Use What You Have

The following is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, HOW TO PRODUCE ABUNDANCE IN YOUR LIFE: The Kingdom Secrets Jesus Taught His Disciples. Follow this link to obtain your copy of HOW TO PRODUCE ABUNDANCE IN YOUR LIFE today.

Practice being a good steward of everything you have. This includes information you have received from the Word of God. Use what you have learned to multiply and increase. The key to multiplication in your life is to use what you have, “To him that has shall more be given” (Matthew 3:1). “He that waters shall be watered himself again in return” (Proverbs 11:24). The key to getting more is to use what you have—give away some of what you have, and you get more! Because I have found this to be true I never turn down an opportunity to minister. When somebody calls me, I go because I know I’m going to give something that I have and that God will give it back, “good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over” (Luke 6:30). I keep giving away the revelation I have and keep getting more revelation. 

Be a good steward of all you have . This is one of the keys of abundant productivity, “it is required that you be found faithful.” For example, consider your car. Do you take care of your car? Do you change the oil and wash your car regularly? Is your car still wearing last summer’s dirt? Is the interior filled with fast food wrappers and empty water bottles. If so, that is not being a good steward. You may think this has nothing to do with living a life of abundance, but it does. I want you to have much. I want you to have a new car. I want you to have the best car. Faithfulness is a requirement of stewardship— stewardship of your car, your home, your finances, your family, your revelation… 

God said, “He delights in the prosperity of His servant.” What are you doing with what you have? These fundamental things are easy to miss. People pray for God to give them abundance, and God says, “Have you seen your car lately?” You say, “Lord, I believe I receive a hundred-fold return,” but then never check the air in your tires. It is your responsibility to make sure all the tires have the same amount of air pressure in them so they don’t wear out at 10,000 miles instead of lasting the 60,000 miles they were designed for. The extra $400 you will now have to spend for tires was $400 you could have given to bless someone in need, or to finance a kingdom project. This is the stewardship God requires. These “little foxes” spoil the vine (Song of Solomon 2:15). Realize that God is paying attention to these little things . What about your home? Do you have closets you have to stand back to open because everything falls out on you when you open the door? What is your attitude about your wardrobe? Is it,“I don’t really care. I go to Goodwill. I’m not that much into it,” or do you want a really nice wardrobe? When you realize you are a king and a priest, you will stop shopping at Goodwill. I thank God for Goodwill. It is there meeting a need for people, but if you have a “Goodwill mentality” you don’t have a “Bible mentality.” The Bible says, “You are a king and a priest unto God” (Revelation 1:6). You have to get a royal mentality and begin expecting to wear nice clothing.

How does this start? First, take care of the clothes you have. Take your clothes off and hang them up. This sounds like Home Economics 101, but I am illustrating the reason people do not prosper. They do not prosper because they do not become good stewards as God required . We have to acquire the mentality that everything we have belongs to God. When we realize that He ultimately owns everything, we start to take care of everything as a steward. Have you ever loaned your car to somebody and then watched them peel out as they drove off? You probably said, “Oh God, send a dozen angels with my car. Why did I do that?” When we ask the Lord for something and He sees us abuse the possessions He has lent us, He gets the same idea. 

I have several nice vehicles. A car dealer once said to me, “Dr. John, I like to get your used cars because you take care of them.” My cars are clean inside and out and I change the oil regularly. I didn’t always have nice cars. I bought used ones and cleaned them up and took care of them, and then God put me in beautiful, brand-new, top-of-the-line cars. This principle is critical. You have to determine to be a good steward of all you have before you can be abundantly productive.

What you just read is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book HOW TO PRODUCE ABUNDANCE IN YOUR LIFE: The Kingdom Secrets Jesus Taught His Disciples. Follow this link to obtain your copy of HOW TO PRODUCE ABUNDANCE IN YOUR LIFE today.

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