Worship 3 of 8
Worship God, and He Will Pay the Bills!
I want us to look at Psalm 111 again. This time at verses 3-5:
His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
He hath given meat unto them that fear him…………………………………….
Don’t Worship False Gods
If people aren’t afraid to worship a false god, they can just go ahead and do it. But when they do, they may have to go without meat. Whole countries may starve because they don’t worship God. They just don’t worship God.
If those people would bow down before God and begin to worship Him with no shame, I guarantee you that it wouldn’t be many days until the rain would start to fall and their crops would begin to grow.
If they kept on worshipping God, it wouldn’t be long until they would have so much food that they could sell it to other nations. They would be overloaded with food.
Just remember this: God will only put up with people’s rejection of Him and their refusing to worship Him and glorify His name for just so long. God is full of mercy and compassion and understanding. (Ps. 86:15; 147:5.) Sometimes He will put up with what people do for years and years and years, even hundreds of years. But a nation can’t continue rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ or failing to glorify Him and praise Him after He has shed His blood by suffering on the cross for all mankind
without the devil wreaking havoc in the lives of its people.
People like that don’t even recognize God. They recognize some goofy false god.
Can you believe that any part of the human race could ever worship a false god like Buddha for instance?
Experience His Abundant Life
Are you healthy? Are your needs met? Are you willing to do what God says, even if it means going out on the streets and passing out tracts? Does money mean anything to you?
If you have to say no to these questions, you are being robbed of living that precious abundant life in Jesus.
You may say, “Well, I don’t believe Christians are supposed to have much money.”
If you believe that, you are being robbed! Some people don’t even know the truth that is in the Bible. They have no earthly idea about the things God would like for them to experience. They may have gone to church for years, but spiritually they are as empty as any person could possibly be.
They are good people who go to church and say, “I love the Lord…I love the Lord…I love the Lord.” And they do love the Lord. But they have no earthly idea about living the precious life that Jesus has provided for them.
I know lots of people like this. And they are sweet people, too. I have gone over to their houses and had dinner with them. I love them all, every one of them. They are precious people.
But if I started talking to them about abundant life and said something like, “The Holy Ghost wants to make you a million dollars,” they would almost come apart at the seams!
I want you to look at the next chapter, Psalm 112. You’re not ready for it but you might as well look at it anyway.
Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.verses 1-3
Jesus wants you to live an abundant life! It’s never God’s will for you to be poor, to live in poverty, confusion and sickness. That is not God’s will for the human race. I am telling
you that if you will just bow down before God and worship Him and allow your mouth to praise and glorify His name, you’ll get delivered.
You can live afar off if you want to—far off from where you could be living. You can wallow around in the lap of religion if you want to. Many people do, you know, even though they are good people who love the Lord.
But if those good people love the Lord, why don’t they get God’s best? They will never be able to get God’s best until they bow down before God, worshipping Him and praising His name.
Let Your Soul Prosper First
When I began to spend time worshipping the Lord, finances began to come to me and to my ministry. I remember one time when the financial blessing came to me through a business deal.
When I walked in that lawyer’s office that morning to sign those papers, I said to Jesus, “I know when I sign those papers that I’ll make a quarter of a million dollars. Now why did you do that for
me? I don’t even need it.”
He said, “You passed My test.”
I said, “Passed Your test? What do you mean that I passed Your test? I’m not any more special than anybody else.”
He said, “You passed My test. Your soul has been prospering. You’ve been spending time worshipping Me, and you’ve been working for eight years with a woman who has been
living in adultery. After eight years of compassion and eight years of love, that calls for rewards. Then He reminded me, “Who made a phone call to you so you could get this deal?”
I started thinking back, “Well, let me see now. Oh, that woman.”
He said, “Yeah, and while she was living in adultery with that married man for eight years, you talked to her about heaven.
You got her so hungry for heaven that she finally gave up her lover and got saved. That’s the way it works. You let your soul prosper first.”
God puts it this way in His Word, Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 2). In another Scripture He says it another way, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matt. 6:33). If you will seek Him first, God will add His abundant blessing to you. You might say, “Brother Norvel, God is not adding abundant blessing to me.”
“Well, there is a reason why He is not. Now let me ask you a question, Are you spending time every day worshipping God?
Are you letting the praises of God come out of your mouth throughout the day?” When you do, God will release His power to you.
God Provides for the Needs of a Ministry
Some time ago I was at a convention where a well-known television evangelist was the speaker. During that time he shared with me about how his ministry had been having some problems.
“I’m having trouble paying my bills, Norvel. Since all this mess came out about the TV ministers, some stations haven’t wanted to keep us on the air. I’m really having a problem.”
At the end of the convention, they were holding a great big banquet. They called and said they wanted me to sit on the platform that day, so I did.
Then one of the fellows in charge came up to me and said, “Norvel, we’re behind a lot.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well, we’ve got to have several thousand dollars in this offering to even pay the bills for this convention. This is the last service. Why don’t you pray and see if God will let you take up the offering for us?”
“Well, I’ll pray, but I don’t feel anything right now.”
I know God calls me to do things like that sometimes, and I don’t mind if the Spirit of God wants me to. So I prayed, but I didn’t feel anything one way or the other.
A little while later, he came back over to me and said, “Norvel, do you feel like you can take up the offering for us?”
“Not necessarily,” I said. “If you feel led of the Lord, you go ahead and take it up. If you don’t feel like the Lord wants you to, then I’ll take it up for you.”
So it wasn’t very long before he introduced me. The television evangelist was the banquet speaker, and he was sitting right next to me on the platform. When I went up to the podium, I began to tell them about how I used to have to struggle sometimes to pay my bills until the Lord spoke to me about how I was missing it. Then I shared with them some of the things I have written in this book.
“The Lord said to me, ‘You don’t worship Me enough. You are going about the country
establishing your own doctrines and doing your own thing.'”
Then I said to them: “So when you go around the country establishing your own doctrine, doing your own thing, preaching your own sermons, and praying your own prayers, God will let you pay your TV bills, too.
“He will let you take years and years and years to raise the money to build a building. He won’t do anything about it. You will have to practically beg every church group that you come to, go on a money-raising campaign, and beat your members over the top of their head, trying to get them all to give money for this ‘great campaign for God.’
“But the Lord told me that I could have anything I wanted in the Bible if I would worship Him. This convention needs several thousand dollars to pay the bills, but that is nothing for God.”
Then I said: “Do you know what is going to happen? We are going to worship God in this place, and God is going to pay His bills. He will prove Himself to you.”
About that time we started worshipping God. While we were worshipping, the Spirit of God all of a sudden came on me, and God began to boil a message out of my belly in tongues. I was weeping before God. When I spoke the message out in tongues, another man got up and gave the interpretation.
The evangelist began to weep and cry as he sat there. He wept and wept and wept, and so did a lot of other people.The convention bills were paid, and there was even some left over. That’s no big deal for God!
When you worship God during offering time, you can give what you want to. But when you really bow down in worship to God, you will want to give Him something. You don’t need
somebody to put pressure on you. Do you understand that?
Worship God, and you will want to give God something. It will be a privilege for you to give God something. You will be just like Jesus said: …freely ye have received, freely give (Matt. 10:8). You will freely give God something because you love Him and worship Him.
When He gives it back to you, He multiplies it many times. That is His way of blessing you like never before!
When that ministry staff did as the evangelist said they would and turned to worshipping God on a regular basis, they began to see victory like never before. And so will you…if you
spend that same kind of time in worship and praise to your Lord Jesus Christ.
Worshipping God Brings You Out of Debt
One of the most important things in the world that you can do is learn how to praise the Lord. Don’t be afraid of praising Him. Be willing to learn how to praise your God. Notice Psalm 112:1 says:
Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
I would be afraid not to praise God. After studying the Bible as much as I have, I know how important it is to God when we are willing to spend this kind of time before Him.
I have found that if I don’t worship God and praise Him a curse can come on me.
“What do you mean a curse comes upon you, Brother Norvel?” someone may ask.
Well, a curse would be me not having enough money to pay the bills or having to put up with all kinds of problems. As believers, we do have afflictions (which the Lord delivers us
from according to Psalm 34:19), but I have noticed that when I don’t spend time worshipping and praising the Lord, I end up having to put up with all kinds of problems all the time. There is
no total freedom or victory.
A number of years ago when I was in Hawaii for another meeting, a fellow came up to me for counseling. He said: “I go to church here, Brother Norvel, and I really need some
counseling. Could you help me?” Then he told me his situation.
“I have three children, and I haven’t had a job in two years. I’m $15,000 in debt, and I’ve exhausted every angle for money.
“I’ve worked in the sugar cane fields here in Hawaii. But big corporations have come in and taken over. Little fellows like me can’t get any more jobs. I have some big equipment just sitting
out here, and I haven’t turned a wheel on it in two years.
“I don’t have any money for food, so I have to get food stamps and do what I can. My own children asked me for lunch money so they could eat with the other kids, but I had to tell
them I don’t have it. You know, that makes a daddy feel real bad when he has to say no to his own kids. But I can’t give it to them when I don’t have it.
“My friends have loaned me money, but I can’t borrow anymore. Can you help me, Brother Norvel?”
“Can I help you? I can tell you how to become rich!” “Really?”
“Yes, really. But you have to listen to me. You have to listen and do what the Word of God says to do.”
So I took Scripture and said, “Let’s see what Jesus said.”
Then we looked at Mark 11:23 where Jesus said: …Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Then I said to him: “Your whole world is framed with what you are saying. All the things you have said to me are: ‘I don’t do…,’ ‘I can’t do…,’ ‘I’m broke,’ ‘I’m defeated.'”
“You are not talking right, and you will always be broke as long as you talk like that. You have to start daily changing your view on your life. You have to put your equipment together and get it ready to start working.
“I’m going to break the power of the Devil over you and the power that is against you financially. We will bind the Devil and run him off, in Jesus’ name.”
Then I told him how to command corporations to call him and give him some big jobs that he could fill. “I want you to begin to say, ‘Now, big corporations, I’m talking to you and I command you, in Jesus’ name, to call me and give me some jobs.’ Now don’t say ‘job’ singularly; say ‘jobs.’
And don’t say ‘little jobs.’ That’s foolish. Say ‘big jobs.'”
“But, Norvel, they won’t call me because they don’t call independents anymore.”
“Hush your mouth! You’re $15,000 in debt, remember? Your equipment hasn’t moved a wheel in two years. Start seeing work coming your way, in Jesus’ name.”
That is the truth. You may hate to have to tell people the truth, because they are nice people, and the truth can be so strong. But sometimes you have to. The only thing I know is what I have learned from God. I am not so smart myself, but I have learned to obey the Lord.
Then I said to him: “Now I want you to listen to me and do what I tell you. I want us to get down on our knees before God. I am going to teach you how to worship Him. We are going to worship Jesus together without shame.
“You need to start worshipping the Lord every morning. Learn to praise Him with your mouth. Before you start believing God to work in your behalf, you have got to start thanking Him
for all that He is. Spend time worshipping Him every day. Look to Him in worship and praise. Give Him thanks for all He has done for you.”
“Well, Norvel,” he said, “I do that sometimes. I do it in church.”
“Well, you have to start talking to the Lord every day. Don’t wait until you get to church to worship Him.”
He listened to me and was willing to begin a change in his life when it came to putting His eyes on the Lord.A few years later I saw him again.”Norvel,” he said, “I never forgot what you told me. Years ago you said that I would have to worship God every morning and praise Him in order for my circumstances to change.”
“Yes, that’s right. That’s what I told you.”So after that he began to worship God without shame. He thanked God for all that God had done and all that God would do in his life. He and his wife even got together as a team to bow down before God and worship Him.
After they did that first, then he began to say, “Big corporations, you call me and give me some big jobs, in Jesus’ name.”He and his wife did that for five months, but nothing happened. In the fifth month he got up off his knees one morning after worshipping God, and the telephone rang.
It was a man from one of those big corporations. “We hear that you have some equipment for the sugar cane fields.” The man said. “We would like you to come to our office to talk with
When he met with them in their office, they said: “Something happened and we need some extra workers. We have a contract here, and we’ll give you $80,000 if you will operate your equipment for us for about six weeks.”
He signed the contract, did the work, and collected that amount from them. The whole time, he kept praising the Lord and thanking God for it.
I had told him, “Now when you start getting money, you have got to keep thanking God for it.”
Before the six-week job was finished, they called him again and said, “We want to give you another $80,000 contract.” And they did. He gives his testimony now.
“I bow down before God now every day,” he said. “I had never done that in my life, but I know God is my Source. Worshipping and praising Him brought me totally out of the
hole. After twelve months I paid off that $15,000 debt!
“Today I tithe to my church. Right now I have $40,000 in my savings account and another $80,000 job is coming up after this one.”
See Worship 4 of 8– God’s Covenant With You