Sunday, June 12, 2016

Covenant Understanding of Money

In this world, money represents power. The Bible says:

For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence... Ecclesiastes 7:12

Jesus called money the "unrighteous mammon." People who are outside God search for money day and night. Everybody is looking for who to take advantage of and grab something from.

Money is the target and life dream of an average natural man. He is after it day and night! But Jesus says:

For your heavenly Father knoweth you have need of these things. Matthew 6:32

God is saying, "I know you need these things clothes, shelter and food. But you do not have to be anxious at all for them. There is a settled plan to get your needs met a struggle-free plan and strategy that will always work any day, anytime, anywhere.

In Matthew 6:24 Jesus said:

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

The things that the Gentiles seek for is summed up in "mammon". It is the very essence of what the Gentiles are living for. But for you, God has promised in Malachi 3:17:

And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

For everyone that will care to serve God today, the whole world will see the difference tomorrow. God says He is going to distinguish those who serve Him. He is saying, "If you serve Me, money will serve you. If you serve money, mourning will become your companion."

When it is God that lifts you, He lifts you to honour you.

There is a story of six powerful Americans who held a meeting in 1923. They were six of the most powerful financiers in the world. One of them owned the largest steel company in the world, but none of them had an interesting end. Two of them committed suicide, one became insane, one died penniless, one died a fugitive and one other became a prisoner.

These six men controlled more finances than the whole treasury of the United States of America then!

Money without God makes mourners. But when God becomes the supplier of the money in your hands, you will remain the envy of the world around you, "Because whatever the Lord doeth, it shall be forever."

Only the blessings of God maketh rich and addeth no sorrow to it. The blessings of the devil maketh rich plus plenty of sorrows. This is what Satan does he lifted Pharaoh and then destroyed him. Everyone he lifted ended up destroyed. Jesus said he only comes to steal, to kill and to destroy, no matter what he pretends to have come to do. Whatever he pretends to be doing to help you is only a strategy to hurt you.

I have never envied any unbeliever. I do not care what he is or has. There is nothing that life demands that is not in God. All things that make for life and godliness are packaged in redemption. You carry the greatest treasure inside you, Jesus is His name!

When you start measuring your life with a sinner's life, it just shows that you need deliverance. By destiny, the world is to envy you. When you begin to envy the world instead, you have lost your identity.

You are just like Isaac, a child of promise, who became the envy of the Philistines. Your nation and all the nations of the earth, wherever you step into, will envy your personality from now on, in Jesus name!

Your thoughts and attitudes affect what you get from life. You need to change your thoughts and attitudes towards money, if you desire to get maximum yield for your seeds sown. Change your position and God will change your situation.

Here are some truths about money, which you need to imbibe, in order to change you attitude.
It Is Not The Root Of All Evil

Many folks say money is the root of all evil and think they are quoting the Bible. Money is not the root of all evil. The Bible does not tell us so. What it says is:

For the LOVE OF MONEY is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. I Timothy 6:10

Money is not evil in itself. It is the love of it that leads to so many evils.

You serve the one you love. If you love money you will serve money and do anything to acquire it. Money becomes your master. Unknowingly, you begin to worship it. It becomes the deciding factor in any step you want to take in life.

When money becomes your greatest consideration in every affair in life, then know that you are very far from God. Jesus said you cannot serve God and mammon (money). But if you serve God faithfully you will have money, which God created for use. He created the silver, gold and every precious stone, and the Bible tells us they were very good.
Don't Deny Your Need For Money

The subject of money is an all important subject, except to hypocrites in Zion. You can't do without money daily. The Word of God says:

...Money answereth all things. Ecclesiastes 10:19

There is nothing that can get successfully done on this earth without money. All transactions on earth are programmed around money. Everything you need in life answers to money: food, clothes, shelter, everything that makes for a living. Jesus said:

...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

Everything on earth, plus eternal life, is what makes up abundant life. Stop pretending that you do not need money. Admit your need for it and you will have it, because God only supplies your need.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

The need for money in good measure cannot be over-emphasized. You do not only need to have it, you need to have it in abundance. It is the abundance of it that is relevant to your welfare and that of others. Don't let hypocrisy rob you of your heritage.
Money Is A Defence

The Bible tells us that money is a defence (Eccl. 7:12). It keeps one from the harassments of life. No

matter how spiritual you are, you can't stay in a house without paying the rent.

Money is a defence!

A poor man in any society is not treated the same way as a rich man. Without money, you are socially defenceless. There are countless multitudes languishing in various prisons today, who have not been told the offence they committed. It is only people without means who fall victims of such treatment.
Money Gives You a Voice

Let us get this small illustration from God's Word:

There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. Ecclesiastes 9:14-16

It is wise for the wise man to have money. Money gives a voice to the wisdom he possesses. Now hear this: without money, the gospel cannot be spread all over the world. Money will give voice to the gospel. It is the wheel upon which this end-time wisdom of God will ride.

When a preacher approaches an unbeliever to share the good news, the first thing that the sinner does is to size him up. If the preacher looks poor, then he doesn't show him any form of respect, and most often will treat his words with disdain.

But when the preacher looks better than he does, the unbeliever gets more interested, because he knows the preacher does not want his money. Money gives a voice to wisdom.
There Is Only One Way To Get Money

There is only one way to get money. This is by giving away what you have. For you to have money, you must make giving your way of life. Give to God and give to brethren in need. This is the only way you can have money. Holding tight to what you have leads to poverty and lack.

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. Proverbs 11:24
When You Give Money, You Are Not Helping God

When you give to the work of God, you are not helping God. This is an attitude which has robbed many believers of their inheritance in God. God does not depend on you for food. The cattle on a thousand hills are His (see Ps. 50). He cannot depend on you for money. The silver and the gold are all His also (Hag. 2:8).

In fact, Psalm 24:1 tells us:

The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof... God does not depend on you to sustain His kingdom. He can do it all by Himself. The reason He allows you to be involved is because He wants to bless you!

God does not need your money. Giving is a channel which God has opened for man to receive His blessings. When you give, you are only building your destiny, for you are too small to help God.
Poverty Is Not A Sign Of Righteousness

Poverty is not a sign of righteousness. The Bible says that Jesus is the righteousness of God. Jesus, the righteousness of God, came down to earth in the form of human flesh. By the records we have of His ministry, He was not poor.

He had so much that, He needed a treasurer to keep His money. He ate whatever He wanted and whenever He desired it. He lived in a place that commanded envy, because John's disciples who went to see where He lived never returned to their master. They remained with Jesus.

Now, Jesus was not only righteous, He was the expression of the righteousness that God demands from us. So if you walk in poverty, you don't look like Jesus. We are representations of Jesus, so we should be an expression of Jesus to the world, the same way Jesus was of the Father.
Lack (Of Any Kind) Is A Curse

A good look at the curses of the law listed in Deuteronomy 28 shows that the most prominent among them is the curse of poverty. Lack is embedded in almost every curse enumerated.

The curse of the law is a reverse of man's welfare. Poverty is a curse, not an influence of the economic situation of the world. The day you start to see it that way, you will be free from it.

One of the reasons why Jesus came was to bring man into a covenant link with God. God called a man named Abraham and used him to prove His purpose for man, by releasing blessings upon him and his generations to come.

The Bible tells us why Jesus was crucified:
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree:

That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13-14

Jesus, by His death on the cross, rendered the curse of the law that was upon us null and void, and brought us into the Abrahamic covenant of blessings.


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