Keys to Financial Freedom – The Goodness of God
Deuteronomy 8:18 – Always remember that it is the LORD your God who gives you power to become rich, and he does it to fulfill the covenant he made with your ancestors. (New Living Translations)
God is impressing it in my heart that one of the major reasons why His people are not commanding the level of finances they ought to, can be traced to their poor handling of both the human and social capital He has put at their disposal. This is key to their financial freedom.
We need to explore this weak link so as to strengthen it and take full advantage of our inheritance in Christ and in particular our financial dominion.
What is financial freedom? Finance is defined as money resources or funds; while freedom can be defined as the absence of constraints, oppression, limitations, etc. So to be financially free means to have unrestrained and unlimited money resources or funds to fulfil everything God lays in your heart.
From the above scripture we can see that God has made wealth available but we need to use the power He continually gives us to keep making, getting, or creating it. God expects us to use the strength He has given us and not to fold our hands. The question now is what are the strengths and powers given to us?
I took time to look into the life of our greatest example, the Lord Jesus, to check out how He was able to get the wealth He needed in His lifetime. I know some of you are thinking, ‘I cannot compare myself with Jesus because He is the Son of God and He could have got whatever He wanted.’ That’s true but you are also a child of God and Jesus Christ lives in you. So you have no excuse to be poor.
From my research I discovered that Jesus was able to finance both His life and ministry through three avenues. The first was through the people He met and impacted on (networks). Luke 8:1-3,Not long afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby cities and villages to announce the Good News concerning the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him, along with some women he had healed and from whom he had cast out evil spirits. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons; Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples. (New Living Translation)
Secondly, through supernatural intervention: Matthew 17:24-27, When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?” He said, “Yes.” And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?” Peter said to Him, “From strangers.” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for me and you.
And thirdly, through goodwill and favour with people (strangers) Luke 5:1-3: One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat”
I observed that in all these cases people were involved except in the incident of the fish. I also noted that when God wanted to save mankind He sent a man named Jesus. When Jesus wanted to increase His impact He built a network of twelve, seventy and one hundred and twenty people and these people built a network that is still growing bigger and stronger two thousand years later.
A wise man said if you want a year’s harvest plant grains, if you want a ten-year harvest plant trees and if you want a hundred years of harvest build relationships. Your relationships are a major strength that God has given you to create opportunities that will translate into wealth for you.
You make good contacts by making good impressions on people not once but consistently. I will encourage you to check and watch the company you keep and ask yourself if it will bring you honour or dishonour. Check your character and the impact you make on people around you because it will affect their testimony of you.
They say wealth is in people. If you want to multiply wealth and enjoy God’s goodness you have to include with your sowing, tithing, positive confession, good strength of character and networking with like-minded people. I pray that you will not lose your wealth connection in any area of your life!
Luke 6:38, Philippians 4:19
Personal declaration for the day
Heavenly Father I thank you for the gift of the like-minded people you have sent into my life. I pray for wisdom to network with them and bring the best out in them and myself to the glory of your name. Amen
Questions for you to reflect on
- How much value do you put on relationships?
- How selective are you with your relationships?
- What steps are you planning to take to multiply your network of friends?