Wealth in the Bible

Using God's Blessings to Bless Others…

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Supporting Women

Luke 8:3 – ‘…these women were helping to support them out of their own means.’

Read through Luke 8: 1 – 3. In Jesus’ ministry, he was supported by women whom he had healed. Don’t feel that because you’re a female, you can’t have a positive financial impact.

Supporting Women: God's word highlights them.

Supporting Women: God’s word highlights them.

Mary Magdalene was a supporting woman. Joanna who managed Herod’s household was a supporting woman. Susanna and many others. All of these were supporting women.

As Jesus and the men he had chosen as his apostles went about spreading the Gospel, they were supported by women. Supporting women have an important role to play in spreading the gospel. Supporting women can help by providing finances, food and prayer.

The women that supported Jesus and his disciples obviously knew how to manage finances. In fact, they were supporting the men out of their own means. They were in a position to provide for men! How backwards does this seem in biblical times and in a lot of cultures today? Men provide. Women produce children and keep the household.

Don’t feel that because you are female that you cannot play a positive role financially. There were women who had the means to support Jesus himself. As a wealthy Christian woman, be wise with your money, your skills and your investments. Do this whether single or married. Your financial prowess can be a blessing to yourself, God’s kingdom and your future family.

Supporting women are as important as supporting men. Whatever your gender, work to increase your financial knowledge and skills. It can only be of benefit.

Financial tip – compare the benefits of saving money and earning interest with keeping loans down that are incurring you interest. A mortgage may charge 5% interest while savings earn you 4% interest. It is wiser financially to put extra funds against the mortgage and save interest of 5%, rather than earn interest of 4% that ends up getting taxed.

Measure God’s Way

Luke 6: 38 – ‘Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’

Measure. It’s a word that can have many meanings. Do you measure how much you give? God’s word says that in whatever measure we give, we will be given.

Measure – quantify, amount, calculate

Perhaps this can tempt us to give the amount we want to receive. Or we conclude that rather than receive what we’ve already given, we should just hold onto what would be received in place of what was given. That is not how God works. It is better to give than to receive, but when we focus on giving, we receive.

Do you Measure things against God's Word?

Do you Measure things against God’s Word?

Don’t fall into a trap of measuring what you give. It becomes too easy then to expect to receive what has been given.

We can take God at His word, but we shouldn’t give out of expectation of receiving. We should give because we want to bless others. This is how God works; this is how His kingdom works. This is how we as wealthy Christians should work.

There is perhaps one area we should work to measure our lives in. Opportunities to give. Calculate how often we can give to bless others and again, act on this. Know that as you seek and identify opportunities to give, you also provide God with opportunities to bless you so that you can continue to give to others.

Financial tip – establish a separate bank account for your child. If you put away $10 a week for 18 years, this totals $9,360 dollars for a deposit, education or something else. If you invested $10 a week for 18 years at 5% interest, this would total in excess of $14,600 at the end.

Woe to You who are Rich

Luke 6:24 – “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.”

If you had already received everything good in this life and were to receive no more, would you be disappointed? If your whole focus is on money, then this is all you will get in life and it won’t do you any good in eternity. Woe to you who are rich!

Woe to You who are Rich: is Wealth Wrong?

Woe to You who are Rich: is Wealth Wrong?

Read through Luke 6:20 – 31. Our wealth on this earth first comes through a relationship with Christ. Suddenly we have treasure in heaven and treasure worth sharing on earth!

Have you considered the word woe? Let’s take a look! Woe – anguish, affliction, sadness, despair, misery, wretchedness.

Not a pretty picture at all, is it? Now most of us are familiar with rich – well-off, affluent, plentiful, loaded, and prosperous. The list goes on. How could these good things, be bad?

I don’t believe this passage in Luke indicates that it is a bad thing to be wealthy. Rather, if this is our sole focus and desire, then if we receive it on earth, this is all that we will get in life! We won’t have salvation or an eternal reward. Definitely in this regard, the bible says Woe to you who are rich!

Wealth is something that we can strive for. It should never however come before our love for Christ. I also feel that it should always be used for the glory of God’s kingdom. Otherwise, you can be sure this message will apply to you – woe to you who are rich.

Financial tip – be proactive six days a week to bring in income, develop residual income and increase the value of your property; rest on the seventh day knowing you have been hard working and that God not only ordains, but insists on His people resting so they don’t burn out.

Follow Me Jesus Said

Luke 5:27 – 28 – ‘After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.’

Follow me Jesus said.  Levi was obedient to Christ’s direction. He left everything and did as Jesus said. ‘Follow me’ implies so much. We need to put our desire to follow Christ above all else.  Then we need to act on it.

Levi was a tax collector.  We read this in the bible.  We also find out that he was frowned upon by society because of his ‘profession’. Whatever our job or reputation, when we hear Christ’s call, we need to be obedient. Forget your imperfections – we all have them. Instead, focus on the perfect Christ and His desire for relationship with you.

Follow Me Jesus Said: will you be Obedient?

Follow Me Jesus Said: will you be Obedient?

Follow me Jesus said. Follow his word. Follow his promptings. Be obedient to his requests as soon as you can.

As we follow Christ, the things of this world become less important. We desire to help and love others. As this happens, Jesus enables us to do so. He allows us to be blessed, and to be a blessing to others.

When we follow Christ’s direction, we are able to be blessed financially.  As we follow his guidance on where to invest our finances, we have the opportunity to become wealthy.  As we follow what the bible says about wealth, we are able to bless others.  Follow Jesus, follow his word and direction and see that you aren’t able to bless others through your abundance.

Financial tip – be clear on payment terms before undertaking a job so that you know where you stand; don’t set yourself up to be dissatisfied if you learn someone else has better terms than what you agreed upon.

In Front of Jesus

Luke 5: 8 – 19 – ‘Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.’

Did you know that there are many ways to get in front of Jesus? If Jesus is a point in the centre of a circle and one hundred people make up the perimetre, each one can step forward and place themselves in front of Jesus.

We may find that we’re standing behind him, but if we move toward him, we can come to be in front of Jesus. His focus will be on us, then!

In Front of Jesus: Position Yourself Near to Him.

In Front of Jesus: Position Yourself Near to Him.

If one way of trying to reach God doesn’t work, come at Him from a different angle. Still move towards him, knowing you are getting closer to being in front of Him with your problem or desire.

This is what the men with the paralytic on the mat did. They acknowledged that they couldn’t get in front of Jesus through the crowd.  They realised they needed to try a different approach.  They knew it was paramount to position themselves – and their friend – well.

Do you recognise your need to be in front of Jesus?  It’s all about how you position yourself!  Position yourself near Christ: read His word. Pray to Him. Listen for Him. Act in love toward others. Draw close to God and He will draw close to you.  Make an effort to be before Jesus daily.

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

Let Down the Nets

Luke 5:5 – ‘Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”’

God’s timing is paramount. We can work in vain tirelessly but if an act isn’t done in God’s timing, it can exhaust us and reap no benefit. When God says, ‘let down the nets!’ then, it is the time to act!  Not before.

You may have a business plan or desire God has placed on your heart. You know it can be fruitful financially. You know it will bless others. How can it be wrong to pursue it right now?  Surely if you have the idea and the skills, it is time to invest in the dream?  Surely God will bless you if you buy the block of land, building or purchase a heap of resources in faith!

Let Down the Nets: God's Word says to wait on His Timing

Let Down the Nets: God’s Word says to wait on His Timing

Wait for God’s direction to ‘let down the nets’! A God inspired idea will fail if you take it on without His timing and guidance. Be excited about your dream and proactive.  You can learn skills, save money, develop contacts and wait on God. You can still be productive and bless others whilst waiting to fulfill a dream.

Don’t let an unfulfilled promise cause you to respond with apathy to a hurting world.  Joshua had to wait an incredible time for his land, but that didn’t stop him being courageous and following God’s lead.

Wait on God’s timing.  When He says, ‘let down the nets’, then be ready to be obedient to His direction.

Wealth tip – set yourself a financial goal and list some ways that 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.

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