Good morning Divine Perspective Readers. Some of you might be wondering why you didn’t get a link on Friday for Divine Perspective. Well, going forward, on Fridays we wouldn’t be having the typical blog, but a 5 minute long podcast instead. The feedback has been really great and so apologies to the text lovers. I realise people actually prefer to listen than to read. We blog on Monday and cast on Friday, is that alright? Thanks guys!
So to the topic of the day, The Profit Mix. In Marketing, there’s what is known as the Marketing Mix, they call them the 4P’s of Marketing: Product, Price, Place and Promotion. These are the necessary ingredients necessary to be considered to make marketing possible. Also, in our Christian walk with God, there is what I call the Profit Mix. This means that for any believer to get results or make any profit in God, some factors must play out, and these factors must be combined in the right condition under the right atmosphere and then profit would be an inevitable result of the interaction. Let’s check out our anchor scripture.
Heb 4:2 (KJV) For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but THE WORD preached did not PROFIT them, not being MIXED with faith in them that heard it.
It’s amazing what the writer of Hebrews is saying here. What does he mean by saying the children of Israel did not profit of the Word that was preached to them because they did not mix the Word with Faith? Now we must understand the backdrop canvas upon which the writer of Hebrews is painting his line of thought. He was speaking of a central theme; REST. He was trying to explain Rest by beginning with what Rest is not. Sometimes you need a bad example to know the right one, and more often than not, we hear teachers begin the explanation of a concept by what it is not. Here, the writer of Hebrews (Paul I believe) was saying not to go down the Israeli route. They never entered into the rest God ordained for them to enter, simply because they never learned to mix the Word with Faith. Sometimes the most difficult thing in the world to do is to rest on the solidity of the Word.
Rest is always a sign of Faith. Rest speaks to situations faster than our words a times. As believers, whenever we’re acting on the Word of God, we should never forget to include Rest in our equation of result. God spoke the same Word He is speaking to us today, to the children of Israel back then in the wilderness, but the Word never profited them simply because they did not know how to rest. They wanted to worry about their survival by themselves, and nothing stops the flow of supernatural intervention like human assistance. In His mercy, God kept putting up with them, but in the end, even they could not survive the harsh conditions their unbelief had brought them into. Of all the bunch that left Egypt, only 2 made it to the promised land. 2 out of 3 million +, how meager is that? Guess what? Their margin for profit was dependent on them and not on God. All the 3 million Jews could have entered into the promised land if they simply Rested on the Word. The promised land wasn’t meant for 2, but for all. That God has prepared some things for you, doesn’t mean they will fall on your laps like overripe cherries. You’ve got to key into the flow of God, the frequency at which God operates, which is Faith.
II Chron 32:8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
We see here how that the children of Israel rested on the words of Hezekiah the King. The Word of God is a buckler and a shield, you can literally rest on the Word of God and go to bed. Whenever you find yourself in an unpalatable situation, simply go to the Word and look for that Word that addresses your situation, mediate on it, roll it over in your heart and let it sip into your consciousness. When you do that, something begins to happen on your outside. The internal meditations begin to take a hold of the events in your life. Life indeed is lived inside out, and not the other way around. You can not make profit and progress in this Kingdom by choosing to worry when God says to rest. Like I said earlier, one of the biggest hindrances to Divine Intervention is Human Assistance. When God says to rest, you had better rested, and allow God do His thing. Whenever we try to assist God in a role He alone can execute, then we have set ourselves up for failure and defeat. Exodus 14:14 (one of the first verses I learned growing up) it says God will fight for us and we will hold our peace. God can’t fight while we also saddle our chariots in battle. Some may trust in horses and chariots but we would REMEMBER the name of the Lord. God’s Word is worth remembering. When you remember it, act upon it and then like Paul told Timothy, your profiting will begin to appear unto all men. God is in charge of the Profit, you are in charge of the Mixing. Mix the Word with Faith by Resting. This is God’s way of increasing you in this Kingdom. If what was preached to them is the same thing that is being preached to us, if they did not profit with that Word, it is because they did not A MIX it with Faith.
Matthew 6: 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Verse 30 makes it clear that those who worry about everything, especially the elements of survival like food, shelter and clothing have little or no faith. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we shouldn’t work for money or be productive with our time (See my post; “Smell The Coffee”). Jesus however is saying that when we pursue the mundane things of this world to the extent that we begin to look away from our real source; Christ, then we start to fall short. Our priority is the Kingdom and should always be. When we enter into that realm where God’s Word and Will reign and rule in our lives, we can rest on that and believe that All Things Are Working Together. We have not been called by God to labour and struggle, we have been called to a rest, not a casual vacation in the Bahamas kind of rest, but a rest of the soul and mind in the finished works of Jesus. A rest in the spirit that unburdens you of every weight that isn’t yours. This is the path to making profit in this Kingdom.
I pray that as we learn to apply God’s Word in our daily lives, the life force in the Word will intrude into every area of our lives and cause change and transformation to happen in Jesus name. See you on Friday… 🙂 God bless You.