|Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo|
Congratulations for seeing the second half of the year of From Glory to Glory! You are welcome to this exciting moment in God’s presence on Family Life, in Jesus’ precious name!
The Word of God says: Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold! I will do a new thing (Isaiah 43:18-19).
Forget about all your past failure, prayerlessness, weakness and spiritual laziness, etc. This second half of the Year, God is set to do new things in your life and family; the new things of God will not pass you by.
Do you know that there is a life of increase in God? I am talking about increase in every area of your life and family – home, finances, business. Are you longing to experience this in your family life? Then, join me as we delve into the Word of God this new month. May the Lord give you quick understanding.
This week, we will be looking at The Source of Increase. Our God is a God of increase, and He delights in your increase. Increase is making positive progress, to satisfaction. It means where you were yesterday is not where you are supposed to be today. It means you are assessing yourself, your family life, finances and they are all moving forward. I see you moving forward in every area of your life today, in Jesus’ name!
There was a time that God told Moses to tell the children of Israel to go forward, not to mark time on a spot. Beloved, are you going forward in your family life? Are you making satisfactory progress in your finances? Is the Word of God having positive effect in your family?
Any genuine increase, however, only comes from God. God’s Word says: I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase (1 Corinthians. 3:6). For your increase to last and be peaceful, it must come from God. Until God becomes your source of increase in your health, finances, relationships, etc, that increase will be short-lived. Don’t be deceived by forbidden shortcuts. For instance, if you want increase in the area of good health for your family members, let no one deceive you to begin to look for one herbalist or the other around the corner. They have nothing to offer. Make God the source of your health; let Him be your Jehovah-Rapha.
Anything God cannot handle, forget it, no man can. In your finances, they may tell you there is one money doubler somewhere and one get-rich-quick magician. Never listen to them; it is a trap in disguise. Even if such money comes, it flies off immediately. It is characterised by many sorrows and pains. God’s Word says: The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it (Proverbs 10:22).
It is only the blessings of God that make rich without additional sorrow. In your place of work, never seek abundance by giving or receiving bribe. Don’t alter figures to favour your pocket. That’s not the way to long-lasting peaceful increase. Let God bless you and everyone shall see it. When God is the source of your increase, He backs it up, and the increase will stand the test of time.
Look at this testimony:
God increased my salary, and made sure it was paid, unlike the salary increase announced by the Federal Government, which some workers in the country are yet to enjoy. You need to know about my financial background, to appreciate what the Lord has done for me.
I am a civil servant on Grade Level 07, earning less than two thousand naira as my take-home pay every month. With a family of five, it became compulsory for me to borrow money in order to survive every month. In fact, I was indebted to the tune of 35,000 naira. As a professional, I tried everything to get a better job, but all my efforts proved abortive. Today, I give God all the glory, because He has changed my financial status from a borrower to a giver, not just a lender! He blessed me and has made me a blessing to others.
As soon as I responded to all the teachings and divine instructions from this altar and the Bible, things turned around for me financially! I discovered through the help of the Holy Spirit that as a civil servant, it is possible for me to prosper, even as a driver. But He gave me a strong warning to do away with pride. Also, I prayed to God on behalf of my boss in the office, and God answered my prayer. He promoted my boss, and by his promotion, I was also automatically promoted. God has changed me from a civil servant to a ‘civil lord,’ because it is what I command that happens in my office now! I am now pleased and contented with my job. – A, O.
Abundance is a covenant and covenant is a binding agreement usually between two people. In the case of abundance (Increase), it is a covenant between God and man (Deuteronomy 8:18). Furthermore, in a covenant, there are personal responsibilities, which must be fulfilled on the part of the two people involved.
To have access to increase, you must be connected to God, the Source of increase. This is done by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you are ready for this new birth experience, please say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
If you prayed this simple prayer, you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).