Series: Kingdom Economics
Sun am 2 September 2012 – Kobus Swart
Scriptures: Ps. 119:4-6, 72, 89-91; Gen. 1:12, 21, 24; Heb. 1:3; Job 36:11; John 8:32; (Matt. 11:28-30);
Gal. 6:6-7; 2 Cor. 9:6-9; Prov. 11:24-25
There are statutes and principles God has set in motion with creation. All creation is governed by these divinely instituted principles. The Psalmist saw this. You have ordained Your precepts, That we should keep them diligently. Oh that my ways may be established To keep Your statutes! Then I shall not be ashamed when I look upon all Your commandments (Ps. 119:4-6). Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. They stand this day according to Your ordinances, For all things are Your servants (Ps. 119:89-91).
In the beginning God created everything to also bring forth after its own kind – the Seed Principle. (Gen. 1:12,21,24-26). Notice the reproductive principle in creation. The God entered His REST. Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done (Gen. 2:1-2). There is no mention of the seventh day having a morning or a night. That “day” has never ended as far as God is concerned. There is a self-sustainability, a reproduction that is inherent in all of creation.
And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power (Heb. 1:3). God is behind the shakings, and all things will be shaken until the unshakeable Kingdom remains (Heb. 12:27).
All our creations should lead us to a place of rest. Bizweni, for example, was a seed thought planted in my heart way back. That seed has the potential to sustain and reproduce itself. In our creations, in executing the commandments of God, we should reach a place of rest. We must learn to step back and let the reproductive principle that is invested in all that is created by the Word of God, take over. If we obey Him and trust Him then we will spend out days in prosperity and pleasantness and joy (Job 36:11).
Jesus said, “…and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free (John 8:32). The truth will not make you free unless you know it (make it your own). It has to be written on your heart before it will set you free. Once we have absorbed truth it contains in it the seed principle to multiply, reproduce and grow without human effort. Religious activity wears people out (Matt. 11:28-30). All of our creations should lead us to rest if we apply the principles we have just read.
Apply this in the area of your finances. The poverty mindset (“I don’t have money”, “I have not”) needs to be addressed. It destroys the creative principle that is waiting to function. The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap(Gal. 6:6-7). When you sow generously, generosity will come back to you. Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully (2 Cor. 9:6). This is a statute, a principle we cannot change. It works by itself. We often blame either God or the devil when things go bad for us. We can change our lives by respecting God’s statutes and principles and flowing with them and we will see a change in our circumstances. Whatever we sow, not just money, but even our attitude, activates certain principles. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7). You’re cheerful when you give because you trust God and His word. If you tithe you will be surprised what God will do in your finances. Put God’s Word to the test. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; as it is written, “He scattered abroad, he gave to the poor, His righteousness endures forever” (2 Cor. 9:8-9).There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered (Prov. 11:24-25). Some of you continue to battle in your finances because you have not trusted the law of God. Become faithful and rest will come.
We often blame circumstances and the recession. He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap (Eccl. 11:4). It is a lack of trust and we violate the principle God has established in all of creation. Whatever the wind represents; circumstances, the economy, pressures, and needs – be faithful and trust Him and see what is going to happen. I want this household to function in rest.
There are plans in God’s mind for this place, but we have to take seriously the Word this morning. There are a lot of things to do. Let us become faithful and the rest God will confirm.