Wednesday, January 4, 2006

The Will of God in Your Wallet

We call our ministry Walking Barefoot Ministries and our mission is simple: to help you take the next step of faith in your walk with the Lord and experience the presence and power of God in your life. We believe that God has a plan for every area of your life, and that every plan He has for you is full of blessing and goodness.

God even has a plan for your finances, and if you will step into it, you will be tapping into the flow of His abundance and prosperity. So we want to help you take the next step of faith in your walk with the Lord regarding your finances. We want you to experience the presence and power of God even in your wallet.

Here is a simple step you can take in this area, and it is based on the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus taught His disciples to pray this way: “Kingdom of God, come! Will of God, be done on earth as it is in heaven!” (Yes, these are commands because the words in Greek text, the original language of the New Testament, are in the imperative mood.)

Does the kingdom of God have anything to do with your finances? Of course it does. Does the will of God have anything to do with your wallet? Yes, it has everything to do with your money and all your resources. Since that is so, it is very appropriate to pray, concerning your finances, the same way Jesus taught.

So here is a simple step you can take (and a good way to start the new year). Open up your wallet — whether it has anything in it or not — and pray this:
Kingdom of God, come into my wallet!
Will of God, be done in my wallet just as it is being done in heaven!
Of course, the religious spirit will be offended by this because the spirit of religion is, in reality, a spirit of poverty. It wants us to focus on our own works and take pride in how much we can do without. The abundance and prosperity of God is an offense to this spirit because it wants its own will to be done in your wallet, not the will of God.

Well, what is the will of God for your wallet, anyway? Remember that we are praying for the will of God to be done in our finances just as it is being done in heaven. So what do finances look like in the heavenly dimension? Paul answered that in his letter to the Corinthians (and in a specifically financial context, no less):
And God is able to make all grace abound towards you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Isn’t that exactly what heaven looks like? Doesn’t God make all His grace abound there? Of course. If that is His will for the heavenly realm, then that is His will for you in this earthly realm, as well, for Jesus taught us to pray, “Will of God, be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Now, notice the fullness of Paul’s statement: all grace, always having all sufficiency in all things, plus abundance (that is, more than enough) for every good work.

That is the flow of God’s prosperity. It flows in to meet your every need, and it flow through to meet the needs of others. There is a continual giving and receiving and giving and receiving.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17), so let the Lord’s Prayer and 2 Corinthians 9:7 stir up your faith. Then, when you have no doubt about it, open up your wallet and pray over: “Kingdom of God, come into my wallet. Will of God be done in my wallet just as it is being done in heaven.”