The author's purpose in writing this book was to help
Christians see God's ways and better learn how to trust Him.
It was written with two types of readers in mind. First, it was
written for the full-time missionary or Christian worker or potential
worker who needs to know how to step out, to trust and obey God
for finances. The second reader in mind was the person working
in a "secular" job, who needs to learn not only how
to obey God, but to trust Him for the miraculous. God has designed
that His work be done in partnership, so both people are essential
to God's purposes.
What is Bible faith?
"Bible faith is neither blind nor a leap. It is walking
in the light."
"(Bible) faith is a strong
assurance in God's character, knowing that even if you can't
see the solution to your problem, God can."
Bible faith "requires
that you do the possible and let God do the impossible."
It operates only when we have no other resource than God.
Bible faith starts with hearing
God. It includes taking specific steps of obedience which He
shows us to take. But our best is not enough, so Bible faith
also involves trusting God to do what we cannot do, in His way
and in His time. Since His timing is not usually our timing,
it also involves waiting on God, giving Him the opportunity to
Our trust in God must be grounded
in our knowledge of His character. The author suggests several
practical ways to grow in our knowledge of God, so that we can
learn to walk in faith. His suggestions include an on-going study
of the attributes of God in the Bible, reading stories of His
faithfulness both in the Bible and in modern times, and writing
down and reflecting upon times in our own lives when God came
through for us. Diligent study in these areas will build our
faith and enable us to trust Him more fully.
Living with an Invisible
Source of Support
Sometimes walking in faith
means going out on a limb (because God tells you to) and staying
on the end of that limb even though it looks like Satan is cutting
it off. "How can you make sure that God will hold you up
when the devil saws off your limb? The key is obedience to God
and having a personal knowledge of the One you are trusting."
"We must fight the tendency
to rely on the seen world instead of the unseen world. What is
unseen is really more secure and reliable."
"If we are trusting Him
for finances, He has to lead every move we make. He has our full
attention to teach us about His character, His ways, and His
. He would rather teach us His ways, and see our character
grow and our faith increased, than to immediately provide for
"The key to living by
invisible means of support is hearing His voice and obeying what
He tells you to do. And beware of the trap of expecting Him to
lead you the same way every time. Keep flexible and open to His
Learning obedience in finances often involves surrendering our
rights. For example, Loren tells of a period of three years when
God provided three or four good suits, but required him to surrender
the right of choice in the suits. "But while this met a
definite need, and they were always good, serviceable suits,
I found it was a 'tailor-made' test from God to my pride."
"In order to learn to
live by faith in the area of finances, we must rely on an outside
source of information, not just on our own perception of the
circumstances. It's like flying an airplane on instruments. The
view ahead is sometimes murky and bleak, but we can stay right-side-up
and on course with the correct information. That source of outside
information is the Word of God
Choosing not to worry will
require as much power of will as it would for a pilot to rely
on his instrument panel rather than his own senses when flying
Obedience in Giving
"We break the gridlock
of greed with Spirit-led generosity. We counter the spirit of
manipulation and control by having a servant heart. We meet pride
with humility and quiet dignity."
"Obedience in giving
is an act of spiritual warfare
Any amount - even a widow's
mite - given selflessly and in obedience batters the powers of
darkness right up to Lucifer himself
(in obedience to God) - to the point where you are trusting God
to meet your needs - also drives back Satan in the area of fear."
Requirements to Live by
1. Don't worry about money.
2. Make sure I am seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
3. Be diligent and responsible.
4. Invest money in the Kingdom of God and see it grow.
5. Be generous. Remember, everything you are and have belongs
to God, so ask His direction on how to use it.
(God) "uses money or
the lack of it, to test us, to see what is in our hearts
When our financial brook runs dry, we are ready to listen to
the Lord who wants our willful dependence on Him
to realize that the lack of money is just as definitely from
God as the provision of money
When the brook dries up,
we need to ask God how to move on, like Elijah did."
What happens when you hear
from the Lord, move out to obey Him, and the money runs out?
God's promises are never automatic - they are always based on
our fulfilling conditions.
Questions We Should Ask When
The Money Runs Out
Do I love things more than I
"Sometimes God withholds
money until we set our priorities straight
simply living for something other than God."
Have I missed the will of God?
"There is a great difference
between faith and presumption. Faith is based on hearing God's
voice and doing what He tells you to do. Presumption may appear
to be spiritual on the surface, perhaps something you are 'doing
for God,' but in fact, you have moved out on your own without
Am I in debt?
"Owe nothing to anyone except
to love one another
(Romans 13:8 NASB)
"Debt can be the reason you are in financial difficulty.
God in His love for you holds up your finances until you set
matters straight and learn to live responsibly within His provision
Have I been tithing?
"Malachi chapter three states
that we are robbing God if we are not giving one-tenth of our
income on a regular basis. If we obey Him and start tithing,
God promises in Malachi 3:11 (NASB) to ' rebuke the devourer
for you, so that it may not destroy the fruits of the ground;
nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes'
finances are being devoured, perhaps you have not been diligently
obeying God in this area."
Have I been generous?
"Only the opposite spirit
works against the enemy in any situation. If you pray against
the devil and his withholding funds for God's work, it may be
necessary to break that spirit of greed by an act of generosity
on your part."
Have I been grateful for God's
the Lord is more
interested in changing us into His likeness than in feeding us.
Gratitude for what He has given us already is a great part of
our learning His ways and character."
Have I been faithful over the
"God in His faithfulness
will not subject us to the test of abundant money until we have
been faithful with our nickels and dimes
Whatever big projects
or goals He has put in our hearts to do, He will not release
them until we pass our tests in the day of small things."
Have I disobeyed anything God
has told me?
"Sometimes a lack of finances
can be God's signal to us that we have gotten off the track somewhere.
It's amazing how our pocketbooks can get our attention, even
when we ignore the clanging alarms of our conscience. God knows
that, and in love and mercy to us sometimes withholds our provision
until we seek Him and repent."
Have I asked God to supply my
"James 4:2 says, 'You do
not have, because you do not ask God.' Many times we assume that
God knows all about our needs, and just wait for Him to provide.
He may be waiting for something as simple as our asking."
Am I more interested in learning
what God is trying to teach me or am I more interested in having
my needs met?
"What God teaches us is
built into our character and our knowledge of Him and His ways.
These are the treasures in heaven of Matthew 6:20 which we are
accumulating. These treasures can never be taken away from us."
Is there "sin in the camp"?
"This question very appropriate
if you are in leadership and a group is suffering financial setbacks
that are otherwise unexplainable."
Am I reaping from past sins or
"When we have to live with
the consequences of our sin, reaping their effects even after
we have received God's forgiveness, it builds a hatred for sin
When we suffer consequences, we will not be as
likely to sin in that way again."
Have I been working hard?
Have I touched God's glory?
"This means taking credit
away from the Lord and giving it to yourself."
Have I been independent
"Often we can be asking
God to supply a need, but refusing His help when He sends it
Maybe we aren't willing to humble ourselves and ask others to
help in our ministry."
Have I been looking to people
rather than God to supply my needs?
"The Bible calls this relying
on the 'arm of flesh' (2 Chronicles 32:8).
Am I fearful of the future?
"Many are so bound by fear
of the future that they cannot step out and obey God. They refuse
His call and stay where they are in disobedience."
Is this an attack of Satan?
"If it is something Satan
is doing to you, not something you are responsible for yourself,
you can easily withstand him with the authority Jesus has given
you as a believer. Command the devil to withdraw from you, according
to James 4:7. Then ask God to show you how to counter Satan's
attacks by moving in the opposite spirit."
Is God Himself testing me to
see if I will remain faithful to Him in difficulty?
"Testing always requires
an element of time. Your financial provision may seem late, but
God may have a different time schedule. Wait on Him, realizing
that the testing of your faith produces perseverance (James 1:3).
Determine that you will not give up, and that you will overcome
by believing and trusting in God."
During a time of waiting:
Recount God's faithfulness to you from the past. One good way
to do this is to go back to old journals and read of all the
times you have seen God intervene on your behalf.
Thank God for supplying your
Refuse to blame others for
Avoid the trap of comparing
your lot with that of others.
Realize the difference between
true needs (food, clothing, and shelter) and perceived needs.
Thank God that all our real needs are being met, and He is going
beyond the minimum to meet some of our perceived needs (our wants).
Meditate on Psalm 37.
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