Financial stability can be a tenuous thing. Sometimes it doesn't take much to bring a person to the brink of financial disaster.
If you find yourself living from paycheck to paycheck or unable to make ends meet, you might need to "fix the flow," according to Elevation Church Senior Pastor Steven Furtick.
"When your life is in a place of shortage, it's because you've got a flow in the wrong direction," Furtick tells viewers in a recent sermon delivered.
"Fix the flow. There is a broken flow and the solution is faith," the Pastor says. "I want you to understand today that God has a solution for every shortage in your life."
Furtick tells viewers that putting God first when it comes to money can change their circumstances. "If you sit down after I preach today and do what you need to do in your life to put God first in the flow of your finances, it will change things. The tithe is the place where God gets your grip right, and opens your hands so that you don't hold on to stuff to the point that stuff ultimately has a hold on you."
The pastor explains that tithing is a demonstration of trust. "It expresses my faith, it expresses my love, it expresses my obedience to do what He said to do." Furtick encouraged listeners to tithe and says that doing so is an act of worship. "To bring back to God the first fruits of all that He's entrusted to me. It's the most spiritual thing I do."
Furtick also advises listeners that God will reward their giving. "My God will meet all your needs, too … all your needs, every need. Emotional needs. Spiritual needs ... If you get your life going in the direction of God — I declare increase over your life, in Jesus name."
Elevation Church was one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in the U.S. from 2007 to 2010, according to Outreach Magazine. Founded in 2006 by Senior Pastor Furtick, his wife, Holly, and seven other families, the North Carolina-based assembly currently has 14 locations and a congregation total of more than 15,000 parishioners.