LIVING BY FAITH

2 Cor.9:6,7 – But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

Parris and I spent our first four years of marriage and of our Christianity living in a Christian community. We always talked about living by faith but at the end of the day someone else was paying all the bills. We still had to work but believing God for a mortgage payment or putting food on the table was still a foreign concept to me. That was about to change suddenly after our graduation. We were heading back home to start a “work” whatever that was. Apparently that was a buzz word for ministry, no one wanted to use the word church; that was just too churchy.
Upon graduation I was about to step into a whole new kind of school, I was about to be taught about faith, trusting in God, and following His plan for my life. The director of our Bible School gave me a book upon graduation. It was called “A Daily Guide to Miracles” by Oral Roberts. It was Brother Roberts’ teaching on what he called “seed faith living”. I had no idea how important this book would be for me. I lived and preached out of it for the first couple of years. Parris, myself, and our new church were being taught about giving and receiving, we were learning to build our lives on the foundation of faith found in the scriptures.
There were three main truths that Oral Roberts repeated again and again I want to share them briefly with you today.
First, we must take God as our source. Our source is not the government, our talent, our parents, and not even the congregation. The company or people were not our source, they were only the vessel the Lord happened to be using to bring provision to us. Abraham learned this by leaving his whole support system of family and friends and relocating to another land. Abraham taught us to live by faith by taking God as our source.
Secondly, we must give to God first. We do that by recognizing where God has placed us and how He is feeding us, and sow our seed there. His normal place, our storehouse, is the local church. We bring our first fruits of all that the Lord gives us into His house. This is the material that God uses to bring blessing back to us.
Finally, we learn to expect a miracle. We are looking to God as our source, we are consistently sowing seed; harvest is inevitable. All of our seeds that we sow are filled with miracles. Actually there is a miracle in every seed.

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