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Key #4 – Tithe and Give
Jesus’ life was the expression of God’s love for people. Everything He did was to show them God’s salvation-to deliver THE BLESSING to them and to deliver them from the curse. Jesus enjoyed His life, His friends and everything He had received as God’s Son. Everything about His life was an investment in people to whom God led Him.

Through the principles of tithing and giving, we have opportunity to invest into the lives of people as God leads us. Tithing gets God involved in our finances. According to the words of the prophet in Malachi 3:11, tithing protects the assets God has given us: “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes.”

For Ken and me tithing is part of our worship. When we locked into God’s Word on tithing, our lives began to change. Proverbs 3:9-10, for example, tells us to “honor the Lord with your capital and sufficiency…and with the firstfruits of all your income; so shall your storage places be filled with plenty…” (The Amplified Bible). So, we set our tithe apart, pray over it, thank God for what He has done for us and for what our tithe will do for the ministry of the gospel. We place it into ministry where He tells us.

You may say, “I will have to become more prosperous before I can tithe.” You would be living backward doing that. Tithing is the basis for your prosperity…the foundation of increase for your life. Once you make the decision to tithe, regardless of your circumstances, prosperity will come.

In fact, you’ll find yourself looking for every opportunity to sow into the good works of ministry and into people’s lives. The truth of 2 Corinthians 9:7-11 will become a reality in your life.
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. (NKJV)
Our tithing and giving are fundamental to opening the door for God to bring increase to our lives.

Jesus said it, and I believe and constantly speak it over our lives and ministry: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom…” (Luke 6:38).

Key #5 – Believe and Say
Believing and saying are the final things that bring increase to your life. I say that with all confidence, because I’ve been doing both for more than 42 years and my life continues to increase. Ken and I have lived day by day, step by step, taking hold of God’s truth about every area of life-believing, confessing and receiving all His Word promises. We are living proof of it all.

Romans 10:8-10, NKJV, makes it clear:
The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
We have discovered that the same way we received our salvation by believing and confessing, we receive all God has for us…health, good relationships, deliverance, increase.

That’s how we experience everyday life and how we deal with any distracting circumstances that come up. We go to the Word of God to find what He says about it. His Word contains the solution to every problem. It is health to our bodies. It leads us to reconciliation in all our relationships. It shows us the way to prosperity and increase in our lives.

The day we began to trust God and His promises, everything about our lives changed. We believed, and we have been believing ever since. To seal His promises in our lives, we say what the Word has to say about everything!

Romans 10:17 says, “Faith cometh by hearing…the word of God.” Now, hearing is hearing! It may begin with seeing the words on the page of your Bible, but the Word of God coming out your own mouth into your own ears-it becomes faith and it changes things!

First faith changes things in your heart and you begin to think differently…you begin to think the way God thinks. Then you begin to see things differently, the way God sees things. And when you see the truth of God’s Word, it takes over your life. You begin to increase in all the things of God!

Key #6 – Be Transformed
If people don’t learn how to think according to God’s Word, things in their lives will either stay the same or get worse. That’s why the Apostle Paul says to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2, NKJV).

God needs you and me to be living proof to our world that His will for their lives, and everything that comes with His will, is always good and acceptable and perfect for them.

That’s the whole purpose of these seven things being part of your life. They will change you according to God’s Word so you can live and move in the realm of the spirit—the realm where your increased life begins—the realm where the world will sit up and take notice, and so desire what you have that they will come to Jesus!

God has promised us by His Word that we can walk in truth and obedience, we can be faithful and diligent, we can tithe and give, and we can believe with our hearts and say with our mouths. In other words, we can increase in the things of God, every day and in every way. There is no better time to bring His increase to your life than right now!

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Author Biography

Gloria Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God's WORD to their lives.

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