18 Apr The Divine Power of Prosperity (Purposeful Power)
PASTOR WIL: So I talked about the deceptive power of prosperity. Let’s talk about the divine power of prosperity. Divine power.
If deceptive power deals with destruction, divine power of prosperity deals with purpose. Everybody say, “Purpose.”
In our second lesson text, the Bible says, “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may” what? “Establish His covenant which He sware unto thy fathers.” He didn’t just give me power to get wealthy — he gave me power to get wealth for a purpose. Somebody say, “Purpose.” There’s purpose behind this, there’s purpose.
See, the second reason prosperity can become evil is when you choose to forget your purpose. See, you can have stuff; but you can forget why you was given it in the first place. And when you forget, you start abusing it. Yes, yes, yes.
See, before he said, “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God,” earlier in that same chapter, Deuteronomy 8:11, he said, “Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping His commandments, and His judgments, and His statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thy have eaten and art full” — lest when you get paid, lest when you get a little somethin’-somethin’ — y’all ain’t hearin’ me — “and has built your houses and dwell therein,” you’re gonna start lookin’ around, talkin’ about what I’ve done. “Look at how good I am.” Mm. Somebody say, “Hallelujah.”
Here’s how I know people have stepped off into that: because they lose their minds when they lose it. See, when you think you’ve accomplished something, then when you lose it — I’m gonna preach all by myself — you lose yourself, ‘cause you thought it was yourself who gave it to you in the first place. So you start feeling inferior, and feeling depressed, and feeling sad, because you act like it was yours in the first place. I am preachin’ right now. And so, because we’ve identified ourselves with the stuff we’ve accumulated, as if it was us who did it, then when we lose it — I’m preachin’ right there — we lose ourselves. Somebody say, “Hallelujah.”
A lot of people forget God when they get their stuff. A lot of people forget God when they get their little money, get their little house. A lot of people forget God when they forget their source.
Now, I don’t dispute that there are churches and pastors and things out there that are wicked and crooked. But there is a reason why there are more churches in poor neighborhoods than in rich. And it’s not because all those churches or pastors are crooked and are trying to prey on the poor people. Actually, the reason is, is because when you’re poor, you realize who your source really is. When you rich… Oh, yeah. Rich people don’t have a need, they don’t feel like they need to go to church. Let me be real clear: when you don’t know how you’re gonna eat tomorrow, you might go to church today. (Laughter.) Am I preachin’ to anybody up in this piece? When you got enough money to live for three lifetimes… “Do I need to go to church today? Eh… I’ll just send the reverend a check. Eh… I gave it at the office, already took care of the poor.”
Oh! I’m not just makin’ this up, this is what Jesus said. He said it would be difficult for a rich man to enter into Heaven. He said it would be more difficult than it would be for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. Therefore a rich man won’t make it to Heaven. Somebody say, “Why?” ‘Cause he forgot. He forgot how he got rich in the first place. He forgot what was the source.
“The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” Everything good is from God, you forgot how you got that in the first place. “Well, I was, I was smart, I was educated, I was a hard worker.” God could go off on one brain cell and you won’t even know your name tomorrow. I am preachin’ by myself! “I inherited this.” Well, who gave your mama and your daddy the idea to look at each other? I’m preachin’!
And so, these rich people forget their source, and God says it is exceptionally difficult for them, and so, we don’t many churches in rich neighborhoods because the rich folk don’t feel the need to go seek out their God for help. Ah, look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, prosperity requires a choice to remember.” But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God, for it is He that giveth thee the power to get wealth. Whatever skills, whatever talents, whatever abilities you have that earn you income, you must understand — God gave that to you. If you are smart, if you are educated, if you are intelligent, if you have intellect, please understand: God gave that to you. If you have a gift, if you have a skill set, if you have anything that earns you mean, please understand: God gave you that talent, that ability, that skill set to get money. But not just to get money — to get money with a purpose. Preach right there! To get money with a purpose. I gave you this talent to go get that money so that you can fulfill this purpose. Preach right there. Ah, yes Lord, yes Lord. Somebody say, “Hallelujah.” You’ve got to remember — we must remember God, because God has divine purpose. When we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, called according to his purpose, you will then understand, even this little change in my pocket is about purpose. I always keep a little piece of money, because I never know when God wants me to use that for a purpose. I always keep myself — I don’t spend right to the edge, I, I, I, I try to keep my budget below my income because God wanna do somethin’; but if I done tied all my money up into my car loan, my house note, then when God wanna do something with that money He gave me from the gift that I got, I can’t do it, because I done spent it all on myself. I’m gonna preach in this place, Hallelujah.
“Pastor Wil just tryin’ to take all of your money,” no, I’m tryin’ to take y’all to Heaven, because, I was tellin’ somebody, my car that I’m drivin’ right now — and I like that car — but I bought that in 2006, that means that vehicle is 10 years old. And if the Lord say the same, I’m gonna be drivin’ it 10 more years from now. I ain’t tryin’ to spend no more money on no vehicle. I told my man, I said, “Go black that out, put some new rims on it, we could go for another three, four years.” Y’all ain’t workin’ with a brother in this place. ‘Cause I don’t wanna take that money and spend it on a car note, because God might wanna use it on the kingdom. God might wanna use it on the kingdom. My wife wants a new house, and I might get a house, but God’s gonna have to give it to me without sorrow, I’m gonna preach right there. “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow.” The next house I’m gettin’, that joker gonna be almost paid for, or God gonna have so much money comin’ in that I can see where I can pay it and still have money for the kingdom, because that’s my real purpose for getting what I got. Oh, somebody say, “Hallelujah.” Say it again, “Hallelujah.” Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, there’s purpose in your life.” Hallelujah.
What’s the major purpose? What’s the major purpose for your money? I’m so glad y’all asked. The Bible says that when Jesus was leavin’ this earth, he said, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost.” If God wanted us to know something, He would have given us His final message when He left here, when He said, “Your message is to tell people about me.” But I got a problem. The Bible says, “How can they preach except they be…?” (“Sent.”) And I don’t care any way you look at it — to be sent is gonna cost you somethin’. To be sent — if y’all wanna send me to preach in Michigan — y’all ain’t helpin’ a brother in this place — y’all gonna have to buy a brother a airline ticket. If y’all wanna send me to preach in Pennsylvania — which, I’m goin’ in a few weeks — y’all gonna have to send me there. Y’all ain’t workin’ with a brother in this place. And so, in order for the gospel… There are hundreds of people watching us right now — though you should be in church, you should be in church, you should be in church — but the reason why they can sit at home and watch us is because you all sent the gospel through the internet, through the high-def cameras — oh, y’all ain’t helpin’ a brother in this place — so that people all over the country could get this word, ‘cause you sent it! And then, God blew me away. He said — we’ll go to Acts 1:8, we’ll go to Acts 1:8, ‘cause I told you, your assignment is to go “unto the uttermost parts of the earth” — He said, “How can they preach except they be sent?” And then He sent me to Acts 1:8. He said, “But you shall receive…?” (Audience: “Power.”)
Oh, I’m gonna preach in here. See, I know “power” only meant dancin’ and shoutin’ for y’all, I know “power” only meant speakin’ in tongues and rollin’ on the floor. But He said, “You shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you,” to do what? “Preach right there, Pastor Wil.” To “be witnesses,” Hallelujah. “Where, Pastor?” “In Jerusalem,” Hallelujah. Well y’all, I could preach to y’all, it ain’t gonna cost me a whole lot. I do gotta get the lights on, keep the mortgage paid, the electricity; but I’m gonna preach to Jerusalem, and Judaea, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, that’s Durham. So in order to get the word to Durham, you know, we gotta do some commercials, we gotta do some promotions, ins and ends, Facebook promotions, broadcast, all of that, but we got to get some money to go to Jerusalem and Judaea. Then He said “Samaria,” that’s the whole region. Now, now, now, we need a teeny broadcast that goes down to Fayetteville and the High Point — y’all ain’t workin’ with me — and Greensboro, because we gotta get to Samaria. But then He said “unto the uttermost parts of the earth.” Look at your neighbor and say, “Money, money, money, money, money. Why’s the pastor always raising money, money, money, money, money?”
Because you have been given power. (Applause.) You have been given power to get this gospel out! Can I preach about your money today? Can I preach about your money today? Can I preach about your prosperity? What are you usin’ it for? God said, “I gave it to you to get the gospel out.” How many of you are helpin’ to get the gospel out, versus gettin’ a new pair of shoes? Helpin’ to get the gospel out versus getting’ a new number five, number eleven braid in your hair? How many of you are gettin’ the gospel out versus gettin’ a new suit? Y’all ain’t workin’ with me in this place. How many of y’all are usin’ your gift to get the gospel out, versus goin’ to the latest shows, the latest this, the latest that? But I don’t know about you, but God gave me power to obtain wealth because I got purpose. Push your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, that money’s got a purpose with it. That money’s got a purpose.” Somebody say, “Hallelujah.” Say, “Neighbor, don’t forget, because prosperity” — say it again, “prosperity” — “has a purpose.”
Come on, give God a praise.
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