7 Keys To Your Surplus

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Has God ever used a conversation with someone to ignite a word in your spirit?

That happened to me as I was talking with Doug, a faithful ministry partner and friend from Saint Augustine, Florida.

When I asked Doug, who is a very successful land developer, how things were going. . . he said, “Well Brother Harold, the best way to describe it is ‘maintaining.’  I’ve just been maintaining for the past two years.”

Then Doug added . . . “You know I’m ready to move into surplus.”

When I heard Doug say “surplus” it stirred my spirit.

I looked up the word surplus in the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary and it is 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.

I’ve obviously heard the word surplus before. . .even preached about it in the context of the widow in Luke 21:4.  The Amplified Bible translation says:

“For they all gave out of their abundance (their surplus); but she has contributed out of her lack and her want, putting in all that she had on which to live.”

Even though the story of the widow and her last two mites is familiar . . .  it’s well worth reading again.

The book of Mark version begins in 12:41 and says:

“And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury. . .”

Jesus pulled a chair over where He could get a good view of how much people gave.

Mark 12:41,42 says:

“And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.   And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.”

Can you imagine what would happen on Sunday morning if your pastor walked among the pews observing what everyone put into the offering?

Some “saint” would be complaining on the evening news about how “all the man of God is interested in. . . is money.”  Such foolishness does go on with much less observance of the tithes and offerings than that.

God does not tell you to give based on what’s in your wallet, pocketbook or checking account.

Mark 12:43 says:

And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury.” 

This poor widow did not give what was convenient or typical . . .the scripture says that she cast in all. . .everything she had. . .not just surplus. . .but “all her living.”

Luke 21:4 in the Amplified Bible says:

For they all gave out of their abundance (their surplus); but she has contributed out of her lack and her want, putting in all that she had on which to live.”

The precious seed the widow sowed moved Jesus so much that she was memorialized in scripture.

Most of the preaching I’ve ever heard about surplus dealt with these two passages from Mark 12:42 and Luke 21:2-4.

Surplus is also used in Genesis 41:48 where Joseph advises Pharaoh how to handle the upcoming famine.

“And he gathered up all the [surplus] food of the seven [good] years in the land of Egypt and stored up the food in the cities; he stored away in each city the food from the fields around it.”

There is a key thought in this passage. . .you don’t use, spend or deplete all that you have during the good years.

When the American economy was booming. . .people were buying, spending and charging as if there would never be a day without.  If it looked good, sounded good, felt good. . .then buy it.

I’m not cursing the past or condemning those who have made unwise spending decisions as I truly have done that too.  However, I’m saying, that not having a saving plan is foolish. . .and opens us to the consequences of shortage. . .famine or economic hard times.

Proverbs 21:20 in The Living Bible says:

“The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.”

After you tithe. . .you should always set aside a minimum of ten percent for saving and/or investments.   And just for the record, I don’t like or believe in the phrase “saving for a rainy day.”

Let me give you the reason why . . . if you are expecting “rainy days” that’s what you’re going to have.  I’m saving for sunshiny days. In other words, your savings should be designed to give you choices about how you live in your future and the quality of your life.

However, if you spend everything you get. . .then when there’s an economic downturn, you’re at someone else’s mercy.  Your assets will be exposed and the quality of your life threatened by shortage.

In other words, say this with me: “Surplus is Good.”

Write that down.  “Surplus is Good.”

In fact, let’s personalize that. . . “Surplus is good for the <<Last Name>> family.

I was familiar with both the use of the word surplus in the scriptures dealing with the widow and her two mites as well as the story of Joseph creating a surplus of grain during the seven years of plenty.

But I just felt there was something else the Lord wanted me to see.  Why else would the word surplus have so ignited my spirit?

This morning as I sought the Lord and started scanning scriptures, I came across Deuteronomy 28:11 in the Amplified Bible which says:

“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.”

The first thing that stirred in me. . .is “the Lord shall make you have 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.

Several years ago, I did a teaching entitled “If You Do This, Then He Will Do That.”  You can go to our website www.debtfreearmy.organd pull up that teaching. . .it’s a powerful Word God gave me.

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.

The Message Bible translation of Luke 12:29-32 adds even more clarity to this scripture.

“What I'm trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don't be afraid of missing out. You're my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.”

1.         Relax

First, in His Presence is a place where you can “relax” no matter what’s going on around you.

Psalm 9:9 in Message Bible says:

“God's a safe-house for the battered, a sanctuary during bad times. The moment you arrive, you relax; you're never sorry you knocked.”

Second, open your heart to receive what God is sending your way.

Jude 1:1 in the Message Bible says:

“. . .Relax, everything's going to be all right; rest, everything's coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!”

Finally, when you allow yourself to rest and relax in Him. . .something’s coming your way.

Daniel 12:13 in the Message Bible says:

"And you? Go about your business without fretting or worrying. Relax. When it's all over, you will be on your feet to receive your reward."

2.         Focus on giving not getting

John 14:23 in the New Living Translation says:

 “Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.”

What you’ve seen me do. . .do you likewise.  In I Corinthians 11:1 in the New King James Version, Paul said:

“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”

Luke 6:38 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you.”

3.         Know God and how He Works.

If I were to ask you what I would say about this key.  You would probably tell me seven words.


4.         God-reality

One of the first so-called reality programs on television was the Jerry Springer show.  The show high-lighted if not promoted people who live stupid, sinful lives. 

As I read Ephesians 4:17-19 in the Message Bible. . .I found it to be a commentary on most reality television.

“[The Old Way Has to Go ] And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They've refused for so long to deal with God that they've lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can't think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion.”

It’s best to let your reality be in Christ and obedience to His Word.

Colossians 2:17 in the New International Version says:

“These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

5.         God-initiative

Some years ago I saw a cross stitched sign in a friend’s office that said:

“Initiative is doing the right thing without being told to do it.”

You can’t wait for someone else to make suggestions to change your financial future . . . you’ve got to initiate the process.

You’re the one who will need to assess your current financial situation.

You’re the one who will need to formulate a strategy on how to get yourself out of debt.

You’re the one who will need to educate yourself on financial and success strategies.

You’re must be the one who initiates . . . even while others hesitate.

A leader never settles for what is . . . instead of what can be.

6.         God-provisions

God’s provisions are never ending.

Deuteronomy 8:9 in the Amplified Bible says:

“A land in which you shall eat food without shortage and lack nothing in it; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper.” 

7.         You’ll get the kingdom

God wants us living in abundance . . .surplus. . .He wants to give it to us.  And He wants you to have it now.

John 10:10 says:

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

In fact, the words surplus and abundance are used interchangeably in the story of the widow with the two mites.

Luke 21:4 in the Amplified Bible gives a very clear illustration of this.

“For they all gave out of their abundance (their surplus); but she has contributed out of her lack and her want, putting in all that she had on which to live.”

Make no mistake about it. . .God wants you to have a surplus. . .for Him it’s a matter of keeping His Word.  Let’s look at Deuteronomy 28:11 in the Amplified Bible one more time:

“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.”

God is merely confirming His Word in the matter if you want to look at it that way . . . as long as you’re obedient and faithful to His Word, then He must give you “…a surplus of prosperity” because He swore to your fathers that He would right in His Word. 

Remember, God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).

God must keep His Word. . .which means that He not only must but will give you a “surplus of prosperity.”