Saturday, January 5, 2008

Creativity - The Missing Link to Godly Wealth and Riches

As a result, Jacob's flocks increased rapidly, and he became very wealthy, with many servants, camels, and donkeys. --Gen. 30:43

I once read a well-meaning author summarize the top 7 ways for someone to become wealthy today. He said that you either have to 1. inherit it; 2. marry it; 3. work for it; 4. win it; 5. steal it or deal it; 6. gamble for it or 7. invest for it. But God, in His Word, tells us that He is trying to get us (the believer) to come up and live the "high life." He is trying to move us into a wealthy place. The Word of God tells us that Jesus came that we may enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10 AMP.

But this raises a huge question. Why aren't a lot of Believer's enjoying life? Why aren't we walking in the abundance? Abraham had an abundance. Isaac had an abundance. Jacob had an abundance. So why can't you enjoy an abundance? God made a pact with Grand-pop Abraham that He would bless his seed. Everything that would flow from his loins would be blessed. And Galatians 3:29 tells us that we are indeed eligible:If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. So now that we agree that we are eligible, how does God make His people wealthy, prosperous or rich? Through creativity!

By definition, creativity is the ability or power to create. God is creativity. And since God wants us to strive to cultivate Christ-like characteristics, we are called to reflect God's creative attributes.

Staying Connected

What then, can we do to experience a greater release of divine creativity through our own lives? Insights are provided in the gospel of John, where Jesus Christ said, "I am the Vine; you are the branches. He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same will bring forth much fruit." Divine creativity - like all of God's characteristics - grows in proportion to our "connectedness" to Him. If we want to be more creative, we must draw closer to God. We are destined to express divine creativity. But how? Is creativity an end in itself? Or is creativity a means to an end?

For we are God's own handiwork, (His workmanship)...that we might do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us...(Eph. 2:10).

This Bible verse reveals that God created each of us for a purpose. Creativity is one of the gifts God has given us to achieve that purpose. Until we discover our own unique purpose, we will often be pestered by the question, "What am I to do with my life, why and how?

As a hint, in Deuteronomy 8:18, the Scriptures make reference to God, when it says that it is He Who gives you power (ability) to get wealth. In other words, God gives us the divine creativity, strategies and ideas to get the necessary wealth in our lives.

In the case of Jacob, the Scripture above says that Jacob became very wealthy. But how? He didn't inherit it, (even though his dad was a billionaire); marry it; work for it; win it; steal it or deal it; gamble for it or even invest in the Stock Market for it. But with God's help, he created it.

Although Jacob was working under a dishonest and conniving boss, Uncle Laban, he was connected with God's source of creative ideas. As Jacob was recounting how he became so blessed, he told Laban's daughter, Rachel and Leah, that even though their father had deceived him and changed his wages ten times, God protected him and gave him a divine strategy to come out of his dilemma. In fact, God (in the form of an Angel) visited him in a dream and gave him the blueprint for success. (See Gen. 31:11)

Opening the Windows of Heaven

There have been days working in ministry where I find myself fleeing from non-creative people to prevent them from killing my ideas and vision. One of the hard truths that I have come to grips with while serving in the local church is that creative people and great ideas are in short supply. I am not just talking about people who are artistic but people who have fresh ideas, new insights and like blazing trails. And I believe that one of the main reasons why this is the case is because of how many relate to the tithe. You probably say, what does tithing have to do with creativity? EVERYTHING!

Malachi 3:10 tells us that when we bring tithes to the storehouse (the local church where we are fed), that God would open the windows of Heaven and pour us out a blessing. Most people believe that the phrase pour you out a blessing means that the Lord is going to give you the things you need. So tithers think that they will go to sleep one night and the next morning they would awake and all that they were believing God for would manifest in their life, home or bank account. But that is not true. The Greek mentality (Western culture) thinks that pour out a blessing means the finished product. However, the Hebraic mindset is different.

In Hebrew, there are two words for blessing: baruch and barucha. Baruch is the finished product, the thing you're looking for; whereas barucha is what you say over your food before you eat (a blessing) or a benediction. In Latin, benediction comes from two words, bene - good, diction - words. Together they mean good words. So now we see that the prophet Malachi was conveying a different message from God than we have expected.

In Hebrew, Malachi 3:10 means that God was saying something else: "If you bring all the tithes into My storehouse, I will then open up the windows of Heaven and pour through that window a flow of good words." In other words, God has been promising us that when we consistently tithe, we are to expect the windows of Heaven to be opened and He will then pour out a flow (an ongoing continuous bombardment) of words (creative ideas, witty inventions, strategies, solutions, etc.) or barucha!

God has promised us creativity. Our tithe keeps us connected to God. Consistent tithing believers should be some of the most creative people on earth. That is a great deal. When I pay my tithes (take the first 1/10th or 10% of everything that comes into my life to increase me) God speaks back to me with creative ideas, strategies and thoughts. I am inventive because I tithe. I am creative, because I tithe. I receive strategies from God to be victorious, because I tithe. I must tithe, so that the windows of Heaven remain open over my life, so I can hear Him when he speaks.

I believe that there are some real good Christians in the earth. But many times it seems that God is talking or answering back when you pray. But like in the natural, it is easier to hear a voice when a window is opened versus shut. A window does two things: it lets in light and fresh air. This speaks of fresh revelation." We need our windows opened. God says, prove Me. See won't this work.

The Bible says that when God got finished giving Jacob a strategy to defeat the oppression and trickery of Laban, that Jacob increased and became exceedingly rich. If He did for Jacob, He'll do it for you.

Perry Mallory is Founder and President of http://www.Armorbearing.com and the Ministry of Helps Institute. Through his passion of God and his pursuit of purpose, Perry has ignited thousands of believers into greater levels of service in their local churches by causing a mobilization of gifts, talents and abilities in the body of Christ through strong impartations of teaching, preaching, training and ministering. Perry, an associate pastor, as well as a teacher in IBTC (International Bible Training Center in Bronx, NY), travels the globe teaching and ministering the importance of serving God and others. He is often used to train armorbearers, adjutants, associate pastors, and laypersons how to succeed by serving. He conducts very effective workshops for churches and has become a "pastor's friend" because of the assistance he provides for leaders by teaming with the pastor to mobilize their congregation.

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