Unbelief and fear will keep a person locked in a prison of spiritual, emotional, and financial poverty. Neither riches nor poverty are godly or ungodly in and of themselves. Many opinions and interpretations are being voiced in regards to wealth within the church, with people going to extremes on either side.
“Man judges on outward appearances, but God judges by the heart.”
A poor widow can give more than the wealthiest man in the room, but that does not mean that it is her poverty that makes her holy, but the faith she exercised by the amount that she gave in relation to what she had.
If you are poor or rich, what matters most is your faith, and the works that show your faith is real. In regards to money, a person that doesn’t give, proves they don’t believe. It is not a matter of 10%, and putting yourself under some law with God. It is whether or not you can be trusted with wealth. We are called to be good managers, and hard workers, so that we can be trusted with not just earthly treasure, but true treasures. We are to work so that we will have something to give to those in need.
Whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. If, then, you have not been faithful with worldly wealth, who will entrust you with true riches? And if you have not been faithful with the belongings of another, who will give you belongings of your own?- Luke 16:11
When you hold back from giving where God says to give, you are literally stealing from God. He says you can’t be trusted. You can’t expect Him to then turn around and make you a ruler over much in the age to come!
When one stops thinking of themselves as a victim and pauper, they work hard and get creative so that they can overflow, not just in love, but in provision.
Christians with wealth have founded and funded more mission work, nonprofits, political campaigns of godly men and women, and churches, as well as fed, clothed, and housed millions and millions of people throughout the centuries.
If it is more blessed to give than receive, as Jesus has said, then why would anyone settle in with an attitude that aspires to barely get by?
Prayers will not pay the light bill. The bad attitude towards money is PART of the reason the church has lost their influence in this world!!!! The non-believing world is wiser about matters of finances, and it shouldn’t be! Even in politics. The candidates with the most money will be able to have wider reaching campaigns.
I pray against the ‘Ebenezer’ spirit that has believers wagging their tongue against godly men and women and organizations that ask for contributions to fund their mission work. Just because there are people that have abused the trust of the people in matters of giving, does not excuse us of the exhortation to give. It’s at the very heart of who God is.
If Christians don’t start becoming creative producers in our own gifting and financing the Kingdom, then we have no right to complain one bit that all of the mountains of influence in society are run by demon possessed men and women that have infiltrated every inch of the world with their filth.
Wake up church!!!! Jesus talks about money a lot. Your view about money matters. Break those poverty curses off of your mind. Rise up, get creative, produce what you were created to produce and advance the Kingdom of God with your increase.
Fear of future lack, is not from God. He will provide for His Kingdom work to be done!
“If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not you what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knows that you have need of these things. But rather seek first the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” -Luke 12:28-32