Tuesday, 19 June 2018

God’s Plan For Wealth and Riches

God’s Plan For Wealth and Riches

Some people believe that it is God’s will for us to live in poverty. Using “Matthew 19:24 and Luke 16:19-31, they claim that if you are rich then you cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. They say that anyone who spends to the extent of buying jets, houses, etc are wicked. But this is absolutely wrong. As the scriptures declare, “it is for lack of knowledge that my people perish”. Please note that the purpose of this article is not to focus on wealth and riches but to simply present the facts.

First of all, wealth is not limited to money or finances, wealth and riches by definition is “an abundance of valuable possessions, plentiful supplies of a particular resource(s).” It is true that some people may not be permitted to possess a “bursting” level of wealth and riches because God sees their hearts and knows that increasing them in that area may lead them to go astray. But God’s ultimate plan for the believer who truly follows Him is to prosper him, for him to be in good health [good health is wealth], even as their soul prospers. Hence, it is imperative that we understand the mind of God concerning this matter.

The Wealthiest God

Wealth & riches is God’s plan for His people. If the wealthiest God is thrice holy, then it is possible to be rich and be holy at the same time. It is not money that is the root of all evil, but the love of money – 1 Timothy 6:10. When Jesus said it is harder for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven, He was speaking of those who love, depend, and would do anything to keep the riches they have acquired – in place of God. Clearly the rich man was not willing to leave his riches and follow Jesus. The issue is not money or possessions, but the love and pursue of it.

For God delights in the prosperity of His servants. “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” (Psalm 35:27)

Then He says …You shall not be a borrower but a lender. Lenders are not beggars, they are not in poverty, they have and so they give. If God can say this, then it’s enough to understand how He wants us to live.

For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee. (Deut. 15:6)

Now You cannot possibly give, if you do not have. We are commanded to give to others, to freely give what we have been given. Whatever God is is what He has given us as we bare His nature, are alive in Him, the same life that He has He has imparted to us and He expects us to also freely give. Now God is not in poverty, in lack and in want. What He has, He has given to us, therefore, I cannot lack any good thing (Psalm 34:10) in Christ. I am not permitted to manifest anything that God isn’t in the life that God has given me.

The Silver & The Gold (Wealth & Riches)

Haggai 2:8 – The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.

The Silver and the Gold are His and it is His will and agenda for His children to manifest wealth and riches (note definition), even as our souls prosper – 3 John 2. He said that if we first seek the Kingdom of God, everything else, including wealth, riches, abundance, will be added to us. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matte. 6:33). Hence, it is wrong to be of the mindset that it is against God’s will for you to prosper and to increase in riches.

In fact, the bible declares that if you serve the Lord, He shall bless you and take sickness away from you. And as we know, “health is wealth”. Blessings on the other hand comes in various forms and dimensions, including favor, protection, honor, growth, goodness, abundance, etc.

“And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.” (Ex 23:25)

It is also God’s plan to increase His people. Joel 2:23 speaks of increase, stating that the latter rain shall be more than the former.

·        Joel 2:23: Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month (Joel 2:23).

The Richest Men – Made Rich BY GOD

1.       Job was the greatest man in all of the east, he had great possessions and riches and yet God’s testimony of Him was that there was none like him, he was perfect and upright before God, he eschewed evil (Job 1:8). And even he was restored back, God restored him double what he had before.

2.      David was one of the wealthiest men in his time, yet he was a man after God’s heart.

3.      Solomon’s disobedience or walk against God did not result from the wealth He had, but his love for women.

4.      Joseph, Jacob’s son, was very wealthy in Egypt and he was made so by God. This was actually God’s plan for him even before he was sold into Egypt. His father, Jacob, was also rich.

5.      We say Abraham’s blessings are ours. Well, Abraham was the richest in his time, he possessed great wealth and was made so by God; and the blessings of Abraham are to those who will receive it.

6.      Joseph of Arimathea, the rich man that took the body of Jesus and buried him was prophesied prior to the event. If God was so particular about the poor, He would have had the poor bury Jesus; but He clearly chose Joseph to show that His plan for wealth and riches is that we can be called on to be a helping hand to someone in need.

7.      Jabez prayed “Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” (1 Chro 4:10) You cannot have an enlarged coast without influence and affluence in varying degrees. God honored his prayer.

8.      ObedEdom was a man that God blessed/increased with riches and favor when he took the ark of God into his house.

All of these examples clearly show that God will purposely bless (note definition) and increase people who serve Him and walk according to His will. Everyone who walked with God was blessed, increased or transformed for good. God has clearly given us examples in His word (for referencing). We cannot remove from it.

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