Have you been trying to make withdrawals from an empty account? Find out how to fill up your reserves in your heavenly account!
What would happen if you went to the bank and tried to make a withdrawal without making a deposit first? A lot of things could happen, but ultimately, you’d walk out empty-handed, that’s for sure!
Your heavenly account is the same.
What is your heavenly account? It’s what is stored up for you in the spirit realm—to be disbursed in the physical realm—according to your obedience to the Word of God in your finances. Luke 6:38 explains it this way: “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (NKJV).
But don’t stop there.
If you are giving to get, you’re doing it wrong. If you give to God with a grateful and cheerful heart, without trusting in riches, and free from greed or covetousness, the outcome will be financial blessing—that’s just spiritual law.
First, it’s essential to learn how to make the proper deposits into your heavenly bank account, so you can withdraw from it when needed. Once you realize you have finances on deposit, it will become easy to believe God for them.
You can learn how to operate your heavenly account in the same way you do at the bank on the corner. Here are four ways to make deposits into your heavenly account.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse.” –Malachi 3:10 (NIV)
Only 3% of Christians tithe regularly according to nonprofitsource.com, and unless that includes only those who give a full 10% of their income (the true definition of tithing), that number could be even lower. Aside from this statistic exposing a lack of faith and honor to God, imagine what we could accomplish if every Christian obeyed God and became a faithful tither!
If you’re a tither, you may look around and notice that you don’t face the same challenges as your nontithing counterparts. Your possessions don’t wear out as fast, and your income seems to stretch and stretch. It doesn’t mean life is perfect all the time, but no matter which way you slice it, there is financial favor on tithers.
That’s because tithing makes deposits into your heavenly account.
Now, before you come up with any arguments in your mind, consider this:
- As you give to honor and worship God, spiritual law happens to bring a blessing with it.
- Malachi 3:10-11 tells us the result of tithing—open windows of heaven and the devourer rebuked.
As with anything in the spirit realm, the heart is the gauge you always check. When it comes to tithing, your check-engine light should come on if you say any of the following:
- “I tried that, and it didn’t work.” (You don’t “try” tithing. If you’re giving your tithe with the right heart, you won’t be looking for what you’re going to get in return.)
- “How much do I really have to give? Do I tithe on gross or net? Do I tithe on gifts?” (If you are asking in order to find out the bare minimum of giving, your motives for tithing need to be evaluated.)
THE BLESSING of God is received by faith in His Word. It does not come automatically, just as salvation does not come automatically. You could say, “Well, go to church, and God will save you one of these days if you’re lucky!” No, the laws governing salvation must be acted on for them to work in your life. Prosperity comes the same way.
When you tithe, you are laying the foundation for financial success and abundance. You are establishing deposits with God that can be used when you need them.
Don’t wait until your back is against the wall before you use your faith in this area. Learn to act on the Word now, and when Satan tries to pin you against the wall, you can smile and know that you have it made. His power over you financially has been stopped!
2. Investing in the Gospel
“Everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times.” –Mark 10:29-30
Just like tithing, investing in the gospel is a command! Mark 16:15 tells us that we are to go into all the world and preach the gospel to everyone. We are all called to this—even if it means contributing financially to send someone else. The salvation of men is God’s No. 1 priority, which means it should be ours, too!
Every time you financially support a missionary or a ministry whose focus is spreading the gospel, you are making a deposit into your heavenly account. Another area where you can invest in the gospel is in supporting ministries that are assigned the job of teaching God’s people how to function in spiritual affairs.
Teaching ministries have a great responsibility placed on them by God, and the return for supporting these ministries is the same as mentioned in Mark 10:29-30—a hundred times. When? The Bible says “Now.”
Any investment expert will be quick to tell you that the most productive form of investing is a steady, regular investment into solid business. There is nothing more solid than God’s work! Begin to be a regular investor. Be faithful to it.
Every man who invests into the gospel has a right to expect the staggering return of one hundredfold.
3. Giving to the Poor
“He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.” –Proverbs 19:17 (NKJV)
When you give to the poor, you can expect back what you gave. You can’t give away your money by giving to the poor. You are actually lending to the Lord, and He will repay you. He considers it a loan, and since He teaches us to not owe money, He won’t owe money either. As soon as you lend it to Him, He will pay it back.
Satan has dominated people with poverty. When you realize that Satan is behind their oppression, you will see their need for the power of God in their lives. And you can bring that power to them through meeting their material needs. That’s the heart of the Father!
Whenever Jesus was in the midst of people, He always met needs first before He preached to them. He would heal the sick and feed the hungry. He knew those things would speak louder than words, then open their hearts to receive from Him.
Whenever you give to the poor, explain what the Word says and tell them about Jesus. Let them know that God is your Source of supply and is willing to be theirs. Show them that they, too, can become God’s channel in the earth to someone else. If you give to the poor in the proper way, then you can witness to them and introduce them to the power of God.
Giving to the poor makes a deposit into your heavenly account. It keeps you close to the heart of God, and it positions you for a reward! Matthew 6:3-4 says, “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly” (NKJV).
Giving—with the right heart and for the right reasons—will yield a return whether the giver even realizes it or not!
Watch Kenneth Copeland teach you how to access your heavenly grant!
4. Giving as a Praise to God
“…a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.” –Philippians 4:18
Another way to deposit into your heavenly account is through what many call, a “praise offering.” Any time we give, it should be in honor and praise toward God. But giving as a praise to God is a gift that is over and above our 10%, given with the sole purpose of worshipping and thanking our Father for who He is, His protection, provision, love and kindness.
When you start giving this way, just as a praise to God, things will begin to happen in your financial life. Praise is a tremendous tool in releasing the power of God. Combined with the law of giving, it is unbeatable! There is no standard return on giving as a praise to God, and it took David from being a sheepherder to becoming the king of Israel.
Do you think God loves poverty? Read a literal Hebrew translation of The Amplified Bible and see the vast amount of money David put into the building the Temple. It was millions of dollars! David was a prosperous man. The Bible says he was a man after God’s own heart. Where do you suppose he got all his wealth? From the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, of course, who gave him the power to get wealth.
Just as Israel made sacrificial offerings of praise to God, believers today can use giving as an instrument of praise. It is interesting to note that Israel never gave a blemished animal as a sacrifice. In today’s terms, that would mean we should never give away worn-out goods. Give your good things, and you will never lack good things.
Years ago, an evangelist came to Brother Copeland and said, “I don’t understand it, but my income has completely stopped. I haven’t had a dime come in for weeks!” Since Brother Copeland had just preached that morning on Luke 6:38, he told him that the key was giving and that he should give whatever he had; if not money, then something else.
He went home and gathered up all his clothes (except one suit, one sport coat and one pair of slacks), passed them out to the men at the unemployment office, and preached the Word to them. When he came to the meeting that night, he was beaming. He had given as a praise to God and was really high because of it!
Well, before the service was over, people had handed him nearly $200 in cash! No one in that service said anything about what he had done; he was merely seated in the congregation. The people sought him out and gave to him as God directed them. A praise offering—when done with a pure heart—will always yield a return!
Learn How to Make Withdrawals From Your Heavenly Account here.
The Word says God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3) and that He will maintain our right and our cause when we praise Him (Psalm 9:1-4). Look for an opportunity to give Him a praise offering for a specific reason. In doing so, you not only worship and honor Him, but you make a deposit into your heavenly account that no one can take from you.
When you make deposits to your heavenly account in these four ways, you will have everything you need in abundance. Trusting God with your money and embracing a spirit of generosity will bring you into closer fellowship with the Father. After all, He is the greatest Giver of all time.
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