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Let me remind you of a tongue and interpretation we received back in August. I gave the tongue, and Anthony interpreted. Here’s what he said:
“My disciples were in the last hour. You are in the last seconds. Do not be afraid. Be bold and go out. The harvest is near. Call all that you can to God.”
And then, Beth gave us a word from the Lord:
“I own you. You are mine. You belong to me. Nothing can come against you in the name of Jesus. I bled for you, I died for you, and you are mine says the Lord. Nobody takes anything from Me. I have you in my hands. Nothing can come against you. I own you. You are my mine. You belong to me.”
This transitioned into Beth having a face-to-face encounter with the Lord. And she kept asking, “What do you want, Lord? What do you want? We’re listening.” The answer came to me in a vision.
What I saw was a massive dust cloud heading our way. It reminded me of the images you see of the dust bowl in the 1930s. Only it wasn’t dirt. It was gold dust rushing towards us.
In the natural, what would you do if a dust cloud was rushing toward you? You would go inside and hide. But pay attention to what the Lord said about this vision:
“There is a great provision for my people. I need you to receive it and not reject it. You are the ones that I can trust with it because your hearts are pure, and your motives are right. You will know exactly what you need to do with it.”
So what does the Lord want? He wants us to receive His miraculous provision, not run from it.
Transfer of Wealth
The next day, I asked the Lord where this provision would come from. I am a business guy, so that’s the method I default to.
Here we are several months later, and I have realized that God is using business as one of the methods for wealth transfer. But it’s not the only method He is using.
So, yes, God is using business. But He has other ways to transfer wealth as well. Let’s review what happened when the Israelites escaped Egypt.
Exodus 3:21-22 NLT – And I will cause the Egyptians to look favorably on you. They will give you gifts when you go so you will not leave empty-handed. Every Israelite woman will ask for articles of silver and gold and fine clothing from her Egyptian neighbors and from the foreign women in their houses. You will dress your sons and daughters with these, stripping the Egyptians of their wealth.
In this scripture, God is prophesying through Moses. He is giving the Israelites a heads-up so they would receive the wealth transfer instead of rejecting it.
I mean, can you imagine? They had been slaves to Egypt for hundreds of years. The generation alive at this time had only known slavery. They had never been free.
And then, suddenly, the people who kept them in slavery were handing over their wealth? If God didn’t tell them ahead of time, they would have rejected it.
They would have said, “Oh no, I’m not taking that. You’re probably trying to trick me.” But when it actually happened, they received the wealth because God gave them a heads-up.
He’s going to do it again. God is going to cause the ungodly to look favorably on us and they will give us their wealth.
Just like it says in Psalms:
Psalms 105:44 NLT – He gave his people the lands of pagan nations, and they harvested crops that others had planted.
Here’s another confirmation:
Ecclesiastes 2:26 NLT – …if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him.
And the third confirmation:
Proverbs 13:22 NKJV – …the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
The gold dust storm is coming. You are either going to hide from it or receive it.
Purpose of Wealth
The purpose of this wealth is so we can accomplish God’s plan on the earth before the tribulation comes.
If you are thinking about how you’ll spend all of this wealth on yourself, the wealth isn’t coming to you. This is only for those who are focused on advancing the kingdom of God.
But it’s not too late to make the corrections needed to receive this wealth. That’s why I am giving you two things blocking godly wealth so that you can get them out of the way.
Let’s turn to James to give it to us straight. If you are the type of person who likes a stern rebuke when you are wrong, James got you covered.
James 5:1-5 NLT – Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. Your gold and silver are corroded. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment. For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter.
Many well-meaning Christians have read this scripture and concluded that God wants us to live in poverty. But that conclusion is foolish. It doesn’t align with the rest of the Bible.
2 Corinthians 9:8 NLT – And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV – And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Proverbs 13:22 NKJV – A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
I could go on. If you look to the full counsel of God’s Word, you’ll find that His desire is for His people to live in wealth. And the wealth He gives comes without trouble.
So many people misunderstand scripture because they rush over it and don’t take the time to understand what is really being said. To get it right, we must stop and reflect.
Who is James talking about? Everyone who has wealth? No. He is rebuking those who have an ungodly relationship with wealth. Let me show you:
James 5:3 NLT – …The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire…
This reveals the first thing that blocks godly wealth:
Trusting in money blocks godly wealth.
So how do you know if you are trusting in money? It’s about to get uncomfortable in here.
If you refuse to take a day each week to rest from work, also known as sabbath, you are trusting in money.
If God asks you to do something that drains your savings account (or, for the Dave Ramsey fans, your emergency fund) and you don’t do it, you are trusting in money.
Staying at a job for the paycheck, but knowing deep down that it is not where you are supposed to be, you are trusting in money.
If you don’t give the first 10% of your income to God, also known as the tithe, you are trusting in money.
I told you it was going to get uncomfortable. But I am willing to make you uncomfortable because you need to get these wealth blockers out of the way.
The body of Christ is counting on you to position yourself to receive the wealth transfer. We need resources to accomplish God’s will on the earth.
For example, God is leading us to start a one-room schoolhouse. It’s going to take an annual budget of at least $250,000. And we need $2 million dollars to acquire the facility that is waiting for us.
How are we going to pull this off? Because you and I will position ourselves to receive the wealth transfer. We will stop blocking it by getting these things out of the way.
Removing the wealth blockers
If you want to remove these wealth blockers, you must take action. I am stirring up your faith today. But faith without works is dead. So here are some things you can do to eliminate the first wealth blocker:
- If you don’t tithe, start now. Every time you get paid, give the first 10% to God through your church.
- If you don’t honor the sabbath, start now. Pick one day each week that you turn off your phone and ignore work to focus on God and your family.
- If God asked you to do something that drains your savings account, do it asap. Don’t put it off any longer.
- If you are holding on to a job for the paycheck only, start applying for new jobs this afternoon and trust God to reveal when you find where you are supposed to be.
Aren’t you glad you came to church today? Let me seal this with a scripture from the book of wisdom:
Proverbs 11:28 NLT – Trust in your money and down you go! But the godly flourish like leaves in spring.
Listen. If you don’t deal with this, the wealth transfer that’s been prophesied will pass right over you. Godly wealth does not come to those who trust in money.
Since that one was so fun, let’s do another! Back to James:
James 5:3 NLT – This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment.
A wrong relationship with money will not only destroy this life, but you will also answer for it on the day of judgment.
Let that be your motivation to fix these things today, including this second thing blocking godly wealth:
Storing money blocks godly wealth.
This is a tough one to wrap our minds around. It is ingrained in us to stash money away in our savings accounts and our 401ks. Everyone tells us that this is wisdom.
But is it godly wisdom? Or just human wisdom? Let’s ask Jesus.
Matthew 6:19-21 NLT – Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Uh oh. Once again, Jesus is bucking culture. Who are we going to follow?
For confirmation, let’s look at what was written in the Old Testament about storing money.
Ecclesiastes 5:13-15 NLT – There is another serious problem I have seen under the sun. Hoarding riches harms the saver. Money is put into risky investments that turn sour, and everything is lost. In the end, there is nothing left to pass on to one’s children. We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us.
If you store your money, you may have it for a little while. But eventually, something happens that takes it all away.
So, all that money that could have been used to advance God’s kingdom over the years was stored up and then stolen by the enemy. That’s what happens when we store money.
I told you. This is a tough one to wrap our minds around. But we are going to have to make a choice. Do we follow Jesus on this one or the wisdom of man?
Because here’s the deal. If we store up money like the world tells us to, the wealth transfer that’s been prophesied will pass right over you. Godly wealth does not come to those who store up money.
So how do you put action to this one? How do you get this blocker of godly wealth out of the way? I am going to leave that to you. Ask the Lord what you should do.
Now let me recap this entire message in two sentences.
Two things make wealth ungodly: trusting in it and storing it up for yourself. Godly wealth is a free flow through you to fund the purposes of God.
To end today, I want to share a prophecy the Lord gave me on August 31, 2022.
“Expand your capacity to receive! Stop limiting with small thinking! Submit to the fact that you can’t comprehend the amount of wealth available to you in Christ. You might as well take the cap off because I am not capping it. It’s a free flow, a rushing river, an endless supply. Don’t try to contain (store) it. Let it flow freely through you. Don’t stop the flow by hanging on to it. Let it flow freely because there is always more to come.”
This word from the Lord isn’t just for me. It’s for you too. So be diligent in getting rid of these two things blocking godly wealth.
Stop trusting in money and stop storing it up. Position yourself to receive the wealth transfer that has already begun.