Break the Cycle – Part 6
(Galatians 6:7 PHILLIPS) Don’t be under any illusion: you cannot make a fool of God! A man’s harvest in life will depend entirely on what he sows.
- Prosperity – is to look a person in the eye in their moment of impossibility and take their needs on as your own.
Remember, this is the end game we are after. In the process of this, it is a given that our needs will be taken care of.
- Poverty – the state of being inferior in quality or insufficient in amount. (something missing or lack of some kind)
Our mission should be to eradicate poverty not only in our lives, but in the lives of as many people as we can. God’s blessing is designed to do that.
- Money is absolutely and completely neutral.
- Money can become seed only if the real seed is attached to it.
(Mark 4:14 NKJV) The sower sows the word.
- We are sowing when we give money to someone with the Word attached or into Word preaching and teaching ministries (Church, etc.)
The Law of Multiplication
Multiplication in Action
(Luke 9:12-17 NKJV) When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.” (13) But He said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.” (14) For there were about five thousand men. Then He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.” (15) And they did so, and made them all sit down. (16) Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. (17) So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them.
There were 5000 men in verse 14. They counted heads of households (Matthew 14:21). In other words, there were 5000 families or households represented here. There could have easily been 15,000 to 20,000 people there.
Three Principles of Multiplication:
1. What you have must be blessed before it can multiply.
- The tithe belongs to God.
(Leviticus 27:30 NLT) “One tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD and must be set apart to Him as holy.
Jesus is our High Priest and we present our tithes to Him according to Deuteronomy 26.
The way that you get what you have in your hands to be blessed is to put the first portion in Jesus’ hands so He can bless it.
(Malachi 3:10 NKJV) Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.
- Tithing is not sowing. Tithing is returning.
- Only what you give over your tithe is seed and can be multiplied.
This principle only applies to the finances that you give over and above the tithe.
The basic plan for our finances:
- We receive income from our job, business, etc.
- We tithe (10%) honoring God at the beginning.
- We save and pay our bills and financial obligations.
- We sow seed out of our discretionary income (what is left over).
2. It is the blessing of Jesus that gives it the potential to multiply.
Luke 9:16 NKJV Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them…
The first portion is the redemptive portion that causes the rest to be blessed. You must give the first portion, the tithe to God with no strings attached.
He blessed the loaves, He broke the loaves and He gave the loaves back to the disciples.
3. Once it is blessed, what you have has to be given away before it can multiply.
Jesus received the bread, blessed it and then gave it back to the disciples. If they had eaten it when Jesus gave it back to them, it never would have multiplied.
Remember, the tithe causes the rest to be blessed and redeemed but it does not cause the rest to multiply.
The food did not multiply when Jesus prayed over the loaves and fishes.
- The miracle of multiplication did not happen in the Master’s hands – it happened in the disciples’ hands.
Notice, that there was not enough to meet the need to start with. But once, the Master multiplied it, there was more than enough to meet the need and there was some left over.
If you are lacking seed at this point, then there is still hope for you!
(2 Corinthians 9:6-11 AMPC) [Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings. (7) Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]. [Pro 22:9] (8) And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. (9) As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever! [Psa 112:9] (10) And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity]. [Isa 55:10; Hos 10:12] (11) Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous, and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God.