Becoming Spirit-led in your finances
Growing up, I vividly remember listening to my grandfather Walter J. Nash “The Bicycle Preacher” talk about how Joshua brought the Children of Israel into a new season of blessing. He was passionate, sincere, and very sharp.
In fact, I still reflect on the hundreds of notes he inscribed in his original copy of the Dake’s Annotated Bible. I’ll never forget the times I spent with him. They not only shaped my worldview, but encouraged me to develop a greater curiosity regarding the timeless wisdom of the Old Testament and how it can be appropriated it into our daily lives.
In addition, I remember watching my grandfather Oral Roberts take his hand-written vision for the future on a yellow pad and work with others to turn that vision into reality, empowered by the Holy Spirit.
In the last generation, the number one need was physical healing. Medical science was not where it is today. Although millions in this generation still need healing in their bodies, many people will tell you they also need financial healing.
For more than ten years, I’ve been blessed to be in a position to encourage and inspire God’s people in churches and conferences with the same spiritual and practical keys I learned from my grandfathers. As a pastor, I’ve taught, counseled and trained thousands in this area to trust God with the little they have and believe God for miracles. As a businessman, I’ve endured the ups and downs of the world financial system and have been tested in my own finances many times. I’ve seen the power of an encouraging Bible-based Word inspire people to believe for dramatic financial turnarounds.
The messages I share are birthed not from having perfect life but out of perseverance in the face of great challenges and through what most people would consider impossible odds. I know what it’s like to endure challenging times financially, and physically. I also know what it’s like to see God do some amazing things and take the little that people have and do miracles through their lives. It is this message of hope and learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit that I feel so strongly about encouraging others with.
Being Spirit-led is just as important as being wise with your resources. It takes discipline to remain in faith when it looks impossible in your job situation, in your finances, or in the business world. That’s exactly when you need to be Spirit-led. This means:
· depending on the Holy Spirit to guide you in all your affairs (John 16:13)
· placing God as your Source for everything you need, and depending on His Supply (Phil. 4:19)
· being set apart from the world in your financial priorities. That means honoring God with your possessions and with all the first fruits of your increase (Proverbs 3:9-10)
· staying in the presence of God as much as possible, so that times of refreshing will grant you the rest you need to endure challenging times (Acts 3:19)
· holding fast the grace and favor which we have received in being admitted to the privileges of the Kingdom of God (Hebrews 12:28)
· being efficiency-minded, like Jesus was when He asked His disciples to gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing was lost (John 6:12)
· addressing your finances in a rational way, then releasing your faith for a miracle regardless of what your situation looks like (Mark 10:27)
In my spirit, I see believers across this nation doing miraculous things with little, and also become better stewards by becoming Spirit-led in their finances. However, many need to get back to the basics of seed-faith again. Based on the conversations I’ve had with pastors from around the country, giving in many churches is down. Many people have encountered financial challenges over these last five years, and in response some have stopped planting seeds of faith. Yet, when it comes to financial miracles, giving by faith is still the first ingredient of a successful financial turnaround.
Just as it was in previous generations, the message of seed-faith that my grandfather, Oral Roberts, pioneered is the foundation of being Spirit-led in your finances. A few years ago, I was sitting in his living room with him in his condo in California asking him whatever questions came into my mind. One of the questions brought an unexpected answer. I asked him how he wanted the world to remember him. I expected to hear him say that he wanted to be known as a worldwide healing evangelist, who laid hands on over a million people. Instead, he said that he wanted to be known for pioneering the concept of seed-faith, which he called “the most powerful principle in the universe.”
In the story of the loaves and the fishes we see that when the little boy was willing to place the little he had in the hand of Jesus, this seed of faith led to a miraculous increase–not only for him, but for the world around him. This is what God desires for each one of us, to be Spirit-led enough to trust Him no matter what we’re going through.
I want to encourage you today as you continue to pursue a life that is Spirit-led, that something good is going to happen to you. Through all the turmoil and the uncertainty taking place in the world around us during these last days, God’s plan for your life is alive and well, and He wants to bring you into a new season of blessing–physically, financially, and emotionally. Trust Him with the little you think you have, and watch Him do a miracle through your life!
by Jon Oral Nash