Lay Up And Lay Hold
Jesus teaches us to lay up treasures in our heavenly account where they will be safe, gain better returns and where we can make immediate withdrawals. In I Timothy six verse 12 the Scripture says “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” In first Timothy chapter six verse 19 it says “Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” In Matthew chapter six verse 19-20 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”
In the scripture Jesus says to lay not up for yourselves treasures in earth where moth and rust does corrupt neither where thieves break through and steal. He says in verse 20 that one should lay up for themselves treasures in heaven. Jesus is not saying that you cannot have a 401(k) or a savings account but what he is saying is that you should focus your resources into the kingdom of heaven. Why would you put things in the earth’ system where it can be stolen. Satan can access anything in this earth’s system and steal it. The truth is that any bank account in this world can be accessed and things can be stolen by Satan. However, when one puts investments in God’s system, which is the kingdom of God, then they cannot be stolen from the Heavenly Account.
The Heavenly Account
In Philippians, the apostle Paul helps us to understand and expand what Jesus is ministering about this heavenly account. Philippians chapter four verse 17 says “Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.” Paul begins to talk about that how a person may have fruit that will abound to their account.This account that Paul is talking about in Philippians chapter four is the heavenly account that Jesus talked about in Matthew chapter six. The Father God sets up a financial account in heaven for each one of his children when they come into the kingdom. The returns on the Heavenly Accounts are far greater than anything in the earth’s account. The returns are thirty, sixty, one hundred, one thousand times and even a million times greater than the returns offered by earthly banks.
Withdrawals From Our Heavenly Account
The question is if it is possible for one to put money into their heavenly account then is it also possible for one to make withdrawals from their heavenly account. Let us look in Mark chapter 10. In Mark chapter 10 we have the story of the rich young ruler and through this truth it can seen how the practical use of one’s heavenly account. In Mark chapter ten verse 21 the scripture says “Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” In this scripture Jesus said for him to sell what he had, then give it to the poor, and he would have treasure in heaven.
Jesus was instructing the rich young ruler to get his money out of this world system and get it into the heavenly bank account that the young man had. However, the rich young ruler did not understand what Jesus was saying though and as a result he left grieved. The rich young ruler missed the biggest financial deal in his life. Jesus was endeavoring for the man to not trust in his earthly riches but to trust in the kingdom of God. It can be seen that Jesus desired for him to give so that he would have his treasure in the kingdom of God where moth and rust could not destroy it nor Satan steal it.
Jesus said in Mark chapter ten verse 24 “And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!” Jesus was helping us to understand that the rich young ruler was trusting in his riches more then he was trusting in God and the kingdom of God.
In Mark chapter ten verse 28-30 the scripture says “28Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. 29And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, 30But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.”
Now In This Time
In verse 28 Peter said we have left all to follow the Jesus. In verse 29 Jesus said there is no man that has left house or brother or sister or father or mother or wife or children or lands for my sake and the gospels but he shall receive and hundredfold now in this time. So, when a person gives financially to send the gospel out through giving: tithe, alms to the poor, offerings to outreach ministry, and sacrifices of thanksgiving, a person is making deposits into their heavenly account.
Jesus said that they shall receive 100 fold NOW IN THIS TIME and in the world to come eternal life. Jesus contrasted between receiving hundredfold now in this time as well as receiving in the world to come. He said that they shall receive one hundredfold now in this time and in the world to come eternal life. Jesus unequivocally makes the difference between receiving one hundredfold now in this time and in the world to come. With that said, He is teaching that we can make withdrawals from our heavenly bank account now in this time.
The Heavenly Account Withdrawal Slip
What follows is the heavenly account withdrawal slip in its practical steps so that one can make a withdrawal. Once a person has prayed and they have it clear in the heart how much to withdrawal. They need to be specific about the amount of money they want to make from there heavenly account. It is also important to make sure that the amount they’re calling in is what they can believe. In other words, don’t try to withdrawal $10 billion unless one has made deposits to be able to receive that much and they believe that you can take ten billion dollars out of your account.
This confession is the heavenly account withdrawal slip: “I claim ______ financial amount out of this world system. Satan take your hands off my money. Ministering spirit cause it to come in quickly. I believe I receive. By faith, I lay hold. In Jesus name.” Once one has made their withdrawal from their heart, it is now time to thank God it for an expect.
For more teaching on the heavenly account go to the Prosperity Proved And Not Moved Series as this series is unlocked and requires no subscription or purchase, just click on this link and if necessary do a media search for Prosperity Proved And Not Moved – Laying Hold Parts 1,2, & 3.