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Abram is called the father of faith. He walked in the kind of faith that is a model to all generations—the faith that pleased God. He believed that his covenant with God would bring him increase, and for the rest of his life, he saw that increase come to him.

In Genesis 17, God again spoke to Abram regarding His covenant with him, changed his name from Abram to Abraham, established the way the covenant was to work, and declared that He would "multiply [him] exceedingly."

God would continue to increase Abraham in land, cattle, descendants and wealth. God caused him to prosper in all aspects of his life.

When you grasp this relationship between God and Abraham, you can begin to better see your relationship with God today because we are the "seed of Abraham."

Galatians 3:29 says, "And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Therefore, the better you know how God blessed Abraham, the better you will understand your own position in Him.

Blessing or Materialism?
For too long, the Body of Christ has struggled with the realization that God wants to bring increase and even financial miracles into our lives.

There seems to have been an underlying fear that to want God to bring any kind of material increase was to be materialistic. This fear of financial increase as a part of the blessing of God has been fed by people who have a misconception of God Himself.

To be materialistic means to endeavor to satisfy an emotional or spiritual need with a physical thing. No believer wants to have material things in a place of priority over God.

Material increase is fine as long as you have the things you possess, but they do not have you.

When King David fell to his darkest moment through adultery and murder, God spoke to him and said,
…I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more!
(2 Sam. 12:7-8)
God did not rebuke David by telling him he had too much. God said He would have given David even more if he had wanted more. David had sinned, but it was not the wealth or power that was the problem.

God was ready and willing to increase him even further if David had wanted it. God does not want to withhold His abundance from you, but you must walk with Him and honor His Word for the promise of increase to come to you.

The Miracle of Abundance
In understanding the attitude God demonstrates regarding abundance, you see in the very first miracle Jesus performed that it was a miracle of abundance.

It was during a wedding feast in Cana, and the host had run out of wine to serve his guests. Jesus' mother told Him of the problem and then instructed the servants of the host by saying, "Whatever He says to you, do it" (John 2:5).

Verse 11 further states, "This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him."

Jesus' glory was revealed through a miracle that did not heal anyone nor did it deliver anyone from demonic power. It was a miracle of abundance. Jesus did what He saw His Father do, He provided abundant supply—increase!

It is significant that the first miracle was a miracle of abundance. God has made a clear case that blessing and increase are in His plan for His people.

Just as Abraham believed those first words that God would bless him through His covenant, you also must receive His promise and His plan by faith and activate it in your life.

Source: Breaking Financial Barriers by Dennis Burke
Excerpt permission granted by Dennis Burke Publications

Author Biography

Dennis Burke, Ph.D.
Web site: Dennis Burke Ministries
Since 1979, Dennis Burke has led multitudes of believers into the biblical principles of faith, healing, love, prosperity, and righteousness. Through the Insights: the Way to a New Life magazine, books, eBooks, CDs, and mp3 resources, Dennis has brought revelation knowledge on the truths of God's Word. He has taught Christians everywhere to know God more deeply and overcome the challenges life brings through faith in God's Word.

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