Increase Your Ability
We embraced teachings that were passed on to us – “Held fast”
These teachings reflect where our Mothers and Fathers were
We’re in a different place from our Fathers and Mothers
What God tells you to do in one place is different
from what He tells you to do in the place of Promise
ex. Abraham at Mt Moriah
The manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land.
And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel,
but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
In the place of Promise, God’s plan is for us to Work for Increase
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
God created us with the Ability to Increase
God blessed them. And God said to them,
“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it.”
Jesus is very clear – He expects us to Work our Ability to cause Increase
His lord said to [the servant who caused increase],
‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things,
I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
That’s what your reward will be based on – did you Increase what He gave you?
If you are a believer, you will not be judged on your righteousness
Your righteousness is based on your faith in Jesus
1 Cor 3:12–15
Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw – 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.
14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
You will be judged “good and faithful” – if you Increased what He gave you
God only gives you what you can handle – what you have the ability for
Your ability is not fixed
You can Increase your ability & capacity – “The power to contain or hold”
“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much.” – Luke 16:10
For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance;
but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. – Matt 25:29
God’s increases you when you increase your Ability & Capacity
He turns you from a Servant into a Ruler
Remember – you have to work in 2 Dimensions: the heavens & the earth
2 Kings 4:2-6
So Elisha said to her, "What do you have in the house?"
And she said, "Nothing but a jar of oil."
3 Then he said, "Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors — empty vessels; do not gather just a few.
4 …then pour it into all those vessels."
5 So she went and she poured it out.
6 Now when the vessels were full and there was not another vessel, the oil ceased.
God is going to do what we make room for Him to do
2 Kings 3:9, 16-17
There was no water for the army, nor for the animals that followed them.
16 [Elisha] said, "Thus says the Lord: 'Make this valley full of ditches.'
17 For thus says the Lord: 'You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink.'
It starts with changing the structure
"Sing, O barren, you who have not borne!
Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who have not labored with child!
For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman,"
says the Lord.
2 "Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.
3 For you shall expand to the right and to the left.
What is our structure that we must change? Transform our mind
The way we think – the way we operate
Put in New Information – Increase your knowledge
Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Increase yourself before God can cause Increase in your life
Grow yourself before God can cause Growth in your life
You say you want your life to be better…
We spend money to ‘look’ better & ‘feel’ better
But we don’t spend money to ‘be’ better – to improve in a specific area
What do I need to do to increase my capacity?
You want Financial Increase
How have you changed your personal financial structure?
· Have you made a budget?
· Have you started saving?
· Have you read a book to expand your knowledge?
You want better Health
Prayer lines & medication
Relationship – Emotional growth
God gets excited when we seek to increase our ability!
He will give you more than what you ask for
1 Kings 3:7–13
Solomon asked for “wisdom and an understanding mind”
10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.
13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor.