Everybody desires increase. We want to have more, go more, do more, be more. The fact of the matter is increase doesn't automatically come because you ask God for it. I know that this may surprise (or sound strange to) some because a lot of us have the mentality that if we ask and just believe it will happen. Years ago, I was praying for increase and God plainly told me that if He gave me more, I wasn't able to handle it. He told me that He wasn't going to give me more than I could handle. That disappointed me at the time, but as I thought about it, it made a lot of sense. I knew of people who suddenly came into large sums of money and found themselves after a few years broke. Why?...because they didn't know how to handle it. The statistics show that even in things like weight loss, the large majority of those who lose it will gain it back because they don't know how to discipline their appetite. There are also all types of resolutions that are made in January and by March those resolutions are gone by the wayside.
I began to research scripture and I found several places that address these matters. I don't have the space to discuss all of them here now, but one in particular in Luke 16:10 says: "He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much." What I saw in that scripture is that the way to the increase is to manage what God has already given me; to manage that well which is already in my possession. During the early part of my adulthood I was frivolous in spending. I was a poor manager of what God had allowed me to have. My credit was a mess and it was just a reflection of my attitude toward scripture at that point in my life. I didn't see the connection between how I managed that material things that God brought into my possession and my integrity. I definitely didn't see how that would hinder what God would trust me with in the way of increase, and I was a pastor at the time. It was the small things that were hindering me like not paying my bills on time and buying things that I didn't need.
I had to learn how to become a better manager, and that was not easy. Coming to the realization of that was powerful, but to put it in operation was very difficult. It requires a life-change. One of the major keys to increase is managing well what God has already given you, whether it be money, time, talent, or relationships. Are you preparing yourself for increase? Prepare to be blessed by learning how to appreciate and best use what you already have.
Pastor Earl Goings shares his thoughts on everyday concerns.
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