“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32 KJV
My letter begins with a most unusual and thrilling story . . . .
Abram (later named Abraham) and his nephew Lot had left their home as God commanded and journeyed to the land of Canaan known today as the land of Israel. This story, if you will hear it and act upon it as the Word clearly shows, holds the key to everything you need — even the desires of your heart! “Get ready, get ready,” as Bishop T.D. Jakes calls, because the blessings of Abraham are yours — IF!
My story begins down near the Dead Sea, at the end of the Jordan River. Abram and Lot had separated because of strife between their herdsmen. Lot had chosen the “well-watered plains of Jordan” and was living in the city of Sodom. War broke out between the kings of the region. Sodom was defeated and Lot and all his possessions were taken captive. When Abram received the news he and only 318 of his servants pursued the conquering kings, rescued his nephew Lot, won a resounding victory over vastly superior numbers, and plundered all their goods and wealth! This miracle of God deserves a whole book itself, but that is another story.
On their way home they met a most unusual, if not mysterious, person. He is identified as the “King of Salem” (later known as Jerusalem) and is called “the priest of the most high God” (Genesis 14:18). There is some disagreement among the commentators as to exactly who this person is, but many believe that this was none other than the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ! The writer of Hebrews describes him as “Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God (Hebrews 7:3). We will let the theologians wrestle over this, but to me it surely sounds like someone not of this world! Right here is the beginning of your KEY to the law of God’s provision and abundance to all of us. Remember, it is our “Father’s good pleasure” to give us the Kingdom! Melchizedek, King of Salem (which means peace), blessed Abram and brought forth “bread and wine” for all the conquering heroes. Abram, in turn, “Gave tithes of all” (Genesis 14:20).
Right here is a “sub-key” to our blessings. To whom should we pay our tithes? Ah, I can already hear the shrieks of the heretic hunters! “Crouch is after not just our offerings, but now our tithes, or a tenth of our increase to God.” The tithe, according to them, must be paid to your local church. But, hold on. Abram paid tithes to the one who gave him bread and wine! If you eat at Denny’s, you don’t go across the street and pay at Pizza Hut!
So, the answer is to pay your tithes wherever you are receiving your spiritual food. Much more deserves to be taught about this; but again, that is another whole story. The question is: If we are to give, expecting to receive, what did Abram get? After all, Jesus Himself said: “For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure…” (Luke 6:38 TLB). Well, Abram had the same question. In the very next chapter, after giving to God, he asks: “And Abram said, ‘Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless…’” (Genesis 15:2).
So, now, for the rest of the story.
Abram had a need and a great desire to have a son of his own seed. So what did Abram receive? Well, for starters, he got that son, Isaac! Yes, and by a miracle since Abram was a hundred years old and Sarah, his wife, was ninety! He also got a new name, from Abram to Abraham. “For a father of many nations have I made thee” (Genesis 17:5). So, Abraham received a son and a whole nation, which became the children of Israel, who are the focal point of the whole world even today! But is that all? No. There is much, much more!
“In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates” (Genesis. 15:18).
How about a few million acres of real estate that we call the Holy Land? I wonder what it’s worth today. There is sure a lot of tragic fighting over that land now, but the title deed still belongs to the children of Abraham, or Israel as we call them today. In fact, Israel only occupies a small portion of the legal description which God surveyed for Abraham! They will have it someday — I believe soon — but that is yet another story. So, just to make sure that Abraham understood this gift, God said: “Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee” (Genesis 13:17). Finally, the record shows that Abraham became very rich. “And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold” (Genesis 13:2). In fact, one of the reasons he and Lot separated was: “And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great” (Genesis 13:6).
So, Abraham gave to God and he in turn received a son, a nation of children, a land flowing with milk and honey, and great wealth to be able to enjoy it all! Would all these blessings have come if Abraham had refused to GIVE anything to God? You answer that. In my heart I know the answer!
Dear Partners, we see it all through the Book! The beginning of every great miracle story starts with Giving! Even our own salvation began when God gave His only Son — it is the law of God! And what did God receive for His gift? Millions of sons and daughters, and you and I are one of them! Remember the old hymn, “I'm Glad I'm One of Them”? Praise the Lord!
Sometime I’ll tell you new stories I’m discovering in this blessed Word of God. King David, Solomon, King Hezekiah, and a host of others received what they needed as they gave to God. Oh, I know the critics rant and rave when we preach that you give to get or receive. But they have reached Jan and me too late! Jan and I have proved it over and over. Most of you have, too. That is why TBN is the greatest and most far-reaching Voice for God that has ever existed! Yes — 19 great 24/7 networks by TV, satellite, internet, and beyond! Those critics are from the pit of hell because Satan knows if he can keep the church poor we won’t have the resources to preach the Gospel to the whole wide world. So, go to hell, Satan. We will give to be blessed, so that we can be a blessing! Amen! So, remember our theme Scripture: “It is our Father’s good pleasure to give . . . ” (Luke 12:32), but it all starts with you and me. And here is the clincher in Jesus’ own words:
“No one has ever given up anything — home, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or property — for love of me and to tell others the good news . . . ”
Now please get this, your KEY:
“Who won’t be given back a hundred times over . . . all these will be his here on earth, and in the world to come eternal life” (Mark 10:2 TLB).
Dear partners, whether or not we continue to tell others the Good News is up to you and me. Our great week of Revival Praise-A-Thon is next month — November 11 thru 16, 2012. Join Jan and me, with all our great TBN family, as we sing, shout and praise the Lord for worldwide Christian television!
Remember: “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”!
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Dear Partners: The more I read and study the Word of God, the more I see that every good thing in our lives starts with GIVING. Even our salvation begins when we give our hearts to God! From Abraham, all the way down to Jesus: Giving was the KEY that put God’s law of provision into MOTION! The children of Israel gave their gold and silver to build God a tabernacle in the wilderness. In return, God gave them manna every day, water from a rock, a cloud and fire to lead them, and finally, their very own land in which to live!
Whatever your need is GIVE GOD SOMETHING and watch His law go into effect to supply that need! Pray and ask Him what you should give. If you have little or nothing, make a FAITH PLEDGE and prove the promises of God. Jan and I love you with all our hearts and will join you in giving our best this coming Praise-a-Thon.