November 7, 2017

3 Keys to Financial Abundance

3 Keys to Financial Abundance

 

Several years ago, I was praying to the Lord, “Should I work or should I stay home with the kids?” I had been praying this prayer for years as I had my real estate license and sold homes from time to time. We were struggling financially and I wanted to help out, but also had kids at home, and I felt guilty for working.

Always in a state of confusion, I never made much money until that day I finally heard God speak.

He said, “Dana, it is for freedom that Christ has set you free. I was the one who gave women their freedom. I initiated the movement for women to have rights and work if they want to. You have the power to choose whether you want to work or not. If you work, I will bless you and you can buy those extra things you would like. If you don’t work, I still will provide all your needs. It’s your choice.”

 

Feeling like I finally had God’s permission to be a working mom, I set out to rev up my real estate business!

And it was incredible! God’s hand of favor in my life was unexplainable! Even my coach said, “Dana, this is not normal!”

 

So what caused the favor of God’s abundance in my life? Well, I’ve thought long about this and would like to share some of the insights along the way. While this is not all encompassing of Jehovah Jireh, I’m hoping it can help you along the way. Below you will find 3 keys to financial abundance.

 

We just finished Genesis 21-41, reading about Abraham and have landed at the story of him being tested to sacrifice his one and only son. As Abraham and Isaac are walking up the mountain, Isaac is like, “Um dad, where’s the sacrifice?” As he is carrying the wood on his back.

 

Abraham just states, “God will provide.”

 

When they get up to the top of the mountain and Abraham is about to slaughter his son, believing God has the ability to raise him from the dead if needed, God spoke to Abraham, “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” And He provided a ram instead.

 

Genesis 22:14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

 

The word ‘provided’ is translated in Hebrew “Jehovah will see”. I find it interesting that it says to see, perceive or have vision.

 

3 Keys to Financial Abundance:

#1     Seeing the provision.

For me, the first step in abundance was seeing that God gave me a choice. He gave me free will. If I wanted abundant overflowing resources, he gave me the privilege and ability to work. Work is a blessing, not a curse!

God gives you the power to gain wealth. Deuteronomy 8:17-18 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the power to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant…

  • He gives you the power to produce wealth.
  • Work hard, and enjoy your work. Ask God to give you creative ideas, whether for your own business or as an employee.
  • You have to put your hand to something. “I will bless whatever your hand touches” is throughout the bible.

 

I asked the Lord this morning why so many struggle financially and I heard him say, “Because they don’t believe they have my favor. Or they don’t believe they are worth it.”

 

#2     You have His favor! Believe you carry the very presence of God!

I began to confess that I have the favor of God on my life. And whatever my hand touches prospers. As I began to believe I really did have God’s favor, my confidence grew and that made me a much better REALTOR!

  • To be abundantly blessed financially means you choose to believe His blessing rests upon you and you have the power to gain wealth.
  • If you are in Christ, you carry His favor!

 

#3     You are worth it!

  • You are worth a high wage! Even if you do not have a special trade, you are a learner and will put forth the effort to be an expert in something. You believe your value is high, your time is worth the trade.
  • It’s ok to work for a high salary. Your time is valuable! The exchange of money for time is ok on this earth. You are worth it!

Because you believe, you work hard. And then God somehow multiplies your hands beyond your ability. He puts his supernatural touch on it. And even though you worked your butt off, you still can’t take the credit!

 

 

 

October 31, 2017

God relates with mankind through covenants.

How does God relate with us? Through covenants.

As a believer in Jesus Christ, I used to think the whole Bible applied to me. Now listen, I know the whole thing is the Word of God, but what if all these years I’ve read and applied it wrong? This is my 2nd time to read the entire Bible in a year, but the first time I read the whole thing, I thought every passage applied to me. I tried to apply the entire Bible to my life without consideration of who the passage was written to and in the context of history.

 

So as we read through the Bible this time, I’m looking for some things. I’m looking for how God relates with mankind throughout history. And how does he relate to us today?

 

We just started in Genesis, so there are a couple passages that stand out to me. First let’s talk about Adam and Eve, and the big picture of creation; the big purpose of God. Then let’s talk about Abraham and the first covenant revealed to us.

In the beginning, at creation, God walked with Adam and Eve in the garden.

Genesis 1:27-28

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

I believe this is the purpose of God for humans on the earth and it will never change:

  • Humans were created for the image of God. The image is the essence of that which is represented. God is light and God is love. And it is interesting to me that Jesus said we are the light of the world and the only commandment he gave us under the new covenant is to love.

God’s first action words spoken to them were:

  • Be fruitful – This is still a symbol of Christianity. That we would bear much fruit.
  • Multiply (to become great and numerous)
  • Replenish (fill and take care of the earth)
  • Subdue (take authority of the earth)
  • Have Dominion (rule the earth)

 

I find it interesting that after the fall, the great sin of Adam and Eve, God reveals himself progressively and through covenants.

 

The first covenant we see God make with a man on the earth is with Noah. It was a Royal Grant covenant. It was an unconditional divine promise never to destroy the entire earth again with a flood. The covenant sign was a rainbow in the sky.

 

The next covenant we see in Genesis is with Abram. Another Royal Grant covenant was established as a divine promise to bless Abram and give him land for his descendants.

 

The scripture I find the most fascinating is Genesis 15:6. Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

 

God has established a new covenant. And anyone who shall call upon the name of the Lord, believe in Jesus Christ, he declares righteous by faith.

 

So keep in mind as we read through the old testament, that not everything is written to us. We can glean from all scripture and learn from it, but we have to filter everything through the new covenant.

 

October 24, 2017

What are the 4 main end time views of the book of Revelation?

There are 4 main thoughts about the end times. Futurism, Historicism, Idealism, and Preterism. On this bible study my husband, Brandon Pollard, and I discuss the book of Revelation. For more details listen to Dr. Jonathan Welton.

October 17, 2017

The greatest spiritual battle is love.

The greatest spiritual battle we can engage in is love. Love conquers all! Learning to walk in love will create a healthy environment for others to grow.

October 10, 2017

What is the New Covenant?

As believers in Jesus, we are under the New Covenant. The Old Covenant is obsolete and done away with. Listen to learn more.