This is a guest post by Michael Van Vlymen. You should check out his books on Amazon.
Recently I posted something on Facebook where I asked basically this question. If believers can heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out devils, work miracles etc., then why does this power we carry not seem to work with too many people concerning their finances? I asked the question… Does this seem odd to anyone. There was a mixed bag of answers. To many it did seem odd and to others it was normal.
Can I share what goes through my mind when I think about this scenario? It’s like Superman asking for bus fare. You would wonder… Hey! You are Superman! Just take off those glasses and tie and fly where you need to go. Bus fare Superman? Come on!
Think about this in the average Christian home. We have the promises of God, and we know He does not lie, so that is not even a question, which means we are not in unbelief or doubt about His promises of provision. Yet how many families are constantly trying to get to that place where they are not stressed out concerning how to pay bills or provide little extras for their kids or family?
Think about this in the realm of ministry for a minute. We feel called to go to a church or a region and see the power of God on display to change people’s lives. We tell the Pastor to expect the miraculous. Expect healings! Expect demonstrations of God’s power! God is telling us to go! Now … If we can only raise enough money for gas to get there. If that does not seem strange to you then I’m not explaining this right!
The supernatural should not stop at your wallet or bank account. That is my opinion. I’m probably going to say some things that will be offensive to some people. I know I’m going to say some things that many will not agree with. Let’s see if there are some other things that don’t quite line up.
What Does the Word Say?
There are many scriptures that talk about blessing and increase. There are promises and admonitions, instructions and covenants. God has already given provision has He not?
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. Luke 12:31
And my God will fully supply your every need according to his glorious riches in the Messiah Jesus. Philippians 4:19
So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. Matthew 7:11
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
For it was I, the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things. Psalm 81:10
Provisionally, these things are already given in the Word. You say no Mike He has really given it. Yes… I know that, but what I am talking about is have you received it? Many say “Yes, I have received it by faith.” That is still not what I’m talking about. Have you received it so that you can literally carry it to the store and buy groceries? Or pay bills? Or ….?
It is not doubt and unbelief to say that something has not yet manifested in the natural realm. My point is…. Are you walking in supernatural provision right now so that if someone were to look at your life, they would wonder what makes you so blessed?
Well Mike, it’s not all about having new cars and a big house and fancy clothes so that we can show off. Yes we shouldn’t be in pride about anything the Father has given us, that’s true. But it isn’t wrong or ungodly to have a nice car. If missionaries were to come through town and you wanted to loan your car to them for the week, could you say that they would have something nice and reliable to drive, or would you be worried about it breaking down?
Let’s say you don’t want or need a big house. That’s fine. How about being blessed and actually walking in it so that the people who look at your life would see you always traveling to here and there, putting in water wells for villages or providing other needs across the world or across your neighborhood.
Well… it’s not about what others see, some might say. Yes it is. That is part of it. The Word talks about this.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NIV)
Are you really walking in divine provision? What is it about our lives that would cause people to look at you and say God has really given them favor? Or what is it about your life that says your God is the true God?
There are many right now who are reading these words and are already arguing in their own minds with the words I’ve written. I know that. I see resistance to this when speaking face to face with people so I expect it will be here also.
It is usually one of two things that people have a problem with. One, when believers speak of financial blessing, to many that means having money to consumes upon their own lusts. ”She doesn’t need a nicer car! She’s a woman of God!” “Why do they have to be dressed that way?! This isn’t Hollywood!”
And two, many have the idea that they have received God’s blessing by faith and now they just wait for God’s timing and it will be manifested according to His timing and His will. This sounds almost Biblical and humble and holy but this doesn’t “fly” in the real world, yet we put our eggs in this basket when it comes to provision. What do I mean?
If you are praying for a loved one who is sick to receive healing, do you pray once, receive it by faith and then wait to see it manifested? I sure hope not. If you need a job, do you pray about it, receive one by faith and then wait and watch? If that were true there would be many more with unpaid bills and kids going hungry.
The idea that we should “go after” provision that God has given us sounds offensive to so many and as I said it is because of a wrong mindset about what that means.
I was talking to a friend recently about these topics and in the midst of our conversation, he said, or declared the scriptures as an answer to my question. He said “ I am blessed in the city and I am blessed in the country, I am blessed going in and blessed coming out…. Etc.” (According to Deuteronomy 28:3) (and I believe in this)
I said to him, you are not walking in that. He got offended and told me he was. I said you just got through telling me earlier that your kids had needs and you don’t have the money for it. He was then angry at that.
As I said, it is not doubt and unbelief to acknowledge that something has not yet manifested in the natural realm that has already been given by Heaven.
Why Is This Provision Issue so Important?
A big answer is because people have needs. One of the ways the enemy sows strife is by afflicting people’s finances. I just heard in my spirit someone else arguing about this statement. So… Let me say that what I am writing here is for those who are NOT currently walking in supernatural provision the way they would like to. All of you who already have the answers, God bless you! That’s great! I’m talking to those who may have needs.
A friend of mine was telling me recently about an acquaintance at church who is constantly making the declarations about financial blessing over himself. He claims that he follows the voice of the Spirit and that God always provides. Sounds good right? He gives away money to many people for many seemingly absurd reasons. ( God told me to buy everyone in the church WWJD wristbands) Still… what is the harm there? The problem here is an ongoing one in that he never has money to actually pay his bills or take care of financial obligations.
He said that this young man then lets everyone know he has no money for rent but God will provide. Of course, many feel sorry for this eager young man and give him money for his bills. It is a vicious cycle with him and a poor testimony.
If we are making declarations about how good God is and “living by faith” yet constantly have to borrow money to meet the bills, it’s time to learn something about supernatural provision. If you are trying to lead your friends or family to Christ yet constantly have to come to them, the unbelievers for money, it causes a reason for them not to believe.
Let me tell you a testimony friend shared with me.
My friend said that they had been preaching the Gospel for many years in an indian tribe in the jungle. They had less than a handful of converts to show for years of diligent work with this tribe. Then God did something spectacular! He baptized them in the Holy Spirit! So after that happened they began doing the greater works along with preaching the Gospel. Suddenly they were healing the sick and dealing with other issues in the power of God. Can you guess what happened? In one year they went from less than ten believers to several hundred! What was the difference?
Those in the tribe said that they reasoned why should we accept this new God that can’t help us in any way? They liked the story of the Gospel but had not seen the manifestation of it’s power.
For many reasons I believe we must walk in supernatural provision. Don’t entertain all the reasons why we shouldn’t. Step back for a moment and think of all the reasons why we should. Allow the Holy Spirit to show you greater revelation about Kingdom Finances.
Why I Feel Compelled to Share with You
I have kind of wrestled with this a little bit, about whether to share on this subject. God has been teaching us about the provision of Heaven for a while now and has given us many lessons in that area. But, I know that there have been so many abuses in this area it makes me more than hesitant to speak on it. You know what I’m talking about and I will get into that a bit more very soon.
I have seen people in ministry do the most ungodly things when it comes to money and I told the Lord that I never, ever want to be a part of that. Ever..
Yet… The Lord has taught us about this subject and given us supernatural experiences in finances. How does that work Lord? I want to share about this but not be somehow lumped together with those who have ulterior motives for teaching on this subject.
Can I just throw in a disclaimer here and say that I have many friends who teach on this subject and have written solid revelation on supernatural provision that are Kingdom minded people. It’s the classic wheat and tares issue.
Heavens Bounty Manifested
I don’t know of any gentle way to say this, so I’ll just say it. God has blessed us. It hasn’t been an easy journey by any stretch of the imagination because we had lessons to learn and years of ungodly mindsets to be set free from where money was concerned.
But God has shown us that SUPERNATURAL provision is available. That in itself is a key. What exactly do I mean by that. Well… those who know me know that I tell all as much as I feel the Lord allows and He allows a lot!
I will share more about this this, but let me just say that angels have literally put money into my hand. What??? Yes. And I am not talking …”well.. I felt that God was putting something in my hand..” No, I mean literal, physical money.
I was speaking once in a conference, and telling many testimonies of angelic visitations and the supernatural, but when I mentioned about angels giving me money, you could have heard a pin drop. Do you know what that tells me? People have needs to be met and want to know!
God has literally multiplied money for us, the most recent time that comes to mind was a month ago.
You may be wondering “how much money?” Some of you would be impressed and others would not. I will share more about this.
The Lord has given us “lessons” and experiences in financial provision. I’m going to share it with you. I pray it helps and blesses you and encourages you. I believe that this is part of my work so please know my heart, that there is no ulterior motive in me (that I am aware of) thus my reluctance to share in the first place.
I never want to be one of those guys who whose only message seems to be “make me a cake” and make sure it’s a big cake and put it in the mail today. I hope I made myself clear on this one. (I still love and pray for those guys just so you know.)
But I pray that as I share some of the revelation that God has given me with you, that you would prayerfully consider the words I write and see what the Lord tells you.
Next week… Traditions and Mindsets
God bless you!
This was taken off his website at www.riverofblessingsinternationalministries.org