Muchness: The Prosperity Mentality

The House of Prayer Everywhere 

Oakland, CA / info@itsthehope.org

Bishop Sean Teal, Th.D. , Author

MUCHNESS
The Prosperity Mentality

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MUCHNESS

much·​ness | \ ˈməch-nəs

What is “muchness”?

The quality or state of being great in quantity, extent and degree of magnitude. Muchness is what makes a person or thing major, meaningful, material, momentous and monumental. It is not simply becoming big or bigger. It is to become more substantial, significant and superior. It is more than grandeur; it is greatness. It is the ability and the capacity to exceed your present limitations. It is the instinct to increase. It is the aptitude of abundance. It is the propensity to prosper.

Psalm 145:3 says, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable”. The word, “greatly” in the original Hebrew text is describing “muchness”. The word is intensive and superlative. God is much and muchly to be praised. He is to be praised because of His extravagant muchness. God has an unsearchable greatness! How much muchness is that?

God wants us to experience His nature and character. God wants us to live in muchness. Jesus says, “I am come that you might have life; and that more abundantly” (John 10:10b)

We need to meditate on the muchness of God. We should put our minds on His muchness. We should be speaking, thinking and expecting muchness. Muchness is a mindset.  Muchness is your mandate. Muchness is God’s wisdom and will for your life. 

These 31 Proverbs and the precepts they teach will show you the mechanics of muchness. Read them out loud. Read them again. Declare them to be true about you. Believe them and obey them!

  1. Proverbs 2:3-4 – Insight and intelligence is your key to prosperity.

Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.

  1. Proverbs 3:13, 14 – Fire Ignorance. It’s too expensive.

Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold.

  1. Proverbs 8:10, 11 – If you learn you will earn.

Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.

  1. Proverbs 9:10 – Honor God in every decision you make about money.

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.

  1. Proverbs 15:16 – Prosperity is peace with a positive cash flow.

Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.

  1. Proverbs 16:8. – Your little is powerful if you handle it God’s way.

Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.

  1. Proverbs 16:16 – You need a strategy before you get the money.

How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!

  1. Proverbs 17:16 – Invest in people who want to increase.

It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool, since he has no heart for learning.

  1. Proverbs 20:15 – Your wealth follows your words.

Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies.

  1. Proverbs 6:6-8 – Inner motivation is your secret to increase. 

Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.

  1. Proverbs 6:10, 11- Sleep is a necessity; don’t make it a luxury.

A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

  1. Proverbs 10:4 – A work ethic is epic.

Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.

  1. Proverbs 10:5 – Poverty is shameful when it is avoidable.

A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.

  1. Proverbs 12:11 – Prosperity works with a dream, not a day dreamer.

A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.

  1. Proverbs 13:4 – You get what you work, not what you want.

Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.

  1. Proverbs 13:11 – Wealth is about managing time and making money.

Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.

  1. Proverbs 14:23 – Let them talk while you take the initiative.

Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!

  1. Proverbs 20:13 – Stay woke! Opportunities are always open. 

If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!

  1. Proverbs 21:5 –  Prosperity is a commitment to the process of success.

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

  1. Proverbs 24:33, 34 – Make plans everyday that inspire you to get up.

A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

  1. Proverbs 28:19 – The lottery is one of many fantasies of financial freedom.

A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.

  1. Proverbs 3:27 – Money is power to honor and help deserving people.

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.

  1. Proverbs 11:24 – Generosity is a wealth strategy.

Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.

  1. Proverbs 11:25 – Make it happen for somebody else.

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

  1. Proverbs 14:21 – Help those who can’t help you back.

It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor.

  1. Proverbs 14:31 – Treat poor people like they are God’s special guests.

Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him.

  1. Proverbs 19:17 – Giving to the poor is a key to prosperity.

If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord— and he will repay you!

  1. Proverbs 22:9 – Generosity blesses the rich and the poor.

Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.

  1. Proverbs 28:27 – Break the back of lack through targeted giving.

Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.

  1. Proverbs 3:9, 10 – Your money needs a God-sized priority.

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.

  1. Proverbs 3:5, 6 –  Your truest treasure is your trust in God.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

All quotations are from the New Living Translation, 2015.

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The Invasion of The New Year

Elisha represents a prophetic presence. He is the successor to the great prophet of old, Elijah the Tishbite. Elisha carries a “double portion” anointing on his life.
He got sick and he died. The prophet who worked sixteen miracles, including raising the dead back to life, gets sick and dies. The prophetic voice was hushed. The prophetic mantle is buried. There is a prophetic absence.
The name Elisha means “God is my salvation”. Once he dies we see that the Moabites began their invasion. Whenever there is an absence of a prophetic covering in your life the enemy has an opportunity to invade. The Moabites didn’t attack until after they saw Elisha had been buried. The enemy waits for moments of prophetic vacancy.
The invasion is timed and strategic. The invasion began “at the coming in of the year”. It was not only a new calendar year, it was also a new season. This would be the time of harvest. The enemy attacks when it’s time for you and I to reap. Your hardships are all about your harvest. Are you understanding this?
As we prepare to go into a new year and a new decade we are well aware of the invasion plans of the enemy. We also have some plans of our own. We are planning for our greatest harvest yet!
We plan to pray. We plan to fast. We plan to boldly declare the Word of God out of our mouths. Our prophetic presence is necessary. Our prophetic voices will not be silenced. There is a prophetic mantle upon The House.
We are a people who operate in the spiritual and supernatural powers of supplication, intercession and declaration. We pray and say!

Don’T Be Afraid!

I resigned from a historic church and a prestigious pastorate nearly two months ago. My wife and I decided to trust God for our family and the future a new ministry.

No one promised to underwrite us or to join the new work. I didn’t know what the future was about to launch us into. I’m imperative; but not impulsive.

I’m the kind of leader that functions by unction. I left a church without knowing the next step. I know to leave a position of full time ministry offered no guarantees that I would find another one. Well, I am still in a full time pastorate.

Lady Stephanie has been very supportive. All she has ever known is that God takes of her husband and her household. We started our marriage and ministry nearly 30 years ago. We lived the first two weeks of our honeymoon at the Hallmark Inn on Trinity Lane in Nashville, TN.  Never mind. You’d have to be there to understand.

When I sit and look at our family and our future I have no fears. I don’t fear what will happen if things don’t work out. I’m not worried about growth or a toxic church environment. I’m not scared when I think about where or when we’ll find our first location or what will be our next move.

It’s not a time for an uncertain future, it’s all about the Kingdom first. I’ve not been watching or listening to a lot of the news lately because I need to stay on a low negative mental diet.

I know I’m not the only one who has faced fears and has overcome being afraid. You may feel fear creeping into your private dreams and your business visions. The best way to make fear come under your authority is through faith-filled words in your prayers and praises.

Pray and Praise with me: “Father in the name of Jesus, I praise you that You do not give fear; but You did give me and every born again believer power, love and a sound mind. By faith I now receive power, love and a sound mind. I take Your power over my fear. I choose Your love over my worry. I bring Your sound mind into my every decision. I praise You for it and call it done for the glory of Jesus the Christ!

Why We Welcome The Way We Welcome

In the first leaders and launch meeting with The House of Prayer Everywhere Minister Jessica Booker gave a passionate plea and a visionary plan to welcome every soul that enters The House. It has been a breath of fresh grace!

Waiting adorned with manicured and flawless uniformity the Porters secure and escort every woman to the steps of the sanctuary.  On the top of the stairs the Greeters with beautiful smiles and a heartfelt welcome will meet you. Now entering into the foyer more smiles, wide grins, extended arms and warm greetings.

Welcome Home! The House of Prayer Everywhere finds its uniqueness not only in our prayer acumen, but in our acceptance of others. The prophetic house of prayer receives whomever the LORD brings. The house of prayer that the LORD is building is filled with “strangers”. See Isaiah 56:7.

We welcome the way we welcome because:

We Worship without traditions.

We Encourage without limitations.

We Love without conditions.

We Care without questions.

We Open without qualifications.

We Minister without discriminations.

We Evangelize without condemnation.

This Is How We Do It!

 

 

 

 

 

The Benefits of Traditional Churches

On the first Sunday I took the pulpit as their pastor the choir came marching and swaying down the middle aisle singing, “I shall not be moved”. They meant that!

There is nothing quite like pastoring a traditional church. Here are some insights that may help you hold on and press your way through.

Benefits To Pastoring A Traditional Church

1. You can go and grow slowly. Urgency is not a strategy or a priority in a traditional church. No one rushes or hurries the pastor or the vision.

2. You have a core that will always be supportive of the Church’s history, even if they are not committed to its future. Legacy and homestead members are ever committed to the ideals of the institution. They are waiting on the next “hey day”.

3. The church can grow through their generations. Traditional churches have families that expect to be dedicated, married and buried in the “home church”. Many generations are not members any longer, but when they go to church that’s where they attend.

4. The people will be more patient with the pastor. Traditional churches have seen it all. The older members are less sensitized and place less scrutiny on the humanity and carnality of spiritual leaders.

5. The church members will have expendable and dependable finances. People who have been giving in the life of the church over time want that money to maintain their earlier investments. Traditional churches have saved their money and will work hard to keep it.

6. The best cooks and cooking await you at a traditional church. There are Southern specific and speciality dishes that will be cooked excellently by some members. Most godly and elderly churched people have great culinary and hospitality skills.

7. You have people deeply committed to their own slice of the vision.Traditional churches have service and volunteer networks that are highly guarded and usually very territorial. People are rooted in their roles and responsibilities.
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I Am Appreciated!

An annual appreciation is a marker, not a measurement. The true measurement for the appreciation you have of your pastor is made daily. The simple gestures and good will you bring to the work of the church and the expansion of the vision shows untold appreciation for your pastor.

I know I am appreciated! I feel it. I see it. I experience it everyday of my life. Your acts of appreciation appeal to my attitude of appreciation.

I Know I Am Appreciated because You……

Accept me with all my humanity and transparency.

Pray with me through every season and storm.

Put prayer back where it belongs – in everything.

Respect the anointing that God has on my life.

Endure the changes that take us better and beyond.

Commit to ministry and work in the vision.

Invest in my family and ministry financially.

Affirm big dreams and acts of bold leadership.

Tell me what you really think.

Encourage the preaching and praying ministries.

Don’t quit on your pastor or each other.

 

Thank You New Hope! Thank You for a New Day!

 

Yes We Will

We will make prayer the main thing! “Without prayer, we can do nothing!” Therefore, all our plans, protocols and programs are all about prayer.

We will encourage home-based prayer ministries. We are called to build and rebuild family altars. We champion personal prayer, prayer rooms/closets and prayer assemblies.

We will follow praying pastors into prayer.  We want a pervasive movement of prayer, not merely prayer activities. We offer effective and creative ways to connect in prayer – prayer calls, prayer circles and prayer chaplains.

We will honor prayer intercessors. We identify and certify intercessors. We encourage them, train them, team them, deploy them and debrief them. We want every church and the entire Body of Christ to understand and utilize intercession!

We will be premier in prayer evangelism. We pray to the Lord of the harvest for the harvest. We begin all evangelism in prayer. We look for ways to care, and opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus Christ..

We will offer workshops, intensives, networks and Encounters that teach and train intercessory prayer. Prayer must be caught in the Spirit and taught from the Scriptures.

We will sanctify sanctuaries as UPPER ROOMS (Acts 1-2).  Prayer assemblies and intercession convocations will be hosted and streamed from houses of prayer. 

21 Days of Decisions

PROVERBS / Prayer Everywhere.org

  1. Decide To Discontinue Toxic Relationships (1:10 – 15).
  2. Decide To Know God and What He Knows About You (2:1-7).
  3. Decide To Have God’s Best For Your Life (3:1-10).
  4. Decide To Guard Your Heart and Your Hangouts (4:23-27).
  5. Decide To Get Out of Debt and Financial Bondage (6:1-5).
  6. Decide To Generate Substantial Personal Wealth (8:11-21).
  7. Decide To Break All Soul Ties With Poverty (10:15)
  8. Decide To Be A Generous Giver (11:24-26).
  9. Decide To Win Souls and Influence People (11:30).
  10. Decide To Let Words Help Make You Wealthy (13:2-3).
  11. Decide To Temper Your Tone of Voice (15:1).
  12. Decide To Maximize Your Potential and Profits (17:8).
  13. Decide To Be Friendly and Gain One New Friend (18:24).
  14. Decide To Help Someone Less Fortunate Than You (19:17).
  15. Decide To Get More Done In The Mornings (20:13).