Tap Into the System And Be Blessed for Success
Part of a Series by Buddy Pilgrim
Perhaps the most foundational message I teach in this ministry is one called “The Land of Business - The Missing Link.” Although I have been teaching it for many years, it seems like every time I dig in and study it, the Lord provides new insight, and a deeper understanding. It’s wonderful how well Scripture always interprets and confirms other Scripture. I want to share with you some of the confirming points that I have recently seen more fully explained in God’s Word. I don’t have the space to outline the entire L.O.B. message here, but I do need to recap a couple of the relevant points to set the stage for my primary discussion in this newsletter.
1. God is Our Sole Source. Our Heavenly Father is our one and only source of all that we need in life. Furthermore, He is a good God, and like any loving father, He wants only the best for His children. God’s desire is for you and I to prosper and do well. Third John 1:2-3 says: “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” NAS I know God wants my soul to prosper; therefore, I can be certain that His desire is for me to experience prosperity and health proportionate to my spiritual well-being. The key is for me to make sure that I nurture my spiritual health.
Most people want to prosper in all respects. That simply means they want success in all their dealings. Such success is more than just financial; however, money and finances are also central parts of God’s success plan for our lives. This raises the question: “How will God bring about our prosperity?” Will miracle money just show up in the mail box? It may, but that is not going to be how most people prosper. Besides that, “miracle money” is more of an event mentality than a system mentality. We serve a system oriented God, and He wants us to be active in His system.
2. Business is the Only System That CREATES Wealth - Any and All Wealth! There are lots of ways to transfer wealth: inheritance, gifts, profit distributions, wages, found money, prize winnings, etc. but if you trace it back, all wealth (100% of it) is originated or generated by some business transaction. Nothing other than the exchange of goods and services (i.e. business) produces wealth. Everything else is just a transfer payment that moves it around. God is the source, but business is His SYSTEM for wealth creation — wealth of any amount.
Let me further illustrate these first two points through an analogy of a water system: The water faucets in your house are vital parts of the system that make a continual flow of much needed water readily available “on demand” in your house. Although water flows from the faucets, they are not your source of water. The pipes in the wall are not your source, nor are the city water lines, or even the lakes or the rivers that collect the water. The source of your water is the God who sends the rain, but everything else is a vital part of the delivery system that creates a continual supply of useable water. Keep this analogy in mind as you read this article.We Serve A System God. I know that some people like to pray for miracle events, but I don’t think that represents God’s best. Don’t misunderstand me, God has been in the miracle business since before the dawn of time. There was not a time of miracles – we serve a God of miracles, and He can and does continue to perform miracles of ALL kinds today. However, I really don’t want to need a miracle. I’d rather walk daily in supernatural health than need miraculous healing any day. Likewise, I’d rather operate with God’s supernatural anointing and blessings for success in business than need a financial miracle. The “supernatural” is just His “super” multiplying my “natural” effort within His system. It’s nice to know God still performs the miraculous, but let’s quit getting ourselves in positions that require miraculous deliverance; instead, just tap into His system.
Sadly, many people who have major personal or business financial needs either: 1. completely overlook God’s desire to prosper them, or 2. they run around looking ONLY for miracle money. The ones who overlook God’s desire for them to prosper will fail to aggressively pray for God’s blessings, but work twice as hard to generate success on their own. The others are like someone standing by a stream who badly needs a drink of water. They run around with their head back and their mouth wide open “believing” for a giant, miracle drop of water to fall from the sky. While praying for a miracle “Big Gulp,” they ignore the stream (i.e. water supply system) right beside them.Psalm 1:1-3 contains a powerful analogy about God’s system for prosperity. Let’s see what we can learn from what it says:“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, and in His Law he meditates day and night. he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. NAS
This passage is about a person blessed and anointed for success of all kinds, but it starts off focusing on his or her spiritual prosperity. The recipe for a blessing is found in one’s daily walk and in the value he or she places on Godly wisdom — day and night. If you don’t feel Blessed For Success, you might need to check and see if you are following the recipe. Ouch!
The Bible is full of analogies. They are illustrations that help the reader more fully understand important and powerful Spiritual truths. Psalm 1 uses an analogy of a tree and a stream to illustrate the power of a system, and the impact it can have on those who tap into it. Notice the last line says: “… and in whatever he does, he prospers.” From this we know it is referencing broad-based success in all areas of life: relationships, health, finances, business decisions — “whatever!”
Psalm 1 also describes the evidence of prosperity as: fruit in season and leafs that do not wither. This is a prosperity that comes about with certainty and continuity like the foliage and fruit of “a tree planted by streams of water.” This is a tree tapped into the system, or a person choosing God’s Word over the ways of the wicked, the sinners and the scoffers.
Remember the analogy of your water system. Pipes and faucets are modern refinements we have added to a water system that is as old as the earth. When God created the earth, He designed it with hills and valleys. This very design creates a system for gathering water into creeks, stream, rivers and natural lakes. He even created beavers to build dams in places where no natural lakes exist. If the earth were as flat as a table top, there would be no place for water to accumulate. It would spread evenly across the land and soak in quickly. Flat land would make us totally dependant on catching that miracle “Big Gulp,” or at least lots of small ones. God’s system of hills and valleys forces water into His system, and makes it readily available for us.
Drawing on the analogy of Psalm 1, we see that a successful tree is one that is planted by a stream — tapped into the system. It’s roots spread out through the ground and tap into the continual flow of moisture created by the stream. Plants cannot survive without water; plants flourish with water. Notice also that a stream delivers more than just H2O. Streams carry nutrients and essential mineral of all kinds. Those nutrients are carried into the roots and dispersed throughout the tree by being suspended in water. With the exception of carbon-dioxide and sunlight, EVERYTHING a plant needs to live and flourish comes through the water system. That’s why a tree close to a nutrient delivery SYSTEM (a stream) will flourish. The system creates a continual supply of all that it needs. In fact, rain water doesn’t pick up the nutrients until it filters through the system. Business and work is the system that God designed to bring you a continual supply of all you need to prosper financially. Occasional miracle “Big Gulps” won’t meet all your financial needs.Jeremiah 17:7-8 give us additional insight to the importance of tapping into the system. It says: " Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit. NAS
When we are tapped into a system of supply, we don’t have to worry about drought or heat. But if we are counting on miracle “Big Gulps,” we will be in real trouble during a drought. There won’t even be droplets to catch. Business and work is like a stream. God is the source but business is the system designed to bring you a continual flow of financial provision. Continual flows provide fruit in season and luscious leafs year round!
Psalm 92:12-14 says: “The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree… full of sap and very green.” A palm tree has the ability to store up water and flourish even in a drought. Personal righteousness combined with the prayer of faith are the only things that will get you through a recession or a business downturn. Righteousness matters! When tough times come, examine yourself closely. Make sure you are tapped into the system, and then check to see that you are not walking in the counsel of the ungodly, but are delighting in the Law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. Once you get that part right, then begin to pray aggressively for God’s supernatural favor upon you, so you can truly experience Psalm 1 prosperity.