“The covenant of prosperity is not a magic wand; it’s an adventure of faith.”
Over the past few years, I have been in the loop on several negotiations which have the potential for releasing extraordinary amounts of wealth for the Kingdom of God. None of them has happened immediately or even as quickly as I thought reasonable. In this area, we can face a serious temptation to lose patience. However, it is important to keep in mind that there is a close relationship between patience and faith. Without faith, we cannot please God. If the enemy causes us to lose patience, he has also dented our faith.
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By and large, the apostles I am working with exhibit Godly patience. Patience (perseverance in some versions) is foundational to the character of a true apostle. Nevertheless, I am sorry to report that some who have been with me in preparing for the great transfer of wealth have failed the test of patience and jumped ship.
The most notable case of expecting immediate transfer of significant wealth began for me in August 2001. Starting with 9/11, that and many subsequent factors have entered the picture. Now, over five years later, somehow or other I still have the same high level of expectation that the money will be coming real soon. One thing that helps is that I have never yielded to the temptation to “spend” the money in my mind. Why not be patient? There is everything to gain and nothing to lose.
Let me share with you two very insightful short essays on patience relating to receiving the prosperity that God desires to provide for us. One is by David Oyedepo and the other by Nate Wolf. I believe you will enjoy them.
1. David Oyedepo
I recently read a book by one of my good friends in Africa, Bishop David Oyedepo,Understanding Financial Prosperity. Unfortunately, it is not yet available in the USA. He has notable credentials for writing the book. He pastors Faith Tabernacle which boasts the largest sanctuary in the world with 50,400 seats (deck chairs). It is located on over 600 acres. The building cost $250 million (US dollars), and it was all paid, debt free, by Nigerian money. The campus also houses Covenant University which cost another $250 million (US dollars), all paid, debt free, with Nigerian money.
I attended a Wednesday night prayer meeting with 6,000 in attendance, most of the men dressed in suits and ties. These men were at one time on the streets looking for the next meal, but one of Oyedepo’s discipling goals is to help his people become prosperous, and he is doing it. Not only does he teach them to save, but he has founded a bank right on the church campus, called “Canaan Land.”
Having said that, I was greatly encouraged by his chapter on patience, called “Waiting.” This is something I think all of us involved in wealth transfer should read.
“WAITING” from the book Understanding Financial Prosperity, by David Oyedepo:
“For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, ‘Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.’ And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” Hebrews 6:13-15
This is the eagle’s secret. God swore to Abraham, yet he needed patience to obtain that promise. The Bible said, “after he had patiently endured” not after he had subjected himself to rigorous senseless fasting, not after he had struggled and sweated it out; but after he had patiently endured.
Abraham needed to have endured. Indeed, every man, every “eagle Christian,” requires a degree of covenant patience. The covenant of prosperity is not a magic wand; it’s an adventure of faith. “After he had patiently endured….” not after he had wept aloud. We are not called to weep, but to wait.
In Habakkuk 2:3, God said that every vision is for an appointed time, so though it tarries, wait for it. Did He say weep for it? Did He say run around for it? No! Wait!“Wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.”
The reason we are wasting is because we don’t like to wait. In 1981, God spoke to me, saying, “The hour has come to liberate the world from all the oppressions of the devil, through the preaching of the Word of Faith.”
That was a revelation for a world-wide ministry, but the mandate to go into Africa never came until 1994! Can you see the waiting period? “But at the end it shall speak.” When you run with it, it will speak at the end. Very many people miss that end, so it looks as if the vision or revelation is not true.
Please understand this: quick prosperity will always end in grievous austerity, because it lacks the required foundation for lasting results.
Why Wait? Your lifting with God is for appointed times and due seasons, and He’s the only One who knows when your due season has come. If you strive to lay a hold of something before you’re due, you’ll be doomed.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9
Don’t be tired in covenant walk because there is a due season. If you’re on your feet when that season comes, you will reap your harvest, but if you faint, you fall.