The Power of Money

It amazes me that every time I want to look up some information on a minister or a ministry, at the top of that information list is their overall wealth.

Why Christians associate wealth with evil is beyond me.

Deuteronomy 8: 18 says, “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God; for it is He that giveth thee the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”

The Lord knows it takes money to establish His covenant.  I look at this two ways:  God promises to bless those who are obedient to His word.  And God knows it takes money to spread the Gospel around the world.

When I look up a ministry faithful to preaching and teaching the Word of God, they are usually financially blessed.  I noticed that not only are they preaching and teaching the truths of God’s word by every means possible like, TV, radio, books, CD’s, DVD’s, Facebook, YouTube or websites but they are also providing the needs of others.

I see feeding programs, medical help, assistance after natural disasters, building programs, etc., all of which cost millions of dollars to carry out.

God has blessed these ministries with the money that they need to carry out these outreaches.

I also noticed that many of these major ministries run by an individual who may have received the direction of the Lord are personally blessed.

Just to mention some Biblical characters whom God blessed with wealth: Abraham, Gen. 13: 2 “And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver and in gold.”

David, who is honored by Jesus being called the son of David, was very wealthy.  He contributed metric tons of gold to the building of the temple.

Solomon, who built the temple unto the Lord was considered one of the wealthiest men who ever lived.

I believe all these saints of God enjoyed their blessings from the Lord but their hearts and their motives were right unto God.

Having money or wealth is not the issue, it is the love of money. (I Timothy 6: 10

Matt. 13: 22 talks about the deceitfulness of riches as being a stumbling block to growing faith.

Even the rich young ruler mentioned in Mark 10: 17 wasn’t condemned because he had riches but as Jesus mentioned in Mark 10: 24, “How hard it is for them that TRUST in riches to enter into the kingdom of God.”

It is all about your attitude in wealth.  Trusting in your money, being deceived by placing wealth before your love for God, being ungiving and stingy when you are blessed with wealth and refusing to give back to God a portion of what He has given you is the problem with having money or riches.

The Bible is very clear about God’s willingness to bless those who acknowledge God as their source and their willingness to obey and serve God and His word above all else.

Psalm 35: 27 “Let the Lord be magnified which hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”

- Pastor Jim

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