The Natural and Supernatural

There’s a common theme that runs through the Word of God—we do natural things, and God does supernatural things.

We walk around the walls of Jericho, and God knocks them down. We lay hands on the sick, and He does the healing. We preach the Gospel, and He does the saving.

When God placed man on this planet, man’s part was to do the natural side, and God’s part was to do the supernatural side. God told Adam, “I want you to take care of the Garden, have dominion over the earth and subdue it, and I want you to be fruitful and multiply.” Everything God asked Adam to do was natural. If we’ll do the natural, He’ll do the supernatural.

The way we accelerate the supernatural in our lives is to make sure that we’re doing the natural. That means we must find out from the Word of God what we need to do in the natural, so that God can do His part supernaturally on our behalf. It’s only then that we will walk in the blessing of God.

“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands…all these blessings will come upon you….” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2 KJV).

THE TAKE AWAY:

When it comes to walking in financial blessing, we can’t sit back and expect God to do everything. We must do the natural part that He instructs us to do, so that He can then do His supernatural part to bring it to pass.

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Order Precedes Increase

Before God can take us somewhere, we need to know where we are.

This applies to every area of our lives, including our finances. We need to establish financial order in our lives. We must understand that order precedes increase.

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When people come to me for financial help, my first questions to them are, “How much debt do you have? How much do you owe?”

“We don’t know,” they tell me. “We just know we’re in trouble.”

Then I’ll ask, “Where are your bank statements? How much money do you have?”

They’ll say, “Some of our statements are on the kitchen table. Some are in the den. They’re scattered all over the house!”

Proverbs 27:32 says, “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.” And Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

Friends, a lot of people are perishing needlessly simply because they have no vision and no plan, for their finances, and they have no financial order. These are very natural processes, but they have spiritual consequences.

Before God can do His supernatural part, we must do our natural part. We must get our finances in order, and we must create a plan.

THE TAKE AWAY

Take time to go over your current financial status. Make a list of how much you owe and how much income you currently generate. Create a budget—a spending plan—to begin working toward paying off debt and also to locate areas where you may need to watch your spending.

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