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He's the God of Supernatural Increase
By Joel Osteen - May 10, 2010
I heard about this lady whose church was in a building program. One Sunday the pastor announced that it was going to cost $2 million dollars to finish the project. He was encouraging the congregation and challenged them to do their best. In passing he said, "If God were to give you the funds to pay off this project, how many of you would do it?" He wasn't putting pressure on them, but just trying to get them to open their thinking. He said, "If God were to supernaturally provide, would you make a commitment to give?" This lady raised her hand. Well, several days later, she got a call from a friend who had just won a multimillion dollar settlement in a legal matter. The friend said, "I just feel like I'm supposed to give you $2 million dollars." The lady was so excited and overjoyed. She said, "You are an answer to prayer! I know exactly what I'm going to do with those funds. I'm going to give it to my church to help finish that project."

A few days later, the same friend called back. She said, "You know, I really feel like I'm supposed to give you personally $2 million dollars. So if you're going to give those funds away, then I'm going to give you an additional $2 million for yourself."

Friend, that's far and beyond favor. That's God outdoing Himself. When it was all said and done, the friend got blessed, the church got paid off, and the lady was not out one single penny.

But notice that it all started when this lady dared to believe for supernatural increase. When the pastor said, "If God gave it to you, would you give it?" She could have thought, "Awe, I don't need to raise my hand. I never get any good breaks. That will never happen for me." But no, she was bold. As an act of faith she said, "Lord, I believe." She was saying in effect, "I believe in supernatural increase. I know my job is not my source. God is my source. He is Jehovah Jireh – the Lord my provider. He owns it all." When you put your faith out there like that, it opens the door for God to show up and do amazing things in your life!

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV).
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