God’s PRINCIPLES About MONEY

GOD IS NOT AGAINST MONEY

“And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply you [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].”  [10]  “Thus you will be enriched in ALL things and in EVERY WAY, so that you can be generous, and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God”  [11] – 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 AMP.

Due to a few comments that I have received in the past, I believe there is a misconception among many Christians that God is against MONEY.

Sometimes these misconceptions are taken from the Bible that contain WARNINGS to the RICH and concluded that God is against people with LOTS of MONEY.  The truly BLESSED people are the poor.

My mother used to tell me when I was young and growing up with having the case of the ‘I WANTS’, “Mel, money is the ROOT of all EVIL.”  Scripture doesn’t say this at all.  That verse in 1 Timothy is often misquoted.  What it does say is, “the LOVE of MONEY is the ROOT of all EVIL; it is through this CRAVING…”  (1 Timothy 6:10).

MONEY itself is neither GOOD nor BAD.  If used the way God intended, MONEY can be a tremendous BLESSING.  However, the “LOVE of MONEY” is always BAD!

LOVERS OF MONEY ARE:

1.  SELFISH not selfless.

2.  Place HOPE in their WEALTH and not in God.

3.  Never SATISFIED with what they HAVE and STOP at nothing to GET MORE, no matter who gets HURT in the PROCESS.

LOVERS OF MONEY are the ones Jesus is referring to when He commented,  “It is easier for a CAMEL to go through the eye of a NEEDLE than for a RICH MAN to enter heaven.”  It is this ATTITUDE about MONEY that God is AGAINST, not MONEY itself.

Sermons I’ve heard on GIVING in the past has never been about the BLESSINGS of GIVING but about the RESPONSIBILITY, the LAWS of giving.  The reason I believe that many Pastors shun away from the BLESSINGS of GIVING (especially MONETARY BLESSINGS) is because of the HEALTH and WEALTH Gospel of televangelist profess and espouse.  Most often their MESSAGE is, “Give to me and God will BLESS you with WEALTH.”  They get WEALTHY and the people they cheat get deeper and deeper in a financial bind.

The apostle Paul condemns those, “who imagine that godliness or righteousness is a source of profit [a moneymaking business, a means of livelihood]”  (1 Timothy 6:5 AMP).  We are not to GIVE to get!  But understand this much, God promises to BLESS those who GIVE GENEROUSLY if their MOTIVE is to GIVE to GET to GIVE SOME MORE!

The words spoken by Paul in 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 say that a “Generous GIVERS will be made rich [enriched] in ALL things and in EVERY way.”  He is talking about both SPIRITUAL and MATERIAL blessings.  Yet, the purpose of BLESSING us SPIRITUALLY and FINANCIALLY is so we in turn can “GIVE GENEROUSLY in EVERY WAY.”

Wouldn’t it be great just to write a check one Sunday morning, giving not only GENEROUSLY to the CHURCH but to HELP wherever a NEED arises?  I remember the first time my wife and I did exactly that one morning, over a need from the church we were attending.  We were both prompted by the Holy Spirit, then both wrote down a number on a piece of paper.  We then exchanged the paper and found that the dollar amount was exactly the same.  WE WERE BOTH BLESSED and trusted God would replace the amount given in our checking account.  And He did!

When Christians follow God’s PRINCIPLES about MONEY, concern on where it will come from disappear.  Again, God is the ONE who BLESSES us with MONEY.  He knows what it takes to gain the GREATEST BENEFIT we can from our money.

In Jesus’ SERMON on the MOUNT, He told His listeners:

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in)”  (Matthew 6:24).

Our MONEY is not to take the PLACE of God–not to RULE over us.  But neither does MONEY need to CONFLICT with God.  God isn’t AGAINST MONEY because He gives it to us.  IF we understand and grasp the proper RELATIONSHIP between GOD and MONEY, be BLESSED ever more.

GOD WANTS TO BLESS US FINANCIALLY:

God knows that we all need MONEY.  He OWNS everything and reserves the RIGHT to GIVE money and possessions to His SERVANTS.

“The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine, says the Lord of host” (Haggai 2:8).

“But you shall [earnestly] remember the Lord your God, for it is He Who GIVES you power to GET WEALTH, that He may ESTABLISH His COVENANT which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day”  (Deuteronomy 8:18 AMP).

God is the one who provides MATERIAL WEALTH.  He has nothing against the RICH enjoying their WEALTH.  Apparently it DELIGHTS God to see His children doing well FINANCIALLY as I as a father of my child’s delight in their successes.  In fact, I believe God would rather see His people PROSPER than Satan’s bunch, because Christians are going to GENEROUSLY use their WEALTH to His GLORY.  Maybe that’s the reason Satan wants us to believe that it is more GODLY to be POOR.  So we stay POOR without the ability to FUND the WORK of God.

Now please don’t misinterpret what I am saying here.  I’m NOT saying the Bile teaches that everyone who GIVES GENEROUSLY is going to be FILTHY RICH.  But I do believe the bible teaches God will make sure ALL your NEEDS will be TAKEN care of:

“But seek gain and strive after first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then ALL these things taken together will be given you besides”  (Matthew 6:33 AMP).

Paul told the Philippian brethren since “my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your EVERY need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus”  (Philippians 4:19 AMP).  This doesn’t mean God will GIVE us EVERYTHING we WANT, but He will TAKE CARE of our NEEDS if we TRUST Him and realize that all we have comes from Him.

Understanding that all we have belongs to God–

UNDERSTANDING this PRINCIPLE gives us balance:

“I was made very happy in the Lord that now you have revived your interest in my welfare after so long a time; you were indeed thinking of me, but you had no opportunity to show it.  Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have LEARNED how to be CONTENT (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.  I KNOW how to be abased and live humbly in straightened circumstances, and I KNOW also how to enjoy plenty and live in ABUNDANCE.  I have learned in any and ALL circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want.  I have STRENGTH for ALL THINGS in christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me;I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency)”  (Philippians 4:10-13 AMP).

If our INCOME is up, PRAISE God and serve Him faithfully without PRIDE or GREED.  And if our INCOME is DOWN, we TRUST God, SERVE Him with what we do have, EXPECT Him to PROVIDE for us as He PROMISED.

How many times have we wondered how we were going to PAY our BILLS; BUY some GROCERIES then somehow it all WORKED out?  That wasn’t an ACCIDENT or HAPPENSTANCE.  God was at WORK, taking CARE of us as He PROMISED!

GOD WANTS US TO BE DEBT FREE:

As I said before, God wants to BLESS US but often our POOR CHOICES BLOCK His BLESSINGS.  That’s especially TRUE when it comes to the FINANCIAL MESS we get ourselves into because of DEBT!

DEBT affects us all–OLD, MIDDLE-AGED and YOUNG alike.  I believe the MAJORITY of Christians in the world who do not GIVE as they SHOULD or would LIKE TO GIVE, but because the BILLS keep building up they don’t.  They’re not STINGY people; not GREEDY or SELFISH nor out to ROB God.  They would LOVE to GIVE more money to the church, but HONESTLY, they don’t see how they can PAY their BILLS too.

DEBT brings us nothing but MISERY–but you see God didn’t CREATE us to be MISERABLE people.  God wants us to be DEBT FREE, not because He’s against the EASY PAYMENT PLAN (Is there really such a thing?) but because He knows our DEBT ENSLAVES us.

You might be thinking by now, “Okay, so God wants us to be DEBT FREE–but what if we were already in DEBT, how do we get out?”

NUMBER ONE ANSWER:  Don’t BORROW any more MONEY:

“Be not one of those who strike hands and pledge themselves, or of those who become security for another’s debtsIf you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take your bed from under you?”  (Proverbs 22:26-27).

This might even mean CUTTING UP your CREDIT CARDS–if you just can’t seem to control your spending.  I have often heard people say, “I just use my CREDIT CARDS for EMERGENCY sake.”  But then temptation arises and you discover you have a lot of RESTAURANT emergencies; WALMART emergencies.  CUTTING UP your CREDIT CARDS may not be for you but if you want to be DEBT FREE, don’t get anymore Credit Cards.  Toss those per-approved credit card applications.  It is called LIVING within our MEANS:

“There are precious treasures and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a self-confident and foolish man swallows it up and wastes it”  (Proverbs 21:20).

Being in the BLACK HOLE of DEBT is because you spent more MONEY than you make.  It’s like the above picture I inserted in this blog of THROWING YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY DOWN THE TOILET!  You need to get on a DEBT REDUCTION PLAN:

“Keep out of debt and owe no man anything except to love one another”  (Romans 13:8).

GOD WANTS US TO GIVE BACK TO HIM:

In Acts 20:35, Jesus said “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  The question is really,How BLESSED do you want to be?”   Malachi 3:10 says:

“Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove or test Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

Some think that was a PROMISE only to the children of Israel.  “God BLESSED them MATERIALLY if they gave 10%, but that PROMISE doesn’t hold TRUE today!” some people think.  But God begins His urging on TITHING by saying, “For I am the Lord, I do not change; that is why you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed”  (Malachi 3:6 AMP).

The PROMISE God made to the children of Israel still holds true today because God doesn’t CHANGE and doesn’t LIE.  Beside that, the apostle Paul said that “all Christians are descendants of Abraham by faith” (Romans 4:16).  Therefore we are also “sons of Jacob”, RECIPIENTS of the BLESSING that God PROVIDES to those who TITHE–giving Him 10% of their INCOME!

God said,  “If you bring me the whole TITHE, then I will throw open the floodgates (open the windows-AMP) heaven and pour out so much BLESSING that you will not have room enough for it.”  He is not talking about something we will receive after we DIE and go to HEAVEN.  But a BLESSING we will receive NOW if we only TRUST Him in our GIVING!  God tells us to “Test Me in this.”  The Amplified Bible says, “prove Me now by it”.

The Hebrew word for TEST means “EXAMINE.”  God says to CHECK Him out and see if His WORD is RELIABLE.  This is the only place in Scripture where God says to put Him to the TEST and it’s in the area of GIVING.

Yet this is the one area where we DISTRUST God the most in our Christian lives.  Our American currency says, “In God we TRUST,” but most Christians don’t–not in the area of FINANCES!  God is MAKING A PLEA to His people to TRUST Him in their GIVING so He can BLESS them ABUNDANTLY.  My favorite verse that Jesus speaks in the Bible is John 10:10:

“I came that they [that’s me and you] may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”

Jesus repeats God’s PROMISE:

“Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag].  For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you’  (Luke 6:38 AMP).

Are you living in the ‘just enough’?  Do you want to live in the “overflow”? If your answer to these questions is “YES“, remember what is true.  We cannot out give God!

3 thoughts on “God’s PRINCIPLES About MONEY

  1. Hi Mel, I really enjoyed this post and like you I agree that we should strive to give rather than receive. When I realised God didn’t want me to be in debt, I cut all my credit cards and started to pay off my debts bit by bit. God has continuously demonstrated His care and provision for us when we have had nothing to eat thrush neighbors and relatives eyc. My prayer is for God to give me a heart that gives without counting the cost.

    As you said the issue with money comes from the heart, all giving must be done willingly and in love and not under coercion as there is definitely no blessing there for either the person who gives or receives. I won’t comment any further on the issue of the tithe, I can’t tell anyone what to do as only God knows all and sees all.

    Thanks for such a great post 🙂

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    1. THANK YOU again for your kind thoughts and encouragement. When we all get to heaven, ALL the questions we pondered here on earth will be answered in full; including tithing!

      Love you sister in Christ, Mel

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