FatigueGal. 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Everyone is aware of the economic problems we all face.  The bad economy has affected every pastor and church that I know of to some degree.  I see another problem.  A problem that is far worse than a bad economy because it hinders the saints from receiving God’s help in these times.

Decades of inaccurate teaching on Biblical finances has grown into strongholds that are unrecognizable.  There is a blindness to the fact that many things are not working and need to be reconsidered.  A financial fatigue has set into the church.  It seems that many people just do not want to hear anything more about Biblical finances.  There is thinking that everything about the subject has been taught already.  People are somewhat “numb” from the fatigue of things not working.  I propose that we do not have it right in the area of finances.

Most pastors I know in America, without saying it or admitting it, believe they already know what they need to know about Biblical finances and prosperity.  Their minds are shut.  The problem is that wrong thinking produces wrong believing, and wrong believing does not get God results.  I am called to minister on Biblical finances, yet in America, I find that pastors are not interested.  You would think that lack of results would cause them to reconsider, but it has not.  They seem to take the position of “hunkering down” and riding things out.  They won’t admit it, but reality is that there is something wrong, and they are feeling it.

I travel the world and minister on finances frequently.  To date, I have been to forty-one countries, many repeatedly.  There are many places where the pastors and the people are truly hungry for the truth in the area of finances and they are seeing enormous change as a result.  They have not been hardened to Biblical financial revelation through decades of unbalanced prosperity teaching that does not work.  Its like working with a clean slate.

Back around the year 2000, Brother Kenneth E. Hagin tried to bring some balance to the Body of Christ in the area of prosperity and Biblical finances when he released his book, “The Midas Touch.”  It quickly became controversial.  Many prosperity teachers did not want to hear the things in the book and they rejected Brother Hagin’s counsel.  In their stubbornness, they pressed onward with the extremities of their teaching and I believe it has produced some very well built strongholds that are not Biblical. For many, there is no way back at this point.  Too many books have been written, too many sermons preached, and they are too old to change now.

Almost all the prosperity teaching I have heard in America is selfish.  Through self interest, the Bible is interpreted as a means to an end.  They don’t say that, but that is the net result and this is why it is not working. Everyone wants to know how to go to the “next level” on a personal level. Its all about personal increase and precious little is said about advancing the Kingdom of God.

I want to offer the following as one of many available examples.

(Galatians 6:6–9 KJV) “Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Paul tells us to “communicate” with the one that teaches us.  The Amplified Bible says, “contributing to his support.”  Let’s look at what Paul did not say. He did not say to sow and he did not say to give. Communicate is a relational, partnering word.  It goes much deeper than a person giving money to a teacher.  If you communicate with a teacher it is because you are in an established relationship with your teacher like an apprentice is to a carpenter and you are contributing to his support in response for his teaching you.  This could be no other person than your pastor and those he is in relationship with that minister to you regularly as did Paul to the Galatians.  This is not a casual exchange - it is personal.  While everyone would say that this is in fact giving or sowing, Paul chose to use a much more personal word to make his point.

Paul does refer to the natural law of sowing and reaping to illustrate the point that your action will produce a reaction.  However, he explains very clearly what the reactions will be based on our action.

Look closely at what is sown and what Paul says will be reaped.  We have two choices.  We can sow to our own flesh and the reaction or reaping will be corruption.  We can sow to the Spirit and the reaction or reaping will be life everlasting.  Did you get that?  Communicating with the one teaching you is considered sowing to the Spirit.  Not communicating with the one teaching you is considered sowing to the flesh.  Every believer participates in sowing - either to self or to the Spirit.  What is promised for communicating with the one teaching you?  Life everlasting!  We sow financial support to the one teaching us but the promised reaping is life everlasting - not money.  What is sown is not what is reaped.  However, if you are walking in life everlasting you will have not only money, but everything else you need in life.  Life everlasting is better than and more than money, but it includes money.

Life everlasting is an eternal word, as is destruction, in the Bible.  Paul is talking about a life practice here leading to eternal life, rather than giving an offering to one guest speaker that comes by.  Furthermore, everyone committed to a church is in the process of reaping life everlasting every time they attend.  The Word of God is the Word of Life and it brings life everlasting to you every time you hear it.  Without you “communicating” with the one that teaches you, it would not be possible to reap life everlasting in this fashion because there would be no church.  

Here is another reference to the fact that Paul is speaking about a relationship with the one teaching you.

Gal. 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

You cannot and do not get “weary” doing something one time.  The exhortation to not be weary is an indication that this is something you do continuously and forever. You do that in a relationship. All the references to “be not weary” in the New Testament are referring to remaining steadfast unto the return of the Lord. God expects you to support the one who teaches you until the day you go to be with the Lord.

Also, the Greek words for “due season” are words used in reference to God intervening into the affairs of mankind and thus changing them.  This is not talking about time on a clock.  If you buy a packet of corn seeds it will tell you how many days it takes to get to the harvest.  This is NOT the use of this word.  Sorry folks, the use of this word indicates the reaping is squarely in the hands of God.  Better buckle down and be a doer of the Word.

I often think the saints sow their financial seed and then sit and wait for someone to give them some money.  They watch as money is given to the ministry and they think that is how money will come to them.  After all ministers tell them that, and they use their own situation as a testimony to what they consider truth.  It is Biblical to give money to the minister for his ministering to you but that is not how money comes to the giver.  And, that is not exactly what has been Biblically promised that the giver will reap.

The saints have been beaten silly with the doctrine of sowing and reaping but they have not been told the truth.  Its not working the way they want it to because that’s not the way it works.  No wonder they are fatigued.