GOD’S PLAN FOR FINANCIAL VICTORY – Part 1
God would have us remember that we all leave everything when we die. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Two thirds of the parables that Christ used in teaching deal specifically with finances. The financial principles given throughout God’s Word are not there to see if we’re strong enough to live by them – they’re given because God knows that they are the best for us. God’s principles of finances are not an arbitrary set of rules by which to govern us – they are a loving Father’s wisdom to those who will listen and trust Him.
Christ never said money or material things were problems. He constantly warned us to guard our hearts against greed, covetousness, ego, and pride, because those are the tools that satan uses to control and manipulate this world. Christ warned us a great deal more about materialism than He did any other sin. “And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15).
Today, even Christians evaluate others on the basis of how much they have and how successful they are in worldly terms. The poor are thought to be losers – while the wealthy and successful are thought to be the spiritual winners. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The Bible has much to say about material wealth – Leviticus Chapter 26: 1-13
‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land. I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you’.
I will look on you with favour and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new. I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be, slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.”
The principle that you should see here is that total obedience to all of God’s commands will result in blessing. And “blessing” here means financial security, physical safety and overall well-being.
God is the Source of our provision. God gives you your earning capacity and potential. God gives you your mental and physical ability to earn a living. God gives it all, and the moment we step back and say, “Oh, look what I have done, look what wealth I’ve accumulated,” we’ve stepped out of God’s will and into the trap of pride. The same trap that caught King Nebuchadnezzar when one day he looked out over his kingdom with pride in his heart and God taught him a lesson. God gives you the seed to sow and gives you the power to get wealth. So don’t forget your source.
It should be well known that it is attitude not aptitude that God honours. The gaining of wealth as an end in itself without recognizing God is a very poor investment of a life. First, it requires a great deal of time to the virtual exclusion of everything else including family, friends, hobbies, relaxation and recreation.
Second, there is no correlation between wealth and joy. That is an important key. Proverbs 10:22 says, “It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it.”
For further study:
Mark 11:24 – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Personal declaration for the day:
I am joint heir with Christ Jesus therefore, I have confidence to ask and receive in Jesus name.
Questions for you to reflect on:
What is your most dominant impression about God?
What do you think you cannot or should not ask God?