2Cor. 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

The Lord always manages to put the tools in our hands that we need at the proper time. It was 1977 when Parris and I moved back to New Orleans. We had no idea what was in store for us here, thankfully the Lord had a plan. We were planning on running a discipleship house in New Orleans, pastoring a church wasn’t quite on my radar yet. Just before we returned to Nola, my mentor, Mike McIntosh, gave me a copy of Oral Roberts’ book, ‘A Daily Guide to miracles- Seed Faith Living’. That book taught me a very important key that I desperately needed for my personal provision as well as the amazing resources I would need to build a church. Here are a couple of the keys I learned in reading that book by Oral Roberts.

“Give What You Have in Your Hand to Give, SEED FAITH. Note especially these three things as you study this passage. First, God is the One who makes all grace abound toward you and provides sufficiency in all things. All things beneficial for our lives come from God’s hands. Second, we are given sufficiency—even “bounty” so that we might do good works. We are blessed in order to be a blessing to others! The word “sufficiency” means “contentedness,” or “competence”—earmarks of the believer whose life is truly blessed by these characteristics as God increases him. And third, the God who gave you seed in the first place is the One who meets your basic needs, multiplies your seed sown into an abundance you can share with others, and increases you spiritually with love, joy, peace, and all of the other fruit of the Holy Spirit flowing freely in your life (“the fruits of your righteousness”).

How great is our God! We have no lack in Him—only potential!”

These simple truths were huge. First, the Lord is the source of your supply. No matter what channel He decides to use, your provision comes from the Lord. That is huge, look to Him alone for provision. Secondly, the Lord blesses you to be a blessing. Give back into your local church. This is your basic seed that the Lord uses to multiply back to you. We receive everything from God and literally give back out of His hand. The Lord will increase you more and more as you look to Him and partner with Him in your work.

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