If you would, open your Bibles with me to the book of
Ecclesiastes chapter eleven. Ecclesiastes chapter eleven.
Solomon had some words of wisdom that he is relaying to us
this evening. In Ecclesiastes chapter eleven, verse one, it
1. Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after
Look at verse four
4. He that observeth the wind (I'm in the amplified tonight)
shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
5. As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how
the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even
so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
6. In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold
not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper,
either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for
the opportunity to be in Your house one more time. Father,
let Your Word go forth unhindered by the forces of darkness,
unhindered by the works of the flesh.
Hide Your son behind the cross, that Your people would see
You and not me. And Father, I decrease that You would
increase. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of
my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength,
and my Redeemer. In Jesus' Name, amen.
When we look at the book of Ecclesiastes in chapter eleven,
the preacher was saying to us, "You don't know when you're
going to reap." Some people look as if they're going to plant
a seed and immediately receive that harvest. Some people
(glory to God) think that once they plant one seed, that's it.
But God is looking for somebody to keep on sowing and
sowing and sowing and sowing.
When we look at money, I began to ask God, "What's the
problem with finances?" God said, "The problem with
finances is attitude."
When I looked at the word "attitude," it meant, "opinion."
What has happened is, we allow our opinions from our past
experiences dictate (glory to God) our financial wealth of
sowing into the Kingdom of God. We have become
opinionated. We have allowed our experiences to cause us to
form an opinion about God.
Let me tell you what happens when we form a negative
opinion about God. It blocks (glory to God) that flow that
was about to come to you. It dams up that dam of living
water that was trying to flow to you. Glory to God.
But if I get my attitude right... Oh, hallelujah to Jesus. If I
allow myself to form the right opinions, no good thing will He
withhold from them that walk uprightly. Come on, give God
a handclap of praise tonight.
If I wait for conditions to be perfect, I'm going to miss out on
my blessing. Many of us don't think (glory to God) that we
are to sow at certain times. But it said sow in the morning
and sow in the evening, because you don't know which one is
going to bring the harvest.
We plant one time, and it's all over. Do you hear what I'm
saying tonight? We sow a little seed one time, and we think
(glory to God) the storehouse is going to open up on us. But
the Bible said He provides seed to the sower.
If I become a real sower, I don't have to worry about the seed
to sow. Because the one (glory to God) that provides it is
going to make sure that I have it. Glory to God.
We sow sparingly. Shall we reap also sparingly? But He's
looking for somebody that's willing to plant bountifully. You
want a bountiful blessing? Then you got to sow bountifully.
If you want abundance, you got to sow abundantly. It's the
law and the principle of the Word of God. The same measure
that I mete, it shall be met back to me again.
Saints of God, God gave me this word on finance tonight,
because there are too many people in the house of God going
through about finance. But He said the problem is not the
source. The problem is the attitude.
When we look in First Timothy, it says, "For the love of
money is the root of all evil." Glory to God. The wrong
attitude about the finance is the root of all evil.
Our opinion about God is one way about healing. But then
we form another opinion about God about saving people in
our household that are not saved. And yet we form another
opinion about God about how He's going to provide for us.
But He said, "I'm the same yesterday, today, and
forevermore. I am the Lord thy God and I change not."
If He said it, then that settles it. What is your attitude about
We trust in the world's system-stocks and bonds, investments
all over the place. And what we do is, we take a risk (oh
hallelujah, somebody) on what man has to say about my
increase. But if I can take a risk on man with something I've
worked to the bone for, how come I can't take a risk on my
We can tie up our money everywhere. We put a little bit of it
here, and we put a little bit of it there. But then when it's time
for sowing to the Kingdom, we don't have access to it,
because it's got to stay here for seven years. You don't hear
me. It blocks the flow of the blessing. The Kingdom of God
is the best investment that we could ever make.
Saints, I don't know what you got in your bank account. And
I don't know what you got in your pocket. But let me tell you
something. If you want to get out of where you are... Oh,
you look like you're satisfied where you are. Oh, you don't
hear me tonight. If you're going to get out from where you
are, you're going to have to give your way out of where you
Ain't no such thing about the preacher wants your money. He
got to give the Word of God so that you can be blessed. Oh, I
feel the Holy Ghost.
Let me tell you what they did in the Old Testament. The
priest was a part of the house. And when they brought the
offering (glory to God) they brought it to the priest. And the
priest took a part. Oh, you don't hear me tonight. If your
pastor is blessed, you'll be blessed.
Saints of God, He's speaking tonight. There is a lack that has
been in the body of Christ. There was a widow woman in the
book of First Kings chapter seventeen. There was a lack that
was in her house. Let me go there with you today.
But the question is, how did she respond to her lack? That's
the question tonight. How did she respond to her lack? In
First Kings chapter seventeen. I'm slow tonight. Let me get
there. Beginning with verse ten, it said,
10. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to
the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there
gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I
pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
11. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and
said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
12. And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a
cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a
cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in
and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
Here's instruction. Elijah said to her,
13. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast
said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto
me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
How do we respond to lack? How do we respond to
14. For thus saith the LORD (in verse fourteen) God of
Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the
cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain
upon the earth.
15. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah:
and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
Your attitude about the instruction for receiving your blessing
will dictate your blessing. Let me say that again. Many of us
receive the instruction that God is giving us to get out of the
lack of where we are. But instead of responding (oh, you
don't hear me tonight) in the way that we need to respond to
the instruction from God, we get upset, and we get angry, and
we turn God off.
But it's our attitude that dictates our blessing. The wrong
attitude will mess up your blessing. But the right attitude will
cause you to eat for many days.
My attitude, my opinion about God has got to line up with
what He said about it. It's got to line up. We got to change
our opinion about Him. Because we think that He's a
respecter of persons. We think that sister so and so got it, but
God ain't going to give it to me. He said, "I'm not a respecter
of persons. But how does she respond to the instructions that
I gave her?" She was like the widow with the mites. She
gave her last.
Saints of God, if you want to get out of where you are, then
you need to sow a seed. I refuse to be a hypocrite, so I've
sown a seed. Oh, you don't hear me. I sow into the Kingdom
of God. When there's a need that I have, I know what I have
to do. I reach into what I don't have (you don't hear me), and
I give it to Him that has everything. And He causes my lack
Saints of God, she had the right attitude. She had it. The
Bible said in Second Chronicles twenty, twenty, "Believe in
the Lord your God. So shall ye be established. Believe his
prophets," and what? "So shall ye prosper."
We want to hear a word form the Lord. And God can tell you
what's going on from A to Z in your life. But that same
prophet can tell you that you need to sow a seed, and you
know he ain't heard from God. Wait a minute.
Saints, I don't believe in telling you how much to sow. Some
prophets I believe God did speak to them and tell them that
people need to sow a certain amount. I believe that. All of
them are not Reverend Ikes.
You are wondering...(tongues)...how you're going to make it
tomorrow. You're wondering how you're going to pay that
rent. You're wondering how you're going to make that car
note. You don't hear me tonight. Every time you turn
around, the school is nickel and diming you every day. I give
my children more money in a week than you can imagine.
You need what?
The right attitude, the right opinion about God is going to take
us where we need to go.
Saints of God, let me say this. Many of us are in a place of
what we'll call debt. We know what that is, right?
Something owed to somebody else. But Proverbs twenty-two
and verse seven says, "The rich rule over the poor, and the
borrower is servant to the lender."
In Romans thirteen and verse eight it says, "Owe no man
nothing but to love him. And then you've fulfilled the law
once you've done that." The Bible declares that we are the
head and not the tail. But we find ourselves in debt.
God is not upset with you because you're in debt. But God
wants us to get out of debt. He knows the mistakes that we
make. But once we make them, most of us keep making them
over and over again. But we got to stop.
Let me tell you something. He's an ever-present help in the
time of trouble. In the Book of Second Kings chapter six...
Will you go there with me? Let me show you how God wants
to help us. In Second Kings chapter six, verse one through
verse five, it says,
And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now,
the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.
2. Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every
man a beam, (Remember I'm in the amplified.) and let us
make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he
answered, Go ye.
3. And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy
servants. And he answered, I will go.
4. So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan,
they cut down wood.
5. But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the
water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was
What's the big deal about that? Iron was very, very hard to
come by then. And so the axe head was made of iron. And
that's why he said, "Lord, alas, it is borrowed," because it was
But let me show you what God did.
6. And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed
him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither;
and the iron did swim.
7. Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his
hand, and took it.
When you are working honestly and you are working hard
(oh, you don't hear me) and you fall into a place of debt, God
can work a miracle to make sure what was borrowed is
returned. Oh, you don't hear me tonight. That's a revelation.
When you are on your job working hard every day and there
is a debt that is acquired, God will work a miracle for you to
make sure that debt is paid.
The axe head floated back to the top of the water. He worked
a miracle. But sometimes He won't work a miracle right
Turn with me to Second Kings four. In Second Kings chapter
four, verse one through seven, it said,
1. Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons
of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband
is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD:
and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be
2. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me,
what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid
hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.
3. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy
neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
Listen. Sometimes He doesn't work a miracle right away.
Sometimes He has to allow us to use our own resources and
the management of those resources. He wants us to take it
step by step from the instruction that we receive before He
gets us out of the debt that we are in. But too many times we
don't wait on instruction.
3. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy
neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
4. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon
thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those
vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.
5. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and
upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured
6. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she
said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her,
There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.
7. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go,
sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of
Let me tell you something. When God pays a debt for you,
He doesn't just want to give you the money to pay the debt.
He wants you to have something left to live on. Too many
people are robbing Peter. What? To pay Paul. But if I would
listen to instruction of the Word of God, He's going to make
sure I pay my debt and have something left to live on. That's
what He's going to do.
Saints of God, hear instruction. As sure as I be a prophet of
God, you need to sow a seed.
You've been calling folks trying to get loans. Now you got
loans to the capacity, and trying to get another one to cover
that one. God will give you the necessary finance to pay the
debt. And the rest is yours to live on. You don't have to sell
your children into slavery.
That's what we're doing in America. We used to be a country
(glory to God) that was above. We were in the black. Now
we're in the red. We used to be lenders and not borrowers.
Now we're borrows and can barely lend anything.
What we're doing to our children is just what happened to this
widow woman. We are selling our children into slavery,
because there's not going to be anything left for them. You
don't hear me tonight. We get so bogged down in the debts
that we have. But the Bible says a good man leaves his
children an inheritance. But we keep trying to consume more
and more. We want more and more and more and more.
Saints of God, it's time to receive instruction. It's time to
come out of debt. It's time to trust in the Lord our God.
In the book (glory to God) of First Chronicles chapter twenty-one... And we're almost finished tonight. We find David in a
peculiar place. In verse one of chapter twenty-one, in the
amplified it said that Satan caused David to stand up and
number Israel. In other words, he took a census. He took a
count of how many people there were in Israel.
If you look in chapter twenty, you will see that there was war
after war after war after war. And every time they went to
war, they won the war. But at that time they were trusting in
But when David took a census of the people, the Bible said it
displeased the Lord. Why? Because he was not trusting in
God any more. He was trusting in his own resources. He had
formed an opinion about the battles he had won.
Many of us have formed opinions about the financial
struggles (glory to God) that we have overcome. But once we
stop trusting in God, it will surely displease the Lord.
So God sent His prophet Gad to him. He said, "Tell David
that he has three options, three different options." He could
either have a famine for three years. Is that right? The last
one was a plague for three days, wasn't it? Somebody tell me
what the first one was. The second one. And the third one.
Saints, it seemed as though it was a hard thing. Just because
he numbered Israel... You see, when I take my eyes off of
Him and I start looking at me, when I take my eyes off of my
supply, supplier, it's going to cause problems.
So he chose the plague for three days. And there were
thousands, thousands of people in Israel that were destroyed
because of the plague. And David cried out to the Lord.
And he said, "I need to build an altar, but not just any altar."
David owned all the land in Israel. But God didn't want him
to build an altar and make the sacrifice on his own land. He
had to go to Onan to get his land from him.
But let me tell you what David told him. He said, "I need
your land so that I can make this sacrifice." And he said,
"Charge me the full..." I want you to listen. "Charge me the
Onan knew the condition and the state that Israel was in. He
said, "No. Take the land and take whatever you need."
But this is what David said. David said, "I will not offer
anything unto the Lord that didn't cost me anything."
Let me tell you something. The body of Christ has got to get
out of that mentality that I want something for nothing. Oh,
you don't hear me. Let me say that again. We've got to get
out of the mentality that we want something for nothing.
He said, "I want to pay full price for it." Full price. When I
get something for God, I should get the best. When I do
something for the Lord, I should do my best, the best sacrifice
I could possibly give.
That's why tithe and offerings is such a blessing to the Lord.
He said, "The tenth is holy unto Me." Why? Because you've
worked all week long. He said, "I want mine." But we want
to give Him something after we pay half of our bills. Because
it ain't enough to pay all of them.
The whole thing. He said, "I want to pay the full cost." Even
though David made a mistake, when it came down to it, he
got the right attitude.
You and I have made mistakes. Let me tell you what it comes
down to tonight. It comes down to our attitude. If you want
to get out of the situation that you're in, get your attitude
right. And when the Lord prompts you to give a certain
amount... Let me tell you something, darling. It ain't the
devil telling you to give that hundred dollars. The devil don't
want God's house blessed.
Whatever He tells you to give, that's what you give. But we
form an opinion (and we're almost finished) about God, that
if I got a thousand dollars in my pocket He's going to ask for
that whole thousand. We form that opinion.
And so we're scared to bring our checkbook to church. Hello,
somebody. We'll only put a certain amount of money in our
wallet, knowing that we got more. And we'll leave the rest in
our drawer, because we've got an opinion about God that
He's going to ask for all of it. But baby, I'd rather for my
God to ask for all of it. Oh, I feel the Holy Ghost.
Saints, it's time to change our attitudes. It's alright to be
wise, but it's not alright to be stingy.
In the book of Acts chapter five, we find two people in the
New Testament church, Annanias and Saphhira. They were
supposed to sell that property that they had and bring (glory to
God) the money that they made off of it to the Lord. But
Annanias had the wrong attitude. How many of you know
that if you walk with somebody that got the wrong attitude,
sometimes it'll cause you to get the wrong attitude?
He came into the house of God before the man of God. And
the man of God said, "Did you sell it for so much?" And he
said, "Yeah. I sold it for that." The Bible said he fell dead
and gave up the ghost.
But his wife didn't know what had happened. So when she
came in, he asked her the same question. And she said yes
too. And she fell dead and gave up the ghost.
Let me explain something to you. This was the beginning of
the new church. When God is doing something new He won't
allow you, me, or anybody else to mess up what He is doing.
And if He's got to take you out, sugar, He'll take you out.
They were supposed to have all things common. But they had
the wrong attitude. The wrong attitude will mess you up. It'll
mess you up.
You remember Achan, A-c-h-a-n? He wasn't supposed to
Well you might say, "Preacher, that's a
little extreme. I don't think God is going to do that in these
Let me tell you something. I don't know if He'll do it exactly
like that. But every time you open up your cabinet you'll be
like Old Mother Hubbard who went to the cupboard, and the
cupboard was bear.
Saints, do what you are supposed to do. You don't know if
this seed is going to bring you harvest, and you don't know if
the next one is going to bring you harvest. But trust in the
Lord Your God. Because once you plant it, He is the one
that's going to give the increase.
Come on, give God a handclap of praise.