God’s system of success is not positive thinking or a scheme dreamed up to work in the world system. It works in the spiritual realm. It works out of the human spirit, not out of man’s intellect. If you only confess out of your head (your mind), the system won’t work because it’s a spiritual operation.
"Provide yourselves bags which wax not old…." Let your spirit produce what you need. Let it be the ground in which you deposit the seed of God’s Word. Out of that seed good things will grow and you will reap the harvest on earth.
"…A treasure in the heavens that faileth not…." After all the world’s schemes fail—when everybody is hiding in the mountains, storing up for the famine—God’s system of sowing and reaping will prevail. The present world system is failing because it was designed to fail. God’s system won’t fail; it will prevail. When everyone else has an empty gas tank, your tank will be running over because of the good seed you have sown in your heart.
Jesus says that it is unfailing on the higher plane where no thief approaches and no moth corrupts. (Luke12:33) We begin to think," That must be in heaven because no thief can get up there and there will no moths or insects there to corrupt it." But wait a minute! He says, "Provide yourselves bags that wax not old." How many ladies do you know whose purses are no older now than when they bought them? Jesus is saying, “Provide yourself as a container, a depository, that will never wax old”.
You may say, “That must be in heaven”. No. In 2 Corinthians 4:16 the Apostle Paul says, "…but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day." Jesus was saying that you provide yourself. Your human spirit, which the Bible calls “the heart”, becomes the container that you put the treasure in.
Now how do you put it in there? In Romans 10:18 Paul tells you: The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart. First in thy mouth, then in thy heart. It gets in your mouth before it gets in your heart. The psalmist David said, …my tongue is the pen of a ready writer (Psalm 45:1). Proverbs 3:3 refers to writing upon the table of thine heart. How do you do it? With the tongue. The tongue is the instrument that writes on the heart.
When we operate in the realm of the spirit with God the Father, we will find the wisdom of God to bring our prosperity on earth.
Consider the account of Elisha in 2 Kings 6:1-6. When he and the sons of the prophets went out to cut down some poles at the edge of the Jordan, one of the ax head flew off and sank in the river. The prophet Elisha cut a stick and threw it in the water where the ax head had sunk.
The people standing around must have wondered, “What in the world is he doing?” Elisha used the stick to cause something to happen: The ax head floated to the top! Under the world’s system ax heads don’t float, but Elisha was operating in the spirit realm. An ax head floating on water is a spiritual operation that cannot be explained in natural terms.
When you operate in the spirit realm, the people around you who operate in the natural realm will react to you just like the people reacted to Elisha. They’ll say, “What in the world is he doing by confessing abundance and no lack? The news tells us that inflation is eating up our bank accounts!”
People have told me, “God’s not concerned about material things.” Isn’t an ax head a material thing? There is certainly nothing spiritual about it! God produces miracles of like substance. When Elisha wanted the ax to float, he threw something in the water that would float and received a miracle of like substance.
God’s System Produces Abundance
We must realize that God designed a system in the earth, in you, that will produce everything you need in this life—not just enough to barely get along, but more than enough so that you can live the abundant life!
You must work the system diligently; otherwise, it won’t produce for you, just as the world system won’t produce for the man who is too lazy to work at it.
Operate in the Spiritual Realm
God’s principles, which operate on a spiritual plane, put a positive charge around you and ward off all that the Devil can send against you. This faith force, which works on a higher plane, causes the blessings of God to come to you when everyone else is in lack.
Knowing how to live on that higher plane is worth digging for in the Word of God. Jesus said that you are providing a treasure on a higher plane that will fail not. That treasure won’t fail when it’s on that higher plane.
If you drag the supernatural principles down to the level of the world, they will fail. If you say, “This system doesn’t look as though it’s going to work” you’re dragging the spiritual principles down to the level of what you see, feel, and hear. They won’t work!
Apply the giving principle to small matters first until you learn how to give successfully. It will work just as well to get you a parking place downtown as it will to bring in $50,000 to pay a note. God’s way is a miracle of like substance. No matter what you give up—whether it’s money or your parking place—it works by the same principle.