I have been asking the Lord lately for a number of things to reorient in my life around becoming a kingdom ambassador on this planet. Does God want to heal us? Does God want to save us? Does God want us to excel on Earth?
I am tired of seeing Jesus followers, missionaries, friends, families who are struggling financially. I am also frustrated with the other side of the spectrum where we treat preachers like rockstars. So how did God want us to view money and resources on this Earth?
But why are we so weird about money? We read scriptures like this and it causes us to shrink back in our desire to excel financially?
1 Tim 6:10 – For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
1. Does God want His people to excel in every sphere of influence of society?
We are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath
Deuteronomy 28:13 – 1 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:
3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
4 “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
8 “The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
9 “The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. 14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Psalm 2:8 – Ask me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance and the ends of the earth
2. Does God use what we have to meet our needs?
The Widow and Oil – 2 kings 4:8-17
Jesus and the fish – Matthew 17:27
Matthew 9:1-8 – Which is easier to forgive sins or heal a parlytic? Or provide miracle funding, or healing in your body?
Ephesians 3:20 – Exceedingly abundantly!!
Psalm 34:8-10 – Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God
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