Walking In Surplus

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I was once guilty of what I’m about to say. . .but not anymore.

I used to speak about what I had to have to meet this or that need.  I, unwittingly, developed a need mentality. . .which was reinforced by the words of my mouth.

I can remember totaling up bills and praying for God to meet this need of $15,000 or whatever the amount by a specific date.  When the need was met. . .I breathed a sigh of relief and, of course, gave God the proper glory.

However, a moment of pure revelation came to my fine wife Bev and I. . .the day we realized that we should stop thinking and speaking in terms of needs. . and begin thinking and speaking of living in surplus.

We’ve taught several times about surplus on Sunday Nite Live.  Visit tlctoday.net and search for “surplus of prosperity” and you will find the teaching outlines.

Let’s continue.

It’s real simple. . .when you live in surplus. . .you’ll never have to ask God to meet another need. . .ever again.

Deuteronomy 28:11 in the Amplified Bible again.

“And the Lord shall make you have a surplus of prosperity, through the fruit of your body, of your livestock, and of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.

Let’s personalize the first eleven words of this verse.

“And the Lord shall make (put your name here) have a surplus of prosperity. . .”

The Lord will make you have a surplus of prosperity. . .not a government stimulus package not even an inheritance from a rich relative.  Notice the scripture doesn’t say He will give you a surplus of poverty.  No, He will give you a surplus of prosperity.

Your surplus of prosperity is not based on you . . . though your obedience to God’s Word will determine whether or not you receive what God has in store for you.

Your actions and reactions will either “positively or negatively determine your destiny”

There is a law of cause and effect.  When you do what God says in His Word, then you will reap a harvest of blessings.

Not only will you reap the harvest of blessings but the Word says “…the Lord shall make you have a surplus of prosperity.”

Note that you will not just be prosperous but you will have a surplus of prosperity.

Luke 12:32 says:

“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Here’s a question. . .if it’s God’s will to give us the kingdom, then why are so many people struggling?  There are at least five hindrances to your surplus.

Fear. . .of the unknown.  Fear of failure.

Doubt. . .that God will do what He says He will do in His word.

Anxiety. . .over the current economic and political landscape.

Hesitation. . .to give what God says to give because of our perceived limitations and lack.

Disbelief. . .over whether everything promised in the Bible applies to “me.”

Child of God, the word is clear. . .it’s your Heavenly Father’s pleasure to give you the kingdom. . .a surplus of prosperity.

“Surplus is Good.”

In fact, let’s personalize that. . . “Surplus is good for the (put your last name here) family.

Surplus is just one of the ways in which God wants to bless you, me. . .us.

Have you ever wondered why God wants to bless you in so many ways?

It’s simple actually. . .He must keep His word.  God is not a man that He should lie.  Numbers 23:19

Exodus 13:5 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And when the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which He promised and swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey [a land of plenty], you shall keep this service in this month.”

God will go before you and defeat all the “ites: in your life.

The Canaanite Spirit wants to keep you mentally depressed, financially busted and without hope.

The Hittite Spirit is one of dread and fear to take you off track.

The Ammonite Spirit is a false voice. . one that is accusing and speaking against you.

The Hivite Spirit is one of wickedness and deception.

The Jebusite Spirit is one of heaviness, negativity, of being trampled down.  Debt is a Jebusite spirit.

God is going to help you defeat everything that’s trying to hold you back. . .and keep you from receiving what God promised to your forefathers.

Deuteronomy 7:13 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And He will love you, bless you, and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your body and the fruit of your land, your grain, your new wine, and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the young of your flock in the land which He swore to your fathers to give you.”

We’ve established that God wants you to have a surplus of prosperity.

I think it’s important to understand what the word surplus means.  According to the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary it’s defined as:

“the amount that remains when use or need is satisfied.”

I like the way that sounds . . .the amount that remains. . .that’s a good word surplus.

It reminded me of Proverbs 3:10 in The Amplified Bible which describes what happens when you honor the Lord with your firstfruits:

“So shall your storage places be filled with plenty….” 

Storage places are used for surplus.

Over the years, I’ve walked into seven different bank vaults that I can remember.  Wachovia Bank and Trust, Southern Bank and Trust, First Union Bank and Trust, North Carolina National Bank and Trust, Bank of America, SouthTrust Bank and Wells Fargo.

I’m sure these bank vaults all contained millions and millions of dollars. . .but none of them can compare with the Bank of Heaven. . .which our Heavenly Father wants to open up to us.

He will bless the work of our hands.  However, He can’t bless what we aren’t doing.

Deuteronomy 2:7 says:

“The LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast desert. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.” 

When God looks at your hands, He sees unlimited potential for blessings, miracles, and prosperity.  We have that authority as believers!

John 3:35 says:

“The Father loved the son and placed everything in his hands.”

When the soldiers came to take Jesus captive in the Garden of Gethsemane, the first thing they did was to bind His hands.  Why?

. . .those hands had made mud, placed it on the eyes of a blind man that allowed him to instantly see.

. . .those hands took the five loaves and two fishes from a young lad and fed a multitude of people.

. . .those hands had been a point of contact for a great host of people who found His healing touch brought instant relief to their sick and suffering bodies.

. . .those hands had resurrection power – AND so do yours.

John 14:12 says:

“He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” 

God very specifically listed in His Word how we are to use our hands to save the lost, heal the sick, deliver the oppressed and finance the end-time harvest.

When we are obedient to God. . .He will bless all the work of our hands with every benefit bestowed upon us by the Son.

Deuteronomy 16:15 says:

“The Lord. . .shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands”

Have you noticed that “works of thine hands” appears in most of these scriptures?  It’s the works of the hand. . .the power. . .that God releases into your hands.

If God wants you and I to do greater works. . .if He wants to bless us in increase. . .if He wants us to fulfill the Great Commission. . .winning the lost. . .healing the sick. . .feeding the hungry. . .clothing the naked and discipling the found while they’re still around. . .that’s why He wants us in a surplus of prosperity. . .so we can be busy about Kingdom business.