A law of sowing and reaping exists in the natural and spiritual realms. Second Corinthians 9:6 says, “He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” It’s a law that works. But many believers have not understood the importance of this biblical principle, especially in the area of finances.
We know we can receive our needs met by faith in God’s Word just as we can receive healing or any other blessing found in God’s Word.
We can also be blessed materially through a manifestation of the Holy Spirit. An example of this is the widow woman in the Old Testament. God spoke to her through the prophet Elijah. Although a famine was in the land, her oil cruse kept pouring oil and the meal barrel kept giving her meal (1 Kings 17:16). For her, that was just as good as having money.
That was a supernatural manifestation. When we faithfully obey God and sow seed, we can receive supernatural manifestations in the area of finances.
The manifestations of the Holy Spirit, however, are as He wills. We can’t make them happen. But whether there is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit or not, we always have the Word to act on.
There’s another side to faith in God’s Word for finances. We can’t reap a crop naturally or supernaturally without sowing seed. If we haven’t planted tomatoes in our backyard, we can’t say, “I’m going to pick some tomatoes.”
If a farmer hasn’t plowed a field and planted cotton seed, he can’t say, “I’m going to pick cotton tomorrow.” If cotton hasn’t been planted, he is not going to pick any cotton!
People often miss it in this area when it comes to faith for finances. They want God to bless them, and it’s amazing how He’ll have mercy on them and help them sometimes. But oftentimes, they’re trying to exercise faith principles to reap a crop when nothing has been planted!
We can’t out-give God. If we sow seeds bountifully in faith and obedience, we will reap a bountiful harvest! Kenneth E. Hagin
Faith for Finances
From my experience throughout my many years of preaching faith, I think more people fail when it comes to faith for finances than anything else. The reason is that they’re trying to exercise faith, but they haven’t planted any seed.
Luke 6:38 tells us, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
Let’s look again at our first scripture.
2 Corinthians 9:6
6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
There is a law of sowing and reaping that many believers have yet to tap into. As a result, they have not prospered in the way God wants them to. If we want to receive a bountiful crop, we have to sow bountifully. So let’s be faithful to obey the Word by paying our tithes and giving offerings. And let’s be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit as He directs us specifically to give. We can’t out-give God. If we sow seeds bountifully in faith and obedience, we will reap a bountiful harvest!
[Editor’s Note: This article was adapted from Kenneth E. Hagin’s book Biblical Keys to Financial Prosperity.]
Kenneth E. Hagin
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