Author: Creflo Dollar
Are you familiar with the TV show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Contestants are subjected to a series of multiple-choice questions that increase in the level of difficulty with each correct answer. Their correct responses qualify them for advancement to the next level, where they are afforded the opportunity to win up to one million dollars. In a sense, God is the same way with us. He watches to see if we will do what it takes to advance to the next level of financial prosperity. Beyond confessing that you are a millionaire, have you qualified to receive millions? And if so, do you know how to maintain and increase that level of abundance?
Your first step in preparation for millionaire status is the qualification round. To qualify, you must be faithful in the little things (Luke 16:10). This means being a good steward of the finances you already possess. For example, “God robbers” (those who fail to tithe and give offerings) don’t qualify for millions (Malachi 3:8). The tithe, which is 10 percent of all your increase, is your covenant connection to the promises of God. It is an act of love toward God and is critical because it keeps the enemy from devouring your assets. The offering is the amount that you give over and above the tithe. When you refuse to sow financial seed into the Kingdom of God, you block what your heavenly Father can do in your life. This is a very important key to financial prosperity. After you’ve brought God your tithes and have given offerings, He is free to begin the process of increase in your life.
As you begin to see increase, remember to offer your firstfruits. Firstfruits are “the first of your increase” and are holy to God (Ezekiel 20:40). They cause the blessing to rest on your house (Ezekiel 44:30). For instance, if you begin a new job, then the difference between your old salary and your first week’s salary at your new job is the firstfruit of your increase. This also includes raises. For example, if you just received a raise from $470 to $500 a week, then your firstfruit offering would be the first $30 from your new paycheck. To position yourself for great wealth, you must change your thinking and banish any thoughts of fear regarding your giving.
Another part of being faithful with what you already have includes being accountable, organized and having an effective budget. This means not spending money as quickly as you earn it. Organize your life by opening checking and savings accounts and reconciling them regularly, and then create a budget that reflects your true spending habits. A budget will show you where you are overspending, how much debt you’re in and where you can cut costs and save. It also helps you to prioritize your financial life. Know exactly to whom you owe money and the amount owed down to the penny. After you’ve done this, write out a “grant” for the total amount of debt owed, stand on John 16:23 (AMP) and watch God supernaturally cancel your debts through favor and increase. These actions show God that you are lining things up in the natural realm; thus, you open the door for Him to bring the miraculous your way.
If you are serious about becoming a millionaire, begin to investigate investments and educate yourself on financial matters so that you’ll be prepared when your wealth manifests. Learn more about the stock market, real estate, IRAs and trusts, as well as estate planning to provide for your grandchildren (Proverbs 13:22). Map out a plan for increased giving and ways to promote the Kingdom of God with your money—plan to be God’s distribution center!
Finally, begin to seek God for the mission He has for your new found abundance. The believer who knows his mission and deals wisely in money matters will always succeed in every endeavor!
Our prayers go out to South Africa upon the passing of former President Nelson Mandela. May God’s peace fill the hearts of this great nation.
Have you ever been so consumed with your problems and personal concerns that it seemed there was no immediate relief in sight? For example, Sandra is a faithful member of her local church who has a loving relationship with her family and friends and is successful in almost everything she does. Recently, however, things have taken a negative turn financially, and because the pressures of the challenge seem so great, the usually positive and proactive Sandra is struggling with bouts of depression and stress. She has tried to involve friends to help her resolve her issues, only to find that few have the time or desire to listen to her problems.
While it may be hard to believe that a person can go from being a ‘got it all together Christian’ to feeling down in the dumps, it does happen. All of us have experienced this at some point in our walk with God; but instead of worrying or tracking down someone to join what could easily become a “pity party,” use the Source you know will never fail—God.
Everyone should understand the value of being prepared mentally and spiritually for attacks on our lives because they will come. In John 16:33, Jesus said, “…In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” God has equipped you to handle the storms of life by trusting in Jesus.
Similar to Job in the Bible, there are times when challenges hit us on all sides and we don’t always feel like responding with the Word of God; but rest assured that God’s Word is the solution to any problem. When you allow your responses and decisions to be founded on God’s Word, you open the door for God to come in and turn your situation around.
Job was a man who faced some terrible situations. His children were killed, his livestock were destroyed and he was struck with painful boils on his entire body. Job had lost everything and I’m sure he was tempted to completely give up and turn his back on God. Even his wife told him to just curse God and die because he was in such a pitiful state. But Job didn’t do that. While he did go through a time of complaining and questioning, he never gave up on God. As a result, God restored everything he lost.
When the storms of life hit you, what will you do? Will you become overwhelmed and lose heart in the midst of worrying, obsessing and attempting to fix every problem yourself? Or will you pass the trust test and employ His help by calling on Him first? There is no challenge too great for Him to handle. He can cause all things to work out for your good when you pray and seek Him. What you find difficult to do, God can perform sweatlessly.
In the midst of trusting God, know that He may not use your preferred method to solve your issues. God has numerous ways to get things done and He will change situations in order to fulfill His purposes and promises.
You must be willing to get out of God’s way in order for Him to work. That means refraining from worrying, complaining and trying to fix things in your own natural ability. When you worry, you hinder God’s promises from being able to work in your life. Instead, meditate on the Scriptures, seek understanding and believe in what the Word will do for you. Everything you need to survive the storms of life is in your Bible; so put it to use during the times you need it most.
Don’t forget that God is a prayer away. No, there is no quick fix for every obstacle you will face in life, but if you are a Believer, you have the very thing that will bring peace in times of trouble (John 14:27). Pray to God and He will answer. He promised to never leave or abandon you.