Your Bag Is Your Spirit (Heart)

When Jesus said, Provide yourselves bags which wax not old, He didn’t mean to get a purse that you would use in heaven!
What part of you doesn’t get old? Paul said, Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day (2 Cor. 4:16). According to Paul, the part of you that doesn’t wax old is your human spirit. Your inward man is renewed day by day; it never ages. 
The Greek work for treasure in Luke 12:33 means deposit. Jesus is saying that, by giving, you are providing yourself (the human spirit) as a bag, a purse, or container, in which you store or deposit God’s Word (the Treasure). Moths can’t corrupt this bag; neither can thieves steal it because this container is the heart. 
Jesus said, For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The treasure isn’t being stored for you to get later in heaven. It’s in your heart-the production center of God’s Kingdom. This is God’s Kingdom at work on the earth. 


You Reap On Earth

Sell that you have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not (Luke 12:33). Traditionally, we have misinterpreted this verse to mean that we are laying up treasures in heaven which are unavailable to us on earth. We won’t need money in heaven; we need it here on earth.


Seeds Are For Planting

Any farmer knows if he eats his seed, he will be in trouble!
All God has to work with is what is sown or given. He can’t produce a crop if we haven’t given Him the seed to multiply. Make a habit of giving, whether your income is large or small.
Unless you give when your income is small, you will never give big. If you haven’t developed the habit of giving tithes and offerings when you are making $90 a week, you will never do it when you are making $1,000 a week. We must be obedient to the basic principle which remains the same regardless of our income. 
Jesus said if you don’t have anything to give, sell what you have to get some seed. 


Don’t Eat Your Seed

Luke 6:38 says, Give, and it shall be given unto you…But some people eat their seed: They use all that they receive on themselves until they have nothing to give.
A good example of what happens when you eat your seed can be seen in the life of a man I met in Montana. He picked me up at the airport and drove me to a meeting. Though he did very little talking, I could tell everything was going wrong for him.
After the last meeting of the seminar, he came to me and said, “Brother Capps, my wife and I are in bad financial trouble. She doesn’t have a job, and my job doesn’t pay enough to meet the bills. I don’t know what we’re going to do!”
I said, “Let’s pray.”
Not knowing how to pray, I prayed in the Spirit. As I prayed, the Spirit of God said to me, “He has eaten his seed. He has taken money he should have given to the Gospel and used it for other things.”
As I prayed for that man, the Lord said, “Give him $100. Then tell him not to spend it on himself, but to give it away.”
He told me later that the Lord had already spoken to him about giving to two ministries. But he said, “I didn’t have any money to give.” He took the money I gave him and divided it between the two ministries.
About three months later when I went back to that town for another seminar, the man said, “I want to tell you what happened: I got a raise and my wife got a job! Our financial problems are over!”


Sell and Give

Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:33,34
 
Jesus tells you in verse 33 how to operate in His Kingdom. If you are going to operate in the Kingdom of God, you must operate in Kingdom principles. Most Christians are failing because they are trying to operate the world system in the Kingdom of God. You have to operate Kingdom principles in the Kingdom. World system ways will not work in your spirit. You must use Kingdom principles, which are foreign to the world’s way of thinking.
Sell that ye have. Jesus is ministering to all kinds of people. There are some poverty-stricken people in that crowd, and He says, Sell that ye have. In other words, “If you don’t have anything to give, sell something and give.”
Provide yourselves bags. Jesus didn’t say to “provide for yourself with bags.” He said to provide yourselves bags. When the Bible speaks of “yourself” and the Apostle Paul speaks of “himself,” they are referring to the inner man. The real you is the man on the inside-the spirit man, the human spirit.
Deposit God’s Word in your spirit. Then speak forth God’s Word from your heart. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart will bring forth good things. 
As an example, let’s take the scripture verse, Luke 6:38. Begin to say, “Thank God, because I have given, it is given unto me good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.” Speak it. Make it a daily confession. Bring it forth with the words of your mouth. 
God is honest; He will perform His Word. He said, “My Word will not return unto Me void.” (Is. 55:11.) But God wants you to return His Word to Him. So take God’s Word-His promise concerning a specific thing. If your need is in the area of finances, put that Word in your heart by speaking it there. Get the good treasure of God’s Word in your mouth, then speak it. That will bring it out and cause a manifestation.
Giving is one of the fundamental principles of the law of prosperity. It’s not the amount given that is the greatest importance of God, but the percentage.
If you have five pennies and give one of them, you have given twenty percent of all that you own. To God that is just as important as a man who has five million dollars and gives a million. As far as God is concerned, that man hasn’t given more than you have.
Rewards are based on percentages given. The return is based on the amount you give. This principle works for you the same as it does for the millionaire. The only difference is that he is operating with larger numbers. If you will continue using the principle, your nickel can turn into a million dollars!


Put God Before Things

In order for your desires to be the same as God’s, you must be committed to seeking God, not those desires.
In Matthew 6:24, Jesus said, No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. This simply means that you cannot serve both God and riches. You must choose to serve God and make riches serve you.
If you go lusting after riches, you will fail in life. Second Peter 1:4 says, Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
If you say, “I’m going to be rich and be Mr. Big,” you will fail.
There is no room for that kind of prosperity in God’s plans. You might get it that way through the world’s system, but it’s not going to work with God. If your heart condemns you, your faith will not work. Wrong motives will shut down your faith. 
They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6:9,10).
It’s the love of money that is the root of all evil, but there are people committing that sin-falling into temptation and snare-who don’t have any money! They would kill you for $50! It’s not money that’s the sin; it’s the love of it.
Jesus said, A man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth (Luke 12:15). Paul urges us not to spend time seeking after things. He says, Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Tim. 6:6).
You must not make riches your god, but you can serve God and have riches. God wants His people to be wise in every area of their lives. You can serve God and have riches if you will use riches the way God intended. It is all right to have things, as long as things don’t have you! 
The key to being successful is simple. Act on the faith you have and do what Jesus said: Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. You must learn to seek the Source of supply. The Kingdom of God is the Source. 


God Will Grant Your Desires

Some people hesitate to totally commit themselves to God, to seek God’s Kingdom first. They say, “If I sell out to God, He might send me to Africa, and I don’t want to go.”
That’s not the way it works. James said if a man is a doer of the Word and not a hearer only, he will be blessed in his deeds; he will walk in the perfect law of liberty. (James 1:23,25.)
If you are totally sold out to God, determined to do His will and purpose without reservation to obey, then you will know God’s will.
If you are totally committed to God, He will give you the desires of your heart. (Ps. 37:4,5.) He will put a desire in your heart for the very thing He wants you to do. Then you will be doing exactly what you want to do and be in His perfect will. Psalm 34:10 says, They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. 
Let me give you an example. I had been a farmer for twenty-eight years and I loved it. I had told people, “I’ll never quit farming.” It was the greatest desire of my heart. But when I sold out to God, He began to change my desires.
I didn’t want to be a preacher because I had the wrong idea of preachers. But finally I told my wife, “I don’t know where God is leading, but I’m going.” It was several years before God required me to give up farming’ but gradually, little by little, He changed my desires. 
In 1979 I sold out of the farming business because the greatest desire of my heart was to teach and preach the Word of God. Today I am doing exactly what I want to do and I’m in the perfect will of God, because God has put His desire in my heart.
There are some people who go through life, even in the ministry, being obedient to all they know, but they never find what God wants them to do because they aren’t willing to do it. It seems as though God will not reveal His complete will until you are willing to do it. If you get willing, God will change your desires and you will have joy doing it.
So many go through life miserable; they are obedient, but not willing. They are doing it because they know it is required of them. They never do the perfect will of God because they aren’t willing to really sell out to God. Then you have people who are willing, but somehow they just never get around to doing it. Both of these are miserable throughout life.
You will never find out what God really has in store for you unless you are willing to go wherever He leads you. Once you become willing, He will change your desires. 


God Wants To Supply Your Needs Here On Earth

Some people think when Jesus said, …all these things shall be added unto you, He meant when we get to heaven, not on earth. Don’t let the Devil con you into believing that.
The story is told of a very wealthy man who died. When someone asked how much money he left, the lawyer replied, “All of it.” Heaven is a wealthy place. It is filled with abundance. You won’t need money up there. You need it here on the earth. When you get to heaven, there will be nothing to buy, no demons to cast out, no sick to heal.
Many people believe when Jesus said, Seek the kingdom, He meant to look to the heavens. I thought that way for years. Then one day it occurred to me, “What am I going to do with it up there? There won’t be anything to buy. There won’t be any needs there. Gasoline won’t be $5.00 a gallon and coffee won’t be $10 a pound!”
I won’t need money when I get to heaven. Paul said, We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out (1 Tim. 6:7).
It is in the earth today that we need the power of God and His anointing to gain riches. We need them now to preach the Gospel-not when we get to heaven! If you seek the Source, then all these things will be added to you. But it requires dedication.


Our Source Of Supply

Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like….(Luke 6:47).
Jesus said that a man who cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them digs deep and lays the foundation of his life on a rock, which is the Word of God. He bases his doings on what God’s Word says and not on the world system.
To succeed physically, financially, and spiritually, we must obey God’s Word. Jesus tells us what to do and how to do it. It is then up to us to follow instructions. 
In Matthew 6:33 Jesus makes this statement: Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. In other words, first things first. Someone might say this is oversimplifying things, but I didn’t say it-Jesus did!
 


The Godhead Dwells In You

In John 14:23 He said, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. In other words, Jesus was promising that the whole Godhead-the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost-would dwell in us. 
When he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.  Luke 17:20,21
The above passage clearly shows that when Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 6:10 to pray, Thy kingdom come, He was talking about the inward establishment of the Kingdom of God, not the physical kingdom that will be set up at the end of the ages.
Again we can apply the law of double reference. Jesus said, “Pray that the will of God be done in the earth the same way it is in heaven.” The physical body of man was made out of the dust of the earth; the inner man was not. The real creation was breathed out of the mouth of God, the Spirit of God. Adam was created to fellowship with Diety. God is a spirit. Spirits don’t communicate with bodies. The communication The communication God had with Adam in the Garden was in the spirit realm. The real you is the human spirit.
Jesus said pray that the will of God be done in the earth as it is in heaven.
We don’t have to pray Thy kingdom come today because it has already come! If you have been born again, the Kingdom is within you. The Kingdom abides in your human spirit, housed in your physical body.