// Kenneth E. Hagin
FROM MY EXPERIENCE of almost 70 years of preaching faith, I've concluded that more people fail when it comes to faith for finances than anything else.
That's because they're trying to exercise faith but haven't sown any seed! They want God to bless their finances even though they haven't planted anything. Even so, it's amazing how He'll have mercy on them and help them.
The Bible states, "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" (Luke 6:38).
The Bible also says, "He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully" (2 Cor. 9:6). If you want a bountiful crop, you have to sow bountifully.
We can't reap a crop without sowing seed. We can't say, "I'm going in the backyard to pick tomatoes" if the ground hasn't been prepared and the seed sown.
We can receive finances through two principal methods:
1. BELIEVING AND OBEYING THE BIBLE.
2. A SUPERNATURAL MANIFESTATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
An example of the second method was the widow in the Old Testament story found in First Kings chapter 17. Her cruse of oil kept pouring oil, and her meal barrel kept giving meal—which was just as good as money in those days. That was a supernatural manifestation. Supernatural manifestations often occur for us in the area of finances because we have obeyed God and have sown seed.