Over the years we’ve taught that money is for movement. Money is a magnifier. Money reveals the heart of the person who possesses it.
Let’s discuss the real purpose of money and how it’s to be used for the building of God’s Kingdom.
Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, said:
“Being reminded about the incredible power of God's love, and living as He intended, is the most powerful motivation to change.”
Living as God intended.
Did God intend for us to spend our lives being broke and living from paycheck to Prozac? Not at all.
Psalm 112:3 in the King James Versions personalized says:
“Wealth and riches shall be in <<Your Name>> house: and her righteousness endureth forever.”
Proverbs 10:22 in Classic Amplified Bible personalized says:
“The blessing of the Lord—it makes <<Your Name>> [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it].”
One more confirming verse is 2 Corinthians 9:8 in the Classic Amplified Bible personalize which says:
“And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to <<Your Name>> in abundance, so that <<he/she>> may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].”
With that scriptural foundation let’s discuss money working for you. . .instead of you working for the money.
Proverbs 22:7 in the Contemporary English Version of the Bible:
“The poor are ruled by the rich, and those who borrow are slaves of moneylenders.”
If the money you earn each week is not your own. . .free from the demands of creditors . . . then you’re a slave to the moneylenders.
Dictionary.com defines slave as:
“a person entirely under the domination of some influence or person.”
If every penny you make is designated for making monthly or minimum payments then you are under the influence of someone else.
Now that’s an interesting thought: “under the influence.”
Some people get “under the influence” with bourbon, scotch, gin, vodka, whiskey, beer, wine, with illegal or prescription drugs.
There are millions of Christians who would never even be tempted to be “under the influence” of drugs or alcoholic beverages but they’re definitely “under the influence” of Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, and dozens of other retailers, shopping networks and websites.
When you’re in debt. . .you’re “under the influence” of creditors.
Oftentimes, your servitude to the lenders will determine your response to the things God wants you to do . . .the places He wants you to sow . . . and where He wants you to go.
When you’re “under the influence” your thought processes, your speech, your reaction time, your body responses are all controlled by something other than God.
When you’re “under the influence” you make unwise choices. . .that may seem exhilarating at the moment but when you sober up. . .you can’t believe that you made such a fool out of yourself.
Stop spending money to make other people wealthy. Use the money you have, regardless of the amount, to bless others and make you wealthy.
Reminder, money is to be used to meet and bless the needs of others.
In Proverbs 19:17 the Lord showed me several keys things that He wanted me to share today.
“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”
“He”. . .that’s you and me. You are “He.” I am “He.”
The word pity according to the Strong’s Concordance means:
“to be gracious, show favour, pity.”
Pity is defined in dictionary.com as:
“sympathetic or kindly sorrow evoked by the suffering, distress, or misfortune of another, often leading one to give relief or aid or to show mercy.”
Pity is much more than feeling sorry for somebody. Pity is much more than a mental thought process or feeling. . .scriptural pity requires action on your part.
Pity may bring a tear to your eye but scriptural pity will make you get up out of your chair, take out your checkbook and open doors for others to walk in favour.
The scripture says that YOU should take action to give relief to those who need it.
Proverbs 19:17 in the New Living Translation says:
“If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord--and he will repay you!”
Notice the first word in that scripture. It says “If.”
By saying “if” the scripture is indicating that you have a choice. . .you can choose to help or not help the poor.
According to the Strong’s Concordance the word poor means:
“low, weak” and it is from the root word that means being in distress.
The word poor means different things to different people.
Some consider themselves poor when they eat spam while others would give anything for the crust of even stale bread.
Some people consider themselves poor when they when they have to wear the same dress to church Sunday after Sunday while others don’t have a church to attend much less a dress to wear.
Some would consider themselves poor when they have to drive a car that looks like a refugee from a junk car salvage lot while others would give anything not to have to walk through adverse weather and dangerous locations.
Some people consider themselves poor when they live in a home without air conditioning or heat while others consider themselves poor when their home is made out of dried mud and cardboard.
Some consider themselves poor when they don’t have money left over to invest after paying all their monthly bills while others consider themselves poor when they have no money to pay bills at all.
Regardless of your definition of being poor or living in distress. . .the point is that the Word of the Lord says we are to take action on behalf of the poor. . .those living in distress.
When we look at our money. . .God doesn’t want us to see what we can buy. He wants us to see how we can help make a difference in the lives of the poor and others.
The money in our wallets, checking accounts or investment accounts is not ours . . . it all belongs to God and He wants us to have a plan. . .for that money’s future.
How do we develop a financial plan for the money God has entrusted to our care?
It’s real simple.
Have you ever said, if I only knew what to do I’d be a millionaire. . .I’d be hugely successful?
I’m going to give you seven words that will unlock the millionaire code. . .the secret to your personal success.
Are you ready? READ YOU BIBLE. . .DO WHAT IT SAYS.
Yes, you’ve heard these words before. But we need to keep hearing these words over and over again. . .until they become second nature.
There is no secret password, code, passageway or handshake to success and wealth accumulation. All you have to do is follow the seven words I have just given you.
READ YOUR BIBLE. . .DO WHAT IT SAYS.
You will never develop your money vision by S.O.Y.B.. .sitting on your butt.
God will reveal to you. . .the exact details of His plan for the money entrusted to your care. . .but you must ask Him in faith. . .believing He will give you the direction you seek.
I encourage you to write clearly and specifically your money vision and review it on a regular basis. Write the vision and make it plain.
Psalm 18:20 in the Message Bible says:
“God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together, he gave me a fresh start. Now I'm alert to God's ways; I don't take God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I'm watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.”
Keep a journal or word document on your progress. This effective visual will be of immeasurable assistance to you.
You must testify of God’s revelatory instructions and the manifestation of all the things He has stirred in your spirit and life.
The key to your establishing your victory and protecting you against every attack of the enemy is found in Revelation 12:11:
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death”
Finally, unless you are specific about your vision, you will never bring forth God's best for your life.
Psalm 25:12 in The Living Bible says:
“Where is the man who fears the Lord? God will teach him how to choose the best.”
When it comes to the plan for your money. . .God will help you choose the best use, if you ask him.
If money is for movement and it is. . .then I want God directing me what I should do with it and where it should go.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS