I heard a word from God.
But then I’ve been hearing words from God for a long time.
The first prophetic word that I heard was directed to my father, who, at the time, was doing all he could to keep me from attending church. The Lord spoke to me and said, “Tell him that as long as he supports your ministry his meal barrel will never be empty.” I didn’t even know what a meal barrel was, much less the reference to Elisha and the widow woman of Zarepath, but I told him anyway. I’d like to tell you that he received that word in faith, with grace, but if I did, I would be lying. He got mad. He didn’t become angry—he got mad. But he must have believed it, because, even after he took the keys to my new truck and kicked me out of the house, leaving me to live in a ten dollar a week boarding house, he gave me a hundred dollars to buy my first evangelistic vehicle, and when that one was hit by a pick-up full of drunk cowboys he personally bought me a seven year old T-Bird. Why? He had begun to prosper, and he made the connection between his prosperity and the prophetic word that I had spoken. There is power in prophetic prosperity.
When we began our church in Lima the Lord spoke a word to me—“Preach II Chronicles 20:20 every Sunday for the first year.” You might remember the verse— “Believe on the Lord and so shall ye be established, believe My prophets and so shall ye prosper.” It didn’t matter what I preached, somewhere in the message I worked the verse in. The people prospered. I’m still in contact with many of those people and they tell me to this day that they have prospered over the years because of what I taught them about prosperity.
What you hear makes a difference. I recently met the pastor of a large and prosperous church for the first time. He volunteered in conversation that he spent twelve weeks of this year preaching prosperity and that, “By the time I was finished I was so glad to get off of the subject and start something new!” He said that two weeks later he felt compelled to start the prosperity series all over. He thought that strange, but he went on to say that half way through the second series his daughter came up to him and said, “Dad, I finally got it! I understand prosperity!” And she is prospering since. What she heard made a difference. What the people in Lima heard has made the difference. And what you hear will make a difference for you. If you hear a word that establishes prosperity you will prosper, if not, not so much. What you hear makes a difference.
I could tell you stories. The Philpots were two of our earliest supporters in ministry. They grew from a struggling one man garage to the ownership of several thriving businesses after they heard a word of prosperity. Bubba heard a word of prosperity and found money at the side of the road on a two lane state highway that runs between Dallas and Corsicana, Texas. A couple in Fairmont, West Virginia heard a word of prosperity and money literally floated from the rafters of their old farmhouse. I’ve got more of crazy prosperity stories than I can remember and every one of them began with a word that someone heard, a word that created faith, creating avenues of abundance that brought prosperity into their lives. I have a word for you.
When you join me “Behind The Door,” I’ll share some things that you need to know to experience prophetic prosperity.