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Mining from years on the frontlines of prophetic ministry and overseeing the Bethel School of. Supernatural Ministry, bestselling author Kris Vallotton takes you. Read The Supernatural Ways of Royalty PDF Discovering Your Rights and Privileges of Being a Son or Daughter of God Ebook by Kris. —Kris Vallotton. Leader, Bethel Church, Redding, California. Co-Founder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. Author of eight books including, The.

You are on page 1of Search inside document The message in this book is so potent that it could incite a revolution of thought, heart, and action in the Body of Christ! We've experienced a Reformation in the Church, but now it's time for a Kingly Invasion to come forth. Kris Vallotton's goal is to demolish the "slave mind-set" and thrust true believers forward into authentic faith, power, and impact. The Supernatural Ways of Royalty will change your life! James W.

They always feel like their resources are limited. They believe that when someone else receives something, it takes away some of the provision that could be theirs. They surmise that someone else's blessing costs them. The story of the prodigal son from Luke 15 illustrates this point clearly. Having squandered his inheritance, the youngest son came home seeking refuge.

His father was so excited to see him that he threw him a party. He had been saving the fattened calf for such an occasion, and finally it was time to celebrate. Everyone came to the festivity except for the elder brother; he stayed out in the field.

When his father didn't see the older brother at the party, he went looking for him. He found him outside alone. The older brother yelled, "You gave him the fattened calf, but you haven't even given me a goat! He looked at his son, staring into his soul with the eyes of a loving father and said, "I gave him the fattened calf, but you own the farm" summarized from Luke Why in the world did the older brother hang out waiting for his father to give him a goat when he owned the whole farm?

He failed to recognize that he was a son and not a servant. The revelation of our true identity will destroy the spirit of poverty in our lives. Until that happens we will keep thinking that there are limits on what we get to have. As a result, we are jealous of anyone who receives something that we don't have.

This leaks into all aspects of our lives including work, friends, and positions within the church. We have lost sight of the fact that we don't just work on the farm. We are sons and daughters of the Owner, and our Dad has plenty! I believe this revelation will totally change the way we think and plan for our futures.

Most of us are still looking at our provision what our bank statement says to help us determine our vision, and therefore are living within our means instead of His blessings. For example, if we are constructing a new building, we argue that we must give up some other project to cover the cost. Yet we have been called to live beyond reason and far beyond the borders of our own abilities.

If we can't do any more than mere men, then let us not tell others we are a part of the church of a living God. We have to accomplish more than the Elk's Club if we are going to call God our Dad.

This requires us to live by faith in God's provision. When we daily trust God for our substance then we will tap into Heaven's resources. I know that there is a real need for true Castle Tramps or Palace Princes 33 stewardship in the Body of Christ but much of what is called stewardship in the Church is simply fear that has disguised itself as wisdom. Did you get that? He said, "God will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory!

Many times I have asked people what they do for a living. Some of them say, "I live by faith. I depend on people to donate to my ministry. This ideology is problematic. If we stop living by faith when we start receiving a regular income, then we reduce our provision down to our ability to perform instead of the Lord's ability to provide. The pauper mentality can be found in every level of society and in all walks of life. A person's bank account is no indication of whether they are experiencing the provision of God or not.

Someone can have a lot of things but still feel insecure fearing something could happen to them and they'd lose it all. When paupers acquire money or things they tend to get their identity from them. The truth is that a man is not measured by what he has but by what has him.

Some people own houses, but sometimes it seems that houses own people. When we live just to get things or work so much that we don't have time for the important relationships that we have in our lives, I wonder if we own things or if they own us. The way I see it is that there is a difference between being rich and being wealthy. Wealthy people refuse to be reduced to their balance sheet and their wealth never has them. They don't worry about the money because they know there will always be enough.

Rich people's self-esteem is attached directly to their "Profit and Loss Statement.

I don't mean that we shouldn't have great work habits. When a pauper gets a lot of money, the question that needs to be answered is,"Did God gain a fortune or lose a man? Princes own things, but they never let things own them. The result is that they are able to experience the worry-free life Jesus promised and are free to seek first the kingdom, knowing that all they need will be added to them.

The promised land of princehood is filled with the Father's blessings. He wants to lavish His love on us, pour out His blessings in us, and give more than we can contain.

The Psalms put it best, "How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever" Ps.

Somehow we unintentionally reproduce that same destructive culture in ourselves and in those around us. There are a few common ways that this happens in us. One of the ways we tether ourselves to the past is by reacting to those who abused us and spending our lives trying not to be like them.

I have counseled a lot people over the years and have observed a common pattern among many of them: People typically become like the person they most despise.

Alcoholics for instance, are commonly raised by alcoholic parents. I personally have never met a child molester who wasn't a victim of molestation. At some point in the counseling session, there's nearly always a statement like,"I swore I would never be like the person who abused me, but I have become just like them.

In spite of struggling not to be like my stepfathers through most of my early life, I started becoming an angry man just like them. My temper was already growing out of control. I remember one of those times distinctly. A customer came in to pick up his car, but we were running late and it wasn't finished. He had somewhere he needed to be so he was a little upset. He kept coming into the shop and asking if we were done.

The third time he came in, I got so mad that I grabbed a two-foot long wrench and threw it all the way across the shop at him. It was a good thing that he ducked because it barely missed his head. Another time, I was working on a truck for several days. It was a fourwheel drive, and I had to sit inside the engine compartment to do the work. When I finally got the heads back on the engine and started it up, the problem that I thought I had fixed was still there.

I was livid! I picked a large sledgehammer and went after the truck, intending to destroy it. My boss saw me heading for the vehicle, yelling with my hammer in my hand, so he rushed over and tackled me to the ground. He held me there until I calmed down. One day I was reading the Old Testament and began to receive insight about my struggle through the story of Jacob and his father-in-law.

Jacob was a trickster by nature. His name actually means "deceiver. A few chapters later, Jacob married into a family that gave him some of his own medicine. He worked for his father-in-law, Laban, for seven years so that he could marry Laban's daughter Rachel. When he woke up on the honeymoon morning, Leah was in his bed. Laban had neglected to tell him that their family tradition dictated that the oldest daughter marry first.

He finagled another seven years of work out of Jacob with this trick because Jacob still wanted Rachel. Thankfully he got her on credit! He received her a week later and then paid for her in small monthly installments over the next seven years. After 14 years of mistrust and dishonesty, Jacob was ready to leave. Dungeons and Dragons 37 He told his father-in-law to give him what was his so he could go his own way. Laban was no fool. He knew that Jacob was making him a fortune. Laban told Jacob to name his wage and stay with him.

Jacob knew that no matter what his wages were, his father-in-law would find some way to cheat him out of it. He said, "You have changed my wage ten times! These animals would become his wage.

They struck a deal. I am sure that Laban thought that he got to Jacob again as there were probably very few spotted and speckled among the flocks. But the story takes on the most unusual twist. Jacob carved branches, exposing the white beneath the bark. He then put the branches in front of the watering troughs whenever the best of the sheep were drinking and mating there. This resulted in the strongest sheep and goats giving birth to spotted and speckled offspring.

Before long, Jacob became rich because his flocks prospered while Laban's flocks were feeble. As I pondered this unusual passage, it dawned on me that this was not a lesson in agriculture! God was demonstrating how we, His sheep, reproduce. The watering hole is a place of reflection, which means both gazing at something and meditating on it. Meditation involves our imagination. If we feed our imagination with thoughts of what we don't want to become and drink from the well of regret, we reproduce that very thing in ourselves.

It doesn't matter what we want to reproduce. It's only important what we imagine while we are thinking and drinking at the watering hole of our imagination. This principle is also illustrated in the creation of man. The Bible says that we were created in God's image. In other words, what God imagined, we became. Proverbs says, "For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he" Prov. Our imagination is a very powerful part of our being.

Everything that has ever been built, made, painted, or developed began in someone's imagination. We tend to reproduce what we feast our thoughts upon. We waste a lot of energy trying not to be something. In order to not be something I have to keep it in front of me so that I can avoid it. The crazy thing is that I reproduce what I imagine.

If I see what I don't want to be, just envisioning it causes me to reproduce it. This explains why so many people grow up mistreating their children in the same way that their parents abused them. They promised themselves that they would never become like their folks, but they became just like them.

The word meditation is related to the word medicine. In a positive sense, meditation means to think in such a way as to make oneself healthy. We become the person that He has called us to be when we meditate on the things of God and dream His dreams. The Psalmist wrote,"Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart" Ps.

Bill Johnson has a creative definition of desire. He breaks it down into two parts: "de" meaning "of," and "sire" meaning "to father.

Mary illustrates this principle in her life. The Bible says, "But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart" Luke She pondered the word of God in her heart and gave birth to the Savior of the world.

What she imagined became flesh and dwelt among us through immaculate conception. When we dream with God, we become the masterpieces of His imagination. Unforgiveness causes us to waste our lives trying to get even instead of fulfilling our own destiny by walking in our call. It is important that we forgive all those who sinned against us so that we can be free to go on with our lives.

It is also Dungeons and Dragons 39 crucial that we learn to forgive ourselves for our own sins. Many people spend their lives hating others and planning for revenge.

Bitterness has no friends. There is no container known to man that will hold it.

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It always leaks out onto those we love the most. It is the privilege and the responsibility of royalty to forgive. Solomon, who was raised to be a prince from birth said, "A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression" Prov.

Then He gave them their first mission as Spirit-filled believers, "If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained" John I received the Lord in during the "Jesus Movement. I used to lie in bed at night imagining creative ways to destroy the people who had abused me.

I didn't just want them dead; I wanted them to suffer the way they had caused me to suffer. Soon after I got saved, the Lord began to confront my unforgiveness. He told me that I needed to forgive the people who abused me or I would open the door to the tormentors in my life. It wasn't easy at first but I realized that He had given me the power to forgive when He forgave me. He was responding to Peter's question about how many times he had to forgive. It still seems humorous to me that Peter is the one asking Jesus how many times he has to forgive when he is the most offensive guy on the team.

Jesus said: For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.

So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, "Have patience with me and I will repay you everything. But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, "Pay back what you owe.

So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. Then summoning him, his lord said to him, "You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.

Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you? My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart Matthew This story is stunning to me. Unforgiveness puts us in prison. If we fail to understand how big our debt of sin was to God and what it meant for Him to forgive it, we can fall into the trap of judging the much smaller wrongs of those around us.

As we can see from the story, we are only Dungeons and Dragons 41 hurting ourselves when we do that. God insists that His people forgive each other, and He's not above using the devil as a pawn to help us do it.

This parable describes His "ways and means committee" called "the tormentors" that help drive us into forgiveness. I believe he is describing two kinds of people behind bars: "captives" and "prisoners. It takes a court order from the Judge of Heaven to release them. These folks have opened the door of their life to the tormentors through sin and unforgiveness. They must forgive those who have hurt and abused them in order for God, who is the ultimate judge, to be justified in calling off the tormentors and releasing them from prison.

Over the years this truth has been reemphasized to me as I work with people who are tormented by demons. I remember one of those times so clearly. Randy Clark came to Redding for a conference. He was preaching about freedom one night and in the middle of his message he commanded the demonic spirits to leave people who were present.

Several people started screaming and falling to the floor. One lady in her mid-forties was in the front of the church. She began to act crazily The ministry team was trying to take her into a room to pray for her, but when they got her into the hallway leading to the prayer room she began to act like an animal.

She started biting and clawing and beating her head against the wall while she snarled at people. The team gathered around her and started yelling at the spirits to leave her alone, but made no progress at all. When I arrived to help, she was screaming and clawing while they yelled back at her. If the futility of their attempts to help wasn't so sad, it may have looked comical. I asked,"What are you guys doing?

There are a lot of people who need to get delivered from their last deliverance. I moved into the circle and put my arms around her to keep her from beating her head against the wall. I whispered in her ear asking her if there was anyone she needed to forgive.

She yelled, "No! She started screaming,"I hate him! I hate his guts! He can rot in hell! The demons have permission to torment you. When I got to the door, she still going crazy yelled down the hall, "Fine, I'll forgive him!

I'll do anything! Just help me! Then we commanded the demons to leave. They left and she got up laughing! Forgiveness doesn't mean I ever have to trust the person who abused me. Take note that the name satan and related names are not capitalized. We choose not to acknowledge him, even to the point of violating grammatical rules. Destiny linage Publishers, Inc. For a U. For more information on foreign distributors, call Foreword A new generation of soaring prophetic eagles is now here among us.

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People didn't really care what I thought or said. The realization that I had value began the process of uprooting the lies I believed about myself and helped me find out who I actually was. God had called me a prince, and I realized that the meeting with Nancy and the interaction I had with the Lord would just be the first of many steps that God would use to lead me out of my prison and into His palace.

I had another encounter about a year later that became the next step in my journey out of pauperhood. It began on a cold, winter Sunday evening in December. I arrived at the church late, and as I opened the front door of the building, the wind nearly blew the door off its hinges. The prayer meeting was already well underway when I entered the room. About a hundred people were passionately praying so I tried to slip in quietly so as not to disturb the meeting. As I cleared the door, Bill, our senior leader, greeted me.

He had the strangest grin on his face. He handed me something that was folded in half. I was confused by his expression as I stared at the piece of paper. I finally realized that it was a check, but my disbelieving eyes struggled to communicate the amount with my brain. As it dawned on me, I began yelling, "Someone just gave me three thousand dollars!

I almost passed out. I started jumping up and down yelling, "Thirty thousand dollars! I looked at the signature and realized that I didn't even know the person who had given me the money.

This mystery definitely thickened the plot and added to the excitement. Many days passed before I finally discovered the benevolent man's identity. He was new to our fellowship and had attended a class that I had taught earlier in the year.

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One night while he was praying, he felt the Lord tell him to give me a portion of his inheritance. I wrote him a card expressing my gratitude but the strangest thing happened next.

I completely avoided him for several months after he gave me that unbelievable gift. At first, what I was doing wasn't so obvious, yet as time went on it became more apparent. I would see him in a certain room in the church and I would turn around and walk the other direction. On one occasion, I ran to the men's restroom, wondering if I was going to make it there on time, and just as I entered the bathroom I noticed he was there.

His back was turned toward me and he hadn't seen me, so I ran out. I had to run all the way to the other side of the building to find another restroom. As I was racing around the building the thought struck me, "Something is wrong with me! When I got into bed that night I couldn't sleep. It was cold and dark and the wind was howling. It seemed like I lay there forever.

I kept looking at the clock, waiting for the day to dawn, tossing and turning and pondering why I was behaving so peculiarly. I couldn't get my poor behavior out of my head. My mind turned to other times over the years when I had the same feelings toward other people who had showed me a lot of value.

I thought about how many of those relationships I had sabotaged by not allowing people to love me. I became aware that I loved to give to people, but I never liked to receive from them. Still, my behavior. Finally, in desperation I sought the Lord in prayer, "Lord, do You know what is wrong with me? This was a revealing question. I was actually fairly nervous about finding out what was wrong with me because I had lived in denial a long time.

John Maxwell once said, "People change when they hurt enough they have to change, they learn enough they want to change, or they receive enough they are able to change. Jesus said, "The problem with you is that you don't love yourself enough to feel worthy of thirty thousand dollars. You're afraid that if that generous guy gets to know you, he'll be sorry he gave you the money.

That is why you don't want him to get close to you. I could no longer deny that I needed help. I asked,"What should I do? When you do, you will expect people to love you more as they get to know you better! I was stunned. I could not believe what was at the root of my problem. Until this point the love I lacked for myself had never been exposed like that.

I knew that others loved me particularly my wife and kids , and I knew the Lord loved me. I didn't realize that I didn't love myself. Through that experience I learned that whenever someone values us more than we value ourselves we tend to sabotage our relationship with that person.

Secretly, we don't want them to get close enough to find out. From my observation as a pastor, one of the best examples of this are adult singles who are looking for a mate and can't seem to find the "right person" or someone "good enough.

They are afraid that their lover will look deep within and see the imperfections they're convinced they see. It is about time that we learn to love ourselves the way God loves us and see ourselves with our Father's eyes. I mentioned earlier that when you are trained to feel insignificant, you develop survival skills to try to avoid the pain of that reality.

A pauper uses survival skills because he believes that life is one big "dog eat dog" world. This poverty mentality is the primary attribute of a pauper. Whether a pauper has experienced poverty in his or her finances or in love and affirmation, all paupers have the common belief that there's never going to be enough for them.

They live in fear, struggling with the feeling that the well is about to dry up. God never intended for us to live in poverty in any area of our lives. The Bible is full of promises of God's provision for His people. Solomon said, "I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging bread" Prov Jesus made it even clearer when He said, Do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.

Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.

Are you not worth much more than they? And who. And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you?

You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, "What will we eat?

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own Matthew 6: Eddie grew up in physical poverty, but his attitudes and behavior typify the survival mindset that can be seen in people who grow up in financially stable homes but experience lack in other areas of their lives.

The Department ordered all the kids who were on probation in Lewiston to come to our youth group. Twice a week we played basketball and volleyball and then at halftime I would preach to them. Eddie was a year-old young man who came every week.

Eddie's mom and dad were both drug addicts so Eddie was left on his own to raise himself. He was a tall, olive-skinned, brown-haired kid. Although he wasn't on probation, he loved to play basketball with us. He hung out in the projects with the rough kids but he was usually pretty quiet. Little by little we got to know him.

About a year after we met Eddie we decided to try to adopt him. We did some research and we discovered that there were two ways to gain custody of him.

We could convince his divorced parents to sign over custody to us or we could go to court and fight for him. We decided to try to convince his parents. I took Eddie to his mother's apartment like I had done many times before he used to stay with us on the weekends , but this time I went to the door with him. My heart was racing and I noticed that were no lights on inside.

I thought no one was home, but as Eddie forced the door open I could see a figure sitting on the floor, huddled close to the corner of the dark room. It was his mom. There was no furniture, and it was filthy beyond description.

The room was freezing. I learned later that they hadn't had electricity in months. His mother was obviously experiencing a "crash" after a drug high. She was shaking, her eyes were set in deep black circles, and her hair was matted and stringy. She looked up at me and asked, "What are you doing here? She glanced up at Eddie who was choking back tears,"Okay,you can have it! We left there and drove to Lewiston to talk to Eddie's dad.

It was quiet in the car, as my mind was flooded with images of what I had just seen. My heart was heavy and broken. I wondered how many more "Eddies" there were out there in the world. I could only hope for the best when I imagined what his father would be like. About 30 minutes later we arrived at his dad's house. It looked like a typical drug home.

The front yard was jam-packed with old cars and junk. As we approached the front door, my heart raced, and I saw that the door. Eddie went in ahead of me and I followed. As we entered the house I noticed that there were several men and women sitting on the floor.

A few others were lying on couches. The room was filled with smoke. A short stocky man covered with tattoos was staring at us. He said in an angry voice, "What do you want? He looked over at Eddie who was hanging his head and said, "Do you want to live with him? We left immediately.

I was glad to leave there without a fistfight, and Eddie was excited to start his new life. The next year was filled with much laughter and a lot of tears as Eddie adjusted to his new lifestyle. Little by little, we began to recognize the characteristics of a poverty mind-set in Eddie.

It obviously had been formed in his heart by his grueling childhood. We ate dinner together as a family most of the time. While we ate our meals Eddie would keep his eye on the food that was left. There was always plenty, but Eddie seemed concerned that we would run out.

When the bowls would get about half full he would fill his plate again and then hide food all around his plate and in his napkin. The rest of us would just pretend that we didn't notice, but it made us sad. Eddie's first Christmas with us was exciting. We learned that he had never really had a Christmas because his mom would sell any gifts he received for drugs. We decided to go to the extreme and shower the kids with presents.

We spent hundreds of dollars and distributed the money equally among all of them. There were so many gifts we could barely see. Finally Christmas Day came and we sat down together to open gifts. The whole family was having a blast watching Eddie open his gifts. He was like a little kid. The only problem was that he wouldn't let anyone hold his gifts once they were opened.

Later on in the evening, after dinner, Eddie whispered something in Kathy's ear. Kathy had stockings for each of the kids and filled them with small gifts. Jason and Eddie both had comic books in their stockings.

The only problem was that she had accidentally put four comic books in Jason's and only two in Eddie's. Eddie wanted to know why Jason got more than he got. Eddie was always afraid he would not have enough.

A poverty spirit usually leads paupers to develop a survival mentality. The fear of lack is based on lies, and until those lies are broken, people can't recognize God's provision for their lives. When Eddie became part of our family he had everything he needed and wanted. His old life was gone. But until he stopped believing those lies he couldn't relax and enjoy life with us. Thankfully, Eddie is free from his old mind-set. He has grown up to be an amazing young man and has graduated from college.

We are very proud of him. Paupers have a poverty mentality. They always feel like their resources are limited. They believe that when someone else receives something, it takes away some of the provision that could be theirs.

They surmise that someone else's blessing costs them. The story of the prodigal son from Luke 15 illustrates this point clearly. Having squandered his inheritance, the youngest son came home seeking refuge. His father was so excited to see him that he threw him a party. He had been saving the fattened calf for such an occasion, and finally it was time to celebrate. Everyone came to the festivity except for the elder brother; he stayed out in the field.

When his father didn't see the older brother at the party, he went looking for him. He found him outside alone. The older brother yelled, "You gave him the fattened calf, but you haven't even given me a goat! He looked at his son, staring into his soul with the eyes of a loving father and said, "I gave him the fattened calf, but you own the farm" summarized from Luke Why in the world did the older brother hang out waiting for his father to give him a goat when he owned the whole farm?

He failed to recognize that he was a son and not a servant. The revelation of our true identity will destroy the spirit of poverty in our lives. Until that happens we will keep thinking that there are limits on what we get to have.

As a result, we are jealous of anyone who receives something that we don't have. This leaks into all aspects of our lives including work, friends, and positions within the church. We have lost sight of the fact that we don't just work on the farm. We are sons and daughters of the Owner, and our Dad has plenty! I believe this revelation will totally change the way we think and plan for our futures.

Most of us are still looking at our provision what our bank statement says to help us determine our vision, and therefore are living within our means instead of His blessings. For example, if we are constructing a new building, we argue that we must give up some other project to cover the cost. Yet we have been called to live beyond reason and far beyond the borders of our own abilities.

If we can't do any more than mere men, then let us not tell others we are a part of the church of a living God. We have to accomplish more than the Elk's Club if we are going to call God our Dad. This requires us to live by faith in God's provision. When we daily trust God for our substance then we will tap into Heaven's resources.

I know that there is a real need for true. Did you get that? He said, "God will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory!

Many times I have asked people what they do for a living. Some of them say, "I live by faith. I depend on people to donate to my ministry. This ideology is problematic. If we stop living by faith when we start receiving a regular income, then we reduce our provision down to our ability to perform instead of the Lord's ability to provide. The pauper mentality can be found in every level of society and in all walks of life.

A person's bank account is no indication of whether they are experiencing the provision of God or not. Someone can have a lot of things but still feel insecure fearing something could happen to them and they'd lose it all. When paupers acquire money or things they tend to get their identity from them. The truth is that a man is not measured by what he has but by what has him.

Some people own houses, but sometimes it seems that houses own people. When we live just to get things or work so much that we don't have time for the important relationships that we have in our lives, I wonder if we own things or if they own us. The way I see it is that there is a difference between being rich and being wealthy. Wealthy people refuse to be reduced to their balance sheet and their wealth never has them.

They don't worry about the money because they know there will always be enough. Rich people's self-esteem is attached directly to their "Profit and Loss Statement. I don't mean that we shouldn't have great work habits. I just. When a pauper gets a lot of money, the question that needs to be answered is,"Did God gain a fortune or lose a man? Princes own things, but they never let things own them.

The result is that they are able to experience the worry-free life Jesus promised and are free to seek first the kingdom, knowing that all they need will be added to them. The promised land of princehood is filled with the Father's blessings.

He wants to lavish His love on us, pour out His blessings in us, and give more than we can contain. The Psalms put it best, "How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments.

His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever" Ps. UR past can become a prison that perpetuates the bondage of those who raised us. Somehow we unintentionally reproduce that same destructive culture in ourselves and in those around us. There are a few common ways that this happens in us.

One of the ways we tether ourselves to the past is by reacting to those who abused us and spending our lives trying not to be like them. I have counseled a lot people over the years and have observed a common pattern among many of them: People typically become like the person they most despise. Alcoholics for instance, are commonly raised by alcoholic parents. I personally have never met a child molester who wasn't a victim of molestation.

At some point in the counseling session, there's nearly always a statement like,"I swore I would never be like the person who abused me, but I have become just like them. In spite of struggling not to be like my stepfathers through most of my early life, I started becoming an angry man just like them. During my early twenties I managed an automotive repair shop.

My temper was already growing out of control. I remember one of those times distinctly. A customer came in to pick up his car, but we were running late and it wasn't finished.

He had somewhere he needed to be so he was a little upset. He kept coming into the shop and asking if we were done. The third time he came in, I got so mad that I grabbed a two-foot long wrench and threw it all the way across the shop at him. It was a good thing that he ducked because it barely missed his head. Another time, I was working on a truck for several days.

It was a fourwheel drive, and I had to sit inside the engine compartment to do the work. When I finally got the heads back on the engine and started it up, the problem that I thought I had fixed was still there. I was livid! I picked a large sledgehammer and went after the truck, intending to destroy it. My boss saw me heading for the vehicle, yelling with my hammer in my hand, so he rushed over and tackled me to the ground. He held me there until I calmed down. One day I was reading the Old Testament and began to receive insight about my struggle through the story of Jacob and his father-in-law.

Jacob was a trickster by nature. His name actually means "deceiver. A few chapters later, Jacob married into a family that gave him some of his own medicine. He worked for his father-in-law, Laban, for seven years so that he could marry Laban's daughter Rachel.

When he woke up on the honeymoon morning, Leah was in his bed. Laban had neglected to tell him that their family tradition dictated that the oldest daughter marry first. He finagled another seven years of work out of Jacob with this trick because Jacob still wanted Rachel.

Thankfully he got her on credit! He received her a week later and then paid for her in small monthly installments over the next seven years. After 14 years of mistrust and dishonesty, Jacob was ready to leave. He told his father-in-law to give him what was his so he could go his own way. Laban was no fool. He knew that Jacob was making him a fortune. Laban told Jacob to name his wage and stay with him. Jacob knew that no matter what his wages were, his father-in-law would find some way to cheat him out of it.

He said, "You have changed my wage ten times! These animals would become his wage. They struck a deal. I am sure that Laban thought that he got to Jacob again as there were probably very few spotted and speckled among the flocks. But the story takes on the most unusual twist. Jacob carved branches, exposing the white beneath the bark. He then put the branches in front of the watering troughs whenever the best of the sheep were drinking and mating there.

This resulted in the strongest sheep and goats giving birth to spotted and speckled offspring. Before long, Jacob became rich because his flocks prospered while Laban's flocks were feeble.

As I pondered this unusual passage, it dawned on me that this was not a lesson in agriculture! God was demonstrating how we, His sheep, reproduce. The watering hole is a place of reflection, which means both gazing at something and meditating on it.

Meditation involves our imagination. If we feed our imagination with thoughts of what we don't want to become and drink from the well of regret, we reproduce that very thing in ourselves. It doesn't matter what we want to reproduce. It's only important what we imagine while we are thinking and drinking at the watering hole of our imagination.

This principle is also illustrated in the creation of man. The Bible says that we were created in God's image. In other words, what God imagined, we became. Proverbs says, "For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he" Prov.

Our imagination is a very powerful part of our being. Everything that has ever been built, made, painted, or developed began in someone's imagination. We tend to reproduce what we feast our thoughts upon.

What I am realizing about many of us is that we spend much of our lives reacting to what we don't want to be instead of responding to the call of God on our lives. We waste a lot of energy trying not to be something. In order to not be something I have to keep it in front of me so that I can avoid it. The crazy thing is that I reproduce what I imagine.

If I see what I don't want to be, just envisioning it causes me to reproduce it. This explains why so many people grow up mistreating their children in the same way that their parents abused them. They promised themselves that they would never become like their folks, but they became just like them. The word meditation is related to the word medicine.

In a positive sense, meditation means to think in such a way as to make oneself healthy. We become the person that He has called us to be when we meditate on the things of God and dream His dreams. The Psalmist wrote,"Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart" Ps.

Bill Johnson has a creative definition of desire. He breaks it down into two parts: Mary illustrates this principle in her life. The Bible says, "But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart" Luke 2: She pondered the word of God in her heart and gave birth to the Savior of the world.

What she imagined became flesh and dwelt among us through immaculate conception. When we dream with God, we become the masterpieces of His imagination. Unforgiveness causes us to waste our lives trying to get even instead of fulfilling our own destiny by walking in our call. It is important that we forgive all those who sinned against us so that we can be free to go on with our lives.

It is also. Many people spend their lives hating others and planning for revenge. Bitterness has no friends. There is no container known to man that will hold it.

It always leaks out onto those we love the most. It is the privilege and the responsibility of royalty to forgive. Solomon, who was raised to be a prince from birth said, "A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression" Prov. Then He gave them their first mission as Spirit-filled believers, "If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained" John I received the Lord in during the "Jesus Movement.

I used to lie in bed at night imagining creative ways to destroy the people who had abused me. I didn't just want them dead; I wanted them to suffer the way they had caused me to suffer. Soon after I got saved, the Lord began to confront my unforgiveness.

He told me that I needed to forgive the people who abused me or I would open the door to the tormentors in my life.

It wasn't easy at first but I realized that He had given me the power to forgive when He forgave me. He was responding to Peter's question about how many times he had to forgive. It still seems humorous to me that Peter is the one asking Jesus how many times he has to forgive when he is the most offensive guy on the team. Jesus said: For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.

But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, "Have patience with me and I will repay you everything. But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, "Pay back what you owe.

So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened.

Then summoning him, his lord said to him, "You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you? My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart Matthew This story is stunning to me. Unforgiveness puts us in prison. If we fail to understand how big our debt of sin was to God and what it meant for Him to forgive it, we can fall into the trap of judging the much smaller wrongs of those around us.

As we can see from the story, we are only. God insists that His people forgive each other, and He's not above using the devil as a pawn to help us do it. This parable describes His "ways and means committee" called "the tormentors" that help drive us into forgiveness. I believe he is describing two kinds of people behind bars: It takes a court order from the Judge of Heaven to release them. These folks have opened the door of their life to the tormentors through sin and unforgiveness.

They must forgive those who have hurt and abused them in order for God, who is the ultimate judge, to be justified in calling off the tormentors and releasing them from prison. Over the years this truth has been reemphasized to me as I work with people who are tormented by demons. I remember one of those times so clearly. Randy Clark came to Redding for a conference. He was preaching about freedom one night and in the middle of his message he commanded the demonic spirits to leave people who were present.

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