Wealth in the Bible

Using God's Blessings to Bless Others…

Author: Christine (Page 1 of 18)

Bring the Whole Tithe

Malachi 3:8 – 10 – ‘“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse – the whole nation of you – because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty. “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”’

Many people will say that it is not good to test God. And yet, in this verse He specifically commands us to do so! For those who are holding back from giving to God what is rightly His, He says they are under a curse.

In fact, as we rob God, we are also robbing ourselves! How so? God indicates that when we withhold from him – as in those who do not bring the whole tithe – then God is restricted in how He can bless us. If instead we choose to bring the whole tithe into the storehouse – into God’s house – then He will bless us.

Bring the Whole Tithe into the Storehouse; God will Bless you

Bring the Whole Tithe into the Storehouse; God will Bless you

And how much will he bless us? A little? Perhaps a bit more than what we have given? No, so much that we will not be able to store it all! What a wonderful image! If we choose to be faithful to God with our tithe and give back what is His anyway, then He will bless us with so very much! So much that we will be filled to overflowing and be in such an incredible position to be able to bless many others! Exciting.

If we do not know how to give to God what is rightly His, then we will struggle to bless others from our abundance. Get things right – bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. God will bless you for it.

Financial tip – learn to give! God will only give it to you, if He can get it through you!

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Out of Her Earnings

Proverbs 31:16 – 17 – ‘She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.’

Many people are familiar with the proverbs 31 woman. And I know that some women feel it is an awful lot to live up to! I love that it talks of a woman who also earns and invests.

Out of Her Earnings she Does Much

Out of Her Earnings she Does Much

Being a wealthy Christian is not restricted to one gender but rather encompasses every Christian. And this woman in proverbs 31 is one who out of her earnings is able to plant a vineyard. Why can’t that be you? Could you be a Christian who is able to consider a field and buy it?

It is great that this woman is able to invest and plant. She also knows how to work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. The way we are able to be strong in areas is through consistent work or practice. Muscles are built because they are used and tested time and again. It is the same with regards to our finances – we can stretch our learning about money and we can also work harder to earn more.

Out of Her Earnings

Would you like to be referred to as a wealthy Christian who out of their earnings is able to do much? Why not make that a goal for yourself for this year? Learn about investing, work hard to earn and practice putting your money in areas where it will multiply, bless others and support yourself.

Wealth tip – set yourself a financial goal and list some ways you can actively work towards this (develop a brand, website, products, service, etc). Share this goal with one or two trusted friends and be accountable – work toward it on a regular basis.

His Own House

Haggai 1:9 – ‘“You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty, “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.”’

I believe that this verse can give us a great insight into why things don’t go well for us.  This can be in reference to finances and also in life in general. At the end of the day, we’re so busy focused on what we want in life, that we forget our purpose. We are on this earth to please God, to be in relationship with Him and to let others know about Him. For the person who is busy with his own house, God’s word states that they will not experience abundance.

Oh, they may expect it. They’ve invested in a manner that is deemed wise. Surely there will be a bountiful return! At the end of the day, if we live this life with the focus on selfish gain, God can and will take it away at a time that suits Him.

His own House should not come Before God's

His own House should not come Before God’s

His Own House

In your life as a wealthy Christian, do not forget to look after God’s house. Make sure you’re connected to a local church family and that you’re giving into this house. Give of your time, your skills and of your finances. This pleases God and He will bless you for it. Pity the man who first looks after his own house, rather than God’s house.

Wealth tip: You cannot lose on an exponential increase. If you put money into a savings account, this earns interest. Once this is earned, the interest earns its own interest. You can’t lose!

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Never Have Your Fill

Haggai 1:6 – ‘You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.’

Read through verses 2 – 9. This is all about putting God’s house first. When we lose sight of what our priorities should be, we will be like the people in the above verse who never have your fill. Why? Because their focus is about themselves and more, more, more. They have forgotten to put God and His work first!

You Drink, but Never Have Your Fill

You Drink, but Never Have Your Fill

As wealthy Christians our desire should never be to acquire more for ourselves. Instead it should be to make an impact for God’s kingdom and to be as close to Him as we possibly can. In this way, whatever wealth He blesses us with, it will always be enough in light of who God is.

We need to put God’s house first. It is important to consider giving back to him and the church. In this way we will be reaching more people for Christ, pleasing God and being good stewards of what He has blessed us with. If our desire is solely to have more, then it could be said of us – you drink, but never have your fill.

Never Have Your Fill

The person who wastes their money by investing it in the wrong areas and desiring more still will never have enough. Their priorities aren’t right. Put God first and see that you will always have enough and some more still, to bless others. Plus, they will be able to bless you in time, too.

Financial tip – some annual bills like car registrations and home insurance are cheaper to pay in full, rather than in smaller more frequent amounts. Save in anticipation of these bills – they shouldn’t be a surprise! In doing so, you’ll save yourself money over the longer term to invest elsewhere.

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By his Net

Habakkuk 1:16 – ‘Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet, for by his net he lives in luxury and enjoys the choicest food.’

It can be so easy for us to move our focus to idolising that which we feel is making our life so wonderful. Surely it is the money that we have acquired that is a great thing! Or the item that has led to us earning it. The above verse references someone who idolises their net, for it is by his net that he is able to earn income.

By his Net he Lives in Luxury

By his Net he Lives in Luxury

Never forget that the ability to earn money is one that comes from God. It is God who deserves our highest praise and our first love. Furthermore, it is God who can direct us about how to best invest, save and spend that money.

Remember that although we can be blessed with abundance, this can just as quickly be taken away. Live life with the knowledge that God has provided you with the chance to be wealthy. However, know that circumstances in life can also take this away.

Live life thankfully. Be generous as often as you can. Always acknowledge the God who allowed you to have riches in the first place – not the skill or item that resulted in earning money. It is not by his net that a person lives in luxury; it is by the God of heaven and earth.

Financial tip – setting up an offset account for your mortgage means that any money you have left over for the week or that is put aside to pay upcoming bills can be sitting against your mortgage debt and keeping your interest down. It’ll save you thousands in the long run.

My Daily Bread

Proverbs 30:7-9 – ‘“Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonour the name of my God.”’

In a world of weekly, fortnightly or even monthly wages, can you relate to the above verses? One way that we can financially put this into action is to only take out the money we anticipate needing for that day and using cash to pay for things. In this way, you can be using ‘my daily bread’.

Do you Pray for 'My Daily Bread'?

Do you Pray for ‘My Daily Bread’?

Would you ever consider praying this prayer? Would you ask God to provide you with only that which you need for the day? The logic in these verses is true! If we are provided with more than we need, then it is possible to feel that we don’t need God. We become proud and maybe even self sufficient.

Likewise, if we do not have enough and are left hungry, cold and lacking in other areas, then we may feel that God doesn’t care about us! Or we may resort to breaking the law to get that which we need. In this regard, praying for ‘my daily bread’ seems the best prayer to make!

In your times of plenty as a wealthy Christian, remember to put God first. Also, remember to bless others as much as you can. In times where you are lacking, remember to be thankful for what you have. Also allow God to open doors so that others can provide for you. In this way, you will always receive that which you need – my daily bread.

Financial tip – search online for a savings account that offers a high interest rate. If you’re already saving – great! Make sure that money is earning you as much as it possibly can. Be mindful of bank accounts that have ongoing fees. Many online accounts are free to set up and offer great interest rates.

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Lord of all the Earth

Micah 4:13b – ‘You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the Lord, their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.’

It can be easy to lose perspective. Evil people gain wealth. The most humble hearted person can lose everything and everyone dear to them. We live in a fallen world. That does not mean that God is not Lord of all the earth.

The Lord of all the Earth will Receive all Finances Eventually

The Lord of all the Earth will Receive all Finances Eventually

That’s what I love about the above verse. It shows that although unjust people acquire riches in this world, ultimately they will go to the Lord. Even if they are acquired in an unethical way, they will be used for good. Do you not love the irony of the idea that money earned through slavery could be used to set people free?

Lord of all the Earth

Things will go wrong on this earth because we live in a fallen world. It is a given, but we shouldn’t forget that God is in control. He sees everything and He, the Lord of all the earth will make things right. Until that happens, He wants His children to do everything they can on this earth to provide a loving and just example. What are you doing with your wealth as a Christian? Are you impacting the world for the better? When you meet with the Lord of all the earth at the end of your life, will He say, ‘well done, good and faithful servant!’?

Financial tip – consider if a loan is necessary to make purchases; other than a mortgage, in a short time frame it should be possible to save regular amounts and purchase items outright. A $10,000 car could end up costing you 12,000 over a 5 year period and will devalue by half in the first 12 months. Buying a similar vehicle that is 12 months old with cash may be a much smarter move financially.

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You do not Realize

Revelation 3:17 – ‘You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.’

It is amazing how we can be blind to things that are so obvious to the outside observer. We can focus on one thing and completely miss another. The above verse points this out. We may be focused on all of the things that we have acquired in this life and completely forgotten to praise and thank God for his provision! There is no point in acquiring wealth if we do it for ourselves. If we do this, then God will say of us, you do not realize how much you are lacking.

You do not Realize...

You do not Realize…

If we have more finances than we need – more than we could need in a lifetime – then it is not time to settle and grow proud. Instead, it is reason for a celebration and generosity! Praise the Lord for his generous provision. Provide to those in need around you and make sure your abundance is working to create more money. Why? Because then you can give more!

You do not Realize

Don’t be a person who assumes that the wealth they are in charge of is only for them. Do not be one who doesn’t realise the responsibility that comes with having abundance! Reach out to God’s children, to the lost and provide things that they need to survive and then to live. Help them to find out about God’s love through your generosity.

Financial tip – in any mortgage, make your repayments fortnightly rather than monthly. There are 26 fortnights in a year and only 12 months, you will end up paying off equivalent to 13 months in a year if you pay fortnightly and save a lot more on interest.

Fruit of Your Labor

Psalm 128:1 – 2 – ‘Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.’

Because this bible study focuses on what God’s word says about wealth, we will have a good look at the second statement in these two verses. But I wanted to focus first on verse 1. I think this is a key concept for all Christians. It states, blessed are those who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways.

Whether or not you take finances into account, God’s word says that if we fear him, then we will be blessed. How can a fear of something result in a blessing? It means that we respect God; we revere him. As his children, we acknowledge that he is incredibly powerful and in control of everything. As we acknowledge his supremacy, then we find it easier to walk in the ways that he encourages us to do.

Firstly, we must fear God and follow his ways. Secondly, it states you will eat the fruit of your labour. In other words, whatever you sow, you will reap. If you are willing to work hard, then you will receive your reward! If you choose to be lazy, then you too will see the fruits of that. This is an emphasis I believe on your willingness to work. I don’t think it’s about skills and abilities, but rather about your attitude.

You will eat the Fruit of Your Labor

You will eat the Fruit of Your Labor

You will eat the Fruit of your Labor

If you have an attitude that says – yes, I will work! – then I believe God will bless you for it. Not only will we find that our willingness to work will result in how much fruit we eat, but also it states that blessings and prosperity will be ours! If we make the effort to work, then we will receive prosperity from it! There is nothing quite like an authentic, hard worker. They are a joy to work with and to be around – they are more than willing to do their share!

Fear God and be willing to work hard. These two things I believe are a recipe for financial success and a Godly life.

Financial tip – set up a savings account and have any spare funds sitting in here; make the decision to save any amount on a weekly basis, even if it’s a dollar a day. Money in savings is working for you.

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With all my Wealth

Hosea 12:8 – ‘Ephraim boasts, “I am very rich; I have become wealthy. With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin.”’

We are warned against pride in the bible. And yet, as wealthy Christians we can forget who our money comes from – who it has always come from. God. It is God who provides us with skills and abilities to work and earn. God provides us with the knowledge and discipline to save and invest. It is God who blesses us and watches over us.

With all my Wealth... do not Grow Proud

With all my Wealth… do not Grow Proud

Yes, we need to be good stewards of what we’ve been given, but it is not in our own strength that we acquire wealth. It is through God’s blessing. Never get to a point where you say, ‘with all my wealth, I am safe’. Safe from poverty and from judgement. Safe from the evils of this world and therefore secure. This way of thinking is in itself a sin! So too is it a way for us to fall further, to distance ourselves more from God.

With all my Wealth

There is never a time when it is ok to boast about wealth. Instead, this should be a time where we learn to be more thankful for what God has blessed us with. And consequently, more aware of our responsibility to reach others for God, to help those in need.

With all your wealth, recognise the One who gave it to you; the One who can take it away just as quickly. Always with your finances, practice humility and seek God’s guidance on how you spend it, invest it and use it to bless others.

Wealth tip – get rid of unnecessary clutter: remove anything you haven’t made use of in 12 months and bless someone else who may be able to utilise it, by giving it away!

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