Read this excerpt from Steve Backlund's Divine Strategies for Increase about how our design for increase:
"I...hid your talent in the ground." (Matthew 25:25)
The Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30 teaches two powerful lessons. The first is that we have been given varying amounts of "talents." Secondly, God believes that we will find legitimate ways to increase our talents.
A talent is literally an amount of money. We know that scripture teaches us that proper attitudes and habits toward money are a training ground for having true spiritual riches released to us (see Luke 16:11), but the lessons of this parable go far beyond just finances.
Each of us has been given a certain set of beginning circumstances in life that could be considered our talents. These "talents" will be more for some peple and less for others. Whatever our situation, one thing is clear: We are called to increase what we have. And we know that God never commands us to do something without providing the way to perform it.
The two faithful servants in the Parable of the Talents found ways to increase what they had. We too are to find the means to increase our abilities, our postitive influence and numerous other aspects of life. One of the main ways we do this is by accessing the spiritual laws that God has established. As we do, we will see the increase. We will not be like the unfaithful one in this parable who hid his talent out of fear and faulty concept of God, but we'll harness these spiritual laws to work for us just as mankind has harnessed natural laws like gravity.
We are created with a DNA for growth and increase. Indeed, the kingdom only moves forward through those who increase their talents. The Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 can only accelerate if there are those who are enlarging who they are, and who are obtaining more power, love, divine strategies, success in relationships, finances, physcial health, protection and anointing. Because of this reality, we have confidence that we can and will increase.
We must believe we are to PROSPER (increase our talents) to have God's will done through us. Some reject the prosperity message because of doctrinal imbalances, selfishness and other abuses that have come from some of its most vocal proponents. We cannot overreact to this error and miss the vital necessity of increasing what we have. We many not become rich in the eyes of others, but we must believe for and pursue greater resources so that we will more and more become a source of salvation and miracles to others.
Divine Strategies for Increase
by Steve Backlund
"But his delight is in the law of the Lord . . . and whatever he does shall prosper" (Psalm 1:3).
The laws of the spirit are more real than the natural laws. Just as the law of gravity can work for us or against us, so do God's spiritual laws.
God's laws primarily are principles to release blessing, not rules to be obeyed to gain right standing with God. The Psalmist talks of one whose prime delight is in the law of the Lord. This person not only discovers how to cheerfully make life-changing deposits into the spirit realm, but, more importantly, how to find new aspects of the nature of God (hidden in each law) to behold and worship. The end result of this delighting is a transformed life that prospers in every endeavor. His experience can be our experience, and this book unlocks the blessings hidden in the spiritual realm.
Even non-Christians have unwittingly used spiritual laws to prosper. It is time for the church to become aware of the powerful realm of the spirit and the laws that are at work within that realm.