Wealth in the Bible

Using God's Blessings to Bless Others…

Category: Psalms (Page 2 of 2)

Him who is Generous and Lends Freely

Psalm 112: 5 – 7 – Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.’

Many people may say that it’s easy for the wealthy to be generous and lend freely. After all, they have more than enough – why wouldn’t they give to others? And yet, it is often those who work hard to live within their means who find they can spare a little to bless another person. God’s word indicates that this person who is generous and lends freely, will have good come to them.

Good will come to him who is Generous and Lends Freely

Good will come to him who is Generous and Lends Freely

On top of this, His word says that they won’t have to worry about tomorrow. If their trust is in God, then they have no fear of bad news. That is not to say that bad things won’t happen in their lives, but they acknowledge that God is in control. They know He wants the best for them. When we are able to focus on God’s character rather than our circumstances, then we have no fear of what each day will bring.  Why is this?  Because we know that He will carry us through the good and bad times.

Lends Freely

Whether or not you consider yourself a wealthy Christian, make every effort to be known as one who is generous and who also lends freely. Remember: you can be generous with your time, your words, your actions and your finances too. Generosity isn’t solely about benefiting others with your wealth. It is about giving to those in need – in whatever capacity that may be.

Wealth tip – unsure where your money goes? Make a money diary for a month or two listing every cent spent. Cut out unnecessary spending!

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Wealth and Riches are in His House

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.’

There is consistently a link in God’s word between the person who fears and loves the Lord and one who has wealth and riches. When looking at synonyms for these two words, there is a common thread – resources, treasures, assets, materials, possessions.

Wealth and Riches are in his House

Wealth and Riches are in his House

For the person who puts their trust in God, they will be given so much more than just a relationship with Him. God wants to bless his children. He wants them to have more than they need.

Do you wish for abundance for your children? Why? Is it so they can have more than enough? So they don’t have to feel hunger or the cold? Or perhaps more than this, you want them to experience abundance so that they can learn to appreciate what they have and give to those in need.

Wealth and Riches

As wealthy Christians, I believe it is our responsibility to teach our children about wealth and riches. We should teach them how to invest, how to be frugal and how to recognise and bless those in need. If we teach them these things on top of a love for God, then they are on the path to also having wealth and riches in their house as they grow into adults and establish a family of their own. With these wealth and riches, they will then be armed to invest wisely and teach their children about God and money.

Wealth tip – consider splitting your budget into the areas of tithes/offerings, living expenses and saving.

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Abundantly Enriched

Psalm 65: 9, 11 – ‘You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.’

Not only has God overlooked our sin and forgiven us, He has chosen to bless us. This can happen through the land we live in. He provides rain for things to grow and multiply on this earth. Each year we add to our veggie garden through the abundance of others wanting to share with us. In turn, we are able to give to others and help them grow a harvest they can gain from and bless still others with.

Abundantly Enriched: God wants to Bless us so we can Bless Others

Abundantly Enriched: God wants to Bless us so we can Bless Others

God wants our lives to be abundantly enriched! Why? Because He loves us! And if we have more than enough, will we not be able and ready to abundantly enrich another’s life?

Wealth is of no value hoarded. Wealth is to be used in love to bless others as Christ has first blessed us. We are abundantly enriched by God’s provision. Recognise today that you are abundantly enriched. Now consider how you can enrich someone else’s life with the abundance that you have been blessed with.

Financial tip – for items that you utilise on a regular basis, buy these in bulk wherever possible. You will save on your purchase and know you have that product for a long time to come.

Desires of Your Heart

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

Perhaps there are some people who read this and go, ‘Great! If I take delight in the Lord, he will bless me with wealth!’

I feel a truth in this verse is that if we truly delight in the Lord, then our desires line up with His – justice, love, and mercy – and suddenly as we work, we are seeking to see His promises fulfilled. God will only bless this.

If you have a desire on your heart and a relationship with God, consider that He has given you this desire. It could be to go into business; it could be to raise a Godly family. It could be to be the best spouse you possibly can! It could be to be a missionary.

Desires of Your Heart: mine is to Combine my Faith and my love of Horses

Desires of Your Heart: mine is to Combine my Faith and my love of Horses

Whatever it is, you can be a blessing to God and His children as you journey toward that desire. I desire to set up a successful horse business. Through this I am seeking a particular lifestyle with my husband and family. In particular, my dream has always been to reach those in the equine industry and show them God’s love through my successful business.

Christians are needed everywhere. In business, in the home, in remote communities. Never feel that you can’t make an impact for Christ right where you are now. Be excited about the desire God has placed on your heart, but don’t get so caught up in the destination that you don’t use the journey to impact others for God. Your journey to become a wealthy and influential Christian may impact more people on the way than when you ‘arrive’.

Wealth tip – look into discounts that you may be eligible for. Your locality, financial situation, education or even genetic background may offer you some beneficial discounts.

Seek the Lord; Financial Blessings

Psalm 34: 10 – ‘The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.’

God wants to bless His children – us! He is a wonderful, loving, giving, perfect parent. Loving parents correct, discipline and guide their children. Do you notice how He wants us to lack no good thing, but with that, we need to do something?

Seek the Lord and His Desires, Find Yourself Blessed

Seek the Lord and His Desires, Find Yourself Blessed

We need to seek the Lord. In finding God, we discover many things about Him:

    • What He likes
    • What He opposes
    • Where He likes to spend His time
    • What breaks His heart

It is through knowing God and desiring what He desires, that we will in turn lack no good thing. Seek God above all else and see that He doesn’t bless you – I challenge you!

Financial tip – meal plan; organising what you will cook each week or month will help you to utilise what you have bought, rather than leave food unused in cupboards and buy other things.

Fearing the Lord

Psalm 25: 12 – 13 – ‘Who, then, is the man that fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him. He will spend his days in prosperity and his descendants will inherit the land.’

Fearing God is the beginning of wisdom. When we have a healthy respect for who He is, then we are able to be directed by God. From here, we will be blessed with prosperity (wealth, affluence, riches, and success) and our children will benefit.

What a wonderful concept! Fear God, follow His guidance and reap so many benefits.

To be a successful Christian, we must have a healthy understanding of how to revere God and from this, work to know His heart – what does He desire from us? First and foremost – relationship. He wants us to know Him.

As we spend time with Him, we recognise what breaks His heart – injustice, greed, inequality, idols. When we seek to put Him first, then He provides opportunities for us to be able to positively impact others to do the same. This can be through the right connections, through wealth, through abundance of food and time. There are many ways we can become wealthy with the things of this world and use them to bless others for God’s sake.

Financial tip – for items that you utilise on a regular basis, buy these in bulk wherever possible. You will save on your purchase and know you have that product for a long time to come.

Check Your Attitude

Psalm 18: 27 – 28 – ‘You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.’

How are you doing in life? Do you have a roof over your head, a good job, a nice income, and savings in the bank? Do you put this down to your own wise choices and hard work?

It’s important to acknowledge what we have – particularly if it’s more than we need. This means God has truly blessed us! It’s also important to recognise where this abundance has come from. Don’t get haughty.

On your way to wealth as a Christian, don’t ever think it’s all about you – how you worked hard; how you sacrificed to be able to save; how you made the right investment decisions. Our lives are lead by God and as easily as He is able to bless us, He is also able to humble us.

Do yourself a favour and work to stay humble; don’t find yourself humbled by God out of necessity! Recognise God’s work in your life and be thankful for His corrections as He brings you closer to Him and works you so that you can do more of His work on this earth.

Money tip: You only win with 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!

Don’t Break the Cycle

Psalm 17: 14 – ‘… You still the hunger of those you cherish; their sons have plenty, and they store up wealth for their children.’

I have discussed with my husband whether the wealth stored up is by those the Lord cherishes (my husband and I), or by their sons who have plenty (our children) for their children. Either way, David is writing about God’s provision for generations to come.

This comes from us first having a relationship with our Heavenly Father and Him blessing us. Our children are then blessed if we pass on this saving knowledge to them, and their children will be blessed if provided with this knowledge, too.

It’s an incredible cycle that shouldn’t be broken. A knowledge of God and having a relationship with Him is first and foremost what we should be teaching our children; from this, we can then teach them about being a good steward of what God has blessed them with.

Gaining abundance and using this wealth wisely to bless others and expand God’s kingdom is an incredible thing. Teaching our children to want to do the same is even more so. We should always be leading by example and striving to be the best Christians we can and enabling our children and others around us to go on to do so much more than we did – all because we’ve let them learn from our mistakes and see what works best.

If we teach our children at an early age what we have learnt through our years of being in relationship with Christ, we can only put them ahead and set them up to then be able to teach others even more. Don’t break the cycle.

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.

Our Blessings Come from God

Psalm 16: 5 – 6 – ‘Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.’

David as a king, you may argue has a right to writing the above verses – he had so much! But his incredible wealth and status came from a heart that was truly humbled before God.

God wants to bless His children; that’s not to say that if we’re poor stewards of what He gives us, that we will just keep getting more to waste or spend on unnecessary things. It is important to realise that God gives to us our needs – and even our wants – and from this, we are to be wise stewards of His blessings.

Our most delightful inheritance that we can pass on is our saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. However, we can also pass on to our children a healthy respect for the law, knowledge of how to give and how to save and many assets that we acquire over time. We can give them access to gaining education, food and love and many, many other good things.

With a heart for God, a good work ethic and determination to do the Lord’s will, we can find that our portion and cup are more than enough – indeed overflowing – with God’s blessings. What do you have that you’re thankful has come from God?

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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