the Believer's Heavenly Bank Account
by Pastor John Hamel
In our last lesson we saw beyond a shadow of a
doubt that every Born Again Believer does indeed
possess what we are referring to as a Heavenly bank “account.”
Deposits are made into that account by the Believer through tithes, offerings, giving to the poor and other
forms of investing into the preaching of the Gospel.
In this lesson we will study how to tap
into that Heavenly bank account to make withdrawals.
however, for reinforcement sake, I want to say a word about staying focused
Be Possessive with Your Possessions
“Charge them that are rich in this world,
that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the
living God, who giveth us richly all things to
enjoy;” (1Timothy 6:17)
Some people begin to prosper and they
become high-minded. The word Paul used for “high-minded” actually
means “arrogant, proud, contemptuous of others.”
Everyone needs to keep in mind that having
money does not make him or her better than others. Now I am going to
say something here, not to be lewd or repulsive, but to help someone.
Nobody is better than anyone else. No one. Period.
has certain bodily functions that need to be performed in private, for two
reasons. First, these certain bodily functions are humbling.
Second, no one, absolutely no one gives off the fragrance of a flower
garden while doing so. No one escapes this. This needs to be
said. Some high-minded people with money seem to think that we do not
know this humbling fact of life includes them as well. Now you know
Although we are all created in the image
and likeness of God, we are all still human beings. No one is more or
less human than anyone else. All human life has dignity.
No one ever deserves to be
looked down upon for any reason. Never. Ever. Do it and
you will answer to God directly. Money makes no one special. Money does,
however, take on the nature of whoever possesses it. In the hands of
a benevolent person, money is
benevolent. In the hands of a malevolent
person, money is malevolent.
Until an individual realizes who and what
they are apart from Christ, they can never be fully trusted with who they
are in Christ. We are all “foolish, weak, base and despised” apart
from Christ. God uses us not because we are special, but rather because
we are not special. He uses us because we are despised, in order that
everyone may know that they are welcome to come to Him as well.
also keeps us from becoming boastful in His presence. This is why the
Bible says, “He that glorieth, let him glory in the
Lord.” (1Corinthians -31) This is
why the Apostle Paul said to remind those who are rich in this world to not
be arrogant, proud or contemptuous of others. God may have promised
you a rose garden, but you don’t always smell like one.
Paul also said that we were to not trust in
uncertain riches, but rather we are to trust God, the
One Who blesses us richly for our enjoyment.
In other words, Paul was
saying that we are to not be possessive with our possessions. God
gives wealth for us to enjoy the process of seeking and saving the lost,
destroying the works of Satan in the lives of others and that we might
become a testimony of His goodness so others will be attracted to Him, too.
When people forget why money comes, they begin operating in
fear concerning finances. Their wealth begins to enslave them.
They begin cutting God and the Covenant out of everything they do and
suddenly begin to decline.
This is why Paul told the young Pastor
Timothy to give everybody in his congregation a “heads up” in these areas
while he was teaching them about Biblical prosperity in perspective.
Willing to Be a Receiver
In the Apostle
Paul’s letter to young Timothy, he continued to instruct the young Pastor
how to help his congregation to handle wealth.
“That they do good, that they be rich in
good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;” (1Timothy )
The word “communicate” here does not mean
to communicate ideas and thoughts through words. The word being used
here is a reference to riches flowing back and forth between
individuals. The Apostle Paul said that we must be willing to allow
this to happen. Before we can talk about making withdrawals from the
Believer’s Heavenly bank account, something needs to be settled.
If you have trouble receiving from other
people, you are going to have to ask the Holy Spirit to
help you change in that area. God will frequently use
people as one of His means of prospering you. Sometimes He will
create situations where other people are not involved.
the most part, He is going to use people with a sensitive heart towards
giving. Get used to it. Take a stand against the spirit of
pride in Jesus’ Name.
Get over the “I don’t deserve it” attitude about receiving. You do
not deserve forgiveness when you sin, either, but that is exactly
what you get.
If you really have a battle going on in this area, go
back and read lesson thirteen in this series, “This Isn’t Just About You, Honey!”
God is not a counterfeiter. He is not going to create money in order
to give it to you. He is going to use people who are already in
possession of money to give wealth
to you. If you did not need it, God would not have promised it.
The lost, suffering, condemned people of the world need God to give you
more money in order for you to help them.
Settle it within yourself now. Say out
loud, “I will cooperate with my Father in the matter of giving AND
receiving, in Jesus’ Name.”
What Your Withdrawal Amount Will Be
Once you have
settled it within yourself to cooperate with God in the matter of both
giving and receiving, and assuming you are faithful in paying your tithes
and offerings, you are now ready to make
a withdrawal from your Heavenly account. It is time for you to start asking Him for
specific amounts that you may be able to perform His revealed will.
"Oh, I'm not going to ask God for
anything. I'm just going to let Him decide what I need."
Here again, we are dealing with false humility, pride and
just flat out foolishness. Is this what you say to the Teller at the Bank? Do you hand the Bank Teller a blank
withdrawal slip and say, “My kids are hungry and my rent is due. I
need a new car. I want to support the preaching of the Gospel in the Earth. Just give me whatever you think is
if the money is in the account, you fill out the withdrawal slip and you
fully expect the Teller to hand the money over to you.
Of course, God knows what you need, but
even still, Jesus said you must ask for what you need. This is about
what Jesus says, not what we say.
“…for your Father
knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye
ask Him.” (Matthew 6:8)
Jesus said the Father knows what we need
before we ask, implying that we must ask.
But He not only implied we must ask, He also commanded us to ask for what
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and
ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” (Matthew 7:7)
To make it clearer still, Jesus even
created a little acronym here.
The first letter of the word “ask” is
“A”. The first letter of the word “seek” is “S”. The first
letter of the word “knock” is “K”. What does that spell? ASK.
What does Jesus have to do to get the
attention of some people, put on His Royal purple sweatshirt with the gold J
on the front, break out the Royal purple megaphone and turn it into a
prosperity cheer? “Gimme an A. Gimme an S. Gimme a
K. What does that spell? ASK. Say it again.
It is nothing short of good old-fashioned
disobedience to say, “God knows what I need. I’ll let Him
decide.” God said, “No, you are to ask Me for what you need, even
though I already know what you need.” God does not owe us an
explanation. We owe God obedience to
Do you need to pay off the house? Do
you need to pay off the car? Do you want to help somebody preach the
Gospel in another Nation? Figure up how much it is going to take to
do that, allowing for a tithe and an offering to be paid on it. Then
claim it, in Jesus’ Name.
Say, “Father, in Jesus’ Name, I claim this
amount of money for this purpose. I thank You for it now, in Jesus’
Once you do that, avoid those books and
websites that criticize people who take these Godly steps. They are
intended to keep you from receiving. They are intended to keep the
lost from being saved. They are intended to keep the bound from being
freed. They are intended to keep your life from being a testimony
that will bring people into the family of God.
fellow Believers produce these websites.However, they are well-meaning fellow Believers who are not grounded
in the Word and are inadvertently listening to Satan. They simply do
not know what you now know.
Write down in your spiritual journal the
amount of your requested withdrawal and the date. If you do not have a spiritual
journal, this is the time to start one.
Satan to Release Your Money
is not the one causing lack or need in our lives. Satan is the one who
does that. He does all he can through the lies of religion to convince
us that God keeps us poor to keep us humble. But that is not what the
Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that above all things God wants His
children to prosper materially and financially, as well as physically.
I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as
thy soul prospereth." (3 John 2)
is the one who causes poverty and sickness, not God.
thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I
am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more
abundantly." (John 10:10)
not Jesus, is the one who robs humanity of abundance.
Bible says Satan is the god of this world (small "g") and he is
responsible for all the lack and need that exists.
if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of
this world hath blinded the minds of them that believe not, lest the light
of the glorious Gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine unto
them." (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
we see clearly that the Bible reveals that it is God's will for His children
to prosper. It is Satan, the god of this world, who does what he can to
Because it is Satan who hinders prosperity from coming to
the Believer, it stands to reason that the Believer, not God, must do
something to prevent that.
yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from
you." (James 4:7)
sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the
faith..." (1 Peter 5:8-9)
this verse reveals that Satan walks about "seeking whom he may
reveals that Satan knows he cannot devour just anyone. He must find
those who are lacking knowledge of their authority over him. Those who
are informed of their God-given authority over him and who resist him
steadfastly in the faith, he must obey. This is clear from the
it is necessary for the Believer, once they have decided what their
withdrawal amount will be, to tell Satan and demon spirits, "Get your
hands off of my money in Jesus' Name."
the Believer does not instruct Satan to release their finances, God cannot
do it for them.
Jesus clearly delegated His authority over Satan and demons
to the Believer on Earth immediately before He ascended into Heaven.
He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every
creature ... and these signs shall follow them that believe: In My Name they
shall cast out demons ..." (Mark 16:15-17)
clearly left the responsibility for binding Satan and demon powers up to the
Believer on Earth.
I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on Earth shall be bound in Heaven:
and whatsoever ye shall loose on Earth shall be loosed in Heaven."
is up to you, the Believer, to say, "Satan and demons, I bind you away
from my finances and I command you to get your hands off my money in Jesus'
the Harvesting Angels
“Bless the Lord, ye His angels,
that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto
the voice of his word.” (Psalm 103:20)
Speak to your harvesting
Angels. Do not tell them to bring the money to you.
They cannot do that. Tell them to cause it to come to you. They
will do so by causing your circumstances to come in line with the will of
God for you to prosper.
them, “Angels of God, you go now and influence people to obey the Lord
concerning me. Cause situations to turn to my advantage. By the
authority of Jesus’ Name and by the power of His Blood, you cause that
money to come to me. Satan, you
loose everyone God is talking to on my behalf, in Jesus’ Name. I have
this credit in my Heavenly account and you can’t stop my withdrawal from
coming to me, in Jesus’ Name.”
“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all
the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and
God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all
the ends of the earth shall fear him.” (Psalm 67:5-7)
It takes faith to praise God when it looks
like nothing is happening. It is pleasing to God when we continue to
praise Him during these periods of silence and seeming inactivity. (Hebrews
11:6) He sees that you are using your faith and that is quite pleasing to Him,
That is when the Earth yields her increase. That is
when God begins to bless you so mightily that it even causes the Earth’s
population to tremble when they see His generosity upon your life.
Your prosperity will result in the ends of the Earth fearing Him because
you will be able to finance going there to tell them about Him.
Jesus said in Mark 11:23, in essence, “My
people can have what they say. The only problem is, so many of them
just keep on saying what they do not have.”
You keep your end of the Covenant,
making deposits and withdrawals through tithes and offerings, and God will keep His end of the
Covenant. He will use you to withdraw people from the merciless clutches of Hell and deposit
them inside the Pearly Gates of Heaven!
It takes big bucks to preach
a big Gospel to a big sin-filled world. That’s just the way it is.
Do not be afraid that wealth will cause you
to turn your back on God. You love Him too much to do something like
God for Honoring His Word on Your Behalf
Every morning when you wake up, say, “Lord,
according to Mark and John , I believe I receive ($ amount) for the
establishment of Your Covenant in the Earth and the payment of my bills, in
if you prefer, just open your mouth and say, "Thank You, Lord, I
believe it's working." Either way, magnify the Lord and let Him
know you believe the money is coming.
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say
continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the
prosperity of His servant.” (Psalm 35:27)
Praise God continually for sending the
withdrawal amount to you. When Satan begins to attack you with
thoughts of doubt, open your mouth and start praising God for the
withdrawal amount. Make him pay for challenging you. Praise, praise
and praise some more.
Do not set dates for when the money will
arrive. The date will come and go and you will end up angry with God
for something that was not His fault. Let God set the date.
not start off this process by believing for exorbitant amounts of
money. Start off by withdrawing what you need to get you through every
week. As the money begins to come in and your faith level grows,
continue to increase the amount.
knowing that God's Word is true and that the money will come.