There was a time in my life when I labored and toiled just to get by, but never had more than enough. I worked, got into debt, and worked harder and longer to manage that debt so I could live the “American dream.” Well, the so-called American dream is, in reality, a nightmare! Trying to catch up and keep up was painful at best.
Many marriages suffer and are destroyed because of the lack of money. Lack of wealth puts strain and stress on all areas of life, including one’s health. Why? Because money IS important. Money is how we obtain things. We exchange our time for money and use money as a barter tool to obtain things that need, want, and desire. There is nothing wrong or evil about money. Money is good and can be used for many good and noble things. It’s contingent on the person who possesses the wealth. Those who think money is evil are hypocrites for they themselves could not survive without it! From experience, I can tell you that where money is in short supply, occupation with the lack of it is overwhelming.
So, what’s the secret? How can we create and possess all the wealth we need to not just survive, but thrive? How can we get to the place where money doesn’t decide every decision we make?
God has a plan. His plan is very simple, yet few discover it. The Bible says, “The blessing of the Lord enriches, and struggle adds noting to it.” (Proverbs 10:22 HCSB). It also says, “Remember the LORD or God, for it is He who give you the power to create wealth.” (Deuteronomy 8:18). The way to true riches is by God’s method of blessing.
How does one obtain favor or blessing from the Lord? God has established kingdom laws, that if followed, will bless and keep blessing the one who takes advantage of them. One law is that we must work or produce. The Bible says over and over that God will “bless the work of our hands.” However, work must be coupled with one important realization, and that is—acknowledging God in all we do. Remember Him as the One who gives power to create wealth. This distinction made all the difference in my financial life. God had to get me to the place where I trusted Him to provide me with the power to create wealth. I had to stop relying on my own understand and start acknowledging Him in all my ways (Proverbs 3:5-6). This may sound simple, but it’s not. We live in a world that promotes independence from God. It’s engrained into every fiber of our being. Not only that, we attend churches and are under ministries that don’t teach dependence on God. Ask a pastor what to do when you get sick. The first thing out of his mouth will be, “Did you go to the doctor?” Ask him about a financial need and he or she will either give you some money or suggest to you some government program you can tap into. Few will make God the FIRST option. As the sad saying goes, “When all else fails, pray!” Really?
Once I realized the error of my ways, it took me a couple of years to break out of my independence for making money. The first thing you must do to obtain power to create wealth is become dependent on God alone. He is your source, not you employer, the government, credit card companies, your relatives, or the lottery. When you work, HE blesses the work of your hands by giving you the power to create wealth. When you are in partnership with Him, He gives you ideas, concepts, strategies, or inventions that will produce all the wealth that you desire.
The second thing I learned is that if I really trust God as my source I must tithe. This is not a suggestion, this is a law that should be adhered to. You must learn to take one tenth of your full income (before taxes) and offer it! This gives God LEGAL jurisdiction to bless and protect the other 90%. Tithing is a trust thing. It is a heart issue. It’s saying, “God, you blessed me to create 100% of what I have, now I give you 10% in thanksgiving for what You have done.” God’s response is to open the floodgates of heaven, to bless you, and to rebuke anything that will drain your finances. God Himself will protect your wealth. Let me ask you, who would you rather have to protect your wealth, a bank or God?
Finally, I learned that money is a seed. Seeds multiply; that is their nature. If I treat money as a seed it will produce more in harvest (return) than what was sowed (given). Therefore, my wife and I regularly give beyond the tithe. We give fearlessly because we have seen the law of seedtime and harvest works 100% of the time, every time. When we sow money into God’s kingdom we expect a return, a minimum of 10-fold. We are learning to believe for much more. Isaac received 100 times more than he sowed. The Bible says that God blessed his sowing and Isaac become rich and kept getting richer until he was very wealthy (Genesis 27:12-13).
So, in summary to gain wealth, true wealth, that doesn’t require painful toil and hard labor we must:
- While working, acknowledge God as your only Source of wealth and open to Him for His leading.
- Trust God and give Him legal jurisdiction over our finances by tithing
- Consider money as seed and sow it freely into the kingdom of God EXPECTING a rich harvest in RETURN
This are not fanciful teachings. These are things I have learned and discovered that work 100% of the time. God has laws and, if followed, will cause you to live the blessed life.