OMG! The Powerball is more than $700 Million right now! WOW! Do you know how close that is to $1 Billion? Close enough to spend the measly $2.00 it costs to take a chance on winning. What!? Did the preacher just tell the people to play the lottery?
Well, let me tell you a little story:
There was a man who woke up every morning repeating this positive affirmation: “The wealth of the wicked is laid up for the righteous and so today, I will win the lottery for 1 million dollars (in our case $700 million).” He told this to his neighbor who played the lottery daily and often won a few hundred dollars here and there. He told it to his sister – who often played the lottery and won a few dollars now and then as well.
The neighbor was an atheist and the sister had long ago turned her back on God, but the man was so certain of his affirmation that each adapted the words to perspective dealing with God. The neighbor began to recite, “Every day that I play the lottery, I will win!” The sister began to recite simply, “I will win the lottery and take care of my entire family!” The man laughed at their mantras because he was certain that God received his affirmation as a prayer every day.
One evening, shortly after the lottery drawing – that has been a historical amount – yelp you got it…$700 million – his phone rang and there was a knock at his door simultaneously. While rushing to answer the knock on the door, he answered the phone to hear the screams of his sister’s voice, “Brother, we won! We won! Our family will never be without again!” He almost dropped the phone. He arrived at the door to see his neighbor jumping up and down, “Neighbor, we won! We won! Now we can build that community center for the children that we have talked about for years!” The man knew he should have been celebrating, but he was saddened and confused.
He stole away to himself to have a little talk with Jesus. “Lord, am I not your servant? Have I not believed in you for my whole life? Have I not exercised my faith time and time again? Lord, do you hear me?” The Lord responds, “Yes my child; you are a servant, and yes you have been with me always and I know of your faith. But son, while you were exercising your faith, you have also exercised your legs and walked down to the corner store and played the lottery!” The man sat there stunned. “Furthermore, your atheist neighbor has such a plan to bless others. I know his plan. He has been writing the vision for many years. And your backsliding sister? She, too, has a plan to bless your family members for generations to come. I know. She writes to me in her journal every day. She has done so for years. Son, what was your plan?”
So, my story is twofold. First thing is first: Let’s go to scripture. “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner is stored up for [the hands of] the righteous” (Proverbs 13:22). Yes, the Bible does tell us there is wealth that is stored up for those who love His way and walk upright and righteous. And from scripture, we also know that God moves miraculously in the earth via natural laws – which is why Jesus had to be born of a woman to enter the earthly realm…just as you and I. When spiritual power and natural law come together (which God Himself set in the earth - and He does not go against Himself), miracles happen!
The very reason I have written this entire piece is to encourage you to write down a vision for your seeds! When God does bless you with the abundance my friend, how will you bless the people? Who will you sow into? How much will you sow? Are you excited about sowing? YOU BETTER GET EXCITED! Well, in the processes of planning for my $700 Million lottery winnings, I have written down my “Seed Sowing” activities because I am ready to be a blessing to The Body, my local community, and my global community.
That’s not all! I love you all so much that I wanted to support you in writing your “Seed Sowing” list as well! Yes, I have already designed it (courtesy of my awesome Business Friend and Partner, Famira Green (www.famiragreen.com). All YOU need to do is fill in the numbers! Start with the financial amount that you are believing God for and move on to fill in the people, places, and projects you will sow a portion of that financial blessing back in to!
I look forward to hearing back from you so that I can pray over your Sow List!
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