// Kenneth E. Hagin
There is a law of sowing and reaping in both the natural and the spiritual realms. And it's a law that works! Yet many believers have not realized and understood the importance of this biblical principle, especially in the area of finances.
We know we can receive our needs met by faith in God's Word, just as we can receive healing or any other blessing found in God's Word by faith in that Word.
We could also be blessed materially through a manifestation of the Holy Ghost. Remember the widow woman in the Old Testament? God spoke to her through the prophet Elijah. And although there was a famine in the land, her oil cruse just kept pouring out oil and the meal barrel just kept giving her meal (1 Kings 17:16). That was just as good as money.
There are supernatural manifestations for us very often in the area of finances when we faithfully obey God and sow seed. These manifestations of the Holy Spirit are as He wills. We can't make them happen. However, whether there is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit or not, we always have the Word to act upon.
Yet there's another side to faith in God's Word for finances. You can't reap a crop—naturally or supernaturally—without sowing seed. You can't just go out into the backyard and say, "I'm going to pick some tomatoes," if you haven't planted any tomatoes! Or you can't say, "I'm going out into the field to pick cotton tomorrow," and expect to pick any cotton if the ground hasn't been prepared and the seed sown. If cotton hasn't been planted, you're not going to pick any cotton!
I think that folks often miss it in this area when it comes to faith for finances. They want God to bless them, all right, and it's amazing how He'll have mercy on them and help them sometimes. But oftentimes, they're trying to exercise faith principles to reap a crop when nothing has been planted!
From my experience throughout my many years of preaching faith, I think more people fail when it comes to faith for finances than anything else. The reason is that they're trying to exercise faith for finances, but they haven't planted any seed.
38 GIVE, and IT SHALL BE GIVEN UNTO YOU; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For WITH THE SAME MEASURE THAT YE METE WITHAL IT SHALL BE MEASURED TO YOU AGAIN.
You see, the Bible plainly says, "Give, and it will be given unto you. With the same measure with which you sow, it shall be measured back unto you." Jesus Himself said it.
Second Corinthians 9:6 says, "He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully." If you want a bountiful crop, you've got to sow bountifully.
So in your own life, just go ahead and obey the Bible in the area of finances. Pay your tithes and give offerings. Act on God's Word in faith and He will bless you, because He's faithful and true to His Word.
[Editor's Note: This article was adapted from Kenneth E. Hagin's book Biblical Keys to Financial Prosperity.]