In today’s lesson I want to show you something regarding how money operates.
This lesson is VITALLY important – though I’ve rarely heard it talked about.
You must understand that financial increase comes through an exchange.
An exchange of some sort must take place in order for money to be transferred to you.
—(Stick with me here , this is going to open your eyes)—
Let me give you some examples:
I own a rental property. In exchange for me letting a family live there, they give me money.
The money they give me each month is more than my mortgage payment, therefore I make a profit each month.
I give them value, (the family LOVES their new home) and they give me money.
I have developed websites that sell physical products. In exchange for the value and products I offer, people give me money.
We trade money for value.
IF YOU WORK A DAY JOB – you are trading your time, for an hourly wage.
If you cut hair, detail cars, make furniture, or mow lawns, you are providing a value, in exchange for money.
Starting to make sense?
If you want financial increase, you’ll need to provide some sort of value to the world.
This isn’t rocket surgery – this fact has probably dawned on you at some point, but if you remember yesterday’s email, I wrote about how its been bugging me that SO MANY people are just barely getting by financially.
Why aren’t more people doing well financially? Especially Christians?
Now, this principle is actually taught in the Bible over and over, yet I don’t think the body of Christ has truly grasped it.
Let me show you a few instances:
Remember in 2 Kings 4 – the story about the prophet Elisha and the widow woman?
In a nutshell, the woman’s husband had just died, leaving her and her two sons in so much debt that the creditor was on the way to take her sons away as slaves…
-Do you see the exchange?
God provided the increase, BUT the woman had a part to play as well:
She still had to gather the increase, then take the oil to the marketplace, find a buyer, negotiate a price, and SELL it.
Let’s look at the famous teaching in Luke 5:
Jesus had just told Peter, (a professional fisherman) to launch their boat out into the deep water and let down their nets for a catch.
“Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken…”
-Now I want you to think practically for a moment and you’ll see the exchange.
Again, God (Jesus) brought the increase, they followed Jesus’ instructions and it brought in a haul of fish so big it filled two boats – it was so big that Peter and his companions were astonished at the size of it!
But a boatload of fish is worthless…
Until you sell it.
There’s the exchange.
Peter understood this principle of exchange. It’s what he did for a living. He literally caught fish, and then sold the fish every single day.
I’ll give you one more:
Throughout the Bible, rain is often equated with God’s Blessing.
Because rain makes crops grow.
(Lots of agricultural references in the Bible because farming was one of the main avenues for making money back then)
Deuteronomy 11:14 “Then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.”
-Okay, so here again we see the same flow. God provides the increase, you go and gather the increase. (Grain, wine, oil)
But what’s the point of gathering it? How does it help you?
You have to go and sell it.
You still have to go and exchange it for financial increase.
Deuteronomy 28:12 “The Lord shall open to you His good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.”
This scripture tells us God will give us the increase, but then we have to WORK, and you will have so much increase you will be able to lend to others, but won’t need to borrow.
(There are a ton more of very similar scriptures)
Just to drill the point home one last time:
1. God provides the increase.
2. You gather it. (Work)
3. You exchange it for money. (Take it to the marketplace and sell it)
This is the flow, this is how money comes.
This is where I believe most people are missing it.
Yes – they believe that God wants them blessed.
They may even know that God will meet their needs and that ultimately everything will be alright…
But if you REALLY want to experience financial increase, you have to add the missing ingredient:
You must take something of value to the marketplace and exchange it for money.
Not just hope you’re going to experience increase…
In the Biblical examples – did you notice something?
There was always something available that could be increased.
God promises to pour out rain/blessing/increasing on your what?
He doesn’t promise to pour out His rain on your nothing.
You need to find your version of a “field” – THEN God can increase it, THEN you have something to exchange for financial increase.
The widow woman had a flask of oil and she had pots (her field) – she followed the Lord’s instructions, increase came – then she had something to exchange for money.
Peter had a boat, a net, and a lake. These were his “fields.”
Jesus brought the increase, Peter gathered the increase, then took it to the market and sold it.
That’s how you increase financially.
Now I’m going to challenge you.
Do you have a “field?”
Do you have something that God can pour out His increase on?
Do you have something, or can you offer something of value that you can exchange for money?
If the answer is no, then let’s get you one!
Oh, and don’t tell me you can’t!
Don’t give me excuses!
God made this process available to everyone.
Remember back in the story of Elisha and the widow woman, the prophet said something very interesting to the widow:
He essentially asked her, what do you have at your disposal? What do you have that we can work with? What do you have available?
– The widow had something so seemingly insignificant that she almost didn’t even mention it.
Yet, God increased it. God used what she had.
She gathered the increase, and sold it for enough money to get her completely debt free AND she had plenty left over for her and her kids to live off of.
-You have something to offer.
-What can you gather and sell.
Don’t disqualify yourself.
Be thinking on this…
Ask God to show you what your “field” is.
I’ll be sending part 2 of this email out on Thursday.
P.S. I believe that financial increase is available to anyone and everyone who wants it and follows the Biblical principles to get there. I myself have built, and helped many others build online businesses that brought in financial increase through this process. – That’s my goal, to help you live a life of more than enough.
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Wow! I never even thought to consider a field as “what is available”. Great scripture readings, Trav!