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“When we react, instead of respond, to an abuse, we often create a worse doctrine than the one we reacted to.” Bill Johnson
Let’s journey back to the days of Abraham, whom scriptures call “the father of faith,” and see if we can embrace the truth about wealth from our founding father. Abraham did not have a Bible, because he lived four hundred years before Moses, who penned the first five books of the Torah (Bible). Abraham did not have a church or even a men’s group to go to; there were none to go to in those days. But Abraham did have a unique relationship with God, in which God called him His “forever friend.” One of the benefits or manifestations of Abraham’s relationship with God is the he was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold ( Genesis 13:2).
Abraham was extremely cautious about who got credit for his fortune. When he conquered those warring kings and rescued Sodom, along with Lot and his family, the king of Sodom was so grateful that he tried to give Abraham all the riches of the city. But Abraham said to him, “I have sworn to the Lord God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, for fear you would say, ” I have made Abraham rich.”
Not only was Abraham rich, but he also contributed his wealth to God alone. In other words, god made Abraham rich, period. Case closed. There is no other way to view his prosperity. In fact, Abraham was not just rich, he had a beautiful wife named Sarah. Sarah was so beautiful that even at ninety years old, when she and Abraham journeyed through various countries, the kings would hear about her beauty and try to abduct her so they could marry her. This too continued with Abraham’s children. They loved God. Many people were against them but God was for them.
The anointing for wealth that began with Abraham, and later passed to Isaac and Jacob, became a national anointing that actually rested on the entire nation of Israel. A few centuries later, in the days of Moses, God spoke through Moses in the wilderness and said to the people, ” You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
WOW! There are two things that grab me from this passage. The first is that God gave His people power to make wealth. In other words, wealth is more than wise financial investments, it is actually a magnetic force, a tractor beam, so to speak- that sucks prosperity into its vortex. When God anoints a person, or in this case a nation, with the power to make wealth, it creates an invisible yet tangible culture in which people feel impassioned to give to those who are anointed, even though they often cannot explain why. This kinds of anointing transcends logic or reason. It’s influence often appeals more to the heart (spirit) than to the head.
Most of us feel compelled to give to a person in dire need- a homeless person, or a hungry child. Situations like this awaken compassion in us to meet a pressing need. There are other times that someone shares a vision so compelling that we are inspired to contribute to see the vision fulfilled. Our contributions in these cases can be traced back to something logical, explainable, and natural. But the power to make wealth cannot be explained by circumstances alone, nor is it just people’s response to a highly motivational speaker or even a great vision. It is, instead, a spiritual power endowed by our Creator, which requires a divine response from creation itself to fulfill His heavenly decree.
The elements of nature are somehow required to respond to this supernatural attraction. The power to make wealth also supernaturally affects man made financial conditions and situations like the stock market, business deals and customer sales. Many of the people God has anointed to make wealth do have extraordinary financial minds, but the mere frequency of their success is uncanny and incomprehensible. They often prosper against ridiculous odds.
At least four factors mark God’s anointing- Supernatural wisdom, favor, excellence, and creativity. This was true for Solomon.
Pray for wisdom. Pray for direction. Pray for a partnership. Build a relationship with your Creator. He has so many things he wants to teach us. Learn to linger in His presence. He won’t disappoint. Why turn to others and other things, when you can turn to the one that knows all, who made all.
Excerpt- Kris Vallotton