God Has Given You Power
God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;
male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said
unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:
and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and
over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
The Lord blessed us and gave us the ability to procreate. He said to Adam
and Eve, “You be fruitful. You multiply. You replenish the earth.” This power
and authority God gave us came with responsibility.
The Lord gave us the ability to create children. He doesn’t send them to us
via some stork. It’s God’s power, but He set certain things in motion. So, you can
pray until you’re blue in the face, but a woman isn’t going to get pregnant until
she has a relationship with a man. That’s the way God intended this to operate,
and that’s the way it works.
If someone was just praying and praying and praying to be pregnant and
have a child, yet they had no physical relationship with a man, we’d look at them
and think, How dumb can you get and still breathe? Didn’t anybody tell her the
facts of life! Don’t they understand how things work? Yet this is exactly what
many Christians are doing in other areas of life.
They are asking God for healing, but they aren’t doing what the Word says.
God’s Word says to speak to your mountain.
Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou
cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those
things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
That’s one of God’s laws. Yet, people aren’t doing what the Word says and
they wonder Why hasn’t God healed me yet? That’s just as foolish as a woman
who prays constantly to get pregnant without having any relationship with a
man, and then when nothing happens, says, “Why hasn’t God given me a child
yet?” God gave us power and authority in this area.
With this power and authority comes responsibility. I know a couple who
had twelve kids. When I asked the husband, “How many children are you going
to have?” he answered, “If God wants us to have kids, we’ll have kids. It’s just
totally up to God.” There are certain forms of birth control that I don’t advocate
because in actuality they are abortion, but if nothing else a little self-control
would help. If you don’t exercise some self-control in this area, thinking, If it’s
God’s will, we’ll have children. But if it’s not, we won’t, then you’re totally
ignoring your responsibility. God blessed us and gave us power to procreate.
If people never had children unless it was God’s will, then prostitutes
wouldn’t get pregnant. If all children were just supernaturally ordained of God,
unwed mothers wouldn’t conceive. It’s not God’s will for people who aren’t
married to bear children. If God was directly controlling this aspect of our lives,
He wouldn’t let children be born addicted to drugs or with HIV. God gave power
to procreate to physical human beings, and if you cooperate with how He made
this universe to function, you can create a child.
WE MUST COOPERATE
Creation of human life is God’s power, but He put it under our control. We
have power and authority in this area. If you want the results, then you have to
do the right things to cooperate with those laws of how to conceive and birth
children. Most people understand this, and they would ridicule someone who
thinks they can just pray for a child to appear. God doesn’t just supernaturally
drop children out of heaven. That’s not how they come.
Just praying and asking God to supernaturally drop healing, salvation, or
revival from heaven is not how they come. There are spiritual laws that we must
use our authority as human beings to cooperate with. If we don’t step out in faith
to cooperate with God in these areas, they won’t come to pass.
This is so simple that you’d have to have somebody help you to
misunderstand it. Yet, we’ve had a lot of help. I’ve talked to many people who
have asked, “If God is really God, then He could have healed this person. Why
did He let them die?”
God isn’t like that. He doesn’t just say, “Alright, you have power to heal. You
go out and heal the sick.” Then—if we aren’t doing it because we don’t know or
because we’re more dominated by unbelief than faith—God doesn’t just look
down and say, “These folks are never going to get the job done. Since they’re not
believing My Word or doing it the way I said, I’m just going to heal this person
anyway.” That would violate His own integrity.
God told us, “we have the power. We are to go out. We are to heal the sick,
cleanse the lepers, raise the dead.” (Matt. 10:8.)
If we don’t do our part, God isn’t going to step in and do what He’s told us to
do. No amount of begging or pleading will change that situation. We in the body
of Christ need to discover what God has given to us. We need to find out what’s
under our authority and start using it the way God intended. Let’s take our
responsibility and lay aside our unbelief. Let’s reject all these religious doctrines
that absolve us of our responsibility and say, “Whatever will be, will be. It’s just
up to God who gets saved and healed. He does all things sovereignly.” Let’s stop
backing out of our responsibility and placing the blame on God. He’s not the one
POWER TO GET WEALTH
In the area of provision, God has given us power to get wealth.
Thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee
power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto
thy fathers, as it is to this day.
Anytime God gives us power, He also gives us authority so we can release
the power and use it. With this authority comes responsibility. This is why God
doesn’t give us money directly. The scripture doesn’t say that God gives us
money. He gave us power—an anointing, an ability—to get wealth.
First of all, God doesn’t have money. He doesn’t use money. In heaven, there
is no currency of exchange. Neither does He make money. If you’re praying, “Oh
God, I need $100,” or whatever currency it is that you need, God doesn’t have
any of those bills, and He’s not going to counterfeit them either. He’s not going
to make money and put it in your pocket. The Bible says:
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and
shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.
Since God doesn’t have money directly, He sends it to you through people.
God impresses other people, and people will be involved in getting you His
THE WORK OF YOUR HANDS
Many people are ignorant of this truth. Some of them pray, “God, if you’re
God, You can do anything. Put money in my wallet.” Then they open up their
wallet, and when there’s no more money in there than before, they say, “Well,
God isn’t faithful. The Word doesn’t work. It’s just not true.” Then they start
blaming God out of their ignorance.
God isn’t going to create money and put it in your wallet. God gave you
power to get wealth, so you must learn to use your authority to release that
power. In order to see God’s provision for you manifest, you must cooperate
with the spiritual laws governing prosperity.
For additional information on this topic, I recommend my teachings entitled,
Financial Stewardship, Blessings and Miracles, and The Power of Partnership.
God has promised to bless all the work of your hands.
The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee…in all that thou
settest thine hand unto…The LORD shall…bless all the work of thine hand.
However, if you aren’t setting your hands to something, God doesn’t have
anything to bless. You can’t just sit at home doing nothing and expect the Lord to
prosper you. It doesn’t work that way. You aren’t going to see God begin to
prosper you if you aren’t working. In fact, the Word says:
This we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he
eat. 2 THESSALON1ANS 3:10
“GO GET A JOB UNTIL”
God is into work. He’s into you doing something productive. That’s why
welfare—as it’s currently being practiced in our country—isn’t a godly concept.
I’m not saying that any person who’s receiving welfare is ungodly. I’m not saying
that God hates them, or they’re in sin. But I am saying that it isn’t God’s system.
Anyone might need help on occasion. There’s nothing wrong with you taking
the help of other people or a government if you are in a situation where you
temporarily need it. But to be a second, third, or fourth generation welfare
recipient where you just sit at home and let the government pay you for doing
nothing is an ungodly concept.
If you’re going to get into God’s divine flow of provision, then you need to
start doing some things to release that power and see this anointing begin to
generate the income you need.
God has given you the power to get wealth, but you need to do something.
You need to work. You need to set your hand to something productive.
One of our partners worked as the CEO of a corporation then suddenly his
company downsized and he was laid off. He started drawing unemployment and
took that for a period of time. He wanted to work, so he put in resumes all over
town, but this was during an economically challenging time and he was
overqualified. Therefore, no one was hiring him.
When he was a few weeks away from getting his house repossessed and
losing everything, he came to me and asked, “What do I do?”
I answered, “Go get a job.”
He said, “I’m trying.”
I continued, “No, I mean go get a job until. There’s nothing wrong with you
believing for another CEO job or something similar, but until your better paying
job comes in, get a job stocking shelves or flipping burgers.”
This guy was highly offended. “I’m a CEO. I couldn’t do something like that.
Besides, I need more money than that. My house is about to be repossessed.” He
was something like $5,000 behind, and hadn’t worked in over a year.
I told him, “If you would have been stocking shelves or flipping burgers for
the past year, you would have had enough money to keep this house from being
repossessed while you still sought the job you’re believing for. There’s nothing
wrong with you not wanting to stay there, but you’ve got to do something. By
doing nothing, you are abdicating your responsibility and keeping the blessing
God wants to give you from manifesting.
“You can pray and pray, and you might get a miracle that will tide you over
to the next week or month. But then you’ll have another crisis next month, and
the month after that, and the month after that. You aren’t going to see the
supernatural flow of finances start manifesting in your life until you recognize
God gave you power and authority to get wealth. You need to stand up and use
that power and authority by doing something.”
THIMBLE OR BUCKET?
Many people are waiting on their ship to come in, but they’ve never sent one
out. They’re waiting on a crop to grow up, but they haven’t sown any seed.
They’re believing God for a great supply, but they haven’t cooperated with His
spiritual laws concerning prosperity. Remember, the Word says:
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and
shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For
with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you
Are you using a tiny little thimble, throwing God five bucks here and there,
thinking that you’re really being generous, when the truth is the tithe off of your
paycheck would be $200, $300, or $400? Are you tipping God and wondering,
How come my finances aren’t coming in? I’m praying and believing for
prosperity. The Lord said He would give back to you with the same measure that
you used. If you’re using a thimble, then He’s going to use a thimble to give back
to you. And if you need a bucket full of finances, it’s going to take a long time
for God to measure that back to you with the same measure you gave out.
This is how the kingdom works. God doesn’t give you money — He gives
you the power to get money. Then there are things you must do to release that
power. One of them is to set your hand to something. Stocking shelves or
flipping burgers is better than getting welfare. “But Andrew, I’m actually making
more money off of welfare than I could working one of those jobs.” The
difference is, God can’t bless welfare, but He can bless stocking shelves or
flipping burgers. He could promote you to manager. While there, you could meet
someone who could give you a promotion, or even offer you another job. But when you’re doing nothing, you’re hindering the power of God from flowing in your own life.
It’s not God who fails to answer our prayers—it’s us who fail to take our
authority and use it properly.