I believe that there are five basic classes of people on planet earth. There are the very poor, the poor, the middle class, the rich, and the very rich. The possessions of these people are not what determine who these people are. Each of these classes of people actually determines how much they possess. These classes of people are based upon the beliefs of their hearts. For a large part those who comprise the Church are very poor in their mentality. The very poor think from day to day. What in us thinks only for today? Whatever in us thinks for today will act for today, think for today, and live for today. A very poor mindset will keep us bound to today. It will not bring blessing of the rich inheritance of God into the earth. What in us doesn’t understand how awesome we are as the family of God? These are the things that keep us bound to a very poor mentality in life.
The second class of people is the poor. Poor people think for some short segment of time. They live for the month, a few months, or maybe even the year. Their strategies and plans look to things that are within their own reach. The live to maintain life in this world, but they don’t live to change the world. They believe in entitlements more than they seek empowerments. Any riches they receive they spend it upon wasted causes and short-term agendas of existence in this world.
The middle class lives year to year and may even plan for the comfort of many years. Their focus is comfort. Much of the Church lives to be comfortable. It is a middle class life. Those with a middle class mindset don’t live for significance, but spend any inheritances they receive on the successes of their own lives.
The rich live for longer segments of time. They may even live a segment of inheritance to their children, but they still lack something of the substance of true destiny. The very rich live for decades and even centuries. Very rich people don’t think about what is going to happen in the next year. They think about changing nations. They think about changing generations. Very rich people don’t live to make more money. They live to change the world. God doesn’t just want to give us possessions; He wants us to be people who possess the earth.
We could have a widow’s coin and not have a poor mentality. We are not equal with others. We are not supposed to be equal with others. God does not want us to be equal with others. He wants each of us to be significant in the worlds in which we live. He wants us to influence others by the things we possess. A lady named Tabitha had to be raised from the dead because she had the mentality of a rich person in this earth. She made valuable clothing for forgotten widows and when she died God summoned Peter to raise her from the dead, because her destiny of bringing heaven to the earth for widows was greater than her ultimate destination to a heaven beyond this world (Acts 9:36-41). Tabitha was a woman with a kingdom mindset in this world.
Abraham understood the keys to a kingdom mindset even while he was still called Abram. When he encountered King Melchizedek upon his return from rescuing Lot and the goods of Sodom, he recognized Melchizedek’s gifts of bread and wine as but a spillover of the blessings God held for him from heaven. Abram spilled over with a tithe of what he had as a covenant response calling for all that God would give him from heaven for his inheritance in the earth (Gen. 14:17-24). He had a mentality of Abraham even though he was still Abram.
Abram was destined to become Abraham, but he didn’t know it. God knew it, but Abram did not. However, Abram thought like a very rich man. He understood that a kingdom mindset has to do with who you are and not what you do.
Abraham was a rich man, but God was very rich (Gen. 13:2,3). When God gave His covenant promise to Abraham a very rich God was talking with a rich man. God was presenting a 100-year plan to a rich man. Abraham was 99 years old. There must be a 100-year plan? The church is 99! There must be a very a 100-year plan! To receive a 100-year plan we must know the one with the 100-year plan.
Genesis 13:2, 3 Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold. He went on his journeys from the Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai…
Abraham’s foundation was the mindset of a very rich man. Because he thought like a very rich man he could go from Bethel to Ai. The journey of his life supernaturally demonstrated that as the house of God (Bethel), the only direction you can go is to the heaps and the testimonies of God in the earth (Ai). The real issue of inheritance is that God is very rich and He wants His family to change the world.
Genesis12:7,8 Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.
Abram moved, but when he moved the house went with him. Too much of the Church is begging to be the house when they are already the house. Build a tabernacle and move! Don’t stay at the memories of what God has done. Move forward with grace that God has given you to do all things.
Move from the place of the house of God because they are the house of God and move west. Ai is on the east and Abram went on a journey still!
Abraham was very rich therefore God could make him exceedingly fruitful. How do you see yourself? Abraham was not a person. He was a house. How you see yourself determines your beliefs, your actions, your imaginations, and your influences. Do you see yourself as a house? Don’t see yourself as a ministry, a giver of blessings, or a healer. See yourself as God’s inheritance in this earth.
God of heaven, possessor of heaven and earth, impregnate us and activate us to be your testimony of inheritance in this world. Activate us to be very rich so we will be exceedingly fruitful. Give us an impartation and an activation of a 100-year plan for the sake of those we lead.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
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