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Category: Haggai

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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