We are going to
study the three tenses of faith for
Biblical prosperity in this lesson. Faith does indeed have three
tenses, past, present and future. When we get a handle on all three,
we are in better position to receive.
Past Tense of Faith for Biblical Prosperity
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of
the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one
that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing
of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might
receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13,14)
“But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt
not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his
commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these
curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: … Cursed shall be thy
basket and thy store. Cursed shall be the … fruit of thy land, the
increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
… The Lord shall [allow] cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settestthine hand unto for
to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou
perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast
forsaken me.” (Deuteronomy 28:15-20)
If you are a Born Again
child of God and you are willing to pay tithes and offerings, the curse of poverty, which Jesus
has borne for you, will not be allowed to overtake you. Jesus “hath”
(past tense) borne the curse of poverty for you.
Therefore, we see that faith for Biblical
prosperity has a past tense. We must release faith in what Christ “hath”
done. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of poverty. This
must become established in your thinking. Determine in your heart
today that “Christ has (past tense) borne the curse of poverty for
me. I need not bear it any longer.”
Present Tense of Faith for Biblical Prosperity
Jesus had something to say about the
present tense of faith for everything, including Biblical prosperity in
“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive
them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark )
Notice that Jesus said, “…when ye pray,
BELIEVE that ye receive …”. That is present
tense. Jesus is emphasizing the importance of believing that you receive at the time of
The Apostle John also said something very
interesting about believing you receive at the time of your prayer.
“And this is the confidence that we have in
him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us,
whatsoever we ask, we know that we have (present tense) the petitions that
we desired of him.” (1John ,15)
You can have confidence that God hears you
when you pray, when you pray according to His will. To pray according
to God’s will is simply to pray according to God’s
Word. (John 15:7) If what you are asking God for is
promised in the Bible, then you can know that He is listening to you when
you ask Him for it.
Certainly by now you are persuaded that Biblical
prosperity in perspective is indeed the will of God for you. We have
seen this fact time and time again from the Bible throughout this
Because you know now that God’s will for you is Biblical
prosperity in perspective, you know that God hears you when you ask Him for
The Apostle John said if you know that He
hears you, then you can know that you “have” (present tense) the petitions
you desire of Him. It’s yours now. It is an established fact in
the mind of God that He has provided Biblical prosperity in perspective for
Therefore, it should be an established fact in your mind that He
has provided Biblical prosperity in perspective for you. Jesus said that
you are to believe that Biblical prosperity, as revealed in God’s Word, is
yours when you pray. He said that you are to believe that it belongs
to you now, present tense, and that it will ultimately manifest.
Barbara once ordered some aviation videos
for my birthday. She told me what she had done for me. I took
her at her word. I began to release expectation in what she had
promised me. She had ordered the videos and paid for them.
Therefore, those videos were mine now.
Barbara had the confirmation number to prove it. Each day I went to
the Post Office expecting them to be in my box. I was filled with
expectation for them. They were mine now, bought and paid in full,
and were soon to appear. I was excited.
Why should I not have as much faith
in my Father as I do in my wife? I have His promise in His
Word that Biblical prosperity is His gift to me. I have the
confirming promises in His Word proving that Jesus purchased it for me with
I am persuaded that His will for me is Biblical prosperity
in perspective and my persuasion is the under girding foundation of my
joyful expectation. I am persuaded inwardly that the prosperity,
which is my present Covenant promise, will indeed continue to manifest outwardly.
I am persuaded that it is mine now. You must be persuaded that it is
A farmer plants seed and expects a
harvest. He knows because he planted the seed that the harvest is
his. It is a done deal. He is so convinced that the harvest is
his now that he goes out and buys equipment based upon it.
A woman conceives a child and she’s said to
be “expecting.” She is expecting that the
baby she is carrying on the inside is about to make an appearance on the
outside. Although the baby has not manifested outwardly, she is still
considered to be a Mother, now.
The farmer stays patient and composed
knowing that the harvest is his. The mother stays patient and
composed knowing that the child is hers. I stayed patient and
composed knowing that the videos were mine. I did not go to the Post
Office daily and find no videotapes in my box only to start accusing
Barbara of a lack of integrity, dishonesty and untrustworthiness. I
did not tell Barbara, “Your word’s no good.” I didn’t start
complaining, “I must have done something wrong.” “Maybe it’s not your
will for me to have those videos.”
I stayed patient and composed
knowing that those videos were mine. Every day that passed, I knew I
was getting closer to the manifestation of my aviation videos.
Faith has a present tense. Biblical
prosperity is yours right now. Be patient. Stay composed.
Do not throw fits. Do not cry. If you really believe that it is
God’s will for you to have Biblical prosperity in perspective, you will get
up every day expecting major changes in your finances.
prosperity is your present Covenant possession. Pass your tests. Be faithful with
your tithes and offerings. Do not falsely accuse God of unfaithfulness while
He is developing your capacity to prosper. Be patient. Stay
composed. Believe it is yours now.
That is the present tense of
Future Tense of Faith for Biblical Prosperity
“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive
them, and ye SHALL have them.” (Mark )
We saw that Jesus has, past tense, provided
redemption from the curse of poverty. We also saw that Jesus stressed
the importance of believing that Biblical prosperity is your present
Covenant possession when you pray for it.
Notice also that Jesus spoke of the future
tense of faith when He said, “… and ye shall (future tense) have them.”
So we see that faith for anything,
including Biblical prosperity, also has a future tense.
Barbara gave me her word that she HAD
purchased those aviation videos for me. Based on her word I knew they
were mine, NOW. It was just a matter of time
before they WOULD appear. The farmer knows it is just a matter of
time before his harvest will appear. The expectant Mother knows it is
just a short matter of time before her child will appear.
So it is
true with Biblical prosperity in perspective. It is just a matter of
time before it will appear. It is yours now and it is soon to
appear. It became yours over 2,000 years ago. Do not question
God’s integrity, honesty or trustworthiness. The fulfillment of the
promise is on the way.
“I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait,
and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for
the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they
that watch for the morning.” (Psalm 130:5,6)
Watch for Biblical prosperity to come.
Wait patiently and expectantly for Biblical prosperity to come. It is
as sure as the morning appearing. Do not set dates or times.
Let the Lord do that.
Your job is to know that Jesus has redeemed you
from the Curse of the Law. Your job is to know that God says Biblical
prosperity in perspective is your present possession, just like those
videos were my present possession. Your job is to know that Biblical
prosperity will manifest just like my videos manifested, just like the
farmer’s harvest manifests and just like the Mother’s child manifests.
Do not watch and wait to see IF it is
true. Watch and wait to see THAT it IS true. God is using the angels, He’s talking to other people, He’s
opening doors, He’s giving you favor, He’s
aligning circumstances and situations. He’s poised and ready to even
suspend the Laws of Nature if necessary to
get it to you.
However, you must allow Him to do so. How?
By recognizing the three tenses of faith.
Keep the following thoughts in mind.
In some cases, the more you are believing for, the
longer you need to be prepared to stand. Not always, but in some
Also, praying for money is different than
praying for anything else. Praying for money almost always involves
other people. God is not a counterfeiter. He is not going to
create money and introduce it into the economy illegally for you. He
is going to somehow send money to you which is
presently contained within the world’s economy.
In order to do this
He is going to have to talk to people on your behalf. People have
free will. God will not violate anyone’s free will, forcing him or
her to obey Him concerning you. Sometimes it takes them a while to
understand that they are being led
to bless you by the Spirit of God.
Sometimes people who have a Ministry of giving will deliberately
take their time until they are absolutely sure that they are being led by
the Spirit of God to help you. Others may not know that the Spirit of
God is leading them and it takes time to convince them, in particular.
God will take whatever time is necessary to
continue to impress upon their hearts, over and over, that He is wanting them to do this for you. Your job is to
be patient and know that what you need is on its way and it will
arrive. God will talk to people or bring about a particular situation
that will bless you in the way that you have asked Him.
If you should be impressed that God is
talking to someone about helping you, leave it with Him. Never
attempt to influence someone for or against what you are impressed God is
telling him or her to do. Pray for them. Take authority over Satan and demon powers in the matter,
binding all negative influence. (Luke 10:19,20; Ephesians 6:12)
However, you must never attempt to influence them in the matter. Let
God be God. He will not violate their free will and neither should
Remember, your persuasion of God’s integrity,
honesty and trustworthiness is the under girding foundation of that which
you are expecting with pleasure. Get excited.