As I was getting this revelation of El Shaddai as the God of blessing, I felt the Lord was prompting me to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to teach me to prosper. Knowing the scripture reveals that the Holy Spirit is our teacher, I decided to go for it. In prayer one day, I spoke these words, “Holy Spirit, teach me to prosper.” I did not know what I was getting into, but I knew my current thinking had to change.
Shortly after praying this prayer, I was in a Sunday morning church service and the speaker was teaching about some deep theological truth from the Bible. In the middle of his message, he stopped and asked this question, “How many people present know how many one hundred dollar bills there are in circulation for every one dollar bill?”
Most of the people were wondering what was going on and why he had departed from his topic. “Are there more one hundred dollar bills in circulation in U.S. currency or one dollar bills?” he repeated again. He paused for a few moments and then went on to give the answer. The answer was that there are 60 one hundred dollar bills in circulation for every one-dollar bill. The speaker suggested perhaps Christians think in the wrong terms. Maybe we are thinking in terms of one dollar bills when we should be thinking in terms of hundred dollar bills. He then returned to his subject and finished his teaching. My thinking was challenged.
Most of the people in the congregation that day were wondering why the speaker could not stay on his topic, but not me. I had a clear sense that the speaker’s digression from his sermon was specifically for me. Within two weeks, I was attending a leadership conference for pastors and listening to another speaker. This time the speaker was teaching on finances. Believe it or not, part of the way into his teaching he asked the question, “How many people here know how many one hundred dollar bills there are in circulation for every one dollar bill?”
This got my attention. I knew God was speaking to me, but the question for me was, “Where are they? Where are the one hundred dollar bills, because I surely do not have any?” It was really clear that God was speaking to me. My thinking was being challenged. He wanted me to step out in faith and change my way of thinking. I was pondering this currency revelation God had shown me and trying to figure out how I could think in terms of hundreds instead of ones.
My next post will describe how the Holy Spirit directed me to change my actions. Remember; this is my real life story. It does not get any more practical than this.