Wealth in the Bible

Using God's Blessings to Bless Others…

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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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The Generation of the Upright will be Blessed

Psalm 112:1 – 3 – ‘Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.’

I love these verses. There is such a promise in them – one that goes beyond one generation! Firstly it indicates that the person who fears the Lord (you and I) is blessed. When we find great delight in God’s commands and fear him, we are blessed. On top of this, the children of that person will also be blessed! And why is this? If you follow God reverently and teach your children to do the same, then God’s word says they will also be blessed. The generation of the upright will be blessed. As you teach your children to fear God, you are passing on the best possible thing that you can.

God's Word says the Generation of the Upright will be Blessed

God’s Word says the Generation of the Upright will be Blessed

As well as being blessed and having children who are blessed, the man who fears the Lord will also have wealth and riches in his house. How incredible!

It should be enough for us to have a saving knowledge of Christ and be in relationship with God. But on top of this, He promises to bless us and provide our house with wealth and riches, if we fear Him. Wow.

The Generation of the Upright

God wants to bless us. Furthermore, He wants to provide us with wealth and riches that we can use to do good on this earth. Don’t think that having more than enough as a Christian is wrong. Keeping it to yourself when you can bless others, is wrong, but wealth itself is not! The generation of the upright will be blessed – fear God and teach your children to do likewise.

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.

Provided for the Poor

Psalm 68:10 – ‘Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, O God, you provided for the poor.’

It can be easy for us to forget at times that all that we have comes from God. We may be very familiar with churches talking about us giving a tithe or offering. It is easy to hold back and say, ‘but I need this money!’ And yet, it has been provided to us from God’s abundance so that we can give back to help fund His works on this earth. Have you ever considered that God has already provided for the poor, all that they need? He has done that through our abundance.

From Your Bounty O God, you Provided for the Poor

From Your Bounty O God, you Provided for the Poor

From Your Bounty… Provided for the Poor

For those who have been blessed with more than enough, surely it is their duty to look out for those who are lacking! Perhaps God has provided me with a bounty of wages or of food, knowing that the person next door is lacking. He knows that there is opportunity for me to share His love by being someone who has provided for the poor.

Things are far from equal in this world. However, God blesses people that can then go and help others who are in need. It doesn’t mean we have to help everyone all the time – this is not possible. But it does mean that He has provided for the poor through us. We just need to recognise this and act!

Are there opportunities you’re being provided with to bless others that you don’t recognise? Or maybe you do, but you’re not being obedient?

Recently in my bible study group we were challenged to not pray that God would provide for the poor and then assume that it would happen through other people! If we are moved by the plight of others to pray for them, should we not also act? Chances are God has provided for the poor through you – are you being obedient to this call?

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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When he Dies

Psalm 49:16 – 17 – ‘Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendour of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him.’

Our life on this earth is but a moment when compared with an eternity with Christ. Although it is a short time, it is a time in which we can make a great impact for the Lord. In fact, our impact has eternal consequences. The verses above indicate that when he dies (or any person for that matter), he (or she) cannot take their earthly wealth with them.

When he Dies, no Riches will go with Him; what Legacy will you Leave?

When he Dies, no Riches will go with Him; what Legacy will you Leave?

Can we take anything with us when we die? Yes – our relationship with God. This is the one thing that will follow us after our earthly bodies are finished on this earth. A relationship with God and an eternal future is also something that we can help others to acquire whilst on this earth.

God’s word indicates that after our life on this earth, we will be judged for what we did – or didn’t – do. So whilst on this earth, we should endeavour to use our wealth to benefit others and God’s kingdom. Remember a person will take nothing with him when he dies. However, riches acquired on this earth can do so much!

When he Dies

It is an incredible thing to be gifted with wealth on this earth. But we are warned to not get caught up in the wealth itself. Instead, use your energy to make the wealth work for the better of everyone that you can! Be comfortable knowing that when you pass on, your wealth wasn’t stored up not to be used, but instead had a great impact on others.

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.

The Righteous Give Generously

Psalm 37: 21 – 22 – ‘The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously; those the Lord blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be cut off.’

There is wonderful instruction and promise in the above verses. Firstly, God’s word indicates that the righteous give generously. That is, they provide or hand over kindly, with a big heart and liberally. They give as much as they possibly can to those who need it!

The Righteous give Generously - what can you give?

The Righteous give Generously – what can you give?

If we are God’s children, then we are amongst those who are counted as righteous. But are we living the way God’s word indicates we live? Challenge yourself as a wealthy Christian to give generously. Last week it was anti-poverty week where I live and I was sent a text with a challenge/encouragement to invite someone over for a meal who can’t return the favour. What a great idea!

We should always be looking for opportunities to bless those who can’t necessarily return the favour. After all, that’s not what it’s about! It’s about showing God’s love to others. The up side of this is that we’re doing something that touches God’s heart and His word says that those He blesses will inherit the land.

The Righteous Give Generously

Make it your life’s mission in whatever sphere of influence you have, to give generously to those in need around you. They may be lacking a smile, a hug, a kind word or a listening ear. It isn’t always finances that you need to give generously to someone.

If you have finances to give and you’re not sure where to invest, look for local charities! Pray to God and ask Him to guide you where He would have you give. Remember, the righteous give generously.

Wealth tip – if the amount you need or want to save isn’t possible on your current budget, consider where costs could be cut or more money could be earned.

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The Wealth of Many Wicked

Psalm 37: 16 – 17 – ‘Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.’

The focus of this blog is a bible study on wealth. It finds verses that indicate God wants abundantly more for us than we can ever hope or imagine. For me, this includes finances! However, it should be noted that the bible is clear on one thing: wealth as our sole focus is a bad thing. We shouldn’t acquire it the wrong way; nor should we put it beyond our love of God; we shouldn’t idolise wealth. God’s word states that it is better to be righteous and have little, than to have wealth and be wicked. Take note of this.

Better the Little that the Righteous have than the Wealth of Many Wicked

Better the Little that the Righteous have than the Wealth of Many Wicked

When we live righteously – that is, we live for God – then He will uphold us. Note I didn’t say when we live perfectly! We are human, we make mistakes. But the wicked person, even though they may enjoy wealth on this earth, their power will be broken and they have no eternal future with God.

In all that you do, be thankful for what God has blessed you with. Be thankful that He is in control and loves you more than you can imagine. Work to live righteously for your Lord and in living, educate yourself to be wise with your finances. From here, I believe you will watch your wealth grow and be used to benefit others in need.

The Wealth of Many Wicked

Don’t fall into the trap of becoming like the many wicked who are wealthy and have twisted priorities. In times where it seems you don’t have enough to share financially, remember that you can share God’s love and this is worth more than all the riches in the world!

Wealth tip – consider only borrowing money to purchase assets that will generate income for you, not for products that will decrease in value over time.

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Desires of Your Heart

Psalm 37:4 – ‘Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.’

What are the desires of your heart? It can be so easy to focus on the second pert of this verse. We can think, ‘how wonderful! God wants to give me what I want! How can I lose?’

Are the Desires of Your Heart in Line with God's?

Are the Desires of Your Heart in Line with God’s?

But the first part of the verse I believe is a condition for receiving the second part of this verse. We need to first delight ourselves in the Lord. What does this mean exactly? It means first getting to know Him. What does God love? What does He desire for us to do with our lives on this earth?

It secondly means to love Him so much, that we choose to love what He loves. When many relationships first start out, people find themselves agreeing to do things they have no interest in. And why is that? Because they’re eager to spend time with the other person – no matter what they have to do!

The above Bible verse doesn’t indicate that God will give us whatever we want. Instead, it is saying that as we grow to love God, our wants in life change. They start to align with what He wants. Consequently, He grants us the desires of our heart, as they’re based on His desires.

If you desire to be wealthy because you want to reach out to God’s lost children, I challenge you to put that before Him. Pray that He will guide you about where to give of your finances and time. Ask God to help you to save and invest well financially so that your finances increase and can go further. When the desires of your heart are His desires, watch Him give them to you.

Wealth tip – God is the provider and overseer of our finances; He will provide what we need and more if we are willing to invest it for Him.

Store Up Wealth

Psalm 17: 14 – ‘O Lord, by your hand save me from such men, from the men of this world whose reward is in this life. You still the hunger of those you cherish; their sons have plenty, and they store up wealth for their children.’

The second half of this verse points out some wonderful things that occur for God’s cherished children. One – he stills their hunger. He tends to our needs. Two – their sons have plenty. Our children are not in want. And finally three – they store up wealth for their children. God gives us so much in the way of provisions, that we have more than we need. And so, we are able to put some aside, preparing for our future generations.

God wants for us to be abundantly blessed. And then He wants this to pass on down the generations to our children and to their children. And so on! Recognise that you are a cherished child of God. He wants the best for you and He is willing to provide it!

Store up Wealth

Store up Wealth

Store Up Wealth

Our decisions can cause things to go a little off centre. This doesn’t mean that we’re always doomed to negative repercussions from making the wrong decisions. When we focus on God and His desires, then we can work to get ourselves in alignment with this.

As we do, we will find that things fall into place. We’ll have the finances we need to make an impact. We’ll make the connections that will help us to reach others. Our decisions will be wise when we seek first His counsel and guidance. Then we will be able to store up wealth – for our future generations and for those we are hoping to love and help in this life.

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.

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Unless the Lord Builds

Psalm 127: 1 – 2 – ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for he grants sleep to those he loves.’

We can have many great ideas on this earth. We plan to be rich; we plan to set good foundations for our future, our parenting years and our retirement. It is our aim to be well educated, get good grades and land a well paying job. But at the end of the day, it is the Lord who directs our paths. If we plan without His guidance, then we cannot expect His help.

Unless the Lord Builds, we Build in Vain

Unless the Lord Builds, we Build in Vain

Be sure on your journey towards wealth that you are building up what the Lord would have you build. Are you investing in a business opportunity that He has encouraged you to? Or did the idea just seem too good to pass up? Are your funds sitting in a high interest earning account when God has prompted you to invest them in your local church?

Unless the Lord Builds

Anything that we choose to do on this earth without God will not work out as we hope. It may not be a waste of time – it may be quite fruitful or result in you learning a lot of valuable life lessons. But perhaps you could have been more fruitful or avoided some tough lessons if you had followed the prompting God placed on your heart. Remember to look for His guidance and to use His word to help direct you. Unless the Lord builds something with you, you will be working in vain for little reward.

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.

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Your Prosperity

Psalm 122: 9 – ‘For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.’

Do you wish prosperity on others? Or is your focus solely on your own prosperity so that you can bless those who don’t appear to be? Surely it is better for someone to be able to provide for themselves and their family, than they are reliant on hand outs from others?

Wealth in the Bible was created to aid in Your Prosperity

Wealth in the Bible was created to aid in Your Prosperity

I don’t believe it’s wrong to seek our own prosperity. However, at the same time we can be seeking prosperity of others. How? We can pray for them to be blessed first and foremost.

The Benefits of Your Prosperity

Depending on our position, we may be able to do many other things. We could provide someone with a job or recommend them for a job. We can also teach them skills that make them employable or help them to invest wisely. Can you gift people with assets that will increase their prosperity? I’m sure there are many other things that can be proactively done to help others be prosperous.

In Australia there are a lot of people reliant on welfare payments from the Government. How wonderful if this were not so. If those who were able to work were all in a job and wisely using their money. If those who were unable to work through disability were being provided for by wealthy family members. Then government funding could be invested elsewhere.

While you’re at it, pray for the prosperity of your government. Pray that God would guide them and bless them with matters regarding money, amongst others. Seek the prosperity of others in all you do – it shows God’s love.

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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