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Deliverance book 1: Major Christian Deliverance Principles: Keys for Self-deliverance and Ministry
Chapter 7. Christian Deliverance and Healing in Financial Health Areas

- Same Principles, Different Limits
- Obedience is the Key
- God’s Ways or Ours?
- Still Under Manna or in Canaan?
- Financial Curse (Wilderness) -A Father’s Discipline
- Breaking the Curse of Poverty Through Obedience
- How God Opens the Floodgates of Heaven
- How God Prevents Satan from Destroying the Blessings
- The Bottom Line
- Same Harvest, Different Taste of Harvested Material Fruits
- Where to sow
- How to Start

This entire chapter on financial and material rewards is adapted from my incomplete book still on the shelves with a proposed title: Seed Time & Harvest Time - and God’s Mercy. Every part of it is related to deliverance from financial bondage, breaking the curse of poverty, biblical financial victory, steps to financial freedom and so on.

Christianity is burdensome when one does not understand the ways of God. It is difficult to accept or obey what we cannot understand. One of the most practical examples is the monetary side of our required obedience. This is in the area of monetary contributions, offerings and charitable giving.

Financial lack is still among the worst areas of affliction among believers, though for non-believers as well. Some are in unresolvable debts. Others are lacking basic resources in their lives and Christian living. And so on.

As believers God has given us biblical principles that relate to our material well-being. We can at least overcome areas within our sphere of responsibility. Applying God’s principles may not bring all we desire but it can eliminate avoidable and needless distress. I’m therefore not endorsing in this section the prosperity health and wealth “gospel” circulating among some of our spiritual siblings in the body of Christ.

Same Principles, Different Limits

A text in Malachi that talks about tithes and offerings is a key reference to how God works through our financial obedience or disobedience. It is important to note that tithing, that is, giving ten percent of our income, is not required in the New Testament (New Covenant) era we’re in. We are freed, through Christ, from religious rituals of the Mosaic Law.

If tithing is still a requirement then we need to resurrect the whole Old Testament law. And all of us who go to church on Sunday would have no place in heaven until we returned to Seventh Day worship.

Violation of the Seventh Day worship law is more eternally serious than violating requirements on tithes and offerings. Seventh Day worship is among the ten commandments while tithing is tucked among the numerous minor laws that are basically religious rituals and social policing laws.

So let no one deceive you that giving ten percent of our income is still our required minimum limit. Neither let them deceive you that a traditional church is the only accepted avenue for giving in the body of Christ.

However, the principles under tithing and offering requirements still apply in our day. So the text in Malachi still speaks to us today. The financial requirements in the New Testament era actually demand more than the old ten percent (tithe) minimum limit. We’re required to deny ourselves and to offer ourselves as living sacrifices. Making ourselves as offerings to God is giving everything we have for his interests.

The early church in the book of Acts is a good example though not necessarily to be applied the same way they did. They sold their belongings and gave the funds to the apostles as stewards for all believers. Please don’t try this even if you hear a voice claiming to be from God. Continue you good deeds with bible based financial principles that are not based on emotions or strange voices.

And let no ministry manipulate you by claiming to bring special rewards from heaven when you give to them. The bible talks about believers’ motives for giving while saying nothing on which ministry is more acceptable than another on financial matters.

We’re requested to be rich in good deeds, which is a way of storing up our treasure (wealth) in heaven. Our security is meant to be in what we’re saving up in heaven through good deeds rather than in how much our savings or earthly investments are worth (Matthew 6:19-21).

It’s a complete opposite paradigm or standard from the secular approach. How much is required to be stored up in heaven is therefore as much as we can possibly manage. No percentage limits.

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life,” 1 Timothy 6:17-19.

Obedience is the Key

Like in the old covenant era God brings whatever results based on our financial obedience or disobedience. He said to those who desired financial deliverance and freedom:

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this 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. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruits, says the Lord Almighty,” (Malachi 3:10-11).

So this is God’s way of providing material necessities. It is through giving. A tithe (ten percent) of ones income was the minimum in the Old Testament.

Something is a gift when the giver requires nothing in return. It maybe financial, material, service of one’s talents and time, counsel and so on. It’s something that will contribute to the well-being of someone or group at the expense of the giver’s input.

Through the gifts, God says he is moved to “throw open the floodgates of heaven” to bless the giver. It may not be instant or come in a way the giver may assume. However God works everything out in his way and timing to bless the giver.

Not only does he open doors for his blessings he also prevents the enemy from undoing our blessings. You probably know people who received much only to loose it all in mysterious ways, to suffer crippling health problems or other misfortune. God works to prevent such experiences for as long as we continue obeying his word.

On the highest level we’re requested to “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well,” (Matthew 6:33).

It means putting his ways of righteous living, evangelism interests and charitable interests ahead of our personal earthly interests. They need to matter to us more than our interests and needs. All the things we need for our earthly living are given to us as we pursue his interests.

God’s Ways or Ours?

God has given his ways to open the floodgates of heaven. But some may decide to look for their own ways they consider more convenient. All sorts of “justifiable” excuses may come up. The most common are, “I don’t have enough to give anyone,”  “I’ve so many critical obligations that giving would not be practical,” “I’ve not yet started earning my own income.”

Thus we devise other ways to receive from God. We hold long prayers, sometimes accompanied with fasting. Some who misunderstand spiritual warfare resort to binding and rebuking demons from holding their material blessings.

At the end of the day nothing moves. We may even begin to question ourselves: “May be God wants us to remain in lack?” After all, the bible strongly warns against the love of money. So living day to day on subsistence provisions by the grace of God could be his will for our lives.

All this is not true. We are only applying the wrong principles for the wrong purposes. We still end up walking in financial disobedience and harvesting fruits of financial disobedience.

Our Lord waits for us to apply what he has prescribed for us. Until we respond according to his word he continues to wait. Resorting to sinful ways and other worldly ways may work but only to bring in other worse problems in the long-run.  On another note, a believer may have other issues outside giving that may be contributing to financial woes. All these are hindrances to what God has promised through his word.

Still Under Manna or in Canaan?

God fed the Israelites manna during their 40 years in the wilderness. Manna was enough for the day and no more for the next. Any attempt to lay aside some for a succeeding day failed, except the day immediately preceding the Sabbath. Attempts of preservation only led to the manner to rot.

After 40 years the disobedient generation of military age had all gone except Joshua and Caleb who had obeyed God. Then God asked Joshua to circumcise the sons of the disobedient generation. After he obeyed this and observed the Passover God opened the door for them to eat their own produce in Canaan. The manna stopped (Joshua 5) and the Israelites were no longer bound to daily rations.

Their reproach, which was a sign of bondage, was rolled away when the new generation matured and it fulfilled its obedience through Joshua. “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you,” Joshua 5:9.

Their reproach was not rolled away when they crossed the sea with Moses. It was after more than 40 years when they qualified to inherit their promised blessing. All along they were still in some form of bondage like in Egypt. It was a material bondage. No wonder they complained so much that some even asked to return to Egypt where they had no freedom.

This could be the case for some believers in their material lives. Spiritually they are no longer in bondage. Materially things have not changed or have worsened. Some even consider returning to sinful ways of gaining material means. They consider sacrificing their spiritual freedom for material gain. They have prayed and begged God for years but little if anything has changed.

Yet God is saying some are in a financial wilderness of their own making because of disobedience to his financial principles. Prayer and begging is not a requirement in this area of our Christian lives. According to his word there is a better way out than resorting to sinful or spiritually compromising ways. His ways may take longer than the sinful ways but are more than worthwhile in the long run.

So some may be living in a financial wilderness of their own making because of disobedience. There are only two wildernesses in life – one is God-made while the other is man-made. Jesus entered a God-made wilderness when he was led to be tempted by the devil. His wilderness was a general trial of faith and not a financial one.

Our God-made financial wilderness is mostly during the years of our upbringing. We receive manna we never worked for. The manna is just enough to get by and scarce enough to continue looking forward to our own means.

During this period, God wants us among other things to learn obedience and submission to higher authority. It is also training ground for our submission to God and his ways. During God’s ordained wilderness our parents and guardians not only have heaven’s commission to care for us, they also have the means to exercise their authority.

No wilderness is exciting. As we grow older we desire more to be free from the financial wilderness of being on the receiving end. For some the mere thought of others sacrificing their lives for them is tormenting. They look forward to freeing their parents or guardians from their burden of looking after them.

For others the manna itself becomes increasingly unbearable. And so on. A God-made financial wilderness is at least one we’re not to regret. We found ourselves under particular parents or guardians of certain means and other characteristics. It was God’s own design. It’s a self-made one that is a problem.

Financial Curse (Wilderness) -A Father’s Discipline

The wilderness that we can somehow live to regret for having gone through is the self-made one. It comes as a result of disobedience to God. Here an individual has the power of choice but misuses it by ignoring God’s principles.

In the God-made wilderness there is nothing we can do except endure it. In the self-made one there is everything we can do to get out of it. It’s presence is a sign that there is something God requires of us that we’re not fulfilling.

When the Israelites disobeyed God they paid the penalty by being caged into a wilderness for forty years. They received manna just to keep them alive while paying for their sin. The same happens to us when we disobey his principles. He leaves us to survive on manna that is just enough to get by and scarce enough to continue looking forward to being free from such mere survival.

It may seem like God is a strict disciplinarian waiting to punish every disobedience. However scripture and history show that his hand of mercy is more prevalent than his hand of justice. His greatest act of mercy was having his Son, Jesus, die for our sins. We would be paying for every sin if it wasn’t for Christ. For most of us who have not been perfect this would be serious bondage, worse than slavery.

But to say God is no disciplinarian would be a big lie. Try getting into certain sins, especially the sexual sins and you’ll be sorry for it. Repentance is the ultimate rescue but may not stop all the sinful harvest. He will also eventually work it to your good but the process of getting to obtain that good can be painful. God does discipline us, out of love, not out of his wrath when we stray. “The Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son,” Hebrews 12:6.

So God disciplines us when we disobey his biblical financial principles. His discipline is what enables us to return to his ways when we stray. He allows a financial curse or wilderness to develop in our lives. To him disobedience to his biblical financial principles is robbery. We robe God of what belongs to him.  He said, “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me…in tithes and offerings. You are under a curse – the whole nation of you because you are robbing me” (Malachi 8-9).

A whole nation or household can be under a curse because of one of the heads of a household is walking in disobedience.  The curse of not giving is living in scarcity and continual harassment from the devourer (devil) either through a financial misfortune, losses, theft, money going to cover for sickness, and other unnecessary burdens. And because God is merciful he gives manna to the disobedient so that they survive by the day. Until obedience is fulfilled the manna continues.

Breaking the Curse of Poverty Through Obedience

The curse is only changed into a blessing when one starts giving. Ten percent was the Old Covenant minimum but it can be a safe level to start on. There is no other substitute. Our monetary and material means that are given as gifts are the only worthy seeds for a material harvest. 

We can also freely give our time and talents that have financial value to Christian causes. This can be a way of making up for low financial contributions in the manna years of scarcity.

Merely praying or fasting will do almost nothing. Prayer and fasting only water the seeds. Without the seeds no amount of water will bring anything from the ground. No seed falling to the ground no harvest.

Usually prayer and fasting are not necessary to material harvests. This is because material seeds work on God’s principle: “A man reaps whatever he sows.” (Galatians 6: 7).

If material harvests came from prayer then only Christians would have the material means. The rest would be on manna until they got born again. Evangelism would be so easy, if at all it would be needed. Unbelievers would seek salvation once they got tired of the manna.

God has set aside prayer (and occasional fasting) for more important seeds -evangelism. He wants us to concentrate on watering (praying and fasting) over seeds of salvation and liberty among lost souls. We can pray over our evangelism efforts or those of other ministries to produce their intended harvest of souls.

In the financial or material area God personally opens the windows of heaven to bless us. This happens as we apply the principles of seed time and harvest time. We do not need to pray or ask him to open the windows of heaven.

Here he wants to be tested and not be prayed to. Can you imagine God asking his creatures to challenge, test or tempt him? He said, “Test me in this and see if I will not through open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessings that you will not have room enough for it” (Malachi 3:10).

There is so much in heaven that God had to build floodgates - figuratively speaking. Floodgates are for stopping floods. God’s kingdom is flooded with blessings waiting to be poured out on obedient souls in the biblical financial principles.

Wanna go for a one on one with God, the Almighty, All Powerful and so on? He says “test me,” “try me,” or in our street language “go on, dare me!!” In paraphrasing he is saying “let’s see who is going to win in the giving game between you and I. Let’s see if what you give to me will be more than what I give back in return to you.” It’s easy to know who the winner will be.

God’s victory of giving more than the giver may not come in the short-run. Any short-sighted person can have a difficult time understanding how God works. Many times the desired means also do not come the way an individual expects.

For instance, he may open doors for your children into schools and professional positions that you could only dream of. This way your children become your most exciting part of your senior life. Seeing the faithfulness of God fulfilled in their lives gives you more reasons for living. Such a blessing may take 30 or more years to materialize. Yet you kept sowing throughout those decades. God is faithful – in his time and way.

How God Opens the Floodgates of Heaven

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How God Prevents Satan from Destroying the Blessings

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The Bottom Line

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Same Harvest, Different Taste of Harvested Material Fruits

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Where to sow

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How to Start
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Chapter 2. Fundamentals of Christian Deliverance and Healing, Part 1
Chapter 3. Fundamentals of Christian Deliverance and Healing, Part 2
Chapter 4. Prayer and Fasting: Major Deliverance and Healing Weapon
Chapter 5. Christian Deliverance and Healing in Spiritual Areas
Chapter 6. Christian Deliverance and Healing in Social Areas
Chapter 7. Christian Deliverance and Healing in Financial Areas
Chapter 8. Christian Deliverance and Healing in Physical Health Areas
Chapter 9. Overcoming Setbacks Against Deliverance and Healing (in 3rd Ed.)
Chapter 10. Christian Persecution –A Deliverance Exception

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