Patience and Faith

“Releasing and Transferring Extraordinary amounts of Wealth for the Kingdom requires Patience and Faith.”

“The covenant of prosperity is not a magic wand; it’s an adventure of faith.”Over the past few years, I have been in the loop on several negotiations which have the potential for releasing extraordinary amounts of wealth for the Kingdom of God. None of them has happened immediately or even as quickly as I thought reasonable. In this area, we can face a serious temptation to lose patience. However, it is important to keep in mind that there is a close relationship between patience and faith. Without faith, we cannot please God. If the enemy causes us to lose patience, he has also dented our faith.

By and large, the apostles I am working with exhibit Godly patience. Patience (perseverance in some versions) is foundational to the character of a true apostle. Nevertheless, I am sorry to report that some who have been with me in preparing for the great transfer of wealth have failed the test of patience and jumped ship.

The most notable case of expecting immediate transfer of significant wealth began for me in August 2001. Starting with 9/11, that and many subsequent factors have entered the picture. Now, over five years later, somehow or other I still have the same high level of expectation that the money will be coming real soon. One thing that helps is that I have never yielded to the temptation to “spend” the money in my mind. Why not be patient? There is everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Let me share with you two very insightful short essays on patience relating to receiving the prosperity that God desires to provide for us. One is by David Oyedepo and the other by Nate Wolf. I believe you will enjoy them.

1. David Oyedepo

I recently read a book by one of my good friends in Africa, Bishop David Oyedepo, Understanding Financial Prosperity. Unfortunately, it is not yet available in the USA. He has notable credentials for writing the book. He pastors Faith Tabernacle which boasts the largest sanctuary in the world with 50,400 seats (deck chairs). It is located on over 600 acres. The building cost $250 million (US dollars), and it was all paid, debt free, by Nigerian money. The campus also houses Covenant University which cost another $250 million (US dollars), all paid, debt free, with Nigerian money.

I attended a Wednesday night prayer meeting with 6,000 in attendance, most of the men dressed in suits and ties. These men were at one time on the streets looking for the next meal, but one of Oyedepo’s discipling goals is to help his people become prosperous, and he is doing it. Not only does he teach them to save, but he has founded a bank right on the church campus, called “Canaan Land.”

Having said that, I was greatly encouraged by his chapter on patience, called “Waiting.” This is something I think all of us involved in wealth transfer should read. “Waiting” from the book Understanding Financial Prosperity, by David Oyedepo:

“For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, ‘Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.’ And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” Hebrews 6:13-15

This is the eagle’s secret. God swore to Abraham, yet he needed patience to obtain that promise. The Bible said, “after he had patiently endured” not after he had subjected himself to rigorous senseless fasting, not after he had struggled and sweated it out; but after he had patiently endured.

Abraham needed to have endured. Indeed, every man, every “eagle Christian,” requires a degree of covenant patience. The covenant of prosperity is not a magic wand; it’s an adventure of faith. “After he had patiently endured….” not after he had wept aloud. We are not called to weep, but to wait.

In Habakkuk 2:3, God said that every vision is for an appointed time, so though it tarries, wait for it. Did He say weep for it? Did He say run around for it? No! Wait! “Wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.”

The reason we are wasting is because we don’t like to wait. In 1981, God spoke to me, saying, “The hour has come to liberate the world from all the oppressions of the devil, through the preaching of the Word of Faith.”

That was a revelation for a world-wide ministry, but the mandate to go into Africa never came until 1994! Can you see the waiting period? “But at the end it shall speak.” When you run with it, it will speak at the end. Very many people miss that end, so it looks as if the vision or revelation is not true.

Please understand this: quick prosperity will always end in grievous austerity, because it lacks the required foundation for lasting results. Why Wait? Your lifting with God is for appointed times and due seasons, and He’s the only One who knows when your due season has come. If you strive to lay a hold of something before you’re due, you’ll be doomed.

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9

Don’t be tired in covenant walk because there is a due season. If you’re on your feet when that season comes, you will reap your harvest, but if you faint, you fall.

“If it will work, it ought to have worked by now.” That’s murmuring. When you murmur, you destroy your seed down, and then you will have to begin all over again. God runs a due season calendar on each one of us. When you are due, He will not deny you. But if you faint before you are due, you lose it all. It’s better to wait or you waste. Abraham heard from God directly, yet he needed patience to obtain the promise. If you will not be patient, you may end up a patient in the hospital.

I caught the revelation that I cannot be poor in 1981, but that was not equal to automatic prosperity. But because I know what it takes, I never had occasion to beg, nor was I ever tempted to borrow.

“But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.” Luke 8:15

Though the seed fell on good ground, it could only bring forth fruit with patience. In a society that’s ever in a hurry as we live in today, we need an understanding of God that will keep us above the system. God said, “I know you’re honest, but you need patience. The day you are due, I will not deny you. Wait! Wait! Wait! The day you are due, you will see Me at work. Wait!”

God cannot deny Himself. Haven’t you heard what He said in Psalm 89:34? “My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.”
So we can count on Him in the morning, we can count on Him in the afternoon, and we can count on Him in the night. Everyone in this covenant has a future, but that future is continually being contested by the enemy. It takes covenant intelligence to beat him hollow. Waiting without staggering–that’s the secret of all high flying Christians.

Excerpted from Understanding Financial Prosperity by David O. Oyedepo 
Published in Nigeria by Dominion Publishing House, 2005, Pages 279-284.

2. Nate Wolf

“Patience is the power that will carry you through the painful moments of life into the pleasurable moments of life.”

Nate Wolf of Everett, Washington, is the founder of The Gatekeepers Network, an organization dedicated to equipping Christian business leaders. This is excerpted from Chapter 7 in his book, The Gatekeepers.

“GATEKEEPERS KNOW PATIENCE DOUBLES OUTCOME” from the book The Gatekeepers, by Nate Wolf:

Telephone books are filled with business names that use the words “quick,” “speedy,” and “minute.” Domino’s delivers fresh, hot pizza in under an hour. Jiffy Lube offers ten-minute oil changes. The U.S. Postal service is now known as “snail mail.” In today’s marketplace, patience may be a virtue, but it’s certainly not a commodity.

Does patience really have a place in the life of a Gatekeeper? I’ll have to admit, one of my favorite words is “now,” and one of my least favorite things is being stuck in the iron claw of gridlock, and even the name of my church is Today’s Church. However, the story of Job has great insight for us in this fast paced world of instant gratification.

Job was a man who took his whole life to build an impressive family owned business. Then in two days it was all gone–his business, his wealth, his family, everything. The book of Job is the story of how Job regained his lost wealth and went on to enjoy it with his great grandchildren.

The real story of the book of Job is a message resulting in a victorious final outcome–how one man lost everything and then regained double what was lost.

Job’s patience was the golden secret that helped him overcome the pain he faced. Patience is more than just having the ability to not become angry in a difficult situation. Patience is the power that will carry you through the painful moments of life into the pleasurable moments of life.

The Greek word translated as patience means “to be long in spirit or long in passion.” Patience is doing what God’s word says is right, longer than your problems can stand it. Sufficient exposure to the Word of God and the Holy Spirit before, during, and after crises will increase your patience (Galatians 5:22). The patience of God within you will always outlast the pain that’s trying to come upon you.

Patience is the power that will keep you in the proper place and mindset, during discomfort or pain, until you possess your final promise and reach your ultimate purpose.

Excerpted from The Gatekeepers: Whatever God Can Get Through You, He Will Get to You. Published by Insight Publishing, Tulsa OK, 2002, Pages 77-83.

C. Peter Wagner 

Global Harvest Ministries

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Overcoming the Kingdoms of this World

War, hunger, poverty, ignorance, ethnic cleansing, age-old hatreds and prejudices, suicide bombings, terrorism, AIDS and other afflictions, economic instability with wide fluctuations in the stock market – all of these show clearly that our world is a frightening and unreliable place. Because the kingdom of this world is temporary and will one day pass away, it has nothing of enduring quality in which we can trust with any confidence.

Millions die every day from disease, starvation or violence. The stock market collapses and people who were millionaires one day are paupers the next. Corporations downsize and thousand are suddenly jobless. Extended joblessness creates financial distress resulting in evictions, which increases homelessness and the welfare burden of the state. Religious hatred between Christians, Muslims and Jews fuels daily conflict in many parts of the world, particularly the Middle East.

Is there any good news in the midst of all of this? Yes, indeed there is. For those who live and walk in the Kingdom of God, every day can be a good day, regardless of circumstances in the world. No matter how much unrest and turmoil swirls around us in the physical world, the Kingdom of God is stable. It cannot be moved. Unlike the kingdom of this world, God’s Kingdom is founded on eternal principles that will never fade or pass away.

Religion-a Human Invention: Mankind has tried in so many ways to relieve the fear, pain, and suffering that characterize so much of human life on earth. One way is through religion, which has not been any more successful than anything else because it too is a product of human invention and design. Religion is man’s attempt to discover God and find the solution to his own problem.

This is why God did not send us a religion. Instead, He sent us His Kingdom, eternal and unshakable. God’s Kingdom came to earth through the person of His Son Jesus Christ, who was its herald as well as its gateway. Christ did not come to Earth to start a religion or a religious organization or club. Jesus preached the Kingdom, but the Church preaches so many other things rather than the Kingdom.

Jesus’ overarching mission on earth was to reintroduce the Kingdom of God on Earth to mankind. When we say that Jesus came to reintroduce the Kingdom of God on Earth, this implies that at one time it was here before. Christ did not bring a new Kingdom to Earth, but an old, original Kingdom that had been lost. At one time, Adam and Eve were the Kingdom of God on Earth, ruling from the Garden of Eden. When they rebelled against God and fell into sin, the Kingdom departed.

Living In Perfect Harmony: Here is how the Kingdom was supposed to work. God the Father and Creator is in heaven, where He has always been. Remember that Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father in heaven.” Heaven is the domain of the Father, a spiritual realm that is invisible, yet greater and more real than the visible, physical realm that was created from it. God is the King of heaven, the Lord of all, the Creator, and the manufacturer of all things.

Man, the creature, is on the earth. Created in God’s own image and formed from the dust of the ground, man was placed in administrative authority over the Earth and all its other creatures. Since God is Spirit this means that man was created first as a spirit with the ability to communicate with the spiritual realm.

As the breath of God was breathed into man he became a living soul, endowed with self-awareness, personality and free will. In order to fulfill His design and intention of ruling the Earth through a physical representative, God then placed the spirit man He had created into a physical shell, a body fashioned from the dust (“dark earth” or adam) of the ground.

So here we have two realms: a spiritual realm capable of touching the realm of God, and a physical realm able to communicate in the earth regions. God’s purpose was for man to rule the Earth in His name and under His authority. This meant that God’s thoughts and desires were to be manifested in the mind of man so that God’s will could be done on Earth. The only way that God’s will can be accomplished on Earth is through the man He had created. There had to be a spiritual connection linking the two realms. For this reason, God created man with the capacity of receiving His Spirit.

When God came into the garden to fellowship with Adam, he heard the Lord’s voice and tried to hide among the trees. God called out to Adam, asking “Where art thou?” Adam replied, “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself” (Genesis 2:8-10). Of course, God knew where Adam was all along. God is all knowing. He didn’t ask because He didn’t know. God knew where Adam was physically but He couldn’t find Adam in His Spirit. For the first time Adam was not connected to God through his spirit.

The Spirit of God was the vital link between man’s dominion on Earth and God’s dominion in heaven. He revealed the will of God to man and provided wisdom and guidance so that man could carry out God’s will on Earth. In this original order of things, perfect harmony existed between God and man. There was unity between heaven and Earth. Everything operated as it was supposed to. It did not stay that way.

The key to dominion: The key to man’s being able to manifest the Kingdom of God here on Earth is the presence of the Holy Spirit. Man cannot know God’s will except through the Holy Spirit living within him, and the Holy Spirit can live only in a holy vessel. Not only did Jesus come to reintroduce the Kingdom, but He came also to restore righteousness and holiness to mankind, both of which we lost in the Garden of Eden.

Jesus restored us to righteousness – to right standing with the Father – through His death for our sins. He made us righteous again, and when He did so, He also restored our holiness. To be holy means to be pure, without spot or blemish, set apart exclusively for God. When Adam and Eve sinned, they showed contempt for their holy state and took that which was meant for God and used it for profane and common purposes. That would be like taking a beautiful, solid gold goblet and using it to hold bacon grease.

How does Jesus make us righteous and holy again? Nothing less than the blood of Jesus was required. The Word of God says, “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). Only the blood of Jesus could cleanse our sin and remove the shame of our actions. That is why He had to die.

Just like the old hymn declares, “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was Spirit, with no body or blood; Jesus, the man, had both. Jesus Christ was both 100 percent flesh-and-blood man and 100 percent divine Son of God. We cannot separate the two; to do so would be to deny the work that He did on the cross.

The Holy Spirit connection: We cannot worship Christ and forget about Jesus because without Jesus we cannot have Christ. The blood of Jesus cleansed our sin and created the basis for our forgiveness, making it possible for Christ to restore us to righteousness and holiness and bring us the Holy Spirit.

This is why any religion that denies Jesus has a problem. Everything is wrapped up in Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross. If we do not have Jesus, that means our sins are still with us. Without the cleansing of our sins, we cannot become holy. Unless we become holy, we cannot become citizens of the Kingdom of God.

Why is the Holy Spirit so important? He is the link, the spiritual connection between us and the Kingdom of God. He is the one who fills us with spiritual powers, guides us, leads us into the knowledge of truth, and brings to our remembrance all the things that Jesus taught.

Jesus promised His disciples that after He left he would send the Holy Spirit to be with them forever. The Holy Spirit could not come until Jesus had completed His work on the cross, risen from the dead, and applied His blood for the cleansing of man’s sin. Once we were made cleansed and holy again, we were ready to receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus took care of that, too, before he ascended into heaven.

Breaking the slave mentality: As children of God, we are part of the royal family of the Kingdom of heaven. Like any other member of royalty, we don’t just step into the role without any preparation; we must be trained. Proper and careful training is essential for rulers in the making.

We must learn how to think and act like the royal children of the heavenly King. We have spent so long in the condition and mentality of slaves in the kingdom of darkness that we automatically think and act like slaves. If we are to exercise our full status and potential in the earthly realm as ambassadors of our Father, we must be retrained in the behavior and mindset of the Kingdom. In this task, the Holy Spirit is our tutor.

When we first become believers, we receive our new spiritual birth from Jesus Christ, Who then “turns us over” in a manner of speaking, to someone else – the Holy Spirit – for our training and up brining as children of the King.

Our faith is based on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but since He is in heaven seated at the right hand of the Father, the way He relates to us and we to Him is through the Holy Spirit. In His earthly incarnation, Jesus could not be continuously and physically present with all His followers, so He promised to send His Spirit who would abide with us forever and teach us how to think and act like the royalty we are:

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth…But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:116-17,16).

We need a tutor like the Holy Spirit because our minds and thinking are corrupt and it takes us a while to grasp and genuinely believe the truth about who we are in Christ. We are royal children of the Kingdom of God, but have spent our entire lives living in the slave quarters. Our thoughts and behavior won’t change overnight. The Holy Spirit lives in us as a continuing abiding presence, patiently and lovingly He is teaching us who we are and how to think, speak, and act accordingly.

How to handle freedom: One of the things the Holy Spirit teaches us is how to stand in authority as true sons and daughters of God no matter what troubles or difficulties come onto our circumstances, rather than being a slave to them. We can live in power and victory, rather than in weakness and defeat. All it takes is training, and the Holy Spirit is our Teacher.

In the kingdom of darkness we have been under Satan’s sway. Kicked out of heaven for rebelling against God, Satan fell to Earth as a nobody, then pretended to be a somebody by tricking Adam and Eve and usurping their earthly authority. Ever since then he has taught mankind to think of themselves as nobodies, just as he is.

After a lifetime of feeding on negativity and impossibility thinking, most of us have a certain amount of mental damage that the Holy Spirit must heal. We have been slaves for so long that we don’t know how to handle freedom. We apologize for getting ahead. We don’t believe we deserve or are entitled to the best.

That may have been true while we were sinners lost and separated from God. As believers, however, we have been restored to our place as God’s children and are entitled to all the blessing and benefits of that station. The retraining of our mind is part of what it means to give ourselves as living sacrifices to God. We cannot live effectively for the Lord until we learn to think like Him. That is what the Apostle Paul meant when he wrote to the Roman Believers:

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1-2).

Paul is saying that we should not allow ourselves any longer to be molded by the world we have lived in all our lives but to be transformed by renewing our minds to think and conform to the mind of Christ. Renewing our minds means returning to the original mind that we had before the fall, a mind that loves and honors God and that understands its rightful place as a voice – regent of the earthly domain under God’s sovereign Kingdom rule.

Demonstrating Kingdom rule: Whenever Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, walked on water, calmed a storm with a word, or fed a multitude with a handful of fish and bread, He demonstrated the truth that God’s Kingdom had come to earth.

Whenever He preached the Good News of the Kingdom, or taught His followers about life in that Kingdom, and whenever people responded to Him in faith, He demonstrated the power of the Kingdom to impact human life and the environment.

Despite Adam and Eve’s fall in the Garden of Eden, God’s desire never changed. He still wanted to rule the Earth by manifesting His Kingdom through the Holy Spirit in the lives of people who were committed to Him and sold out to His lordship.

For 2,000 years, ever since the day of Jesus, He has been doing this in increasing degree as men, women and children in every generation have given their lives to Christ and allowed the Holy Spirit to work in and through them.

Each of us who turn to Christ becomes a “stone” in the magnificent spiritual “palace” of the Kingdom on Earth, called and equipped as kings and priests to represent that Kingdom before the rest of the world. The Apostle Peter stated it this way:

“As you come to Him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a choice and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be out to shame.’…But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:4-6; 9-10).

Restoring our kingship: Throughout human history, the religious society has generally separated priest and king into separate offices and functions, but God did not design them that way in the beginning. When God created us, He intended for us to be His repetitive rulers – His ambassadors over the rest of the created order. We were to be priests and kings in the Earth: as priests, representing God’s nature and character, and as kings, His Kingdom government.

Through Christ we are a “holy priesthood,” a “chosen people,” a “royal priesthood,” and a “holy nation.” As such, we have been restored to our priestly function of representing and reflecting God’s nature and character before the world. We are also the “people of God,” not a nation of subjects, but of sons and daughters. If God is a King, then we, His people, are also of the royal line. Therefore, we have also been restored to our kingly function of representing the government of God on the Earth.

God is not interested in having subjects in His Kingdom. He wants only children, royal heirs to the treasure of His domain.

Our mission as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God is to bring those who are enslaved in the kingdom of darkness to Christ, The Door, so that He can set them free to enter into their full citizenship in God’s Kingdom of light.

Dr. Myles Munroe
Bahamas Faith Ministries International

Wait !

The Lord is Realigning and Developing Our Faith in the Next THREE MONTHS”

Recently, I sent out the first portion of a prophetic word the Lord brought to us during one of our Tuesday Morning Prayers. The word encourages us to “wait for His Presence, hear the heartbeat and get in synch with His best for you.” Much response came from this prophetic word. I now feel it is time for the remainder of the word to be released. The second part of the word is below. This encourages us to understand that the faith window is changing and the Lord is “realigning and developing our faith in the next three months.” Read and pray this word over yourself.

“You might ask yourself, ‘Why have I been positioned here in this mundane job when all I want to do is worship You?’ I would say, You are there because of timing. Otherwise, you would get out of time, and touch the ark, rather than follow behind or carry the ark. Enjoy and celebrate the mundane assignments and then you will see your ark move.”

“This is a season that I am teaching My people how to enter into My presence. You must have My Presence to secure your future. Without you being where I have placed you NOW, you could never understand My presence for your future. I am developing a testimony in you. Because of this testimony, you truly will enter into the new beginning and be repositioned in days ahead. Allow Me to develop and create the image for your future. If you will stand and allow Me to prosper everything you put your hand to, no matter how mundane and insignificant it seems to you, then you will prosper.”

“O afflicted one, tossed and thrown, I am coming to comfort you. My Voice will call you up in a new way. Do not try to come up in the same way you have come up in the past, for this is a day of new beginnings. In this new beginning, I am bringing a renewal of covenant to My people. I am breathing on the way that I am agreeing with My people. You are in agreement with some things that you must let go of. I am not in agreement with those things. Break agreement, that I might renew My covenant with you. You are in agreement with the way you see yourself, and that is not the way I see you. Unless you get My image, you cannot be transformed for your future. You must see yourself the way I see You.”

“It is the sure mercies of David that I am calling forth. They come through Me and agree as ONE. I have taken you through the caves and the wilderness, but now I am ready to bring you to a new beginning. The only thing that can stop this new beginning is you not yielding to Me or not receiving instruction from those I position in your path to help you find the new way. If you agree with Me, then My sure mercies that I poured out on My servant David, I will pour out on you. It was the witness that I was forming in him that enabled him to lead. Many of you are wanting to be out front without My witness. Wait for Me to witness in your spirit before you go forward.”

“This is a day of rearranging leadership and preparing you with enhanced skills. I AM causing talents that have lain dormant within you to come forth. This is My new beginning, so you must let Me go before you to prepare that new beginning for you and bring you fully into it. Seek Me, while I may be found, for this is a month of seeking. There will be three months to develop faith in a new way in you. My word will become strong and you will be called forth into that place. You will find yourself establishing and breaking the ground I have given you, but you must allow Me to prepare you to stand on new ground.”

“My people do not have the mind for super-abundance nor do they have the strength to carry extra baskets. This is a season that extra baskets must be carried by My people and you must carry them together. Some of you would love to grab your baskets and run, but that will not get you into the fullness of the place where I would establish you.”

“Find what I have given you, but know that I can cause it to multiply. Where you did not have anything but a sack, I can multiply it into 12 baskets, but there is no way you can carry the 12 baskets by yourself. You must get realigned and find those to work with you. Know that it is the delight of My heart to bring My people into this new place.”

“The new beginning has begun. I am teaching My presence in a new way. Do not look at ministry in the way that others have, for this is a time of developing witness and not a time of causing My people to be seen as ministers. My word does not return to Me void, but it produces a fullness. Watch for the fullness of My word to manifest. My ways are higher than your ways. My thoughts are higher than your thoughts. You are limiting My high ways to your thought processes. I have other ‘highways’ for you to travel and other ways for you to step in. You have gotten caught in the midst of a machine and it is not what I am doing in your life. It is producing a blueprint that is NOT what I long for others to see in your life.”

“In your gleaning, be very satisfied, for I am very near to you in the midst of the gleaning fields. Listen to My word and listen to My way, for others are watching you in a way that you have never been watched before. You are longing to gain audience with one and it is someone else that I am causing to see you. Even now, there are Pharaohs who are watching and observing you, and it is those that will favor you, My people.”

“This is a day of transference of wealth, but you must be connected with those who have amassed it for My Kingdom plan. I know who can release it. I can realign it. This word will not return void. If you will wait for your heart to realign, then instead of void and chaos being on your path, there will be baskets full of My blessings. Wait and watch, for My presence has now realigned with you, and you will be aware of My presence at every turn.”

I would encourage you to read Isaiah 55. Verse 2 says, “Listen carefully to Me and eat what is good. Let your soul delight in abundance.” Tell your soul to rise up and delight in abundance. The desires of your heart must be in alignment with the delight of God to experience His abundance. I am asking for the hearts of God’s people all over the globe to delight in His abundance. If you are striving over supply, stop, until you can delight in abundance.

The Lord is saying, “Incline your ear and come to Me.” I decree that you are going to hear how to come forth. You will not come forth in the same way as you did in the past because the Lord is not calling you forth in the same way.

By Prophet Chuck D. Pierce

The Minister of Finance

The Minister of Finance: A New Encounter

Last night I had a dream that redirected me in what I was going to write this month. In my dream, I saw a man who looked familiar but I couldn’t make out his features. He came and handed me a large heavy book that I had also seen before but I couldn’t make out the cover. I looked at the back of the book and recognized it. It was my book, “Keys to Heaven’s Economy, an Angelic Visitation from The Minister of Finance,” but in this copy there were more chapters.

My eyes were then opened and I recognized this man; I was again seeing the Minister of Finance of the Kingdom. “Read,” he commanded, and so I did.

I began to read about the future as if it had already happened. The projects in people’s hearts that are in seed form now, were fully birthed and written about in this expanded version of my book. It was as though I had interviewed people on the details of how God had given them direction in their projects. It filled me full of faith as I saw thousands of names and their projects in the book.

In the book I had written the same phrase over and over: “And the Angel of the Lord directed Him/Her to….”

I knew the Angel of the Lord had been assigned to direct people very specifically, according to the pattern of heaven concerning the stewardship of the projects and resources that will bring Jesus His reward.

Lights Over Broadway, Nashville, and Hollywood

Then, I was lifted up in the dream and I saw lights over the entertainment industry capitals in America. The lights were the angels of the Lord who were piercing through the heavenlies, bringing messages, wisdom, instruction and RESOURCES for people’s anointed projects with the creative arts.

As I was looking over the map of America it expanded to a worldwide view and I saw activity in India as angels began to gather over the Hollywood industry. I saw them in Singapore, especially on animation. They flew to Toronto for film and drama. There were even more in France, as God touched some of the key artistic minds with redemption and expression.

These lights formed a net in the Spirit over the globe. I realized that there would be arts touching almost the entire world in a very short time. There really is going to be resources to release a new renaissance in the Arts, so that the Word can be seen and heard in a way that will impart the greatest faith realm since the early church. In these times of darkness we need to see such a great and marvelous light.

Dream of 50

Then the dream changed. The Minister of Finance handed me a briefcase that was full of $50’s and He said, “You will need what was deposited in the 1950’s in corporate America, and in the anointed Kingdom ministries, to experience the break through of resources that are coming.”

I only have limited understanding of this but as he spoke it, I was again taken above the earth. I could see mines in mountains all over the world. They were being tapped into and gold, silver, precious metals, gemstones, and minerals were being mined at an exponential rate. It was amazing because many Christians were given keys to these resources. (I even believe there are some people who have been prophetically directed to buy land that will have these resources discovered on them).

Israel’s Dark Night Will Lead to a Bright Day

Then as I hovered above looking at these mines opening up, I saw Israel. It was so dark, I could barely see through the thickness of black. Then a hand came and parted the blackness. As this happened, the heavens opened up and this Minister of Finance angel and thousands more angels stormed into Israel to bring a restoration to them as a nation.

In the dream I could see millions of pilgrims who had previously visited the Holy Lands as if they were all in one big group. Their hearts were being touched by the golden finger of the Minister of Finance. When he touched them, their hearts would begin to burn for Israel. The Holy Spirit\’s presence would fall on them and open their eyes to Israel. There was a great pouring out of their personal resources for this restoration in Israel.

I believe from this part of the dream that the Holy Spirit is about to awaken people to something that needs to take place in Israel, in our generation, by people resourcing the Kingdom works there. I believe God is laying out specific strategies through many ministries. They have been prepared to go in and distribute Kingdom resources, specifically for the purpose of restoration or recreating resource in Israel.

I believe what Israel has gone through in the past and present is preparing the way for a very bright day for Kingdom purpose. This is a very broad statement but God is going to do one of the most strategic historical moves in Israel since they became a nation in 1948.

The Promise Will Make Way For the Purpose

In the very last part of the dream I looked back at the Minister of Finance and saw Him with a group of people from different nations. They were all on the verge of purchasing properties for Kingdom purpose. Many of them didn’t have full resources to purchase the properties and they were talking amongst each other when the angel spoke above all of them and said “The promise will make way for the purpose.”

This sentence was spoken by God to a dear friend of mine and when the angel said this it overwhelmed me. I will forever remember this sentence in this context. I then awoke.

Heaven’s resources are being poured upon those who will unselfishly give Jesus His reward!

by Shawn Bolz

Hollywood Anointing

By Shawn Bolz

A New Reformation

During the great reformation in the church in the 1500’s, God’s intention was that all society be transformed and so he began to inspire big dreams in peoples hearts. One man, Martin Luther, was a young priest who had a spirit of revolution burning in his bones. He did many things wrong, but just like David of the Bible, we can remember him for what God did through him, not the weakness of the human vessel.

In Martin Luther’s day, he believed that every believer should be able to read the Bible. This was extremely controversial because the church held ultimate power in not allowing people to formulate their own ideas about the Word. Martin Luther believed that each man, woman, and child was justified by their own faith in the Word of God, not someone else’s interpretation so he began to translate the Bible into its first common tongue translation. It was a translation that everyone could read and an amazing thing happened at the same time.

God released an invention that went along with the burning dream of Martin Luther. For the first time in history, there was a machine that could mass produce a book, but it wasn’t just created for just any book. It is no coincidence that it was created during the same period that this refomationist was translating the very word of God. God gave Luther an invincible heart to see radical reformation and change in society, but it wasn’t just a hope or a wish. No, God birthed the printing press in complete orchestration to what he was doing in His Kingdom in that time period.

A Modern Printing Press

So today, God has been burning dreams into the hearts and imaginations of the spirits of Christian all over the world in regards to the new tools He has released onto the earth. Many people in our generation have a revolutionary mindset where they can not rest without manifesting something that would stay trapped only in their dreams if not for the release of the great technology of film, television, music industry, and the Internet (amongst other mass communication devices). This time its not just a few, but a company of new breed thinkers. They are not radical idealists, because their philosophical truths are not going to just stay hovering in thought. Instead, God is beginning to unveil a plan to equip and activate them to birth creative projects that show truth through all of the greatest platforms known to man. Much of the church looks down upon any desire to impact through these tools unless it is a direct specific Christian effort of filming a Bible story, or an escitological story. There has been such a misunderstanding of the tools because of their misuse that people have all but thrown them away in the church. So here is our problem: God has given the world the most incredible visual and story telling tools to spread mass information and the church is the furthest behind in the whole race to use them. Not only does most of the church shy away from them, but they make those in the Kingdom who pursue to use them feel like they are immoral or worldly.

God is Ordaining People for The Entertainment Industry

There is such a gap right now between a secular job and a ministry calling in the church and it is undermining true spiritual authority. The perception or felt reality of most of the church seems to be that people who do a secular job are a second class citizen in the church and that because their job is not spiritual in nature that it can not function as a spiritual device to bring God His glory. In other words, its a support role.

Especially jobs in industries that have so much corruptness or immorality in them, these are especially blacklisted as undesirable ways to serve the Kingdom.

Jesus gave a commission though that most churches are completely ignoring because they are so preoccupied with their archaic programs and structure. The commission in Matthew was to go into ALL the world and preach the Gospel of Salvation. God was looking throughout history knowing where He could get glory and preparing those industries for people like you and I to infiltrate with the Gospel of love and peace. Sure there are places in the world that we are not called to work in or associate with because their very root is immorality. You can not tell me as a Christian that you are called to man a camera on a porn set, work in a strip club, in an illegal drug operation, etc. But we are not talking about these places which are inherently immoral. We are talking about going as one who is sent into the entertainment industry to use it as a tool of war.

In Joel 3, Joel saw people farming with pruning hooks and plowshares. Then he saw something amazing-The people heard the sound of a trumpet. Not just any sound, but a war call, they began to beat their plowshares into swords and their pruning hooks into spears.

This was an end time picture of what God is calling for now. He is having people go into the entertainment industry not to just get provision by farming it, but to actually use it as a tool of war that reveals the Kingdom all over society.

Society is about to Embrace Kingdom Principles through Story Telling Jesus was so amazing in His ability to impart the very culture of the kingdom to society through story telling. He couldn’t just teach people in a seminar style way. He had to tell them what the Kingdom was like by telling them all kinds of scenarios and stories. These parables are still relevant today, and they condition the Spirit to open up to deep truths.

Jesus was not just interested in imparting knowledge, He was imparting Kingdom. This is the first time in history that there is a tool where millions in society go to just watch stories. These stories are imparting culture, and this culture has warped our political and social economic cultures. What would happen though, if Christians who were filled with the culture of the Kingdom started to just tell the stories that did the same thing: condition society to receive this Kingdom? What would happen if someone would shoot a movie that was just a love story that showed the spiritual and natural effects of a young girl throughout her life who had an abortion? But not a preachy message, just a real life story that could not help but be palatable to its viewers? Not just moral issues, but what if someone began to make movies that were love stories that showed the complete real value of love in relationships through showing the struggles of romance but from a Kingdom perspective? There is so much room to just show a life that is right but struggling living out right before the viewer.

The Value of A Picture

There is a famous old saying that says “A Picture is worth a thousand words. “One day while sitting with the Lord He showed me the entertainment industry and its value to the Kingdom. He said, “One movie can be worth a thousand Sunday services in its impact on the heart.” So why is the church running last in the race to pursue these incredible resources? Why are Christians just making a Christian version of what the world has already done better? Because we don’t understand how to send anointed people into the world to express the fullness of their Spiritual calling to create without limiting them to religious expectations. The church has put such a pressure on their people who are using these tools to just make Bible stories, and yet Jesus rarely told Bible stories. He told heart stories, spiritual stories, that imparted a culture. He told relevant stories to society that challenged the way the Jewish people were thinking. If someone would grab hold of the tools in the entertainment industry and beat the plowshare into a sword with a desire to impart Kingdom culture, we just might have a revolution!