God’s Word Builds a Faith Shield

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might….take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girl about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  Ephesians 6:10, 13-16
Once, while praying in the Spirit, I saw that the shield of faith was different from the shield the Roman soldiers used. Their shield was only effective where it was held; the enemy could come behind it. The shield of faith is to quench every fiery dart of the wicked one!
The faith shield is created by the words of your mouth. It is as a canopy which spreads out around you from your head to your feet! This atmosphere of faith radiates from you and will stop whatever the Devil brings against you.
You can compare this shield to a magnet with a positive charge. If you lay some tacks out on a desk and run a magnet over them, they will stick to it. Faith attracts God’s blessings to you in the same way a magnet draws metal. You will naturally attract any blessing within miles. 
On the other hand, a negatively charged magnet, placed in the center of the tacks, will repel all of them. You can’t move the magnet fast enough to get even one tack to touch it!
Someone may say, “I don’t know why God lets some people have all the blessings. Good deals never come my way!” That person is radiating a negative charge. He could be in the center of a pool of blessings and be repelling them because of the negative charge he is releasing. 
A negative charge of fear and doubt will cause the blessings of God to flee from you.
Some people read Ephesians 6:16 this way: “Taking the shield of doubt, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the blessings of God!”
That verse says to take the shield of faith and quench the fiery darts of the enemy. This is not a theory; it is a law of God’s Word!


Prosperity God’s Way

Who was going to make Joshua’s way prosperous? Joshua! He was the one who would determine his success. 
Some people look for someone else to blame. God said that Joshua would make his way prosperous if he did what God said to do. That doesn’t mean that God had nothing to do with Joshua’s prosperity. It was God’s Word that was causing the prosperity, but Joshua had to speak it. 
Give God’s Word first place in your life. Meditate it. Dwell on it. Speak it to yourself. Quote it. It will build a shield of faith around you. (Eph. 6:16).


Meditate The Word

God told Joshua to meditate therein (in the Word) day and night. Meditating the Word is vital for prospering the soul. 
Meditate means “to dwell on, think on; to mutter or speak to one’s self.” A secret of success lies in this definition!
God was telling Joshua to get it inside him by quoting what God said with his own voice. By “meditating day and night,” God didn’t mean that Joshua would never sleep. He meant that Joshua was to meditate the Word during his waking hours and when he lay down to sleep.
If you go to sleep meditating on God’s Word, you can have the things of God before you continually in your spirit at night. 
Meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous. 


Speaking Kingdom Language

To put God’s principles into motion and get them to work for you, you must spend time meditating God’s Word.
In Joshua 1:8 God said to Joshua:
This book of the laws shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 
Picture yourself in Joshua’s shoes. After Moses died, God put on Joshua the responsibility of leading three million people. These are the same people that murmured against Moses and said, Would God that we have died…in the wilderness! (Num. 14:2).
God instructed Joshua how to have good success, how he could deal wisely in all the affairs of life. God told him to be motivated by His Word: This book of the law (the Word of God) shall not depart out of thy mouth. In other words, Joshua was to keep saying what God said. 
In Deuteronomy 28:1,2 God said, If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God…all these blessings shall come upon thee, and overtake thee. Again, this means that the way to have success is to keep speaking God’s Word. 


Operate In The Spiritual Realm

God’s principles, which operate on a spiritual plane, put a positive charge around you and ward off all that the Devil can send against you. This faith force, which works on a higher plane, causes the blessings of God to come to you when everyone else is in lack. 
Knowing how to live on that higher plane is worth digging for in the Word of God. Jesus said that you are providing a treasure on a higher plane that will fail not. That treasure won’t fail when it’s on that higher plane. 
If you drag the supernatural principles down to the level of the world, they will fail. If you say, “This system doesn’t look as though it’s going to work!” you’re dragging the spiritual principles down to the level of what you see, feel, and hear. They won’t work!
Apply the giving principle to small matters first until you learn how to give successfully. It will work just as well to get you a parking place downtown as it will to bring in $50,000 to pay a note. God’s way is a miracle of like substances. No matter what you give up-Whether it’s money or your parking place-it works by the same principle. 
 
Things To Remember:
Giving is one of the fundamental principles of the laws of prosperity.
Rewards are based on the percentages given.
Don’t eat your seed!
Make a habit of giving. If you don’t have anything to give, sell something.
By giving, you are providing yourself (your spirit) as a bag. You deposit God’s Word in your spirit by speaking it. 


God’s System Produces Abundance

We must realize that God designed a system in the earth, in you, that will produce everything you need in this life-not just enough to barely get along, but more than enough so that you can live the abundant life!
You must work the system diligently; otherwise, it won’t produce for you, just as the world system won’t produce for the man who is too lazy to work at it.
Some people can start with nothing and make a million dollars. Why? Because they know how to operate the world system. Others, not diligent in operating the world system of business, could start with a million dollars but lose it to someone who applies himself in the ways of the world. 


The World’s System Is Designed To Fail

God’s system of success we are discussing is not positive thinking or a scheme dreamed up to work in the world system. It works in the spiritual realm. It works out of the human spirit, not out of man’s intellect. If you only confess out of your head (your mind) the system won’t work because it’s a spiritual operation. 
Provide yourselves bags which wax not old….Let your spirit produce what you need. Let it be the ground in which you deposit the seed of God’s Word. Out of that seed good things will grow and you will reap the harvest on earth.
…a treasure in the heavens that faileth not…..After all the world’s schemes fail-when everybody is hiding in the mountains, storing up for the famine-God’s system of sowing and reaping will prevail. The present world system is failing because it was designed to fail. God’s system won’t fail; it will prevail.
When everyone else has an empty gas tank, your tank will be running over because of the good seed you have sown in your heart. 
Jesus says that it is unfailing on the higher plane where no thief approaches and no moth corrupts. (Luke 12:33) We begin to think, That must be in heaven because no thief can get up there and there will be no moths or insects there to corrupt it. But wait a minute! He says, Provide yourselves bags that wax not old. How many ladies do you know whose purses are no older now than when they bought them? Jesus is saying, “Provide yourself as a container, a depository, that will never wax old.”
You may say, “That must be in heaven.” No. In 2 Corinthians 4:16 the Apostle Paul says, …..but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. Jesus was saying that you provide yourself. Your human spirit, which the Bible calls “the heart,” becomes the container that you put the treasure in. 
Now how do you put it in there? In Romans 10:18 Paul tells you: The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart. First in thy mouth, then in thy heart. It gets in your mouth before it gets in your heart. The Psalmist David said, …my tongue is the pen of a ready writer (Ps. 45.1). Proverbs 3:3 refers to writing upon the table of thine heart. How do you do it? With the tongue. The tongue is the instrument that writes on the heart.
When we operate in the realm of the spirit with God the Father, we will find the wisdom of God to bring our prosperity on earth. 
Consider the account of the prophet Elisha in 2 Kings 6:1-6. When he and the sons of the prophets went out to cut down some poles at the edge of the Jordan, one of the ax heads flew off and sank in the river.
The prophet Elisha cut a stick and threw it in the water where the ax head had sunk.
The people standing around must have wounded, “What in the world is he doing?”
Elisha used the stick to cause something to happen: The ax head floated to the top! Under the world’s system ax heads don’t float, but Elisha was operating in the spirit realm. An ax head floating on water is a spiritual operation that cannot be explained in natural terms.
When you operate in the spirit realm, the people around you who operate in the natural realm will react to you just like the people reacted to Elisha. They’ll say, “What in the world is he doing by confessing abundance and no lack? The news tells us that inflation is eating up our bank accounts!”
People have told me, “God’s not concerned about material things.”
Isn’t an ax head a material thing? There is certainly nothing spiritual about it! God produces miracles of like substance. When Elisha wanted the ax to float, he threw something in the water that would float and received a miracle of like substance. 
 


Your Need Has Been Supplied

Inflation is a thief, but it can’t steal what you put in your heart. Put God’s Word in your heart, and thieving circumstances will not be able to rob you, Confess daily:
“I have given, and it shall be given unto me. I sow bountifully; therefore, I’m reaping bountifully. My God meets all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Paul wrote the Philippian church and said, My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). He used the word need, not needs.
Prior to this, he had said,….no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only . . . ye sent once and again unto my necessity (vv. 15, 16). The Philippians had been obedient to the laws of prosperity and had hidden the good Word of God in their hearts. Because they gave to help Paul, God’s servant, then God was promising to supply all their need. He was saying that their needs wouldn’t pile up, but that they would have one need at a time and that He would meet each need as it came due. 
The promise came because they had stored the Word of God in their hearts and acted on it by giving. 
According to Luke 12:33, when we sell what we have and give alms, we are provided a treasure in the heavens that faileth not. 
In the Bible three different phrases are translated heaven or heavens. In this verse from Luke’s Gospel, heaven refers to the lower level of heaven, which is just a little higher than the earth. The Greek word for heavens in Luke 12:33 doesn’t mean the higher heaven where God is; it means the first level of heaven which is just above the world system. 


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.



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