September 7 – Strike It Rich
«And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.»
One of the problems that hung around me for years was poverty. But I remember the day I decided I wasn’t going to be poor anymore. I was reading in the Word where it says that the blessing of Abraham has come upon the Gentiles by Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:14). Then I got down to the twenty-ninth verse where it says, «If ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE.» Suddenly the truth hit me. I got so excited I could hardly stand myself.
I turned back over to Deuteronomy 28 and–line by line–I read those promised blessings. «Blessed in the city, blessed in the country. Blessed going out, blessed coming in. Blessed in your barns, blessed in your fields, blessed in all the works of your hands.» Man, I had struck it rich!
I’d been going to school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I was living in a dumpy little house nobody would want to live in. But when I read those promises in the Word, I saw the light. I realized God already had redeemed me from the curse of poverty.
Well, that afternoon in my back bedroom, I took my Bible in my hand and I said: «I want to announce to Almighty God in heaven and to Jesus Christ of Nazareth, to all the angels of heaven, to all the demons of hell, and to anybody else that cares anything about hearing it, that from this day forward my needs are met according to God’s riches in glory by Christ Jesus.»
I told Him, «I’m standing on Your Word, and I’m looking to You to take care of me. I’ll never ask a man for a dollar.»
That was many years ago and I never have. You know why? Because that decision connected me to the power of God. It’ll do the same for you.