Abraham Blessings Are Mine
Some Christians get scared at the thought of being wealthy, because in their estimation, it is not possible to be wealthy and Godly. They don't equate wealth with God.
Their minds hold them hostage to wrong and unscriptural thoughts that wealth is carnality, and comes from the adversary. They aver that if you are wealthy and born again, then you must have done something ungodly. Some even go the extent of taking a vow of poverty, which impresses upon them that wealth is undesirable. Consequently, they have no respect for wealth and do not attract wealth. You only attract what you respect.
But scriptures declare,… 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).
Note the later part of this text, for it is He Who gives you power to get wealth - Who does 'he' refer to? God. And why does God give us power to get wealth? - Moses, the writer provides us with the answer, saying, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
The Hebrew word translated 'establish' is Quwm, pronounced Koom; it is also means to confirm or ratify. And to ratify denotes to sign or give formal consent to a treaty, contract, or agreement, making it officially valid.
You see, God made a promise to our fathers. In order to make this covenant or agreement officially valid today, he bestows on us the power or strength to make wealth.
But when was this promise made?
Genesis 22 -17-18... That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Scriptures declare, Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; And let them say continually, The LORD be magnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servan t (Psalms 35:7) NASB.
King James Rendering, says, He takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servant . In order words God delights in the well-being of his servant .(NIV)
You see, under the old covenant, God related to Isrealites as servants and if God takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servants, what about his sons? Under the new convenant, God relates to us as sons. In his letter to the Galatians church, Paul corroborates this assertion:
Galatians 4:6-7, And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ .
A paradox in the body of Christ is that many believers are yet to grasp the fact that God wants us to prosper. They are yet to understand that it is God's will for His children to be wealthy.
Some still hold the opinion that poverty is a characteristic or mark of humility; they aver that in order to be humble, one must be poor. Due to this mindset, some have allowed the devil to rob them of their belongings. They think that a righteous person cannot be wealthy and that a wealthy man could not be righteous.
But the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, which made us the righteousness of God, also made us rich. However, before we go into all that in details, let's examine excerpts of Romans 5:7:..'... much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.' Amplified Rendering says, 'They shall reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).'
Do you know of any poor king? I don't. I am yet to see a king who is poor. Kings are royalty, and royalty by their pedigree can't be poor.
Believers are wired to reign as kings, and kings dominate circumstances. However, many are broke because they have a wrong mindset and see 'money as the root of all evil.'
Rather than being conscious of the word of God, they run around church cirles with the words of Notorious B.I.G. 'Mo Money Mo Problems' and chorus his anthem, singing 'THE MORE MONEY WE COME ACROSS, THE MORE PROBLEM WE FACE.'
By Emmanuel Emeke Asiwe
To Be Continued!!!