Let’s be truthful. There’s something in all of us that longs for pleasure & prosperity. Well, here’s a good news flash: God isn’t against wealth & riches! He WANTS us to be rich! He motivates His people throughout scripture with promises of wealth & riches, honor & favor, success & prosperity. He calls Himself a Rewarder & and Giver of all good things! So…what is the problem?
Concerning wealth, have you ever heard the phrase, “You can’t take it with you when you die?” Well…what if you can? Perhaps our definition of wealth doesn’t match His. Perhaps we’ve bought into the world’s way of thinking. Maybe it’s time to renew our minds, realigning them with truth, so that the way we live will bring ETERNAL REWARD that we can actually take with us when we die! Ultimately, it’s only God’s definition of wealth that will last so here is what I’ve discovered as to how we can get in on the deal!
- GET WISDOM!
Pr.8:18 “With wisdom are riches & honor, enduring wealth & prosperity. Her fruit is better than fine gold; her yield surpasses choice silver.”
Pr.8: 21 “I (wisdom) bestow wealth on those who love me, making their treasuries full.”
- FEAR THE LORD!
Ps.112: 1,3 “Wealth & riches are in the house of the one who fears the Lord…”
Pr.22: 4 “Humility & the fear of the Lord bring wealth, honor and life.”
Pr.8:13 “To fear the Lord is to hate evil…”
- LOVE GOD’S WORD!
Ps.112: 1,3 “Blessed is the man who…finds great delight in God’s commands. Wealth & riches are in his house…”
Ps.19:7b “The statues of the Lord are…MORE precious than gold & in keeping them there is great reward.”
Josh.1:8 – “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
- DEVELOP FAITH
Jms.2: 5 “Has not God CHOSEN the poor of this world to be rich in faith…?”
Now there’s a different thought! God blesses the poor with the wealth of faith, should they choose to receive it! He says that without faith it’s impossible to please Him so maybe this ought to provoke our current mindsets about the poor!
- DO WHAT IS RIGHT
Pr.13: 21 “Misfortune pursues the sinner but prosperity is the reward of the righteous.”
Pr.14: 11 “…the house of the upright will flourish.”
- BE A GIVER!
2 Co. 8:8 “Love is proven sincere through giving.”
2 Co.9:11-14 “You will be made rich in every way SO THAT you can be generous on every occasion &…your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God…”
Mt.10: 8 “Freely you have received, freely give.”
Good News Flash: It’s not just money we have to give! Paul said, “Silver & gold have I none but such as I have, I give unto you. Rise up and walk!” He didn’t have money. He had something better – the power of God! He gave it away & the man was healed. What do YOU have? A word of encouragement, a prayer, a healing touch, a song, a listening ear, a meal or a bed, time, energy, a smile? Get creative & whatever you have – give it away!
- BUY GOLD
Rev.3:17 “You say, ‘I am rich’; I have acquired wealth & do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, POOR, blind & naked. I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich…”
So how do we buy gold from God? By being willing to pay a price for what HE says is valuable. Buying gold from God will cost us something! It requires that we lay down selfish desires and yield to His fire – the trials & tribulations that purify our motives & bring us into maturity. What is most valuable to God but His Son Jesus. God wants to use the circumstances of our lives to help us become like Him. THIS is His goal for us, not personal enjoyment or comfort. HIS goal is that, when it’s all said & done, we look like His Son!
GOD’S INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO
Mt.6: 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth…but store up…treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also….You cannot serve both God & Money.”
A word for the poor in this present world:
In God’s economy, anyone who wants to can become rich. It’s your choice! There are NO obstacles to accumulating God’s kind of wealth, a wealth that will last for all eternity!
A word for the rich in this present world:
1 Tim.6: 17,18 “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous & willing to share. In this way, they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is TRULY life!”
LET’S TAKE INVENTORY
How are we storing up treasure in heaven? What are we investing in that’s eternal? Are we seeing wealth from God’s perspective? Will our wealth stand the test of time? God says where our treasure is, our heart is. Where is your heart today?
Global shaking could be the very best thing that has ever happened to us! If desperation drives us to seek God, it may radically change the course of our lives, bringing us into a lasting inheritance that we CAN take with us when we die! I’m banking on it!
Heb.11:26 “By faith, Moses…regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than all the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.”