Rev. Johnson V.
23rd May 2010
In today’s day and age, there are many incorrect notions regarding the concept of financial blessings. Some people believe that the lack of financial blessing, is an indication of greater spirituality while others believe that financial blessings are a natural consequence of greater spirituality. Here are some principles from the Bible on how God wants us to view wealth.
First off, we can dispel the notion that prosperity is a stench to God, because He says in Psalm 35:27 that He takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants. Biblical prosperity is defined as wholesome wealth, more than just riches. Just as Christ took our sins so that we are redeemed and He took our sickness, so that we can be healed, 2 Corinthians 8:9 states that Jesus took our poverty upon Himself so that we can be rich for all eternity. Wealth is not a representation of our personal holiness.
Principles of Financial Curse – how does financial curse come upon us?
- Curses come because of demonic power or satanic influence (John 10:10). Examples of financial curses could be that somehow the salary is not enough to meet all needs, or even if the salary is adequate, there is constant unplanned expenditure which results in a loss. Christ destroyed our curse (1 John 3:8; 1 John 4:4), and because of what He has done, we must rebuke it.
- Poor choices – we must live a life of dignity. The book of Proverbs contains much wisdom regarding living godly lives. Luxury is not wrong, but if you are luxurious above your standard, it is a poor choice. Some of us must not blame our income when we are in debt, we need to correct our lifestyle.
- Natural forces or the astrological influence of stars. Job 9:9; Job 38:31 and Amos 5:8 show that stars and the natural world, do have an influence on us, but God can change that because He made them too. If we remain in the Word of God, none of these things will touch us for He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world. Hallelujah!
Principles of Financial Blessing – how does financial blessing come upon us?
- Our perspective on wealth must be corrected. We must understand that we are not the owners of things, God is. In Psalm 24:1, Psalm 50:12 and Haggai 2:8 God claims the earth and everything in it, as His own. If we can remember that He owns everything, then we will remember that we are accountable to Him for all that we have. Handling money in the right way will become easier. Money will cease to be our master, and instead Christ will be given His rightful place in our hearts.
- God controls everything. He does not control how much each person gets, but He has instituted laws and principles that will automatically help us reap our rewards according to what we have done (Romans 8:20). Let us remember to do everything because we love Him and Him alone.
- God provides. In both, Mathew 6:33 and Philippians 4:19, the Bible is clear that God will surely provide for our needs. But we cannot predict how He will do it. We must worship God who gives the blessings, not the agency through whom God chooses to bless us. God loves people and is committed to taking care of them.