In life we all have an inherent desire to build, create, and be successful, some more than others, but all the same it’s there. As our culture evolves with technology we have unconsciously become more determined to fulfill this desire of accomplishment by finding ways to do more in less time. You could say we have become addicted to the rush and demand of success.

The problem with this is that at the end of the day when we sit down and count all our chips there can be a self-gratification that sets in and applauds our efforts. It’s what causes us to hear the voice that says, “I got to get more.” We unknowingly step on the treadmill that produces sweat and drains our energy without the desired results. There will always be need where there is vision, but there will always be rest when it’s God’s vision. Psalms 127:1-2 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it…. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrow; for so He gives His beloved sleep.”

When God gives you an idea or vision it’s not so you can accomplish it by yourself. It’s so you can place your trust in Him and begin to walk by faith. All of our success and achievements should cause attention, glory and praise to be given to God. It’s in the times that we really don’t believe that God loves us that we begin to think and act as if we are the source and supply for the vision. Remember, our success level is found in the knowledge of God’s love. Lately I have gone over and over a list of verses that I have written down to build my faith and remind myself how much God really loves me.

A true sign that we have become convinced of God’s love for us is when financial pressure is cast off and relinquished. God is the God of more than enough and wants us to increase and grow the vision He’s placed in our hearts. He wants your church, business, families and investments to grow, but He doesn’t want you taking the responsibility for producing that growth. Proverbs 23:4-5 says, “Do not overwork to be rich; because of your own understanding, cease (or stop!) Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven.”

Working is not the problem, as we all know that work is a requirement in life. The issue lies with thinking that work is the way to become rich.

The Lord spoke this to me some time back, “Work is not the avenue by which we add to ourselves. Work is what happens when we are diligent to respond to God’s counsel and given vision.” The Bible says, “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.” What we are dealing with here is the transitioning of our trust from our own abilities to God’s. Proverbs 28:26 says, “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered.” To walk wisely is to have an awe and respect of God, knowing that He will guide me and lead me to the place of growth and abundance.

Being delivered from lack does not come from a promotion or financial increase as lack always seems to meet you at the next level with another demand of payment. True deliverance from lack is produced when we confidently trust in God. God did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all. How shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Wealth is the product of the pursuit and trust in God, which manifests from living by faith, and is produced from His word. 1 Timothy 6:17 speaks concerning this saying, “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.”

Let me ask you this in closing, are you at rest where your finances are concerned? I mean can you honestly say there is perfect peace and a still calm in your heart with money issues? Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You.” When love dominates your thoughts and absolute trust in God is settled in your heart, you will walk with an expectation that every need is met and that your financial breakthrough is here! Dick Mills, a traveling minister who has since gone on to be with the Lord, told Mandy and I years ago, “Get out of debt, update your passports, and get ready to fly.” We have done just that and God has done amazing things.

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