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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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

The Gatekeepers

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THE GATEKEEPERS
Whatever God Can Get Through You,
He Will Get To You

Guys I presented to you, one of the greatest progressive revelation that God speak in 21st century for us. Nathanael Wolf is the author of this awesome book.

Are you longing to find greater significance in the business arena? In this book, you’ll learn how Gatekeepers have a special ability to both create a wealth and properly distribute it. Gatekeepers are on the cutting edge of a coming wealth shift. They are the portals of provision, a bridge from one realm to another. The world’s resources are going to come through Gatekeepers and help finance God’s work in the earth. Gatekeepers are God’s front line forces in business, and the business world is never going to be the same again!

As you read The Gatekeepers, you’ll discover …

The principal assignment of business leaders in God’s Kingdom

Why the richest man who ever lived valued people more than money

How to choose an exceptional mentor

How to discover profit in the middle of uncertainty and adversity.

I challenge you all to buy this book. I brought this book in 2005. This is one of the tools that God put in my hand to prepare me to make critical decision in March 2007. Maybe you are one of the Gatekeeper that God looking for.

Below is the last chapter taken from the book, “The Gatekeepers.”

Chapter Twelve

A Gatekeeper’s Call to Action

If God is asking you to dare to be a Gatekeeper, you must decide that you want it more deeply than any alternative.

Richard Petty has made more money than any other stock car drive in history. However, listen to the story when he reported the results of his first race to his mother. Young Richard Petty rushed into the house shouting, “Mama, there were thirty-five cars the started, and I come in second place in the race.” His mother replied, “You lost.”

“But mama, don’t you think it’s pretty good to come in second place in my first race-especially with so many starters?” She said, “Richards, you don’t have to run second place to anybody!” For the next twenty years Richard Petty dominated the world of stock car racing. The words, “Richard, you don’t have to run second place to anybody!” rang in his mind all those years.

You must make decision that being a gatekeeper isn’t going to come second place to other business goals. Being Gatekeeper is your greatest business success. You don’t have to run second place to anybody.

It’s never to late to start. Bill Walsh, former head of the San Francisco 49ers, is considered to be an offensive master. So why did Bill Walsh have to have gray hair before the NFL recognized his ability? Walsh said, “I was forty-five years old before I even had an interview for a head coaching job in the NFL.” And then he didn’t get it. He was turned down.

He was interviewed by the Bengals. Rejected.

He was interviewed by the Jets. Rejected.

He was interviewed by the Rams. Rejected.

The pros labeled Bill Walsh, “Not a head coach.” But after he was accepted in his first NFL head coaching position and three Super Bowl victories later, Bill Walsh proved the it’s never to late to start.

You must have the will to win at being a Gatekeeper. Knute Rockne said, “ Some say the will to win is a bad thing. In what way? Success in life goes to the person who competes and wins. A successful lawyer is the one who goes and wins. A successful physician is the ones who goes and wins by saving lives. A successful sales manager is someone who goes and wins by making sales. There no rewards for losing. So that leaves living life only one way-with the will to win!”

Gatekeeper must go out and win, Your enemy is not going to hand you wealth on a silver platter with an apple in it’s mouth, although he may try to roast you and serve dinner. As George Ade said, “Anyone can win-unless there happens to second entry.” God needs you to go into the city gates and contend for resources to flow into the Kingdom of God.

Theodore Roosevelt said,

The credit belong to the man who is actually in arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, …who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, who spends himself in worthy causes; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so the his place shall never with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.

It’s time for Gatekeepers recognize their ability and do something. It’s time for Gatekeepers to think big, as Abraham did.

To serve others nobly, as Joseph did.

To value deeply, as Solomon did.

To sit at feet of mentor, as the Queen of Sheba did.

To be cunning and creative, as Jacob was.

To endure pain and overcome, as Job did.

To not miss opportunity to be a Gatekeeper, as the rich young ruler did.

It’s time to act.

A Prayer for Gatekeepers

Dear God, thank You for Yours marvelous grace. Thank You that the Body of Christ is so diverse and each member functions differently. Thank You that You give each member the ability to function correctly.

 

I ask You to help me function in my ability as a Gatekeeper. I’m going to the marketplace today and I need to find Your wisdom there. I’ll be searching for resources that will help Your work in the earth be accomplished. Please lead me to them today,

 

Help me to think big and solve other’s problem. Help me to value people and be creative. Help to endure suffering and be patient. Lord, show me the right mentors to listen to.

 

Lord most of all, help me not to miss any opportunity to be a Gatekeeper. I want to give something to Your work today. I trust You to be the Source for my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Copyright Ó 2005 RHEMA Bible Church

Key To Prosperity

by Dr. Myles Munroe

God is a God of provision.

He is Jehovah-Jireh, “The Lord Will Provide.”

He provides everything, but He provides it after you begin the work of the vision.

Your obedience to your vision affects not only your life but also the lives of those who will work with you.

This means that obedience to vision is not a private issue.

It affects everyone who is supposed to work with you and be impacted by your life.

Prosperity means having everything that is needed.

It doesn’t necessarily mean having a large bank account, several cars, and a large house, although you might need those things to fulfill your vision.

For example, because of our purpose, my wife and I need a long dining room table that can seat a large number of people since we often have guests of the ministry to dinner. That’s part of our assignment. It might also be yours, depending on what you are called to do. However, perhaps you need a four-chair table rather than a twelve-chair table because you usually just have your family at dinner.

Instead of using the money on a large table, you use it for other things related to your personal or church vision. Similarly, I may not need something that you must have to fulfill your purpose. If I had it, it would be excess. The point is that God provides for all the needs of our visions, no matter what they are, large or small.

Several years ago, I got the opportunity to tour the Ford Motor Company.

I soon discovered that the company makes the spare parts before they build the new cars.

Then they make the cars.

That’s why, when anything needs to be replaced on your car, the part is already prepared.

They prepare what you’re going to need before you even buy your car.

In the same way, everything you’re going to need for your vision is already provided for. Even before you came on the scene, God had it all prepared. Daily we should ask God, “Deliver to me what I need today.”

Second Peter 1:3 says that God’s “divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness.”

Where is it?

It’s waiting for you to ask for it with confidence.

God is not short of anything you need. What I’m concerned about is that you may be asking for some things that aren’t yours. Let me explain.

If you pursue the wrong assignment, you’re going to need things you can’t get, because the provision isn’t there unless the vision is yours. It’s someone else’s assignment, and he has his own warehouse.

Sometimes, people make demands on God that He can’t supply because He can’t give us what doesn’t belong to us.

Again, knowing God’s will for your life is the key to your prosperity.

Kingdom Philanthropy

By C. Peter Wagner

For most of us who have served in leadership positions in the church in recent times, the concept of philanthropy has been a rather distant and even abstract thought. We have been aware that philanthropists exist, but we do not ordinarily move in their circles. Many of us would not even be personally acquainted with one. Yes, at times we request grants from foundations operated by philanthropists, and that may be as close as we usually get.

Can We Become Philanthropists?

What would it be like if those of us who lead Christian ministries became philanthropists ourselves? I know that at first glance that would sound far-fetched. However, I would not be surprised if this fits into the direction that the stream of God seems to be moving in this season.

We live in extraordinary times. The 21st Century is already shaping up to be a quantum leap from the 20th Century around the globe. We now live in the Second Apostolic Age in which the biblical government of the church has come alive once again. The Holy Spirit has begun speaking to the churches about taking dominion of God’s creation as God originally intended us to do. Our 20th Century goal of saving souls and multiplying churches has been expanded to aim for nothing less than transforming our society.

Along with all of these mega-changes is the impending fulfillment of God’s promises through His prophets for the great transfer of wealth. My sense is that we are looking at unbelievable quantities of wealth moving from the control of the kingdom of darkness to the control of the kingdom of God. I know that it may be an exaggeration, but I have both faith and hope that it will be on the order of the wealth in Solomon’s kingdom.

It is one thing to receive and generate this wealth. Some will come through supernatural transfer from surprising sources. Some will come through supernatural revelation to kingdom-minded individuals who have the personal tools to produce wealth so that they will multiply their profits exponentially. This will be in tune with Deuteronomy 8:18: You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant”

Responsible Distribution

It is another thing, however, to distribute this wealth responsibly. Here is where philanthropy comes in. Aristotle said that anyone can give money away, but only a few can give it to the right person at the right time to the right extent for the right reason and in the right way.

“Philanthropy” comes from two Greek words meaning “loving people.” It is a godly pursuit because God loves people. Those who are born again by the Holy Spirit reflect God’s love for people in their thoughts and in their actions. They are not self-centered because they feel that their destiny is not so much to help themselves but to help others. It is important to recognize up front that philanthropy and selfishness are opposites. If we are going to meet God’s standards for philanthropy we must first pass the test of selflessness. Loving others is more important than loving ourselves.

Having said this, we must at the same time cultivate healthy, biblical attitudes toward ourselves. The Book of Romans (see Rom. 12:1-2) tells us that if we are to do the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, two things are necessary. First, we must not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think. That reflects what I just said about selflessness. But the second thing to do God’s will is to think soberly of ourselves. In other words we must come to a positive, realistic, accurate self-evaluation. We must know who we are and who God desires us to be.

Unfortunately there has been some misguided teaching in some of our churches that we should denigrate ourselves in order to please God. Supposedly pious phrases like, “We are nothing” are common. One of Charles Wesley’s songs has us singing, “such a worm as I.” God did not create us to be nothing or to be worms. He created us to be the head, not the tail (see Deut. 28:13).

Thinking Soberly of Ourselves

How do we think soberly of ourselves? Romans says “as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith” (Rom 12:3). The same passage then goes on to say that part of this is knowing our spiritual gifts (see Rom 12:6-8). Another part is knowing the specific assignments that God has given each one us to advance His kingdom. I’m directing these thoughts on philanthropy mostly to those to whom God has given positions of leadership, primarily apostles (see 1 Cor, 12:28). I think it is quite obvious that most new kingdom philanthropists will be apostles, both apostles in the nuclear church and apostles in the workplace. Fortunately most apostles have been able to sort out the difference between unbiblical self-denigration and biblical selflessness.

Why have I dwelt so much on how we see ourselves? It is because of a very evident component of philanthropy that sometimes we do not surface in our minds. Think of it. Think of any philanthropist you have heard of. Start with America’s number one philanthropist, Bill Gates, if you want to. Before anyone becomes a philanthropist they first must possess the resources needed to fulfill their personal destiny in life, whatever that might be. Once their own perceived needs are fully met, they can then begin to focus on providing similar resources for others. Philanthropists are rich. There might be an exception to the rule from time to time, but I am talking about the rule.

The Oxygen Mask Principle

In the apostolic networks I have organized for what I call broad-band distribution, I apply the “oxygen-mask principle.” When we are in an airplane, the flight attendant announces the oxygen-mask principle. If the cabin decompresses, oxygen masks are deployed for each passenger. If you have a child with you, you are instructed to put the oxygen mask on yourself first. Why? Only if you have your necessary supply of oxygen can you help those who don’t.

This also applies to distribution of wealth. If I want the apostles with whom I work to be active and productive philanthropists, I must see that their needs are met first. If we need to dedicate most of our waking hours to raising funds for our operational cash flow and to finance the visions that God has given us for our ministry, we are not in the best position to help others. So I make the oxygen mask principle a policy. As funds become available the first projects to be resourced are those to which the apostles in my networks have been assigned by God. Because it is a policy, funding their own projects is not seen as selfishness, inurnment, or self-serving. It makes good sense. Through this policy we will multiply kingdom philanthropists.

As I said in the beginning, the body of Christ in general has not been in a philanthropic mode on a worldwide scale in the past. Yes, we have loved people, and we have helped others both spiritually and materially. We have fed poor people, we have been on the scene when disasters have hit, we have established schools and hospitals and orphanages. However, it is one thing to care for the poor, but it is quite another to remove the social causes of systemic poverty. Many tools are necessary to make this happen, and one of them is vast amounts of wealth which have not previously been at out disposition.

Deliverance from the Spirit of Poverty

I think that one of the blockages to this in the past has been the oppressive penetration of the spirit of poverty in our churches in general. If we are going to be philanthropists, we first need to be delivered from this pernicious demon. We need deliverance individually and in our families, and we need deliverance collectively in our churches and ministries. The opposite of poverty is prosperity. Prosperity is God’s will for His people and for His creation. Only prosperous people and ministries can be good philanthropists. That is why 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “When you always have everything you need, you can do more and more good things.” Later on the same passage affirms that “God will make you rich enough so that you can always be generous” (2 Cor. 9:11 GW). Those who struggle and who are mired in debt cannot be as generous as they would like to be.

Consider this scripture: “There is one who [gives generously], yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich” (Prov. 11:24-25).

Agents for Kingdom Philanthropy

Who would be the most likely agents and agencies for kingdom philanthropy? It may surprise some when I say that they would probably be what we generally refer to as ministries or parachurch organizations as over against most local churches. A much more satisfactory technical term for ministries or parachurch organizations, in my opinion is “sodalities.” Its counterpart for local churches would be “modalities.” These terms have been used mostly in academic missiology, but I think they are useful because they do not carry the baggage that our more common terms often carry.

One of the many differences between the two structures is that modalities are pastoral while sodalities are apostolic. This is an obvious clue as to why I would think that sodalities would be the most likely agents for kingdom philanthropy.

Some local churches are exceptions to the rule. Some local churches function more like sodalities than modalities. They have apostolic leadership. Two churches that I am closely associated with would fit this description. One is Glory of Zion of Denton, Texas. My wife, Doris, and I are ordained under Glory of Zion. The apostolic leader is Chuck Pierce. The church is a base for sodalities such as Glory of Zion International, the Global Apostolic Prayer Network and the elite Eagles of God team of peripatetic prophetic intercessors.

The other church is Springs Harvest Fellowship where Doris and I currently hold membership. Our “senior pastor” is Dutch Sheets who regularly reminds the congregation that he does not have the gift of pastor nor does he carry the pastoral work of the church. Our functional pastor is his associate, Chris Jackson. Dutch has said, “I do not want to lead a local church. I want this house to be an ‘equipping center for kingdom ministry.’” This is apostolic language. The church is a base for Dutch Sheets Ministries and for the National Governmental Prayer Alliance which are classical sodalities.

I cite these concrete examples to explain in part why both Chuck Pierce and Dutch Sheets are included in the two apostolic networks that I lead, designed to provide an infrastructure for broad-band distribution of the kingdom wealth that is coming. They both qualify to become kingdom philanthropists.

Other concrete examples of sodality structures would be vertical apostolic networks such as Ché Ahn’s Harvest International Ministries or Michael Fletcher’s Grace Churches International or Jane Hansen’s Aglow International, just to name three. Following these would be the more obvious and common ministries that we are aware of.

All are potential agencies for kingdom philanthropy and the apostles who lead them are prime candidates for kingdom philanthropists.

Transference of Wealth

by Barbara Wentroble

Prophets

God has been speaking through His prophets for many years concerning the transference of wealth to the righteous. I first heard prophesies about this in the mid ‘80s. Although I didn’t have a great degree of revelation on this topic, my spirit leaped when I heard the words! Since that time, prophets have been speaking “transference of wealth” to the Body of Christ frequently.

In January 2006, while we were ministering at a conference in Denton, Texas, Dutch Sheets prophesied, “2006 is the year that begins the transference of wealth.” It is vital that we not only hear the words of the prophets but that we also believe them so we can prosper . . . Put your trust in His prophets and succeed (2 Chr. 20:20). I am choosing to believe that we are in a “now season” for the release of great wealth to God’s people.

Purpose

* Why should we as Christians believe for prosperity? This may seem to be a mindless question, but there is a reason for asking it. Some believers are not sure we have a spiritual reason for even considering prosperity.

* Shouldn’t we be satisfied with what we now possess?

* Doesn’t money corrupt people?

Very good questions! I am so glad you asked! I have very good answers to these concerns. First of all, Christians need to believe the Lord to supply and increase finances for Kingdom purposes. Massive amounts of resources are needed to eradicate poverty, build houses, medical facilities, and many other ventures to transform society.

Second, being satisfied with status quo is an extremely selfish way of thinking. Finances are needed beyond our own four walls and our own comfort. Wealth gives us the ability to care for others and not just ourselves.

Third, money can corrupt people. So can a lot of other things. However, not all Christians are corrupted by money. Misuse of power and authority, pride, gossip, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, slothfulness, and many other vices can cause a person to miss the best that God has for them. The issue is not money, but the issue is the heart. Hearts can love money in the midst of a lifestyle of poverty not just where wealth is involved. The scriptures state that it is the love of money not money itself that is the root of evil. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang (I Tim. 6:10).

Wealth is needed to advance God’s Kingdom throughout the nations of the world. One of the indicators that transformation has taken place is a release of finances and resources. Review George Otis’ documentary called “Transformations” and see how the economy changed when God’s Kingdom transformed areas.

Preparation

Each of us has a responsibility for preparing to be recipients of the release of wealth God is promising. We must get our own house in order if we are going to be used by the Lord for helping to steward His estate. Getting out of debt is a priority. Debt enslaves us to hard taskmasters. Find wise counsel and put a plan in action that leads you to financial freedom.

Do not neglect tithes and offerings. Dale and I learned many years ago that our only way out of a difficult financial season was for us to give our way out. When we should have “gone under,” we came “up and out.” The joy of our lives is to give, give and give some more.

Look for wise investments. Under the directions of the Lord, the prophet Jeremiah bought a field when real estate hit bottom. “See how the siege ramps are built up to take the city. Because of the sword, famine and plague, the city will be handed over to the Babylonians who are attacking it. What you said has happened, as you now see. And though the city will be handed over to the Babylonians, you, O Sovereign LORD, say to me, ‘Buy the field with silver and have the transaction witnessed.’ ” (Jer. 32:24,25 NIV). God knew the future. He promised a future and a hope for Jeremiah. “Behold, I am the Lord, the God all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me” (Jer. 32:26)). Under the leading of the Lord, He will take the little you have today and turn it into much in the days ahead. Today may look bleak. Yet, God has a hope and a future for you! Prepare for the great future that awaits you!

Promise

The Lord has many promises in His Word for believers concerning wealth. One of these promises is that He gives us power to get wealth so He can establish His covenant. “But 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 today” (Deut. 8:18). God’s covenant blessing includes wealth! His Son, Jesus, became poor on the Cross so you and I can become rich. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9). Even though this promise includes spiritual wealth, we must not exclude financial wealth. Both were purchased simultaneously. His sacrifice for us through death and resurrection must be embraced so His covenant with us can be established in the Earth!

Peter Wagner is a voice the Lord is using today to break the Church out of old unbiblical mindsets. In a recent paper he wrote:

One of the salient characteristics of the Second Apostolic Age in which we now live relates to the availability of unprecedented quantities of wealth for the extension of the kingdom of God. It is one thing to generate wealth through supernatural transfer or through empowering of individuals or groups to create wealth, and it is another to see that this wealth is used responsibly according to the leading of God and for the purpose of God.1

May we be a people who listen and obey the voice of the prophets. May we possess a vision for using the wealth to extend God’s Kingdom! May we prepare our hearts and our lives to live in the promise of the Lord in our generation. We were born for this hour! Now, may we arise as a responsible apostolic company of believers to facilitate the use of this transferred wealth “according to the leading of God and for the purposes of God.”