We’re living in a time of increase. In our day, God is bringing phenomenal increase in the earth. This church is to increasing. His body is going to increase. His people are going to experience supernatural increase on an unprecedented level. The question: “Are we as individuals going to be in the flow of that increase?” Are you going to be part of it or will you be standing on the sidelines watching other believers experience supernatural blessing?
Just because God is bringing increase to His people, doesn’t mean every believer will automatically experience it. Those who passively say, “God, it’s up to you. If you want me to be blessed, then bless me,” are probably not going to see God’s highest and best.
Increase is more than just a financial blessing, although that’s an important part, but it’s also an increase of peace, joy, good health and harmonious relationships. How will individuals experience all these wonderful facets of supernatural increase? Only as they align yourselves with God’s plan for increase in the local church.
The local church? Yes. You can only experience the power of God to the degree that you align yourself with His purposes. God never dispenses His power apart from His purpose. And God is going to fulfill His purposes largely through local churches. It’s primarily through churches that the people are going to be reached.
“Let him that stole, steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give him that needeth.” (Eph. 4:28)
According to this verse, if you’re laboring and not giving to “him that needeth”, you’re taking from those in need. What’s the greatest need? To hear the Gospel and be saved. Of course, God wants us to have things to enjoy. He wants to give us all things richly to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17)
But the primary reason God wants to bring increase to you to enable you to be a blessing to others – especially by financing the spread of the Gospel. This part of the supply you bring to the church. If you’re laboring only to acquire things, you’re robbing others of your supply and robbing yourself of the blessings that God gives to the giver. When you give to bless others, God makes sure to receive a blessing to yourself.