//Kenneth E. Hagin
THE LORD TAUGHT ME how to use my faith for finances. For years, I hadn't seen it. I'd been saved and then healed by the power of God as a young Baptist boy. But I never thought about using my faith beyond salvation or healing.
Many people have gotten saved, but they've never thought about using their faith beyond believing God for salvation.
I don't know why, but early in my ministry, I went for several years and never had anything, because I didn't believe for anything much financially or materially.
I didn't have a shadow of a doubt as to whether I was in the will of God. Somebody said, "Well, if you're in the perfect will of God and you're willing and obedient, everything's going to work just right, and He'll meet every need."
But you've still got to believe. If you don't believe, even though you're in the perfect will of God, it still won't work right. You've got to appropriate what belongs to you.
Some folks think these things will just fall on you automatically like ripe cherries off a tree. But they won't. The Bible says, "Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Heb. 11:6). God is a faith God. Faith has something to do with whether you receive His blessings.
In 1949 the Lord led me to leave the church I was pastoring and begin traveling in ministry. And for the first year we struggled financially. At one point I fasted and prayed about our finances for three days. And the Lord said to me, "Faith is the same in every realm and in every sphere. Now, you only use faith as far as salvation, the baptism in the Holy Ghost, and healing are concerned. But faith is the same in the financial realm."
The Lord continued, "Now then, if it were healing that you needed for your own body, you'd just claim that by faith. . . . You've got to do the same thing when it comes to finances."
Using Your Faith for Finances
Mark 11:23 tells us faith will work by saying without praying. Jesus said in that verse, "Whosoever shall SAY . . . he shall have whatsoever he SAITH." Certainly faith works in prayer (Mark 11:24). But when you pray it, you still have to say it. When we claim what we need by faith, God will meet our needs.
I first put this into practice while holding a meeting in a little church down in east Texas. I had preached there the year before, and they had paid me a total of $114.30 for two weeks.
It wasn't enough to meet my budget, so I claimed the $200 I needed by faith. When the two-week meeting was over, the pastor handed me my offering, and it came to $240.15. He said, "Man, that's the most we've ever done. I don't understand it. I just can't figure it out."
Over the years, I have had some of the most unusual experiences in the area of finances that you've ever seen. And I experienced God's blessing in some of the most unlikely places, because God's Word works!
Faith works! When you believe that those things which you say shall come to pass, you shall have whatsoever you say. You can use your faith for the financial prosperity the Lord has provided for you.
[Editor's note: This article was adapted from Kenneth E. Hagin's book Mountain-Moving Faith.]