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Fulfill Your Financial Destiny

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 66 Pages

Though the economic system (mammon) of this world is under a curse, we have received instructions for how to move out from that dominion and into the blessing of the Kingdom of God. God’s promises to His children have not changed with the whims of government or Wall Street, nor have His directions for how to walk in those promises. We can “choose not to participate” in the economic recession that is around us if we instead choose to obey the logos and rhema of the Lord and enjoy the blessings that result.

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Fulfill Your Financial Destiny

God has given you the power to get wealth (Deut. 8:18)

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Though the economic system (mammon) of this world is under a curse, we have received instructions for how to move out from that dominion and into the blessing of the Kingdom of God. God’s promises to His children have not changed with the whims of government or Wall Street, nor have His directions for how to walk in those promises. We can “choose not to participate” in the economic recession that is around us if we instead choose to obey the logos and rhema of the Lord and enjoy the blessings that result.

Experience the World of Kingdom Economics

When we watch the evening news or look around at the disaster that has become of our global economy, what a relief it is to remember that we are no longer living under the world’s systems but we are now citizens of a totally different kingdom with a totally different economic system! God is in a covenant to bless us as we walk in obedience to Him. As you read Deuteronomy 28:1-14, you will see that this blessing extends to all areas of our lives, including our finances!

God offers us His ERA (Economic Recovery Plan), and His is guaranteed to prosper! The Fulfill Your Financial Destiny materials will give you Scriptural support for the belief that God delights in the prosperity of His children (Ps. 35:27). It is His desire that we lend and not borrow. We are to be the head and not the tail, above and not underneath (Deut. 28:12,13). God Himself teaches us to profit (Isa. 48:17) and has given us the power to make wealth (Deut. 8:18). Several hundred verses on silver and gold are examined, showing that we are to create and release wealth into the kingdom of God. Specific actions that release poverty and prosperity into our lives are revealed, giving you the choice of where you will decide to live.

During the economic storms that are swirling around us, wouldn’t it be wise to build your financial future on the rock solid truth of the Word of God?

Fulfill Your Financial Destiny Book - How Will it Benefit Me?

What has God destined for you financially? Has He stated His desire in the Bible? Yes, He has. In fact, there are more than four times as many verses about money as there are on prayer, so it is important that we explore this topic in depth. In this book we find out what it is that keeps Christians from experiencing God's financial blessing. We remove the belief in a sacred/secular split that hinders our faith. We explore what the Bible says about silver and gold, and we build a theological understanding from the verses which we examine. We discover what the Bible says releases wealth as well as what releases poverty so we can maintain a posture which allows God's blessings to flow in our lives. What does the Bible teach about planting seeds and expecting a harvest? Are there enough resources on this planet for all to be blessed, or can I only increase my wealth by decreasing yours? We shall explore these questions, as well. We will pore over Scriptures and we will ask God to grant revelation. Our goal is that you know and embrace what the Bible teaches about money.

How to Get the Most Out of This Teaching

The CDs correspond with the Fulfill Your Financial Destiny book. For maximum growth and internalization, we recommend utilizing the two together. The book provides an excellent outline to follow as you listen to the CDs, as well as more intensive Bible meditation opportunities.

Additional Training Materials to Help You Internalize the Message

Fulfill Your Financial Destiny CD Set

5 sessions, lengths vary from 20-60 minutes each

These are ideal for repetition and review as you drive, work or exercise. Hearing Mark teach this series releases an impartation, revelation and spiritual understanding which, if internalized, will completely transform your theology concerning money. Mark shares his struggle and story in an honest and down-to-earth way that relates to every listener. Every time you review this series the Holy Spirit reveals more to you. Do yourself a favor and listen to them over and over until the revelation is complete. Rushing on to another topic without internalizing this truth does not result in cultivating Christian spirituality.

 


Listen as Mark Teaches Through the Book Fulfill Your Financial Destiny
#  CD Session Titles Length
1 Gold and Silver - Part 1 60 minutes
2 Gold and Silver - Part 2 40 minutes
3 Appropriating Covenant Blessings (Deut. 28:1-14) 60 minutes
4 Extending His Kingdom Through Achieving Financial Independence 30 Minutes
5 Should Pastors Be Involved in Business? 20 Minutes

Testimonies and Journaling Involving Money

Should We Test God? Journaling from Mark Virkler

I discovered that God commanded me to test Him concerning money. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the LORD of hosts. “All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the LORD of hosts (Mal. 3:10-12).

I told God I really didn’t want to put Him to the test. Instead, I wanted to simply give out of my love and obedience to Him and His principle of tithing.

He said, “Mark, if you want to obey Me then do what I have commanded you to do and TEST ME with your giving. Give your tithe and offerings IN FAITH believing for a financial blessing back. Believe I will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing upon you until it overflows. Mark, do what I have commanded you to do. TEST ME! Give IN FAITH and obedience, not simply in obedience!”

I said, “Fine, God, I will test You if that is what You want.”

He said, “That is want I want!”

That journaling was years ago, and today God is saying to me, “Mark, you can give your way through this recession.”

On another day, I was thinking about money and my conclusion was, “Never enough.” Immediately a flowing thought from the Holy Spirit came back to me, “More than enough!” I repented immediately and have made that my new confession, “More than enough!”


Who Is Your Provider? Journaling from Michele, a CLU Student

Lord. We need money…lots of money. Do you have anything to say about this?

Michele, once and for all, you have NO financial worries because the finances in your house are not your responsibility. NOT. Be a good steward of what I give. Your husband is not your provider. Your school is not your provider. I AM. What is My name? I AM. I AM. I AM. Don’t give money a thought, just say I AM. I have such interesting and particular financial provisions laid out for you and [your husband and son]. You would laugh if you could see what I see coming. Laugh now! Laugh in faith. Laugh with ME. Smile at the future.

I love talking with You, Lord.

And I you, My daughter. You’re funny, you know. You’re so funny. You bring Me so much joy. You are a delight to Me. That’s all that matters. Really, you PLEASE ME because YOU are YOU.

Anything else, Lord?

Just rest. Relax. Just rest. Enjoy. Don’t strive. Just go with the flow. My flow…the river that flows through you. I AM that river.


Lord, Not My Silver Dollar! by Edith Avanell Savage, a CLU Student (connect with Avanell here)

From the course Fulfill Your Financial Destiny, it has become apparent to me through the over 800 verses in the Bible regarding money, that God is very interested in how we view our finances. He has clearly spelled out in His Word to me that my viewpoint on money is to be based on His Word and guided by His Spirit.

As I journaled about the Deuteronomy 28:1-14 passage, the Lord expressed to me that He has made a way for His people to be set high above all the peoples on the face of the earth.  I can see from His perspective that He wants to showcase His people so all the world will see that we are the King's kids, a special people blessed by our God to be a blessing to those around us. His intention was never for us to hoard His blessings, but to be a conduit for Him to flow blessings through us to meet the needs of others.  And yet, He has left it up to us to choose whether we will accept the blessing.

My attitude towards money should be first and foremost that God owns it all!  Everything that I am and everything that I have comes from God.  I receive all things that pertain to life and godliness, according to 2 Peter 1:3, through my relationship with Him.  Praise the Lord, how rich I am!

The next thing that I must recognize in my attitude towards money is that the tithe belongs to the Lord.  A tithe is simply the first ten percent of what I earn or receive.  In Malachi 3:8-10 the Lord tells us that when we withhold the tithe and the offering that we are robbing Him and in doing so we place ourselves under the curse instead of the blessing.  If I have the attitude that I have earned this money myself and it is mine to do with as I please, then I have placed myself under a curse.  As a result I have withdrawn myself from His protection and given the enemy direct access to steal, kill and, destroy my financial ability to prosper.

Now that I've established my position to receive from God, I can move on to sowing seeds for my harvest.  Every farmer knows that in order to have a harvest, he must sow a seed.  One seed will produce many more in abundance if properly watered and nurtured.  I can scatter my seed around on good ground and be assured that I will receive a harvest for what I have sown, but I must continually sow and not allow doubts of any kind to sway me away from sowing.  To be assured of a bountiful harvest, I must bountifully and continuously sow my seed in faith.

Between my sowing and harvesting, I must water my seed with the Word.  I need to speak faith-filled statements about my harvest; for with my mouth, I speak it into existence through the activation of my faith.  My time between planting and harvesting then is a time of steadfastness, expecting a good harvest of my seed; a time of focusing on the good things that God has done in my life and thanking Him for them, and associating with people of like precious faith that are moving in the same direction as me.

As I have studied this course, God has reminded me of His faithfulness and my need to continue sowing my seeds in faith.  Fifteen years ago, my daughter and 1½ year old granddaughter came to live with me.  It was difficult having enough money to pay the bills and provide for a toddler who needed diapers and special food.  During that time, I attended a revival in a nearby town.

On the way home from work the night of the revival; in anticipation of going, I prayed and told the Lord I wanted to be able to give something for the offering, but I only had two dollars in my purse and some change.  I didn't know how I would make it through until payday on Monday without any gas in my car.  He very quietly told me to put the two dollars into gas for my car and simply empty the change out of my purse when it came time for the offering. 

I agreed that I could do that, but when I looked in my purse at my change, there was the silver dollar my father had given me that I always carried with me.  I said, “Lord, You don't mean for me to give my father's silver dollar with the change, do You?”  He simply said once again, “Just empty your purse of all the change and put that in the offering plate.”  I was so disheartened to think that God wanted me to give away my father's silver dollar.  He had carried it in his pocket since it was the date of my grandfather's birth, and it was all I had left of my father's.  When the offering plate came around, it took me three tries to get all the change, including dad's silver dollar, out of my purse.  I just didn't want to give that silver dollar away, but I did in obedience to my heavenly Father’s instructions.

The following Monday morning, my boss called me into his office and said, “I have good news.  I told you at the beginning of the year that I would not be able to give you a raise this year because things were so tight, but I have decided to give you a $1.00 an hour raise.”  Immediately the Lord said to me, “Do you remember that silver dollar that you gave in the offering? For every hour you work, I am repaying you for that silver dollar.  It will be yours every hour that you work for the rest of your working life.”  I was elated!  God is so faithful to do what He has promised!

Later, I found out that the church had taken that silver dollar to a coin collector and received $178.00 for the $1.00 that I had given up.  Never could I have given $178.00 into the work of God's kingdom at that time in my life.  I was so blessed in knowing that God had already multiplied it for His use and had given back to me an abundant harvest for my seed sown!  He is so good to me!  I will always remember God's faithfulness!

Through this course, I have been reminded to continue doing what I know is right and that when I respond to God in obedience and faith that He will bless me more than I could ever ask, think or imagine.  We can never out give God.  My theology on money, wealth, and prosperity is that God has promised in His Word that if I will listen to His voice and obey His commandments I will be the head and not the tail, blessed as I go out and come back in, and prosperous in every area of my life, with the ability to bless as I am blessed!  And that is what I plan to do!


Business Expands Because of a Vision from God by Allan Thomson

Clare has asked me to relate the story of how we used vision to grow our business. 

Clare having seen your teaching on vision and recognizing God wanting her to explore this space spent considerable time going through your teaching on vision with me. This shifted our understanding considerably as we had many years ago determined to serve God in the business mountain by "Praying, Hearing and Doing in Obedience". 

So for many years now we have waited on God for clear words of insight and instruction which generally are both "heart" and "strategic" in nature. What we realized was that pictures are much easier to work with than words or Scriptures. In other words it's easier to remember a picture than a word concerning the issue or person. As you say: "Pictures paint a thousand words." I was wrestling with some challenges on the business front and God challenged me: "You have never asked Me if your business will go bankrupt." So I asked the Lord to give me a picture of how He saw my business and He gave me the picture which I later found in Psalm 1:3 and Jeremiah 17:8. 

I saw a picture of a very large tree planted next to a river. It bore fruit in season, provided shelter for many birds, shade, leaves that were always green and even in old age will keep bearing fruit. This picture profoundly changed my personal view of [our] company, now 8 years old. 

There had always been a niggling fear in the background of us making a mistake and the company folding and I realized my view was completely different from God's. I aligned my thinking with God and gave thanks for what He had given us in the Company. Over the next few weeks every time the doubt would surface and I would lose my peace about the company, I would picture again God's vision for me and peace would flood back, quiet and confidence would be my experience and strengthen me. 

The effect on the business was remarkable because in a matter of weeks we found substantial growth in business. An old customer who had been small suddenly grew 7 times as big, new work started flooding in, turnover increased. Even an old client from 14 years ago suddenly called us out of the blue and it looks like it could result in work that would effectively double our turnover every month. We are growing at a time when our opposition companies in the same business are closing their doors or wanting to sell out. We are about to invest in a new machine which will enable our business to grow to 8 times its current size. Remarkable. And we get to live in peace and quiet. This is a much better deal that anxiety (Isa 32:7). 

I realized that we get what we believe and I had never settled the issue of my unbelief concerning the business. It's so much easier remembering a picture and encouraging my partners and managers with the picture Father gave us. I have extended this into my prayer life for the people around us asking Father for a picture of how to pray. Thanks for the "Vision" teaching. It has been invaluable and so I have decided to enroll in Christian Leadership University to grow this capacity.


Note from Mark Virkler: In light of the above testimony, how about all of us asking God for a picture of how He sees our business, our ministry and our families? In a few months, share your testimony with me of the vision you received and its resulting impact. Thanks!

 

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Take It to the Next Level

To ensure that this message transforms your life, we offer you four options. Any of these choices will assist you in internalizing this teaching, helping you to be a doer of the word and not a hearer only (James 1:22) and allowing you to produce a bountiful harvest in your life.

Opportunity 1 – Host a home or church group


This home group in Slovakia shows the excitement of learning to hear God's voice together!

We learn more quickly if we are surrounded by others who are seeking to master the same skill. Pray and ask God who you know who might want to grow in this truth also and open your home to them for 10-12 weekly sessions (or host a small group in your church). We provide several resources to help you present this powerfully and effectively in a group setting, including DVDs and application activities. Experience the joy of cultivating skills together with a group of friends! Discover how to create and post your group…

Opportunity 2 – Hire a Personal Spiritual Trainer to coach you

 
   

Coaching or discipling is the method Jesus used to train the twelve disciples.

When you team up with someone ahead of you in an area to mentor you, and you share your questions and steps of growth with them, receiving their counsel in return, you ascend more quickly into mastery in that area. We have trained coaches who have mastered this topic who will commit to working with you for a 90-day period.

Opportunity 3 – Take this as a college course from home

Christian Leadership University

Earn college credit while being apprenticed to mastery in this area! This topic is available as a course which you can take from your home through the distance learning program offered at Christian Leadership University. You may enroll in this course as a lifelong learner or apply it toward an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Doctoral degree.

Opportunity 4 – Host a seminar for your community

 
   

Transform your church and region by hosting a weekend seminar with an anointed trainer, where an impartation is released by the Holy Spirit into your community. Mark Virkler and others are available to be scheduled.