New Covenant Financial Provision - Part 1
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Dear partners and friends,
I pray the Lord strengthen you, as you to continue to abide in the vine - Jesus the Word of God (John 15:4). I pray the seed of the Lord's promises will become established in your heart, and will bring forth the peaceable fruits of salvation and holiness.
This month we have some powerful reports from our ministry time in Borneo, and some important teaching regarding the gospel and our finances.
Be blessed, with love, Andrew
Mission to the Iban tribe
This month we conducted an outreach to the Iban tribe, located in an upper tributary of the Limbang River, Sarawak, Borneo. We went by narrow boat up the river to the last, or the most remote longhouse, on the river. Here the river is clear, fast flowing, cool and clean, as there is less human disturbance in the jungle upstream. Many of the older folk still hold to their ancient Iban god's, and ancestral worship. We came in a big team of about 20 mostly Lun Bawang tribal people, but the relationship between the Iban and Lun Bawang is congenial. The Superintendant of the local BEM denomination came, together with another local Lun Bawang pastor.
The ministry was a tremendous success with 12 coming forward to trust in Jesus' blood for the remission of their sins on the Saturday night. We also led 4 families to the Lord as we visited house to house, and in the final meeting 25 came forward, mostly children, to place their trust in, and loyalty to, Jesus - the Lamb of God.
During this ministry time, of sharing the gospel from house-to-house and inviting people to accept the Lord's invitation to receive His grace, we experienced tremendous victory. One man, now in his 60's, said he had a vision of Jesus when he was 18 years old. In the vision he also saw himself being water baptised but had done nothing more about it… until this outreach when we invited him to receive the Lord Jesus, which he did with great joy. I wonder how many more have received visions of Jesus, and still are waiting for an ambassador of the Lord to invite them into His Kingdom (2 Corinthians 5:20)? Truly the harvest is plenteous, but the labourers are few (Matthew 9:39).
We also had reports of a lady being instantly healed of a heart pain condition and a deaf man could hear after prayer for his ears. We also met with an 82 year old Paramount Chief of the Iban, whose territory covers a long way in this area of Sarawak. We were able to share the gospel with him and give him a set of my scriptural meditation books in Bahasar, which he is able to read. We also gave a set of books to the chief of the longhouse, and some of the families who gave their hearts to the Lord.
Mission to Penan tribe
We travelled about 3-4 hours on dirt, mountainous roads deeper into the interior of Sarawak to a Penan village. The Penan tribe are the last of the nomadic tribes in Sarawak who traditionally live from the jungle food. However, large scale commercial logging has destroyed and hugely disturbed most of their land which is then converted into palm oil or arcadia tree plantations for big business. The rivers also become muddy due to the disturbance which hugely affects the life of the people who previously lived from the river. It saddened my heart to see how the greed of big business and government runs rough shod over both the environment and the people who lived in harmony with God's beautiful creation.
The Lord moved powerfully by instantly healing the wife of the chief of the Penan village. She had been suffering with strong pain in her lower back and hip for more than 10 years and couldn't sleep well as a result. The doctors had no cure. When we laid hands on her the anointing of the Lord flowed into her body and she said she felt like a cooling flow through her body. On the Sunday morning this lady was unashamedly dancing on the stage (nobody else was dancing as these are evangelical Christians) in worship to the Lord. She also publicly testified to the miracle healing! 50+ Penans came forward to give their hearts and allegiance to the Lord Jesus. Another man testified that the Lord healed his knee from gout pain.
There was also a muslim man, who was married to a Penan lady, who gave his heart to the Lord, and was baptised the next day in the river. Great was the joy and encouragement for these lovely Penan, jungle, tribal people who live in a remote, but most beautiful, part of the world.
2 were baptised with Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues in one meeting. In another 22 youth come forward to give their hearts to Jesus Christ. In another, 170 high school students came forward to affirm their loyalty to Jesus Christ, to trust in His blood to remit their sins, and invite Jesus to come into their heart as Lord - to be born of the spirit of God. We prayed with another 22 kids from a different Penan tribe to receive Jesus. In another meeting, where we moved close to the Brunei border (Brunei has Muslim Sharia law), we experienced a powerful prophetic anointing, powerful prayer anointing, and about 50 people falling down under the power. More than 500 scriptural meditation books were distributed during this trip to Borneo.
Teaching - New Covenant Financial Provision - Part 1
Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2015
Making the distinction between spiritual seed and money seed
(Please note: this teaching is not suggesting we should no longer work for our living. Rather, through faith in the gospel, Jesus has set us free from being economic slaves, so that we are empowered to work in the area of His calling, gifting and leading, without the fear of poverty).
Spiritual seed - can produce financial provision
What seed? - God's Word which promises financial provision
Where sown? - sown and cultivated in the human heart through the process of meditation (Mark 4:20, 26, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2, Romans 12:2)
What is the fruit of the seed? - the seed produces: faith which brings the power of the gospel, which can include finance; multiplied grace and peace and; godliness which brings the fruits of the Spirit (Romans 10:17, Hebrews 6:12, Romans 1:16, 2 Peter 1:2-4, Galatians 5:22-23)
The financial spiritual seed is:
- spiritual in nature
- part of the gospel inheritance
- applies a spiritual law
- equal for all people, rich and poor
Money seed - multiplies or increases money
What seed? - physical money
Where sown? - into Christian ministries
What is the fruit of the seed? - increase of physical money, eternal reward, blessing for others (2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Luke 16:9, Philippians 4:17-18).
Money seed is:
- physical in nature
- is not a core aspect of the gospel
- applies a spiritual law
- rich people have more money seed to sow and therefore have a head start over the poor
In this teaching we want to make a distinction between two ways of receiving financial supply. Both ways employ the law of sowing and reaping: one uses spiritual seed and the other uses money seed. Sowing spiritual seed is spiritual in nature, employs spiritual seed, and is a part of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as it is based on the redemption which Jesus purchased for us through His death on the Cross of Calvary. Sowing money seed is physical in nature, employs money seed, also implements the law of sowing and reaping, BUT does not rely on Jesus' redemption for success. As it relies on physical money seed, it does not rely wholly on God's grace through the redemption Jesus Christ purchased for us, and therefore it must be separated from our core understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Heart of the Gospel
The gospel of Jesus Christ is God's gift to us, based on what Jesus accomplished through His death, burial, resurrection and ascension. All aspects of the gospel are received by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). This includes: eternal life, the new creation, physical healing, long life, financial provision, safety, divine guidance, and more (2 Corinthians 1:20, Hebrews 6:12).
Financial increase, which is based upon the sowing of money seed into Christian ministries, is conditional upon physical money, not on what Jesus has done for us, and therefore it must be excluded from the heart of the gospel. It is rather a good work, or a godly consequence of receiving the gospel. However, sowing money seed has some similarity to the gospel in that it brings blessings on many levels including: eternal reward, love to people, and financial increase (Ephesians 2:10).
Why make the distinction?
If we have a distorted, or inaccurate, understanding of the gospel we lose the power of the gospel. This does not glorify the Lord, because if we don't receive the power of the gospel it is as if Jesus suffered in vain. There seems to be a human tendency to drift towards mixing, or confusing, the grace of God and, law or, good works. Once we teach that the gospel blessings are conditional upon law, or good works, we place ourselves under the law of having to do those good works. When we are under the law of good works we lose the ability to receive the grace of Christ. The apostle Paul calls a gospel which is conditional upon obedience to law another gospel (Galatians 1:6). This is because when we come under the law of Moses, or having to do good works to receive the gospel, we lose the power of the true gospel!
An illustration is a horse pulling a cart. The horse always comes before the cart, never the cart before the horse. The horse is the gospel of grace: by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). The cart is the good works: for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). In our financial example, the horse is the gospel of God's financial provision by grace: it is by grace, through faith, and not of ourselves. The cart is the good works of the sowing of money seed which, can also bring financial increase but, should be seen as a separate and distinct channel of supply from the provision contained within the gospel.
One reason the two sometimes become confused is that the gospel and the good works both produce blessings, and in this example financial supply or increase. However, it is very important we don't make the 'cart' the gospel because, if we do, we corrupt the gospel and lose its power. The apostle Paul zealously protected the purity of the gospel.
In the Apostle Paul's letter to the Galatians he refers to the issue of righteousness, that righteousness comes by faith alone and not by the works of law. This principle is also true for receiving the blessings which come from righteousness, like financial provision, as we qualify for every promise because we are 'in Christ' (2 Corinthians 1:20).
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by law, then Christ is dead in vain
In relating this principle to our subject, we could say: "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if God's promises of financial provision, contained in the gospel, comes by the law of sowing and reaping money seed, then Christ is dead in vain." Christ died to redeem us from the curse of poverty, and this redemption comes by faith, not law (Galatians 3:13, 14, 16, 21). Redemption from the curse of poverty, necessitates financial provision and, comes by faith and not law. This important distinction is sometimes overlooked because God multiplies the money seed which we sow, but this increase of money is not the gospel, it is the harvest of the money seed due to the law of sowing and reaping (2 Corinthians 9:10). It is a separate increase of money from the gospel.
How we lose the Power of the Gospel
The gospel brings righteousness by grace, through faith. This righteousness in Christ qualifies us for every promise of God including financial provision (2 Corinthians 1:20). All of God's promises belong to us because we are righteous in Christ, through faith (2 Corinthians 5:21). If we teach that we must sow money seed to be entitled to God's promise of financial provision, we have stolen the free gift of the financial blessing of the gospel. We have placed people under the law of having to sow money. They now erroneously cannot exercise their faith for financial provision unless they sow money. Their faith is now erroneously in the money seed they sow, rather than the gospel truth that Jesus has set them free from poverty and lack. Their financial supply is now limited to the multiplication of their money seed sown, instead of being able to access the fullness of the Lord's financial power, which is freely available through faith alone in the gospel. Can you see how important it is to make this distinction? If you cannot, re-read this paragraph slowly!
Scriptural evidence of financial supply in the gospel
To fully appreciate the gospel with regards to financial provision, we must establish in our heart whether Christ's death on the cross has provided the Christian believer with financial provision. Is financial provision part of the gospel? Is financial provision our right in Christ Jesus? Until we answer these questions, with certainty, we will never have the unwavering faith required to receive financial provision from the Lord (James 1:6-8).
The most powerful and clear promise regarding financial supply is Jesus' declaration: seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33). There can be no mistake when we study the context of this statement that Jesus is talking about food and clothes, or the basic necessities of life, which obviously cost money (Matthew 6:19-34). The promise is not to be rich with lots of stored up wealth, but it is to be financially free; and if we are financially free why would we need to store up wealth?
Once we accept this promise by Jesus then it is easier to see other promises in the New Testament. 2 Peter 1:2-4 reveals that revelation knowledge of the Lord's promises enables Christians to receive the Lord's supernatural, miracle power to supply their financial needs:
His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life… through the knowledge of Him… whereby are given unto us exceedingly great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature
2 Peter 1:3-4
God's supernatural, miracle power has been given to the Christian, to provide us with all things that pertain to life, which would include the food and clothes, which we need for life, which obviously cost money. As we receive the revelation knowledge of the Lord's promises we are enabled to partake of the Lord's divine nature, which has no suggestion of poverty or lack. The above scripture reveals that God's power has been given to the body of Christ, amongst other things, to provide our financial needs.
In addition, the apostle Paul writes:
My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus
The above promise, (though written in the context of financial giving), is written to all the members of the Philippians' church and isn't limited by a time frame. This statement affirms that God is the supplier of our needs, and that provision of our financial needs is a part of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as it is according to His riches, not our money seed sown!
Paul also writes:
God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work
2 Corinthians 9:8
The above promise, (also written in the context of financial giving), assures all the saints in Corinth and Achaia that God is able to make all grace abound to them so that they will always be contented and have an abundance of financial supply to do further good works. This promise to the churches in Achaia encourages them to give financially, knowing that, in addition to the multiplication of their money seed, the gospel graciously provides their needs according to the power of the Lord's grace. We know from 2 Peter 1:2-4 that the Lord's grace is multiplied unto us as we receive the faith which comes from the knowledge of His precious, covenant promises.
Jesus also teaches we can live by faith in God's promises:
It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God
In the above verse, Jesus proclaims that we can live by faith in the Word of God, which includes the necessity of money. Jesus is quoting from Deuteronomy 8:3, which is in the context of the Lord supernaturally providing Israel food, water, clothes and health for 40 years in the wilderness… to be continued next month
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This itinerary is subject to change without notice
8th - 10th May
"Iban Tribe" - Upper Limbang, Sarawak, Borneo, East Malaysia
"Kelabit Tribe" Fellowship, Lawas, Sarawak
Combined Home Fellowships, BEM Bandar, Lawas
Combined Youth - BEM Bandar, Lawas
BEM Immanuel, Lawas
a.m. BEM Immanuel, Lawas
p.m. Lun Bawang tribe, boarding school, near Lawas
Hosanna Mountain, Lawas
Hosanna Mountain, Lawas
Punang Care Centre, "Penan tribe", Lawas
29th - 31st May
"Penan Tribe" - Upper Limbang
Ministry - Undisclosed country
Kobe Full Gospel Church, Kobe, Japan
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