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When some people hear the word “money,” their eyes light up like they’re seeing dancing dollar signs. There’s nothing wrong with having money in the bank, but we’ve all seen individuals who take it to the extreme and seek it exclusively. We all need money, but many people have the wrong relationship with it, and how to get it. The Bible tells us there are right ways and wrong ways to acquire wealth.
Regardless of the currency, money is simply paper and ink, but it’s amazing how it can influence our way of thinking. Some individuals take great pride in building a vast empire with a large bank account. Others steal it, or even commit suicide because of it. God’s Word concerning this is radically different than what the world says. “If you start thinking to yourselves, ‘I did all this. And all by myself. I’m rich. It’s all mine!’—well, think again. Remember that God, your God, gave you the strength to produce all this wealth so as to confirm the covenant that he promised to your ancestors—as it is today” (Deuteronomy 8:17, 18, MSG).
The world has a love/hate relationship with money. Many people crave it for themselves, and are highly suspicious of those who have it. Others are willing to murder others for it. Money itself isn’t evil, but developing a wrong relationship with it is. “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:9, 10, NIV).
Money is simply a tool to accomplish what’s really important in life, which is helping others. We’ve all heard stories of “self-made” millionaires who squandered all their fortunes on themselves and ended up penniless. God promises that if we love Him more than money, He’ll make sure we’ll have plenty of everything we need. “Honor the Lord with your capital and sufficiency [from righteous labors] and with the firstfruits of all your income; so shall your storage places be filled with plenty, and your vats shall be overflowing with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9, 10, AMP).
Honoring the Lord means trusting Him enough to release our tight grip on our wallet, and giving generously. Whatever we give will return to us abundantly. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 3:10, 11). God actually wants to abundantly bless our finances. The problem is that too many of us don’t see how He figures into our financial lives, but these two verses clearly state how God will honor our belief and obedience in this area.
God loves us and doesn’t want to see us struggle financially. If we acknowledge Him as our true Source of wealth, amazing things will begin to happen. Letting His Word guide us in every financial decision we make brings true prosperity.
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