Elijah, a prophet of God to Israel, had the habit of listening for the Lord’s voice and obeying God’s commands even though they did not always make human sense or were easy.
In approximately 870 BC there was a drought and famine in Israel and God commanded (commanded meaning in the original language – to make proper arrangements for provision) Elijah to go to a brook to reside during the drought. Here God took care of Elijah by supplying him with water from the brook, and having ravens bring him food. (God provides when we obey.) After a while the brook dried up, God commanded (God made proper arrangements for provision, though Elijah did not know it at the time) Elijah to go to a town and a specific woman there would feed him. There he found the woman, but due to the drought, she was cooking her and her son’s last meal. She had a little oil and flour, and would then die of starvation.
Elijah discerns that fear is gripping the woman and the poverty spirit is restricting the provisions of God for the woman and her son. The fear of not getting was causing the widow to hold on tightly to what she had. Elijah knew that she would have to step out in faith in order to shatter the poverty spirit and her fears to allow the provisions of God to flow. The tighter the woman gripped what little she had, the tighter poverty gripped her.
Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and cook that last meal, but bake me a little loaf of bread first, and afterwards there will be enough food for you and your son. For the Lord God of Israel says that there will always be plenty of flour and oil left in your containers until the time when the Lords sends rain and the crops grow again.” The woman did as Elijah instructed and she and her son continued to eat from her supply of flour and oil as long as it was needed. No matter how much they used, there was always plenty left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.
One day the boy, Simon, became sick and died. The mother turned to Elijah and blamed him for his death. Elijah took the boy and prayed to God to bring the boy back to life. The Lord answered Elijah’s prayer and restored the boy’s life. The mother was overjoyed and said to Elijah, “I see it all now, you are a holy man. When you speak, God speaks.”
Long after Elijah left their home Simon continued to review and replay in his mind the stories Elijah told him of his life experiences and those of their ancestors. Simon applied to his life those principles he learned from Elijah. As he grew to become a man, the practical demonstrations of obedience to God and faith in God he heard and witnessed from Elijah held him in good stead with both God and his fellow man.
Little did Simon realize or know the impact of those practical demonstrations and lessons from Elijah would have during his life and the lineage that would come from him and positively affect the world. But God knew!
Those valuable lessons Simon applied to his personal life and shared with his family and friends to help them in their lives as well were:
· To release God’s provision and break the spirit of poverty and fear one must let go of what is in their hand (Prov. 1:24-25).
· As we let go of what is in our hand, in faith, God lets go of His provision (what is in His hand).
· The poverty spirit is broken by responding in the opposite manner – let go of rather than grip tighter.
· God’s ways are far different and varied than man’s ways.
· Prayer, listening to God, and obedience as He directs is the only way to succeed in life.
· Trust in God, not in one’s provision. Allow God to BE your SOURCE of provision.
· Channels or streams of provision change, the SOURCE (God) will always remain the same.
· One must remain in relationship with God to know where one’s streams, channels or places of provision are from.
· God does not promise us money but provision for our needs.
Approximately 900 years later one of Simon’s direct descendants, also named Simon, while out gathering sticks for a fire so his mother could cook the meals for the day, was caught up in a vast multitude of people following and listening to a man heal the sick and teach. He decided to follow the crowd to see and hear what all the commotion and interest was about.
He, along with his father and mother and brothers and sisters, had heard people teach before, but Simon had never heard and witnessed anyone like this man, whom the crowd called Jesus. Jesus’ words were different. He spoke with a different authority and clarity as well as kindness than Simon had never heard before. Jesus’ words were good news because they offered hope, freedom, peace of heart and eternal life with God. Jesus was also healing the sick and lame by the hundreds, something he had never heard or seen anyone doing. Simon sensed that this man, Jesus, had a different spirit about him than other “teachers”.
Simon knew he was disobeying his mother’s instructions, but he decided to follow the crowd and hear more of what Jesus had to say and witness what would happen first hand so he could tell his parents and siblings.
Simon heard Jesus talk about: the Kingdom of Heaven, something he had never heard of before, obeying God was the key to the Kingdom of Heaven, loving your neighbor as yourself, anger was as bad as murdering someone, love your enemies, judge or criticize not, do for others what you want them to do for you, and give and share with others for as you give, you will receive. The things Jesus taught were far different than he had heard of before.
What really interested and caught Simon’s attention was what Jesus said about money, treasures, masters and something called mammon. Jesus said not to worry about food, drink or clothes. Simon was always hearing his mother and father argue about these things and not having enough and where the money would come from to pay for all that was needed for the family. It seemed like that was all his parents would talk about. Yet this teacher the crowd was following, Jesus, said not to worry about these things. Jesus compared man to birds saying that God took care of them; and we as people, were more important to Him than the birds. Thus we should trust God as He would make sure we had these things.
Simon had never heard this type of talk, yet something about the way and what Jesus said rang true with him. Jesus said to make God your master, and not riches, wealth or money, because man could not serve two masters. What really caught Simon’s attention is when Jesus said, “Seek you first the Kingdom of God, and all these things would be provided to you by Me.” What a contrasting way to live than he had witnessed in his short life, Simon thought. As he ran home, he reviewed in his mind those things he heard Jesus say to tell his parents, brothers, and sisters.
Simon was really excited to share with his family what he heard Jesus teach and did while he followed him. To his surprise, his family was very receptive to what he relayed that Jesus said. They all decided that they would make the extra effort to go and listen to Him teach. Simon’s father mentioned he remembered stories being told when he was a little boy of a coming Messiah – the Son of God – who would restore God’s Kingdom on earth. His father said this Jesus couldn’t be this Messiah because it didn’t sound like Jesus was the type of individual, as described by Simon, who would overthrow the Roman Empire, but he still was very interested in hearing him teach.
The more Simon talked about the many and different things Jesus taught, Simon’s father recalled hearing stories passed down by his ancestors of another Simon. His father’s ancestor, Simon, spoke of some of the same things Jesus talked about regarding money, provision, trusting God, using what was in your hand and sharing and how trusting, obeying God and using what one already had seemed to multiply. Almost like it would never run out or there was an endless supply. Simon’s father was then able to remember and share with the family some of those past stories, especially about how a prophet of God, Elijah, showed up one day to save Simon and his mother from starvation by trusting God and using what they had in their hand, and how Elijah brought Simon back to life after dying by praying to God.
Not long after Simon heard Jesus teach that first time, while out gathering food for his mother, he heard Jesus again. This time his mother sent him out to trade with others some of the things she had made with her own hands for bread, and to catch some fish for supper for the family. As he was returning home with five loaves of bread he received by trading his mother handiwork and catching two fish, he saw large crowds of people, and knew they had to be following Jesus. He decided again to make the time to listen to Jesus as what He talked about really resonated with him.
When it was late in the day, Jesus’ disciples went through the crowd of people seeing if anyone had food to share with the others in the crowd. There must have been about 20,000 men, women and children all on the hill listening to Jesus teach and heal people of their illnesses. Simon thought to himself, how in the world can they feed this huge crowd. Jesus must have thought that since no one was going home and it was almost supper time he better do something. Simon heard Jesus say to the disciples when they approached Him about feeding the crowd, “You feed them.” The disciples countered with, “There is only five loaves and two fish here, we have no money, are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for all these people?” Simon knew if he surrendered his five loaves and two fish his family wouldn’t have any food to eat that night.
Simon then recalled the stories his father told the family about his ancestor Simon and the prophet Elijah about giving, sharing and trusting God for the provision and how God seemed to always multiply what one had when you gave to others what you had. Simon decided to test God. He surrendered his basket of food, trusting God to work a miracle or he would be in big trouble with his family, especially his mother as he would have disobeyed her again.
As the disciples brought Simon to Jesus, he handed his small basket of food to Jesus. Simon had never been this close to Jesus, and he could feel something different about this man many were calling the Messiah, the Son of God. Simon watched Jesus take the food out of the basket and hold it up to heaven and ask God to bless the food as well as all the people stretched out before Him waiting on the hill to eat as it had been a long day in the sun without food for all of the crowd.
Simon eagerly watched as the disciples gave the food to the crowd, tearing off pieces of bread and fish handing it to each person. There seemed to be an endless supply of bread and fish, never running out. When the disciples finished handing out the food, they went back through the crowd and picked up what was left over and not eaten. To Simon’s amazement there were twelve baskets of food leftover which they gave to him to take home for his family. That was enough food for two weeks for Simon’s family. Simon’s mother would be surprised. She sent him out hoping to bring back enough to feed the family supper that night and hoped no one would go to bed hungry. Now he would come home with two weeks of food. Simon was really looking forward to sharing this story and this miracle of multiplication with his family.
As Simon was walking home thinking about the miraculous events of the day, he began to see the connection between the stories his father told of his distant ancestor Simon and the prophet Elijah, and what he heard Jesus teach and demonstrate today. Simon realized that it doesn’t take money for God to provide. He believed what he personally experienced Jesus do today was not a miracle but something that can be replicated by man. Repetition of this event or something like it meant that man, as Jesus was, be in alignment with God, use what was already in one’s hand, share willingly and give to others; trust God, not the provision; bless what is in one’s hand and others; ask God to bless what was being offered and given, and be thankful for what would come in order for the provision and multiplication to FLOW (following God’s laws of wealth).
Over the next two years Simon took advantage of the opportunities when Jesus was in the neighborhood to listen to Him teach. Many and varied were the things Jesus taught, mostly using parables to illustrate truths to live as God wanted mankind to live in order to bring forth God’s Kingdom to earth. Some of the principles Simon heard Jesus teach, that he hid in his heart, and incorporated in his living were:
· To enjoy the Kingdom of God one must accept and come to intimately know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
· God owns everything, even though we act like it is ours – it is really all His.
· We must be willing not only to count the cost of living rightly, we must be willing to pay the price of doing so at the expense of going against what others say and do.
· To accept new teaching one must first become new themselves – one cannot put new wine in old wineskins.
· To live rightly one must build their life on the solid foundation of God’s truths and not on the world’s foundation of greed, lies, self-promotion and self-interest.
· To really succeed in this life, from God’s perspective, our individual hearts must be good soil (right with God) and we must plant what seeds we have in good soil for the best return or fruit from our sowing.
· To fully follow Jesus, one must die daily to one’s own needs and focus on being like Jesus.
· Jesus has given His children His authority over the enemy; therefore, we must use that authority as the enemy seeks to steal, kill and destroy our destiny in Christ.
· We must live in the context of God’s laws summed up by the Law of Love – first love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind; and second, your neighbor as yourself.
· God has given His children His Kingdom; it is within each of His children, it pleases Him to give us His Kingdom, therefore, give to and share with those in need, the Father has plenty for us all, our reward comes from Him and not man.
· Where your treasure in life is, there is where your heart and thoughts are also.
· To whom much is given, much is required;
· God calls us to be faithful and fruitful stewards of what He provides for us to look after and multiply.
· God’s math is different than that of man’s; God’s math is in whole numbers, man’s is in fractions.
· If one is untrustworthy with worldly wealth, why would God trust you with the true riches of heaven.
· God’s Kingdom is a relational one; life is all about His Kingdom, not ours; and one’s deepest needs and desires are met relationally by Him, not through others – thus seek Him first.
When Simon reached the age of 18 he could go outside the home to work. He was fortunate to obtain a position with a large estate owned by a very rich master/owner. While he was working at the estate, Simon was able to honor and obey God and the master/owner by applying what he had learned from the stories shared by his father about his ancestors and Elijah, as well what he learned from listening to Jesus.
One day the owner gathered together his ten best servants, one of which was Simon, to inform them of his going away for a while, and that the servants would be in charge of managing his estate while he was out of the country. The owner gave each of the ten servants a sum of money to invest and go and do business with on behalf of the owner. Upon the owner’s return he would demand an accounting of what each servant had reaped with the money he had sown into each of the servants.
Upon the owner’s return he found that seven of the ten servants had spent all of the money, returning nothing to the owner, one servant had buried the money, taking no risk, making sure to return to the owner what he had been given originally. The remaining two servants, Simon included, had carefully and faithfully invested the money with one returning five times what had been given him, with Simon returned to the owner ten times what was given to him.
When asked by the owner how Simon had been able to return ten times what had been given to him, Simon replied that he had applied what he had learned from stories passed down by his ancestors and from what he personally witnessed by Jesus that showed him how God’s Kingdom operated. Simon shared with the owner that multiplication could be obtained through trust and obedience to God, sharing and giving of what one had in his hand, asking for God’s guidance and blessing on what he did with the money, resources and the rest of his possessions, acknowledging God as the Source of his provision and trusting in God’s faithfulness and promises.
After hearing what Simon had to say, the owner took what had been buried by the one servant and gave it to Simon as a reward and said to Simon, “Since you have been faithful and fruitful with a little, I am giving you more to manage as a reward and a sign of my trust in you, as you have proved yourself trustworthy.”
As Simon grew older, married and had his own family, he continued what his father had done with his family – telling stories of the past to teach and educate his own children as well as his nieces and nephews about God’s Kingdom principles.
Simon learned through the stories of his ancestors, his own personal experiences with Jesus, and in his experiences in the marketplace of God’s “heavenly mathematics”. It seemed to Simon that this principle of God’s Kingdom was one of the hardest for people to accept and apply by faith. He experienced that human reckoning bases everything upon profit. But in “heavenly mathematics” the principle is exactly reversed: “Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return” (Luke 6:38). The laws of “heavenly mathematics” are safer than all human arithmetic, and are eternally valid, Simon learned. This means that he who enters upon the pathway of giving, as Jesus says, will receive all things in abundance. The necessary resources do not come according to ordinary human planning – for instance through good promotion or fund-raising letters. It comes by reckoning upon God, whose power and authority extends also over money. For God says, “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine” (Haggai 2:8).
As Simon learned God’s ways of Kingdom finance and multiplication, he became very intentional in applying those principles himself in his own experiences as he grew in age and was able to witness the fruit of that application by gaining in wealth. Simon learned early in his life that the wealth created or gained was not just to be held by himself and his family, but was meant by God to be shared with others. Simon was very intentional in sharing both the principles and wealth with many others to bless others as he had been blessed and to further God’s Kingdom on earth.
Simon learned through his personal experiences that all of mankind is called to stay connected in community and respond in faith to God’s commands and leading, and when one looks back they will see that “God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be” (1 Corinthians 12:19). Relational living, Simon learned, was another aspect of God’s Kingdom philosophy and culture He wanted transplanted on the earth. It seemed hard for mankind to accept and apply these principles. God’s plan was that man would no longer see themselves as independent, isolated silos of self-will, but uniquely gifted, interdependent parts of His Body. Simon’s personal experience was that God made all of mankind unique, and He wants to coordinate the collective passions, experiences and gifts to meet needs together and accomplish God’s Plan – the earth as a physical model of His heavenly Kingdom (on earth as it is in heaven).
Simon’s great hope, passion and prayer was for a legacy that generations to come that would continue to share and apply what he learned and experienced of God’s principles.
Fast forward to today, in the 21st century, God still has a Body and a Desire; “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 2:4-5). God’s plan is that of a responsive, connected community that He can live in and to tangibly show the world what He is like. God, through you and me together as we respond to the Spirit of Jesus (who is the head) desires that we together demonstrate His loving, redemptive, restorative Kingdom ways to our world, working together as one Body. God seems to be saying, “Today, as in past days, I’ll reach out with your hands.”
In 2005, God reached out through Simon’s bloodline to pass on the stories and experiences learned and applied from Elijah and during the times of Jesus to continue to illustrate His Kingdom economics and “heavenly mathematics” through Dale Hewett Collier. Dale came to know the Lord and through heavenly visions and downloads, the Holy Spirit revealed to Dale ways to do business on earth as it is in heaven through strategic philanthropy and a social enterprise community called ‘Kings Counsel & Trust’. This community was to be one of the many ways God would reveal to mankind His objective of actively applying His ways to do business on earth as it is in heaven through the principles of:
· God owns all things on the earth, “the earth is the Lord’s and all therein”.
· Unity in the community based on the common loyalty to Jesus Christ.
· Godly counsel that is Holy Spirit led and inspired.
· Trust in God first and foremost, then in and through man in relationship.
· Sharing what one has been given with others of their time, talent, treasure, temple (body) and touch (relationships).
· Application of the Kingdom economic principles of giving and receiving, and not via the world’s way of buying and selling.
· Interdependence rather than independence.
· Knowing one’s design and identity in Christ to best activate and fulfill one’s God given vision and passion.
· Work and live daily in the context of the Great Commandment – love of God first and man second.
The Holy Spirit said to Dale in 2005, “God’s desire, plan and intention is to make the kingdoms of this world His Kingdoms, and He is needing your help. I will give you a blueprint for doing business and finance on earth as it is done in heaven. This blueprint contains the instructions for creating a community that will be an ARK in the coming season. An Ark of Trust – trust in God first and foremost. Trust in God’s leading to do business in His ways and means to bring honor and glory to God and cultivate and establish trust between those who choose to enter the ARK. This Ark, Kings Counsel and Trust, will be much like the Ark Noah was instructed to build. This modern day Ark will protect those of the family of God from the coming shaking of the economic systems of this world. Like in Noah’s time, many will take a look, many will scoff, some will be interested, but few will be committed and choose God’s ways and enter the Ark.
“Dale”, said the Holy Spirit, “I will share with you God’s principles learned and applied by your ancestral line to practically demonstrate how others today can learn God’s principles, apply those principles to earn wealth and how to return to others what they earned to continue the flow of God’s resources on earth to set others free from debt and slavery.
“Dale, this process or operating system for My people to follow (learn, earn and return) is exactly like what I have demonstrated in My business – the Earth. It is a process of transformation and one practical demonstration is by the cocooning process, seeing a caterpillar transformed into a beautiful butterfly that through the imaginal cell process learns to fly (soar) in life and no longer crawls. Life as I designed it is a ‘state’ of BE-ing. I have given my code, the laws and principles of My Kingdom to My people. I want My people to understand and know how My Kingdom works so they can stay in alignment with Me.
“Dale, I want you to share with others how to give, share and multiply My resources on earth like Jesus demonstrated to people 2,000 years ago with the feeding of the 20,000. People know the verse in John 14:12, ‘And greater works than this shall you do and more’, but they do not know and realize how easy it is to do what I did, and do even more with the power of the Holy Spirit in them. I was able to multiply those five loaves and two fish simply by remaining in a pure, right relationship with My Father, receiving what was placed in my hand from Simon, the little boy, by faith blessing the food and presenting it to God for his blessing and multiplication and acting in faith to give it to those in need. I was able to do this by staying in the vibrational level at what I call ‘love and above’. Living in the context of unconditional love or ‘state’ is the key to producing supernatural fruit or results. BE-ing and living in the state of ‘love and above’ allows one to break all natural barriers and operate in the super-natural. Illustrated by the chart one can see the various ‘states’ available to man to live in or at. God designed man in His image, thus to live daily and moment by moment at ‘love and above.’ BE-ing in My ‘operating system’ enables one to multiply. As you stay at ‘love and above’ you will operate fully in Me and I in you.
“Dale, people cannot operate at ‘love and above’ without knowing and understanding their true God-given identity. Those who are committed to My cause – on earth as it is in heaven – need help in fully discovering who they truly are and how they fit together in community with others in the Kings Counsel community and into the greater community (both humans and all of nature) to best operate in a fully functioning eco-system or we-co-system as I like to call it.
“Dale, the following multiplication formula helps explain also why so many of My people are not able to multiply as Jesus did:
Faith × Works ÷ Distractions + Attachments = Multiplication
Key to God’s math – when our faith times works produces a whole number or is greater than the distractions and attachments in our life, God can use us. His math is in whole numbers, man’s math is fractions.
Works – also known as fruit or results of one’s time, talent, treasure, temple, touch (relationships) (T5)
Distractions – the flesh, self-life, natural man, the world, soulish issues, satanic temptations
Attachments – physical symbols of wealth (cars, clothes, homes, bank notes, stocks, bonds, investments) worldly possessions
Multiplication – Increase
Man has a tendency to settle, squat or become comfortable at their weakest point and stop moving into one’s true God-given, designed purpose. Man often settles at one’s greatest emotional weakness (fear, insecurity, rejection, unbelief, grief, acceptance, achievement, not good enough, not smart enough, etc.).
“Dale, the following diagram outlines what I want you to set up and establish for Kings Counsel & Trust to help those committed to My cause and BE a witness to the world as to My operating system:
“Dale, I have designed and called you to be a guide, a way-shower, a carrier of My fire of love and principles to others. All people are designed by Me to be a part and involved in My business franchise called Earth. This diagram depicts your role as a guide and your responsibility to call to action those who choose to willingly commit themselves to Me to BE-come sons and daughters of Mine.”