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I remember one time, when I was 13, I went to a tent meeting with some people from church. When we got there, we went into this huge tent. And I mean it was a HUGE tent! Inside there was a sawdust floor and what seemed like thousands of chairs everywhere. We had gotten there a little late, so we had to sit close to the back.

As I stood on a chair just to see what was going on, I noticed that there was a ramp going up and a ramp coming down each side of the platform where this man was ministering. I also noticed there were wheel chairs, beds, and crutches that were just thrown over in an area in the corner of the tent.

I thought to myself, "They must be selling those things or something." Little did I know that the preacher's name was Oral Roberts.

All of a sudden, I saw a person in a wheel chair being pushed up the ramp. His body was shriveled and shaking, and he probably only weighed about 99 pounds. I could tell he used to be a big man. (My dad died of multiple sclerosis, so I knew what the eating away of the muscles looked like.)

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. (Matt. 3:11)

"My people need to know My heart."

That’s what I heard the Lord say to me one day just before a service. He said, “Yes the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire is for them today, but if they don’t know who I am, if my children don’t know how to love Me with all their heart, soul, and strength, and then love their neighbor as themselves, they won’t be able to live with this fire. They won’t be able to live in this ‘Light’ clothing that I have for them.”

The fire of the Holy Spirit is literally the clothing of power and protection that God has for his children to live in this world. Without this baptism of His Holy Spirit and fire, we are powerless.

There are two enemies to making money. The first and the greatest enemy is fear. The second enemy is greed, and greed comes in many forms and can be dealt with pretty quickly. Greedy people are quite hasty, and if they ever get their hands on any real money they become rather miserly. Most of the people I know struggle more with fear than they do with greed. So, let me first deal with fear and then we will move to greed in the months ahead.

Fear is twisted faith. Fear is waking up every morning and expecting the world to attack and even beat you that day. Fear is faith in the circumstances, while faith is believing the promises of God. This is a simplified and short definition, but it is to the point when you are dealing with money.

What you focus on and celebrate will stay in your life. The Bible tells us to magnify the Lord. The world will have you watching the news and magnifying the trends and the possible negative scenarios. You need to get above the fray and concentrate on what the Lord has given you and make good and sound decisions without fear.


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