The following is a guest post from Jimmy Kibler – the Pastor of Victory Christian Chapel in Melbourne, Florida. Jimmy travels and speaks to churches about financial increase. You can find out more at his blog IncreaseNow.com.
“The Lord knows the days of the upright and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time and the days of famine they shall be satisfied.” Psalms 37:18-19
This promise from God is for today. The word famine in the Bible means recession or depression. Famines in those days were caused by a lack of rain and recessions today are caused by downturns in the economy and both have devastating effects on the lives of people.
It is now and always has been God’s intention to provide for his people. In Genesis chapter 26:1 we see that there was a famine in the land and Isaac wanted to go down to Egypt to provide for his family, but God said stay here and I will be with you and will bless you and I will perform the oath, which I swore unto Abraham your father. Verse 12, then Isaac sowed in that land (during the famine) and received in the same year 100 fold and the Lord blessed him and he became great (rich) and grew until he became very great. By this passage we understand that famines mean nothing to God and he can and will bless you no matter what is going on with the economy if you will only be obedient.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you will always have all sufficiency in all things and may abound to every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
This means that God is able to provide for you with enough money to pay all of your bills and money left over to provide for other people’s good works such as spreading the gospel and feeding the poor. This verse is God’s definition of prosperity.
But, there are two requirements toward receiving all sufficiency in all things from God.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all of these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
In the next verse, Jesus said do not worry about tomorrow. I believe, that if we seek God first that He will provide everything we need just as his Word says in this verse. Do not seek money or material goods; seek God and enough money to meet your needs and material goods, such as food, clothing and shelter will follow.
“If anyone would not work, neither should he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10
Everyone, unless they are retired or disabled should work at doing something. I always tell people, put your hand to something and God will bless you.
I always start out my financial increase conferences by telling people that yes the economy is down, but your covenant with God is still in effect! There is no recession in Heaven and God is well able to provide for his people during this recession and he will. Trust God and seek God and Jesus said everything we need shall be added unto us.