Multiple Stream of the Blessing

As I have read the Bible over the years, I found it interesting to note how the scriptures would describe the impact of the Blessing upon those who served and obeyed God. I noticed that God's blessing would not simply impact them in one way or in one area. The blessing of the Lord would impact their lives in multiple directions.

Notice the following examples of the impact of the the Blessing from Scripture:

Abraham

“And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and donkeys Genesis 24:35

Isaac

“...and the LORD blessed him...until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possessions of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.” Genesis 26:11-14

Job

“So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camel, and a thousand yoke (pairs) of oxen, and a thousand she donkeys Job 42:12

The Children of Israel

“And He will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of they sheep Deuteronomy 7:13

The Wisdom Scriptures

“Honor the LORD from your wealth, and from the first fruits of all your produce. So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10 (NASB)

The New Testament Church

“And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]” II Corinthians 9:8 (AMP)

The Blessing is Not One Dimensional

Through the examples given above, it is obvious that the Blessing does not affect us in only one way, or from one direction. No, the Blessing is multi-dimensional and multi-directional.

For instance, when we study Job's position more closely in Job 1:1-3, we notice that Job doesn't just have a few sheep, a few camels, a couple of oxen, and three donkeys. No, this man who feared God and shunned evil had thousands of sheep and camels, a thousand oxen and hundreds of she-donkeys, and a great number of servants (employees who managed all of his crops and animals).

If Job just kept a handful, or even a few dozen of these types of animals around, we might imagine Job just used them to feed and clothe his family, and maybe even enjoyed a few as pets. But even with a good-sized family (a wife and 10 kids), what would Job need with thousands and thousands of various types of animals, not to mention all of the employees? He couldn't possibly need all of this for himself.

The fact is, the Blessing manifested multiple streams of income and resources that Job oversaw, causing him to become a man of tremendous wealth.

Let's examine it a little more closely:

Sheep provided a continual source of wool which was, and still is, a valuable commodity in our day. Camels were long-distance carriers of heavy loads that could travel long distances without tiring, much like the big 18-wheeler trucks that carry all kinds of goods and produce along the interstates of America today. Oxen where used as land and material moving equipment like the tillers, tractors, backhoes, and dump trucks that we use today. Donkeys were short-distance carriers of various kinds of loads, like the
U-Haul or Ryder trucks we rent to transport furniture or other items today.

In other words, Job owned a large wool manufacturing business, a large long-distance trucking company, a heavy machinery equipment company, and a short-distance small truck rental company. No wonder he was the greatest of all the men of the East!

Receive the Fullness of the Blessing

When you examine the entire body of the Scripture, it is apparent that multiple streams of income and resources is God's idea.

Notice in Job Chapter 42, that after Job came out on the other side of being afflicted by the devil, the Lord not only restored his multiple streams of resources, he doubled them. - Praise God!

By His very nature as Creator, God is creative and inventive, and as His children, we are told be imitators of Him - after all, we carry His spiritual DNA!

 

This creative and inventive nature of God in us, aught to have an impact in our finances. As believers, we have the potential toproduce much more than we currently do in any area - including our finances.

Like the woman whose husband died in II Kings Chapter 4, far too often, committed, honest, tithing believers find themselves in dire financial straits, because their one and only source of income has dried up.

It's time that we become intentional in exercising our faith to walk in the full potential of the Blessing.

When believers have greater freedom in their finances, they can have a greater impact in advancing the preaching of the Gospel and the work of the ministry.

The most frightening sight in the world to the devil, is a born-again, spirit-filled, holy, Christ-centered, love-walking, man or woman whom the Lord has prospered greatly.

 

Faithfulness Means Maximizing Your Potential

Of course, we should understand than God is our Source. We should understand that we are not to be covetous, where we are chasing money and things - that is idolatry. We should understand that we do not place our security or trust in money. We should understand that we don't forsake our God-given assignment or calling in pursuit of any material advantage - whether money, position, or any such thing. We should understand that we are to be faithful with the resources we have by exercising sound financial principles of saving money, planning, practicing contentment, and exercising patience in financial matters.

We should also understand, however, that God considers faithfulness as more than just being where you are supposed to be and doing what you are supposed to be doing. God also views faithfulness as maximizing the potential that He has placed on the inside of us.

In the Parable of the the Talents of Matthew Chapter 25, the faithful servants were those who exercised their potential to increase what was given them. The unfaithful servant was the one that did not increase what his lord had given him because he allowed fear to make him "play it safe."

God expects believers to walk in wisdom, but as pastors in particular, we need to be sure that we aren't allowing fear to make us "play it safe" when it comes to fulfilling our potential in any area.

How to Become Positioned for Multiple Streams of Blessing

  1. Seek God not Things - The Word of God makes it clear that we are to seek God.
    • Matthew 6:33 NKJV - "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you."
    • Proverbs 8:10 NKJV - "Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold."
    • II Chronicles 26:5 "...and as long as he (Uzziah) sought the LORD, God made him to prosper."
  2. Live Uprightly - God promised the righteous man/women would be blessed.
    • Psalm 112:3 "Wealth and riches shall be in his house..."
    • Psalm 84:11 "...no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly."
  3. Obey God - God will always fulfill His part of the covenant when we do our part.
    • Deuteronomy 28:2 "And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God."
    • Isaiah 1:19 - "If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land."
  4. Be Diligent - The Word said the Lord would bless the work of your hands; but if your hands aren't doing anything it doesn't matter how much of the Blessing is upon you, - it won't benefit you or others.
    • Proverbs 10:4 NKJV "He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich."
    • Proverbs 12:11 "He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread..."
    • Proverbs 21:5 "The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty surely to poverty."
    • Romans 12:11 "Not slothful in business, but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
  5. Develop and Exercise Your Faith in this Area - The promises of God are received by faith. Put the Word of God into your spirit and develop your faith for the Blessing to manifest additional streams of income.
    • Matthew 9:29 (God's Word Translation) - "...what you have believed will be done for you"
    • Romans 10:17 - "So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God."
  6. Ask the Lord to Show You What You Already Have - Many times people are sitting on an idea or gift/ability that can be converted into a stream of income if they just understood how to use what they have.
    • II Kings 4:1-7 "...Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children on the rest"

God's plan for the Believer is multiple streams of blessing!

This article is written by Pastor Garrett