When Carolyn and I started out in our ministry, we had almost nothing. But we believed in what God wanted us to do. We were working with Jewish young people who were struggling with addiction and other issues. Many of them came from New York, and God began to burden my heart to work with them there rather than waiting for them to come to Texas. I went home one day and told Carolyn, “God has told me to buy a training center in New York City to assist Jewish kids coming off of drugs. I believe it will cost a million dollars, and I don’t know where we will get the money.”
Our total income the year before was $4,500. When I said I had no idea where the money would come from, I meant it. I didn’t have any resources. We were barely surviving. But we were happy in serving the Lord!
Our oldest daughter Michelle was five years old. She heard this conversation, and she said, “Daddy, I’ve got a million dollars in my piggy bank.” She went to her room and came back with her little bank. “I will give you the money. It’s here in my piggy bank!” I had tears in my eyes as we broke that bank open and counted out what was inside. It was $3.26.
Faith rose up in my heart. I took that money to the bank and opened an account to buy the training center. The teller asked me if I were crazy. He thought I had mental problems. I told him what God was going to do, and he laughed. He assured me the money would not be coming in. “You can’t pray money in, Reverend. You need to see a counselor!”
Every day I went to our center in Texas and prayed and fasted for a miracle. Sixteen weeks later, we deposited the final funds in the bank to reach the total of one million dollars so we could buy the building we needed. The banker apologized to me, but I knew the real secret. Michelle’s holy offering-her childish act of faith and Radical Generosity-had touched the heart of God and moved His hand to action.
Through the years, I have seen God richly bless those who have given generously to His work. When we give, we are not meeting a need God has. Everything already belongs to Him. When we give, we are expressing our faith. When we cling to everything we have, it really says that we do not trust God to meet our needs. A hoarding heart robs the owner of the opportunity to see God’s power displayed. It is only when we open our wallets and our hearts…both are vital…that we put ourselves in position to see God do things that are impossible to explain apart from His power. Show Your Support By Giving Now
Show Your Support By Giving Now
Who is on the throne of your life? Many Believers would automatically reply, “God.” But is that really true? Men of integrity and honor, who dare to speak out against sin, too often become targets for egotistical men who place themselves above the will and call of God.
Is your heart a place devoted only to God, or has He been crowded out by worldly endeavors and enticements? Too often we begin our walk with Him filled with good intentions; we petition God wholeheartedly to occupy the first place in our lives, but eventually, the world begins to intrude. Our focus shifts to jobs, friends, or our family. These are all essential parts of life, but just remember that Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (See Matthew 6:33, NKJV.) If your priorities are in order, your motivation will be about pleasing God, putting Him first and foremost in your life, and then He will add His blessings.
We can’t limit Jesus to our timetable; we have to get on His. God is not going to consult with us to determine His plan or purpose in our lives. It’s our responsibility to determine if we are in His will. We have not taken over the world, because we have not been with Jesus. God has drawn the battle line and is sending angels on assignments to gather saints who are hungry and thirsty for Jesus.
In general, today’s Christians have no sense of destiny. But if we discover Christ within us, the hope of glory, we will be more excited about the Christian life than anything the world has to offer. (See Colossians 1:27, KJV.) Such enthusiasm kills inferiority, destroys the paralysis of the past, and gives a brilliant view of eternity. When Christ resides in His rightful dwelling place on earth, the heavens will open for the one in whom He dwells.
We have, leading the way for us, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah to consume the Enemy of our souls. He is in full battle gear and demons are trembling. He is clothed with the robe of righteousness and His eyes are as a flame of fire. He upholds all things by the word of His power. (See Hebrews 1:3.)
When we become convinced that this Christ dwells within in us, we will be a power that causes the enemies of the cross to quake and cower. When we’re gripped with a sense of the destiny of Christ’s mission and His present-day ministry, we will want to see it being operational in our lives. Who on earth has a greater sense of destiny or a greater plan than the Lord Jesus Christ? When we allow the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” to function through us, it will completely change our outlook.