity that God wants to put into your hands, then you will have nothing, and probably be in debt for the rest of your life.
If God gives you money....and can trust you with a little of it, He will begin to pour MORE OF IT into your hands.
TESTIMONY: On January 13, 2012, I delivered the message on TITHING. I stated that I was on the hook with God if I am teaching it wrong. The NEXT DAY.....God allowed me to sell a house (I sell real estate for a living, and it's been so tough in that market that I only had ONE
TRANSACTION...a rental deal...for all of 2011).
That closing is set for February 27th. The following day, God brought another buyer in for another house, and they want to close on or before February 15th. When that deal closes, the Seller (whom I represent) will buy three house lots and start building another home. From those three transactions, God will have put about $15,000 net dollars into my hands....and every dime of it is "PROSPERITY".....over and above my "Daily Bread" needs...my monthly BUDGET. Therefore, I feel that I am leaving PHASE TWO...where God has taken care of my "Obligations" and He is putting me into PHASE THREE....and He is trusting me with a little.
From having millions of dollars handed to me by God in the past, I can attest that the $15,000 is little compared to what I used to blow on cars, etc., but it is HUGE compared to where I have been for the last four years of "God's Boot Camp" of training.
THE TEST - God has taught me, "John, if you give back to my work in a stingy manner, I will give back to you in a stingy manner. If you decide...in your heart....to give bountifully to my work (which is reaching lost souls, taking care of the poor, the homeless, the widows...the orphans), then I will give back to you the same way...BOUNTIFULLY." The reference for this principle of God is found in the New Testament Book of 2 Corinthians 9:6 - "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully." Are you getting this yet? It's like the farmers spoken of throughout the Bible...If they plant seeds ...like 100 seeds, they will gather a crop from 100 seeds. If they sow or plant or INVEST 1000 seeds, they will reap a harvest of more...a bountiful harvest.
The other variable is that God is the one who gives the increase. He is the one who can make that crop grow ...or wither in the filed. He is the one who send the rain...or holds it back. We MUST depend on God....and that means TRUST HIM for our next breath...next meal...next dollar.
There are so many parables given in the Bible - especially by Jesus, concerning money and how to invest it in God's kingdom. I do not have the time or space to do it all here, so I'm only highlighting a few of God's principles for you, but if you follow me here and on YOUTUBE...at jtyler2012, I will reveal - as time moves forward, how God decides to bring money into my possession once again....only THIS TIME, I intend to invest 90% of it into His kingdom.
Why am I telling you this? I want you to understand what I understand. God wants to give us HIS WEALTH, and He wants us to invest most of it into His kingdom...Luke 16:9. If we are willing, then I believe God will pour out a blessing that we cannot contain. In fact, God WANTS US TO PROVE HIM...so that He can PROVE He will do it.
In the Old Testament, God says, "Prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."
The TEST that God is putting me through is GREAT...and it is a "teachable moment". Now that God is dropping an extra $15,000.00 into my lap next month....what will I do with it? It's all PROSPERITY, and God instructs us to bring a certain amount of money with us on Sunday....to church, and distribute it to: win souls, care for the homeless, feed the hungry, take care of the needs of widows and orphans. The Biblical principle here is found in the book of 1 Corinthians 16:2..."Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him," This means, to me, that God is saying, "On Sunday, John....when you get the money I'm giving you out of the blue....I want you to give...if you want to, and amount that you will plan to give out of your heart...knowing that souls are my most important target."
Jesus tells us CLEARLY...how to give, and it's not a MANDATED TITHE..... 2 Corinthians 9:7 - "Every man according as he plans to in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver." There is no MANDATED GIVING - TITHE....(Do not give out of necessity...meaning if some preacher tells you that it is the LAW that YOU MUST GIVE)...then you are violating the teachings of Jesus Himself.
I will conclude this the same way I did in the TITHING LESSON....Preachers who teach that Jesus wants us to TITHE are doing a disservice to God. They teach that we are to TRUST GOD...yet they do not TRUST GOD. If they trusted God, they would not demand that we Gentiles TITHE. Instead, they would preach the TRUTH....and tell us WHY (Luke 16:9) we should give, and like I said in the TITHING LESSON, they would teach how Jesus told us to give our money, and NOWHERE in the New Testament does Jesus or any of His apostles (who established the first churches) teach TITHING. They never utter those words. They teach that we are to give...as God delivers PROSPERITY (an amount of money over and above our Daily Bread Budget of OBLIGATIONS to others). Again...please review that TITHING LESSON because all of this is spelled out in great detail...backed by the Holy Scriptures.
My test is that God wants to see if I will give an amount equal to ten percent to cover the operations of the church (NOT MANDATED, just a principle given in the Old Testament of how much money it costs to operate a "temple" or church). I have incorporated a standard of this ten percent OBLIGATION into my Daily Bread or Monthly BUDGET. So, for simple math calculations, if your "nut" each month for your home is $3,000., I add 10% or $300. to it. My new OBLIGATIONS, therefore, are $3,300.00. If God brings additional money into my hands...it is called PROSPERITY or ABUNDANCE. I will clarify this below.
The OTHER TEST that god presented to me is that He put someone in front of me who needs to have his rent paid in March....$600.00. The man is a good worker, but a contractor. He loves the Lord, and this man has actually put money into my pocket from time to time when he saw a need, so his heart is right toward God and toward giving.
My first inclination was to take $600.00 out of the ten percent of PROSPERITY of $15,000 that God is putting into my hands in February ($1,500.) that is earmarked for church expenses (probably because God already knows that two or three people won't be giving in February, so my $1,500 plus the $300 from my household budget...is going to be needed in February.
I wrestled with God over this, and the PRINCIPLE from the Old Testament tells me that God would like to have my heart want to honor that principle of giving a tenth of my PROSPERITY to the church for their obligations...therefore, I should not touch that money, but set it aside and bring it to church on that Sunday when I get the money from the closings. That left me with the knowledge now that God wants me to take the $600.00 from my own cash, and GIVE IT (not loan it) to the man, which I am planning to do. The rest of the money will be needed for me to meet the taxes that I will owe in April, and I have house insurances due in March....but of my PROSPERITY, I am meeting two "heart principles"...give the tenth if I desire to, and take care of those who God puts in front of me who have needs.
God allowed me to suffer without food and without heat for a few months while I was in boot camp. Why? He wanted me to internalize how it feels to have real needs....desperate needs, and then He allowed others to come into my life who saw or perceived needs, and they met those needs. I can and must do likewise.
I have heard one famous TV preacher say, "Well, of course Jesus never taught tithing in the New Testament - because it was just done....it was normal, so He had no need to teach what was normal."
These guys mean no harm. They teach what they have learned in Seminary. They are the ones who, unwittingly....are teaching that we must give ten percent of our income, and this is killing evangelism and missions outreach programs...and feeding the poor, and taking care of the needs of widows and orphans....like Jesus admonishes us to do. Their lack of TRUST is evident. I dare them to do what my own church does! Here is an excerpt from the church bulletin:
"You will notice that we co not take offerings or pass the plate here. If you would like to give to our ministry, please drop your offerings in the two boxes located at the back of the church or out in the Cafe."
As you can clearly see, the church NEVER passes a plate. It is voluntary. You give "as God has PROSPERED you."
The church budget is $600,000 annually, and...even in this tough economy, they exceed expectations, and end up with a small surplus.
They TRUST GOD...and leave all the consequences to Him.
Most churches brow beat the TITHE into their congregation...and they always need money!
If churches actually taught the principles set forth by God in the Old Testament, and then taught what Jesus taught us in the New Covenant (New Testament), then churches would have enough to operate their NECESSITIES...plus extra to operate in God's will..and in God's plan. God said, as He transferred all of His power to Jesus, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased...HEAR YE HIM." Matthew 17:5. Jesus told us many things concerning wealth and money, but He also told us what the WILL OF THE FATHER IS. John 6:40 -" And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees the Son, and believes on him, may have everlasting life..." God is in the soul-winning business. Everyone knows the now famous Bible verse - John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
God wants YOU to believe and receive His Son....and He wants everyone else to do the same. He is not willing that NAY on the earth perish, and have to go into the Lake of Fire. How do I know this? "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." So when you ask, Why would God send people to hell, the answer is that HE DOESN'T WANT TO...the individual chooses Jesus...or hell, and it's really that cut and dry.
Before I get right into helping you create a budget, let me end this phase with more Bible. Luke 6:38..."Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." Again...If you give back to God in a stingy manner...that's how He will give to you.
For God to get YOU into PHASE THREE...the wealth mode, you must remember that He cannot say one thing and do another. He told us that He cannot allow you to have MUCH...until you can prove to Him that you can handle a LITTLE. Therefore, it is essential that you MANAGE WHAT GOD GIVES YOU. THis requires that you have a BUDGET.
Because I also write articles for FAITHWRITERS, I must just instruct those readers to go to my John Tyler dot net site (found below) to see what I am going to print in this lesson for you. Faithwriters won't accept graphics.
The budget is necessary, and I have been operating under one since God put me through His "Boot Camp" back in December of 2007. I break every INCOME item down. Then EXPENSES, and the bottom line is CARRIED FORWARD to the next month.
I break INCOME down because when I see that my INCOME matches my EXPENSES, then any money that comes into my possession after that number is PROSPERITY. From prosperity is where my heart tells me how much to pour back into God's will...His kingdom. Remember, Jesus said, "Set aside...on Sunday, an amount AS GOD HAS PROSPERED YOU", and from your heart....give. If you give abundantly, God will give likewise to you." See Luke 6:38 again.
BUDGET- This budget below is not actual, but depicts HOW you need to lay one out. I use Microsoft Works Spreadsheet ($39.95 at Staples). If I could figure it out...YOU CAN.
So, as you can see, if you have a budget...you can actually manage your life ahead. I know that I will owe X dollars in March for house insurance....X dollars in April for tax obligations, and I know that I have certain dues and obligations due in June. Because God can trust me, He may put more money into my hands ongoing. If He does, I will tell you what happened if it is significant. If it is REALLY SIGNIFICANT, I will tell you from an undisclosed location!
Start PROVING GOD now. Start with building a relationship. Next, move to the TRUST PHASE and put Him FIRST in your life. He will meet your "Daily Bread Obligations". After that, ask God to put you into His THIRD PHASE....which is giving to YOU so you can give an amount "as you plan in your heart" back to His work...and I must ask you to consider this: How much money is ONE SOUL worth? What if that soul is YOUR KID...or YOUR PARENT?
Think about these things that I have put forth. "Be ye doers of the WORD and not hearers only." - James 1:22
John Tyler, Author
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