In our last lesson we studied the importance of
never breaking Covenant relationship with the spiritual leadership God
places over you. Unhooking, without permission, from God-ordained
relationship with spiritual authorities will drive an individual into both
fear and poverty.
We saw what happened to Lot. Things got
a little crowded and it resulted in strife between Lotís herdsmen and
Abrahamís herdsmen. All they needed to do was spread out a bit but Lot used poor
judgment. He disconnected from his uncle, Abraham.
This was a
bad move because Abraham was Lotís connection to
Divine prosperity. When he disconnected from his uncle, without Godís
permission, Lot ended up losing his wife, he went broke,
fear overwhelmed him and he ended up living in a cave with his daughters.
What Lot should have done
was to lay off all of his employees, have a yard sale and get rid of all
the junk that was causing problems between him and his precious
uncle. He then should have recommitted to stay with Abraham no matter
However, Lot got the big head,
figuring he was a self-made success and headed for new horizons. That
turned out to be the biggest mistake of his life. He gave up
everything for one thing, pride. Lotís story is in the
Bible so we can learn the importance of never disconnecting from Covenant
leadership without permission, Godís permission.
Almighty God is watching to see if He can
trust you to stay in one appointed place while He is getting you out of
debt and meeting your needs. You must prove to Him that He can trust
you to stay in one appointed place before He is going to prosper you with
supernatural wealth and riches. If you do not bother to prove this to
Him, He knows you will take His money and run if He were to give it to you.
God wants to start out showing you favor
right where He has placed you. Hang tough even when things are not to
your liking and God will promote you and prosper you. (Psalm 75:6,7)
He will introduce you to individuals He wants to use to help you.
Somebody said, ďThereís nobody in my Church who God can use to prosper
me.Ē To which I say, ďI promise you, if you leave without permission,
that individual will show up right after you do so.Ē
Stay where God
places you. He knows what He is doing. We are going to see that
in this lesson.
Places Produce Great & Prosperous People
this. His own beloved brothers sold him into slavery. He then
ended up going to prison on a false rape charge and God turned it into the
golden connection of his life. God was with him in his tough times
just like God is with you.
Hold steady during the tough times.
God is watching you. He wants to show you favor just like He showed
ďAnd Josephís master took him, and put him
into the prison, a place where the kingís prisoners were bound: and he was
there in the prison. But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of
the keeper of the prison.Ē (Genesis 39:20-21)
Things might not be exactly to your liking
where God has you right now. But whatever you do, do not jump and
run. Things were not exactly to Josephís liking either. But he
hung tough and God used his horrible circumstances to ultimately show him
favor and promotion.
ďAnd the keeper of the prison committed to
Josephís hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever
they did there, he was the doer of it. The keeper of the prison
looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the Lord was with
him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to PROSPER.Ē (Genesis 39:22-23)
It was right here in this very prison
of squalor and inhumanity that Joseph met Pharaohís butler. The
butler introduced Joseph to the Pharaoh. Almighty God then gave
Joseph the ability to interpret
some dreams that had been tormenting Pharaoh. As a result
the Pharaoh then made Joseph the Vice-President of the world. Joseph
was then able to save his whole family and the entire Nation of Israel from Satanís intended
genocide. The rest of the world was also saved from famine as a
It is so important that you not go AWOL
like the Prodigal Son and Lot did. Stay
under the authority God has driven you to and set you under. That is
the place where you will grow spiritually and financially. Good
things only come when you decide to grow where God plants you. (Ephesians
Obedience always sets the stage for
the supernatural. Donít be a Church tramp, jumping from one Church to
another. Let God tell you where to go and to whom you are to
submit. Do not leave without permission or you will clog the spout
where the Biblical prosperity in perspective comes out.
to Authority & You Will Be Given Authority
One day Jesus
offered to go to the home of a Centurion to pray for his sick
servant. The Centurion said to Jesus, ďSave yourself
a trip, Master. I know how authority works; Iím a leader of
men. I am also a man who is under authority. If my men donít
obey me, Caesar will punish them, not me. I figure Youíre under
authority, too, Godís authority. If Satan doesnít obey You when You
tell him to leave my servant, heíll answer to God, not You.
Therefore, just give the faith
command standing right where You are and my servant will be
healed right where he is.Ē
Jesus was blown
away by this manís profound understanding of how faith and authority
work. The Centurion was simply saying, ďI only have
authority because I submit to authority.Ē Jesus said, ďI have not
heard an explanation like this of how faith and authority work, from
anybody, anywhere, at any time. Can I get a witness?Ē Jesus
then gave the faith command and miles away the manís servant was healed.
I shared the above
with you for this reason. If you do not submit to authority, you do
not have any authority, plain and simple. Jesus said so.
Refusing to submit to authority puts God in the unfortunate position of not
being able to give you authority. You are a rebel, plain and simple.
wants power with God is going to have to get themselves under Godís
appointed authority for their lives. We only have authority when we
submit to authority. It is just something we all have to adjust
to. It is for our own benefit. It is to keep us out of
The more faithful
we are to submit to authority, the more faithful God will be to give us
even more authority, spiritually and financially. God made us, He redeemed us, He owns us and He has the right to command
us to get under authority and stay under authority. But His
authority, not a bunch of religious junk we make up for ourselves.
The Bible says that
we are indeed heirs of God through Jesus Christ. However, it also
reveals that as long as the heir is a child, he must remain under ďÖtutors
and governors until the time appointed of the Father.Ē (Galatians
4:1-7) This means that in order to come to the place where we can maturely
handle our inheritance, we must be willing to submit to Godís tutors and
Of course, Godís tutors and governors are the Ministry
Offices that the Apostle Paul spoke of in Ephesians 4:11. These are Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. The primary
Ministry Offices God will use to bring us to maturity concerning finances
are the Offices of the Pastor, Teacher and Prophet.
Everyone needs to
be under at least a New Testament Pastor who seeks and saves the lost,
destroys the works of the devil and knows how to teach people to prosper.
Be Fooled ... God Is Going to Test You
When it came time for Elijah to be taken up
to Heaven by a whirlwind, God put it on his
heart to test Elisha to see how faithful he would be as Elijahís
replacement. Three times Elijah told Elisha to stop following him,
just to see how dedicated Elisha was. Three times Elisha told Elijah,
in essence, ďThereís no way in the world Iím leaving you. I donít
care if you donít want me, Iím yours.Ē (2Kings 2:1-15) He knew he was
being tested and proven.
On the third and final test Elisha put his
foot down, absolutely refusing to leave, no matter what the cost.
Elijah now knew he had his successor.
ďAnd Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray
thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he
said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I WILL NOT LEAVE THEE. And they two went
on.Ē (2 Kings 2:6)
Elisha received such an Anointing as a
result of refusing to break his Divine connection with Elijah, that he
later performed twice as many miracles as
Elijah. Elisha had tenacity. He had what we call the ďGlory
glue.Ē He knew if he didnít stick with Godís ordained leader, he was
going to end up on the bottom of the spiritual junk pile. Instead, he
stuck like glue to Elijah and he rose to the top. He passed his
Almighty God saw how serious Elisha was about submitting to
authority. Almighty God saw in Elisha that because he would stay with
Elijah no matter what, he would stay with Him no matter what. Only a
fool would believe that God would trust someone with His money when they
refuse to submit to His authorities. God knows that person would take
His money and run.
I gave you two powerful Scriptural examples
in this lesson that reveal God will not give authority to anyone who
refuses to submit to authority. If God cannot give you authority
because you refuse to submit to authority, then He knows He cannot trust
you with money either. On the other hand, if you pass His tests,
submitting to His authorities even when itís hard, He knows He can trust
you with great wealth even when itís hard.
Stick tight with the leadership God places
over you. He or she is sticking tight with their leadership.
That is how they got their position over you.
God will make good things happen for you if
you make good things happen for your Pastor, your Pastorís family and your
Church family. God will give you so much that He will also have to
place people under your authority, people to whom you will delegate
authority and responsibility.
Are you getting the big picture,
yet? I believe you are.
It is vitally important to never break the
Divine connections that God brings into your life if you want to enjoy
Biblical prosperity in perspective. Almighty God is testing you
through those connections. If you will be faithful to them, it is
tantamount to being faithful to the Almighty.
Only through proven
faithfulness to submit to spiritual authorities, no matter what, will God
know experientially that you will continue to submit to Him, no matter
what. That is when He starts giving you authority, wealth and
responsibility in areas that are presently beyond your present capabilities
and your wildest dreams. (Ephesians 3:20)