Do you want to grow and increase in your sphere of influence? These two keys will make all the difference: faithfulness and divine intelligence.
Biblically, I don’t know of any greater example of this than Daniel and his friends.
No matter what circumstances or negative situations were thrown at Daniel, he was faithful. He didn’t waiver or change his values or integrity. He always looked out for the best interests of the ones he served.
God responded to this by adding to Daniel’s efforts a multiplier. He blessed Daniel and his friends with divine intelligence. Scripture says God gave them knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And on top of this, Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. That’s what I call: divine intelligence.
So, if you want increase, then grow in faithfulness and divine intelligence. But, how?
Faithfulness Brings Increase
Faithfulness brings increase. This involves consistently doing as well as you can in the natural setting you have in front of you—each and every day.
Study well! Do well! Do the best you can in whatever sphere in which you find yourself.
That’s what Daniel and his friends did. Faithfulness. Do you want to grow? Faithfulness brings increase.
Would you like to grow? If you are faithful in little, God will grow your capacity for more. If you’re faithful in another’s, He will give you your own. This is what Jesus said. If you’re faithful in the natural, He’ll make you a ruler over true spiritual riches.
Faithfulness brings increase.
Growing in Divine Intelligence
Do you want to grow in divine intelligence like Daniel? He became a ruler in an area of true spiritual riches and divine intelligence—including the sphere of dreams and visions. He studied to show himself approved in his sphere.
In Daniel 1:4, we read that Daniel and his friends were young men in whom there was no blemish. It says that they were also good looking and gifted in wisdom, possessing knowledge. They were quick to understand and had the ability to serve in the King’s palace. Then it goes on to say they learned the language and literature of the Chaldeans. It doesn’t say they went to Hebrew university—because they didn’t. Obviously, they were in captivity and they studied to show themselves approved right where they were.
But watch… here’s what happens. Because that wasn’t the end of the story. It comes later—they received an increase—and I believe increase is available for anyone who will walk in faithfulness. Daniel and his friends did. Then here’s where the increase comes… it’s in the same chapter.
Daniel, 1:17. “As for these four young men, God gave them…” God did what? They study in one verse, and also a few verses later. And then God gave them knowledge, and God gave Daniel supernatural capacity.
In the NASB this full verse reads: “And as for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and intelligence in every kind of literature and expertise; Daniel even understood all kinds of visions and dreams.”
In the NIV it says: “To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.”
Here it is in the NLT: “God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams.”
The capacity grew! “God gave them” —would you like to have an increase? Then walk in faithfulness, and then ask God for divine intelligence!
My Personal Journey of Increase
Recently I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences, but you know what? I didn’t start there.
Not long ago I detected some interceptors about the Aluetian Islands and the Baron Strait. I received some pretty profound words on Russia and Ukraine, and other things of that nature. But you know what? I didn’t start there and I don’t always live there either. But I am faithful. Do you know what I do consistently? I pray. I read. I fast. Sometimes I fall, but you know what? I ask God for increase.
You can listen to my podcast and you can hear some crazy, amazing stories. You can read some of my books, but here’s the reality… I believe for divine intelligence. I step into it at times. I do, but so can you!
But you know what? One of my keys is faithfulness. Did you hear me? It isn’t just who I’ve hung out with. It isn’t just all the great conferences…
Do you want to know what my key is? I just do the same thing today that I did 30 years ago. That’s the truth. I worship, and I try really hard to forgive. I said, I try. And it is not easy. Sometimes I feel overlooked. I feel forgotten. And I forgive.
Do you know what the key to increase is? Faithfulness. You be faithful in little, and God will give you more. You be faithful in another’s, God will give you your own. You be faithful in the natural, and God will make you a ruler of true spiritual riches.
Do you want an increase in divine intelligence? Study and show yourself as a workman unto God. Do you want to increase in revelation? Be faithful and ask God for increase.
I bless you to increase in whatever sphere of influence God has given you through the keys of faithfulness and divine intelligence—for such a time as this.
God Bless You!
James W. Goll
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