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Many of you have heard me share that in November of 1992, I received a supernatural visitation of the Lord. In that visitation, He said, "Challenge the Body of Christ everywhere you go to get out of a survival mentality and begin to believe Me for supernatural increase and restoration!"

Since that time, I have been preaching supernatural increase and restoration in every continent, nation, state and city that I have visited. I have been preaching it faithfully, because I have a mandate from God.

Every time I open the Bible, I see increase. I see God wanting to bless His people. I see God wanting to restore what the enemy has stolen. God desires for you and me to bless humanity with our increase, and get the gospel to the nations so we can bring Jesus back.

God is interested in blessing your life so you can be a blessing. God is not afraid of you having money. He just doesn't want money having you - and there is a major difference.

I want to show you in the Word of God a spiritual law that will produce increase and cause you to become a candidate for the blessings of God.
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
(Prov. 13:20)
Who you "hang around with" has a profound impact on your life. When you walk with people who are negative, then you'll be negative.

If you spend all your time with people who talk sickness, poverty and lack, then consequently that's what you'll talk. Did you ever notice how people "flock" together?

You know the old saying, "Birds of a feather flock together?" Isn't it true that people who don't seem to have anything always gather with other folks who don't have anything - and refuse to believe they'll ever be any better off than they are right now?

There is a spiritual law at work in your life today. Who you link up with has everything to do with the kind of harvest you reap in life. Proverbs 13:20 says it this way: "He that associates with wise men shall be wise. He that associates with fools will be destroyed" (AMP).

The dictionary defines associates as "frequently in the company of, connected with; joined with another in a common pursuit; to unite or combine resources for a common goal."

I see that same principal in the Word of God. Who you run with can have a profound impact on your life. If you walk with fools, then the outcome can be destruction. If you walk with the wise, then the outcome can be great success.

Many members of our Kenya staff have purchased vehicles for the first time in their lives. When I was in Kenya recently, I noticed several vehicles in the parking lot and I asked Wade Porter, our International Director, "Whose vehicles are these?"

He just smiled and said, "Your staff, " he said, "God is blessing your staff!" Don't tell me this message won't work in third world countries. We have proof it does!

When Carolyn and I were in the UK recently, our Directors of the JSMI-United Kingdom offices took us to their new home that they had just built. I said, "God, you're really blessing our staff! You're blessing the people that work with us!"

It's not just happening to JSMI the ministry. But it is happening to people that are associated with it also! And that is a spiritual law.

When the Lord visited me and gave me the mandate to preach supernatural increase, I asked Him for two favors:

#1. "I would appreciate it if You would confirm what you said to me with signs following immediately so it will validate the message."

It's one thing for me to go around preaching supernatural increase and restoration, but if it's being experienced in this ministry, then it would validate and make the message more powerful.

The Lord said to me, "Make a list of everything that Satan has stolen from you over the last five years and I will restore it!"

Carolyn and I made a list of everything that Satan had stolen from this ministry over a five year period, and I am thrilled to announce to you that everything on that list has been restored! So God granted me favor.

#2. I asked, "God, I don't want this to look like I'm an isolated case or that it is only working for me. I'm asking You to confirm this message in the lives of enough people who hear me preach it to also validate the message so they'll know that it is for whomever will get in position to receive."

And God has granted both requests. We have received testimonies from all over the world of some of the most outstanding financial miracles of restoration that I've ever heard of in all my life.

There is a Biblical principal of INCREASE BY ASSOCIATION.

I've noticed this in my own life through my association with Kenneth Copeland. You may be thinking, "Well I've never had the opportunity to be close to Brother Copeland."

Then get close to his teachings. "Well, I've never had the opportunity to get close to Oral Roberts." Then fellowship with the message he preaches.

That's how you associate with them. That's how you connect. You don't have to share a meal with them, just listen to what they teach.

In the relationship between Moses and Joshua, we see that by association something came into Joshua's life. Increase! God told Moses, "Lay your hand on Joshua and put some of thine honor upon him." And what happened to Joshua? Increase came into his life.

This man was a champion! He was a leader! He did mighty things for God! Did you notice how closely he stuck to Moses? He recognized something in Moses' life that he desired and God granted it to him by association.

If you walk with people who walk in a tremendous anointing, as in the illustration of the relationship of Elijah and Elisha, then you will increase in the anointing for the miraculous. By association, Elisha received not only the same anointing that was on Elijah but a double portion.

There is another example I want you to see of increase by association regarding financial prosperity. In Genesis 30, we have the story of Jacob where he had worked for several years for Rachel.

Laban gave him Leah instead and he worked another 7 years for Rachel. Now Jacob is ready to go back to his own homeland with his family. Verse 27 says, "And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake."

Did you get that? He's saying, "Don't leave too quickly. Tarry around a little longer because I have learned by experience that the Lord's blessings are on me because of your presence here."

Jacob says in verse 30, "For is was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the Lord hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?" Jacob is saying increase came to Laban by association.

I encourage you to "hang around" dreamers. Don't run with non-dreamers. Don't run with folks who have lost their dreams. Run with dreamers, and you'll be a dreamer.

I heard someone say one time, "Run with folks who know God better than you." Don't always try to impress people with how much you know. Run with folks who know more than you.

I am convinced that the reason some people never experience the blessings of a ministry that they have been associated with is because they leave it too quickly. They disconnect.

The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 1:6, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; in as much as both in my bonds, and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace."

What is he saying? His partners in his ministry receive what he gets. He said, "Whatever God blesses me with, He blesses you with the same." The same grace that was on him was on his partners by association.

What kind of grace was he talking about? The same grace that got him out of every adversity, and every impossible situation. I don't care what Satan threw at him, there was sufficient grace to get him out.

Then he went on to say in verse 19, "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." So what is he saying? Increase comes to you by association. He said "You are partakers of the grace that is on me... "

The Amplified says, "Because of your fellowship, your sympathetic cooperation and contributions and partnership in advancing the good news, as a result of it, I hold you in my heart as partakers and sharers, one and all, with me in the grace (God's unmerited favor and spiritual blessings)."

I think every member of the Body of Christ needs to take inventory of who they are linked up with. If you're linked up with preachers that are always going under, it could be the reason why you are always going under.

We have been mistaken in thinking that just as long as we're sowing seed that we'll get a harvest. It's not just sowing that produces the harvest but according to Mark 4, it's where you sow that has everything to do with your harvest.

Do you want maximum results on every seed that you sow? Then find ministries that are stable, mature, consistent and full of integrity - ministries that bear fruit.

If you want maximum results, then sow into "good ground" ministries. Associate with them. Hook up with them. Hang around people who are increasing because who you associate with has everything to do with your destiny!

Copyright © Jerry Savelle Ministries International
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Author Biography

Jerry Savelle
Web site: Jerry Savelle Ministries International
Dr. Jerry Savelle was an average, blue-collar man who was struggling and needed God's help. While he considered himself a "nobody," when he became a believer God told him not to worry about it because He was a master at making champions out of nobodies. God has since taken Dr. Savelle from being a constant quitter to a man who knows how to stand on the Word of God until victory is experienced. Because of the life-changing combination of God's faithfulness and Dr. Savelle's "no quit" attitude, his life is totally different than it was thirty-eight years ago.

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