What you need is faith, faith that will trust and obey!Faith is the legal entry into the realm of the SUPERNATURAL!
by: Pastor Ovet Tamayo
Luke 9:23-27 Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save his life will
lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? 26 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory
and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God."
I believe that this is the heart of the teachings of Jesus – “SELF-DENIAL”!
When we say self-denial, there comes a picture in our minds of what the Roman
Catholic teaches – you must be poor and suffering, like Mother Theresa, Calungsod, Lorenzo Ruiz or St. Francis of Assisi who lived lives of poverty!
Although it is true that when you serve Jesus, He is not a genie in the bottle that would give us every desire of our hearts – no He won’t! Matter of fact, I believe that it entails much difficulties!
But because He is our loving God, He wants to give us more blessings and prosperity than our minds can
ever hope or imagine!
GOD IS NOT A GENIE!
Jesus wants us all to be prosperous, to be debt free, to experience Divine health, to enjoy peace always – but there is a price that must be paid; “SELF-DENIAL!”
In the cross, there was a divine exchange – His prosperity for your poverty – many know that, but they only know it in their heads!
We need to have a revelation of God in our hearts that believes without a doubt that God wants to bless and prosper us! The ‘fear of having’ is often greater than the ‘fear of not having’, because many think this is not the will of God for them!
When God calls a man, the first thing He gives is not money – whether to start a business, or to do ministry, God never gives you money to start with or to set you in motion!
Throughout the bible, you will never see God giving money to anyone after He has called them, nor giving them perks for motivation! If the mindset of the child of God is like this –
if I have money, I can obey God and go anywhere He wants me to go, because me and my family will be secured – you can never do anything for God, you can never obey Him! And God will never be able to do anything for you because your priority is “YOURSELF!”
If you have a calling from God, if you know God wants
you to do something for Him, to start a ministry or business, don’t look for money! The first thing that God gives when He calls a man is a “VISION!”
(When I started as a pastor, I had money, but the first thing that God did was to take it away!)
Even in our ministry, we never had money to start what God wants us to do! Even the Tower, it seemed that the timing was wrong because there was no money, but gave a VISION!
What you need is faith,
faith that will trust and obey!
Faith is the legal entry into the realm of the SUPERNATURAL!
When God gives you a VISION, the first thing you need to do is to
deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and seek the Kingdom of God; then money will come!
Matt 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
When God asked Moses to build the Tabernacle, he had no money, but because of Matthew 6:33, he was able to finish it,”
sobra-sobra pa binigay ng mga tao” that he had to stop them from giving!
That’s our God, when you deny yourself and obey Him, sobra-sobra!
He is the God of EXCESS!
A VISIONARY means, you see things before
they happen, you see the end from the beginning!
When God gives you a vision, He will always give you a WORD – VISION and WORD!
The Word brings the FAITH so you can see, the WORD gives you the courage and the strength to go on, even during trying times, because you know what you ought to do!
You would know what to do because the next thing that God will do is a “PLAN!”
VISION without a PLAN is just a possibility!
GOD WILL NEVER RELEASE MONEY TO PEOPLE WITHOUT A PLAN!
If you have a debt you want
to pay and someone asks you how you plan of paying it off, if you say God will take care of it, but if you don’t have a plan, it won’t happen!
say: I will be a missionary – what’s your plan?
I will be a businessman – what’s your plan?
I want to buy a house, what’s your plan?
If you want everything to be given to you without having a plan, that’s poverty mentality – pray for a plan, a strategy, it will also come from God! That too is self-denial, His ways
THE WILL OF GOD MUST BE DONE IN THE WAYS OF GOD AND IN THE TIMING OF GOD!
Heb 11:1 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see. THE MESSAGE
have a ‘poverty mentality’ always ask, ‘what can they give to me’?
But people with a “Kingdom Mentality” would always ask, ‘what can I give to them’?
When you have this Kingdom mindset, that means you have a vision, you have received a Word, and you have a plan; God will release all the resources you will need – likeminded people, wisdom, knowledge, boldness, and yes, even money! But many
people today wants instant gratification, they always ask, what will it cost me and how much will I get in return?
Often people will ask, where is the money? How long before we have an ROI?
This generation wants
everything for free! Don’t seek out for money, seek the will of God, seek His vision for your life, seek the mind of Christ to carry out His assignment for you, then all these things will be added unto you!
Mal 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there
may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
This is ‘self-denial’, obedience to God!
This is ‘Kingdom mindset’, putting God first!
Then the favor of God will come upon you!
favor of God cannot be won by good works, it cannot be bought by giving money without the heart! It can only be activated by obedience and self-denial!
SACRIFICE FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST!