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I want to show you the difference between people who are operating in the blessings and those who are operating in the curses.
Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little, ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord.
(Hag. 1:5-8)
In this passage, God told Israel that they were operating under the curse because they were putting their own personal financial life ahead of carrying out God's will.

The curse meant that even though they planted, and even though they worked, they didn't get anywhere. They worked hard and didn't prosper, because they had things out of order. So God told them to consider their ways.

After considering their ways, the Israelites stirred themselves up. And In Haggai chapter two, their priorities are in the proper order.
Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts:

According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not. For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens and the earth, and the sea and the dry land;

And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.
(Hag. 2:4-7)
God said, "When you put My things first and finish My house before you build your own, the I will fill the house with My glory." Well, what is His glory?

There are several Hebrew definitions for the word "glory." One of the meanings for the word "glory" is that which is good. In other words, the "glory" of something is that part of it which is good.

The goodness of God is His glory. "Glory" also means the manifestation of God's Presence. But there's a third definition of "glory" that people often miss. And I'll show it to you in God's Word.
... and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.

The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.
(Hag. 2:7-9)
In verse seven, God says, "I will fill this house with glory." Then, in verse eight, He says, "The silver and gold are Mine." And in verse nine, He talks about the glory again.

Do you think that God suddenly switched gears between verses seven and nine? Do you think He was talking about His Presence in one verse, gold and silver in the next, and then His Presence again in the next?

No, He's saying that silver and gold are part of His glory. The house of the Lord was supposed to be the most prosperous place in the nation. Today Christians are the house of the Lord. It is God's will that you walk in His glory on the earth.
Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the GLORY of his house is increased. For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
(Ps. 49:16-17)
This says that the glory of a man is having the glory of his house increased. In other words, it's the glory of a man to have his financed increase and to be prosperous.

Remember, God said, "I'm going to fill My house with My glory." He also said, "You are Abraham's seed, and My promises to Abraham belong to you." You see, God wants to manifest His glory among His children when they have their priorities in order and do what they're supposed to do.
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the GLORY OF THE LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be SEEN upon thee.

And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from afar, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.

Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged;
because the ABUNDANCE OF THE SEA shall be converted unto thee, the FORCES
of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.
(Isa. 60:1-5)
Now that word "forces" in verse five is marked with a little number in my Bible. It tells me that the Hebrew word translated "forces" really means wealth. So we could read this verse, "The wealth of the Gentiles shall come upon thee."

Part of the glory of God—part of the goodness of God that is manifested by His Presence—is financial blessing. God gets pleasure when His children are healed, whole, and have more than enough!

The glory of God should rise and shine among His people. He redeemed us from the curse of the Law—which was first of all poverty! Poverty does not belong among the people of God.

Neither does lack or bankruptcy. If we aren't walking in prosperity, then it's simply because we've missed it. But you don't have to get down in the mouth about it or condemned about missing God.

If you've missed it somewhere, just confess it and repent of it, receive your forgiveness, and then act as if what God said is so, because it is! He said in His Word that He has forgiven you and cleansed you (1 John 1:9).

If you've been forgiven and cleansed, then receive it and praise God. God gets glory when you act as if His Word is true! All of us have missed it in areas in our lives, including the area of finances. But, thank God, we can get it right with God and go on and do what we're supposed to do.

Source: A Seed Will Meet Any Need by Bishop Keith A. Butler
Excerpt permission granted by Word Of Faith Publishing.

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Keith Butler
Web site: Word of Faith International Christian Center
 
Bishop Keith A. Butler is the senior pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Keith Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries (KBM), an international organization established to take the life-changing message of the Gospel to "the uttermost parts of the earth." Through Live Your Faith Seminars and the establishment of our PISTIS School of Ministry in various locations, Keith Butler provides teaching of the Word of God on a variety of subjects such as how to live the life of faith, how to fulfill the call of God for your life, how to receive your healing, the importance of walking in love and many more topics. PISTIS is specifically designed to train ministers so that they are equipped to go out into their world and teach and preach Jesus effectively.
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