TEXT: Deuteronomy 8:18, Matthew 7:24
As we explore the Message, let’s gain God’s perspective about Finance, Healthcare, Relationship, Family, etc… We mentioned last week that there is information, facts and truth in the message of the gospel. What many are holding on to is the information, not the facts. However there is the ultimate truth. The ultimate truth is the foundation of the Christian faith.
Information we are considering here is: knowledge gained through study of communications on a subject or knowledge received concerning a particular fact. We are considering Facts that are: reality that cannot be logically disputed e.g. fire is hot, Jesus is Lord.
Truth is: opposite of fact, things that are not simply acknowledged, but must be discovered or revealed, Peter received Jesus by revelation. We understand that the more connected and correlated the facts are, the clearer the perceived ‘Truth’ becomes.
What is your Christain faith built on? If your faith is based on what you can see only, that is idolatry. Jesus said, “the word that I speak to you are spirit & life…” (John 6:63) Wow!
Spirit? Life? What do these mean? What is God’s perspective about our personal finances? What is our perspective of money?
It’s amazing that out of the 38 parables Jesus gave in scripture, 16 of them were about finance. God’s promise of a land flowing with milk and honey is meant to create a picture of prosperity and abundance. God is interested in our prosperity but making money has never been His focus for our lives, it’s just an addition (Mark 6:33, Luke 12:31).
So, making money is good/sweet but it can become very boring because it carries no intrinsic value in its self. That’s why the paper called money is just a paper. Outside of the value it carries, you can’t literally eat it.
Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 8:9 that Christ has made us potentially rich.
Your personal identity, your background and your experiences in life shape your thinking and it can jeopardize that truth. It is still your responsibility to work on the identity issue. Jesus said, “seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness”. The ‘kingdom’ is a lifestyle while ‘righteousness’ is the principles. Sadly, all other things have become the focus.
He commonized all these things by the Word. There is nothing you have learned that you cannot unlearn. Repent means you should change your thinking and current applications.
You’re a living magnet so become somebody else and begin to attract what you need (Rom 12:2). If God provides your need miraculously, He expects you to sustain that provision by planting seeds of principles from it. Seed time and harvest time is a principle/law. Don’t be like Israel that couldn’t change their thinking.
Don’t reduce your life to rice and stew. Look into the prefect law of liberty (James 2, Joshua 1:8). A Miracle is the result of cooperation between humanity and divinity. Do your part and let God do his part (Deuteronomy 8:18).
God gives the power and you use the power to create value. You need some kind of sophistication in your lifestyle to lay hold on financial destiny. Faith is sophisticated. Faith comes by hearing. Whatever you see and hear consistently will impact your life.
As Christians, if we don’t respect principles, then we don’t have respect for scriptures (Provs 13:20). Yet unbelievers leverage principles but not Christians. God will deliver our unbelief & deliver us unto unprecedented faith