Receive Your Financial Miracle, Pt.2
Nothing Will Happen Until You Use Your Faith

by Pastor John Hamel

In part one of this lesson we saw the importance of why money comes.It is vital to receiving your financial miracle that you understand the three primary reasons why money comes.Youíll want to go back and read that lesson before proceeding if you havenít already.


Also in part one we closed out by mentioning the importance of paying tithes to the Pastor of your local Church.Individuals who refuse to pay tithes to their local Church donít stand a chance when it comes to receiving a financial miracle.The reason for this is because the Bible says people who refuse to pay their tithes are God robbers.Only a very foolish person would actually believe they could steal from God and expect Him to give them a financial miracle in turn.Letís go to the Word.


ĒWill a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.Ē (Malachi 3:8-10)


So, itís obvious that anyone who isnít paying their tithes is under a curse Ė a financial curse.However, God is a good God and Heís made the way for you to reverse that curse.START PAYING YOUR TITHES AND BREAK THE CURSE.Itís just that simple. Godís not mad. Heís trying to help you. He wants to bless you financially but Heís the Creator and He gets to make the rules.He says itís absolutely essential that those who want to be blessed financially must pay their tithes and offerings.


Now, we also see that the tithe must be paid to the storehouse.That would be your local Church because thatís where the Word of God is stored.Thatís where you go to learn the Word of God.However, youíll notice in the above verses that although we are required to pay offerings above the tithe, God does not tell us where to give our offerings or how much they are to be.Almighty God leaves it up to His children to decide the size of their offering and where it will go.


The Difference Between Tithes & Offerings


Before going any further with this, I want to say something about the difference between the tithe and the offering.The tithe is really not giving TO God.The tithe is actually giving BACK to God that which is already His.Not only is it His but it is holy. (Leviticus 27:30)When we give the tithe back to God, we are not planting a seed towards a financial harvest.We are simply being obedient.Paying tithes does not determine the size of our financial harvest.Paying tithes simply shows God that we are obedient and that we can be trusted with all that He gives to us.


On the other hand, the offering determines the rate of our financial return.The offering is what we are really giving.You see, God says that the tithe belongs to Him.But He says the remaining ninety percent belongs to us.Therefore, we can really only give TO God out of that which is ours Ė the remaining ninety percent.So keep in mind that the tithe simply determines our obedience.However, the offering determines our rate of return on our giving.The more we give, the more we receive.


Itís just like in farming.Farmers who plant a small amount of seed receive a small harvest on that seed.Farmers who plant a large amount of seed receive a large harvest on that seed.Itís up to the farmer to determine the size of his own harvest.This is what Jesus was talking about when He said, ďGive and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over Ö WITH THE SAME MEASURE YOU GIVE shall men give unto your bosom.Ē (Luke 6:38)


Itís very clear that itís up to the individual what size their financial miracle will be.Jesus said with the same measure that we give He will cause others to give to us supernaturally.People who give with a thimble get it back with a spoon.People who give with a spoon get it back with a bucket.People who give with a bucket get it back with a wheelbarrow.People who give with a wheelbarrow get it back with a truckload.People who give with a truckload get it back with a shipload.On and on it goes.


Now, you just might have to start off small but thatís okay.Actually Godís not looking at how much you give, Heís looking at how much you hold back.Itís very possible to reap a large harvest off a small seed if all you have is a small seed.For example, a person who has a thousand dollars left after their tithe only gives a one-dollar offering isnít going to get much of a harvest because theyíre holding back and God looks at the percentage given.Yet another person who only has ten dollars left after their tithe and gives five or six dollars for an offering is planting towards a giant harvest because Godís looking at the percentage given.A dollar out of a thousand is a very small percentage.Five or six dollars given out of ten dollars is a very large percentage.Iím confident youíre getting the point here.


A Mega Harvest on a Comparatively Small Seed


Letís move on to a Bible illustration of what Iím saying.There is a woman in the Bible who gave the last little cake she had to the Prophet Elijah. She reaped a very large harvest on a very small seed because it was everything she had and she refused to hold it back. She cast all fear of giving to the wind and came face-to-face with a financial miracle.


ďAnd the word of the LORD came unto him [Elijah], saying, 9Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. 10So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.  11And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. 12And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.


ďAnd Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. 14For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. 15And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. 16And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.Ē (1Kings 17:8-16)


Some people have read this narrative and said, ďWhat a disgusting example of the typically greedy Preacher just trying to get his own needs met.Ē Sounds like some people I myself have encountered in Ministry. They completely missed the point of whatís going on here and left themselves in position to where God could not help them in their time of need.However, others read this narrative and see a powerful man of God who knew how to access the power of God on behalf of another.


What happened to you when you read this narrative?Did it cause you to fear that by teaching this Iím trying to empty your pockets?Or did it cause you to have faith that by teaching this Iím trying to get you in position to where God can fill your empty pockets?The ball is in your court.Itís all up to you. The simple fact of the matter is, if you need a financial miracle you will never be able to faith IN what you refuse to faith OUT.Itís going to take a seed planted.Nothing is going to happen until you use your faith in this manner.You have a part to play. Donít listen to the voice of fear. The really big financial miracles are way out there beyond your fear.


Itís wrong to believe the religious lie, ďIf God wants me to have a financial miracle Heíll give me a financial miracle.If He doesnít, He wonít.ĒThatís like believing, ďIf God wants me to brush my teeth Heíll come down and brush them for me.If He doesnít, He wonít.Ē God could not help the widow woman in Zarephath until she first planted a seed. Thatís why the Prophet encouraged her to clench her fists, grit her teeth, squint her eyes and just give it even though it looked like certain death if she did.


The Bible says in the New Testament that everything in the Old Testament was written to help you.Letís look at a verse quickly to prove that to you.


ďNow all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.Ē (1Corinthians 10:11)


The example of Elijah and the widow at Zarephath was included in the Bible to help you for such a time as this.You are reading this article because you need a financial miracle.Because this widow woman was not afraid to give the very best of what little she had, she received a material and a financial miracle.Her barrel of meal was supernaturally filled to the top when it was empty.Her cruse of oil was supernaturally filled to the top when it had been drained.This is because she listened to the voice of faith and not the voice of fear when the Prophet said, ďPut me first.Ē


The Prophet wasnít being greedy.The Prophet knew that when we put others first God will put us first.The Prophet knew what we make happen for others God Himself will make happen for us.The Prophet knew the only way to reap an uncommon harvest was to plant an uncommon seed.The Prophet knew God was not moved by this widowís need, otherwise, He would have moved to meet her need before Elijah even got there.The Prophet knew God was only going to be moved by this widowís faith, so he took a bold step towards getting her into faith at the risk of his own reputation.


God wants to bless you beyond your wildest dreams today.He wants to give you the financial miracle you are seeking but itís going to require your actions of faith.Itís going to require you stepping out like the little widow woman and giving the very best of what little you have remaining. You know where your seed is. Get it and plant it. If you keep your seed thatís the only harvest youíre ever going to see on it.However, if you plant your seed into a Ministry thatís preaching the supernatural Gospel of Jesus Christ you will reap a bountiful harvest on it. Did you get that? If you keep your seed that seed is the only harvest youíll ever see. But if you plant that seed it will produce a mega harvest for you.


The Decision to Obey His Voice Is Yours


Money is a bridge. Money is a tool. Money is an instrument.Money is a defense. Money is also the coin of this physical realm. This is why Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived next to Jesus, said, ďMoney answers all things.Ē (Ecclesiastes 10:19)


Faith is the coin of the spiritual realm. If you are willing to sow a financial seed towards your need for a financial miracle in the physical realm and to do it by faith, expecting a miracle return, you will receive your financial miracle.


So there you have it. The word of the Lord concerning your present financial need.God leaves it up to you now just like He left it up to the little widow. Will you listen to the voice of fear and continue to live under a financial curse? Or will you do what the little widow did and get what she got? The decision is all yours.


Are you tired of the way things are financially? Have you decided itís time for a change? In 1955, Rosa Parks, an African American civil rights activist decided it was time for a change, too. She decided she wasnít going to give her seat up to a white man and the end result of her decision triggered the most successful mass demonstrations against racial desegregation in world history. Her decision launched Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the forefront of that Civil Rights movement as well.Both of these human beings have been elevated to iconic status in American culture, all as the result of Rosa Parksí decision that she was tired of the way things were.


Little decisions create huge changes just like huge doors swing on little hinges. Little decisions create huge changes just like huge ships are steered by little rudders. One right decision can result in a thousand things happening FOR you and no longer TO you. Your decision to obey the voice of the Holy Spirit and plant a financial seed towards a miracle financial harvest can literally change your life forever.


The Holy Spirit is not the ďsilent partnerĒ of the Trinity, contrary to religious teaching. He is the ďvoiceĒ of the Trinity. (John 16:13) Will you listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit today? Donít allow people to tell you youíre crazy for believing that God would talk to you. Just the opposite is true. People would be crazy for believing in a God that doesnít talk to them.


The Holy Spirit is talking to you right now in the same way that Jesus would speak directly to His twelve Disciples. As a matter of fact, the Holy Spirit is to the Believer today what Jesus was to His twelve Disciples yesterday. Heís telling you what you have for a seed and that youíre going to have to plant it in order to receive a miracle harvest. Will you obey Him? He is wanting to change your life forever.


Have you ever stopped to realize that everything Peter could never be after having spent three and a half years with Jesus, he finally became after spending just one day with the Holy Spirit? Anyone who is acquainted with the Book of Acts knows this to be true. Everything youíve ever wanted to be, everything youíve ever wanted for yourself or your loved ones, everything youíve never been able to achieve or obtain as a Christian can become yours today. All it takes is listening to and obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit. All it takes is a decision to do as He says, plant the size seed He is speaking to you of and then lash yourself to the mast.


Why do I say lash yourself to the mast?Because the devil is not going to like your decision to plant a seed. Heís going to throw up some counterfeit storms all around you once you do in a last ditch effort to make you think youíre going down. Heís going to try to convince you that you are a fool for planting your financial seed. Hold steady during that time. The storm will subside. When it does you will see that Satan is the fool and the liar and the Holy Spirit always knew exactly what you needed to do to receive your financial miracle. So hold steady. God will pull you through. All you have to do is endure the pull to the other side where your miracle awaits.


Many despise the Ministry of the Holy Spirit. They call Him an ďitĒ and refuse to acknowledge His personhood. They refuse to acknowledge Him as a viable part of the Trinity. I want to encourage you to not accept that line of thinking. You cannot sneer at the Person of the Holy Spirit and expect Him to visit your house. Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit for yourself. Donít listen to those who tell you He doesnít exist or that He doesnít speak.


The Holy Spirit does exist and He does speak. He is just too big for the small minds of some human beings. His creative ideas are just too big for the small channel of some peopleís human reasoning. Unfortunately, you just canít cram a pumpkin-sized revelation into some peopleís pea-sized brains. Make the decision to listen to Him and to obey Him regardless of what others speak against Him. Anything you do in an attempt to obey Him will never go un-rewarded. He wants to bring you to the place of enlarging your capacity to give because He wants to enlarge your capacity to receive.


Mice, Elephants & Angels


Keep in mind the larger the harvest you ask for and plant towards, the longer it can take before you see the harvest come in.This is true in the natural and itís also true in the spirit realm.In the natural the gestation period for a mouse is about three weeks.The gestation period for an elephant is about two years.Are you believing for a mouse-sized harvest or an elephant-sized harvest?† 


The larger the harvest the longer the wait.This is not to say that God will not meet your daily needs as you wait out your elephant-sized harvest.Itís just to keep you from thinking your harvest isnít coming in when it seems to be taking a long time because you asked for a big one.


Itís also important to keep in mind that unlike when you pray about anything else, praying for financial blessing almost always involves God using other people.Sometimes people can drag their feet.But you can pray for whoever it is the Lord is using and tell Satan to stop harassing them and slowing them down.Just tell him, ďSatan, stop hindering whoever it is the Holy Spirit is speaking to about blessing me, in Jesusí Strong Name.Get your hands off my finances.ĒHeíll back off.† 


Other times God can be speaking to someone whom He has raised up in what the Bible calls the ministry of ďgivingIt is not at all uncommon for someone who is called to the Ministry of Giving to take the time to be sure they are hearing from the Holy Spirit before making their move.These are usually highly responsible people who do not act hastily with Godís money.


You also have the authority as a Born-Again Believer to commission the Angels of God by decreeing, ďAngels, go and cause my financial harvest to come in.The Bible says in Psalm 37:25 that itís Godís pleasure to prosper me. The Bible also says in Psalm 103:20 that the Angels of God do His good pleasure. That means He uses you to cause the finances to come Ė so go and do it now, in Jesusí Name.ĒItís important that you never tell the Angels to bring the money to you. They canít do that.Theyíre not a delivery service.However, they will cause the money to come through the God-ordained channels.


A closing thought.Grace comes by praying. (Colossians 1:9)Faith comes by hearing. (Romans 10:17)Financial and material abundance come by planting. (Luke 6:38)Christians all around the world are praying for financial and material provision to come and arenít getting any answers.They refuse to pay tithes and plant offerings believing the lie that financial and material provision comes through praying.Financial and material provision does not come through praying alone.Financial and material provision comes by planting seed towards a harvest.If financial and material provision came by praying alone that would mean that Bill Gates, Malcolm Forbes and other billionaires are the worldís biggest intercessors and they are not.


Famous Financial Miracle Receivers


John D. Rockefeller paid tithes and offerings.The founder of the Holiday Inn paid tithes and offerings.The founder of Quaker Oats paid tithes and offerings.The founder of Hydeís Mentholatum paid tithes and offerings.The founder of Welchís grape juice paid tithes and offerings. The founders of the ďBeanie BabyĒ financial phenomenon pay tithes and offerings. They started off writing a check to a Ministry for five dollars and eighty cents. In less than two yearís time they gave that same Ministry a tithe check for one hundred thousand dollars.


R.G. LeTourneau, the man whom God gave the ideas for most of the earth-moving, road-building equipment that is in the Earth today, paid tithes and offerings.You can read his book called ďMover of Men and MountainsĒ where you will discover this fascinating fact.He started out paying ten percent tithes and worked his way up to where he was giving God ninety percent of all of his income.Yet still when he died, he had over $90 million in the bank and over 200 patents for road-building equipment in his name. He also left behind a college and a factory to where still today they are producing the largest earth-moving equipment in the world.


You donít read these life-changing facts in the history books because Satan is the god of this world and he doesnít want you to know them. (2Corinthians 4:4)He knows if you get a hold of these truths and start making application of them, you could become another R.G. LeTourneau and Satan doesnít want that.By the way, R.G. LeTourneau was also the President of the Gideons, the organization that places Bibles at no cost in motel rooms all around the world.Get a vision for God like R.G. LeTourneau had a vision for God and God will get a vision for you like He had a vision for R.G. LeTourneau.God has not decided your future; He is waiting for you to do it.Yes, He knows what your future will be but Heís left it up to you as to whether you will plant towards it or not.If God had already decided your future, why would He bother telling you to plant towards it?Why would He give you any say in it?


You might be thinking, ďPastor John, I canít wait three weeks, two years or a lifetime for my financial miracle.I need help now.ĒThen plant your seed now and believe God now.Donít forget, Heís God.He can override the Laws of Nature.He can cause the Laws of the Spirit to speed up and work to your advantage immediately.He can cause a supernatural compounding of events and show you His mercy.He can do anything He wants.Heís God.He knows what you need and He knows what it will take to get it to you.You donít need to know how He can do it, either.All you need to know is that He will do it and He will do it legally, morally and Scripturally.† 


You do a little thing and plant the best seed you have.God will do a big thing and give you the best harvest Heís got for where you are and where you are going.†† He can cause it to happen today or even tomorrow if thatís what you need.Just keep pressing into Him.Keep seeking the Giver and not the gifts.Heís going to give you what you need but Heís going to develop greater spiritual maturity in you in the process.


Always remember the three reasons why Jesus came.Theyíre the same reasons money comes. It will serve you well to get all three established in your thinking.


Always remember that God is not simply moved by your need.He is moved by your faith and it takes faith to plant a seed during a crisis.If God was moved by your need alone, He would have met that need by now.When Jesus hung on the Cross there were two criminals hanging to either side of Him.They both needed Jesusí help desperately.One rejected Jesus.The other accepted Jesus by faith.Jesus only went with the one who had faith.This speaks volumes about the importance of faith over neediness when it comes to receiving as proficiently from God as He desires for you.††

Grab hold of every spiritual principle youíve learned here today.Apply them to your life now and receive your financial miracles. A life-long parade of them!

Be blessed ... John & Barbara Hamel



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