Why do some people call money the god of evil? Money, like anything else in this world, can be used for good or evil purposes. Some religions teach that poverty is a sign of holiness, but this teaching is not Biblically sound.
Some of God's people, His generals of faith, were wealthy men, such as Abraham (Genesis 13:2)and Solomon (II Chronicles 1:12). In fact, God asked Solomon what he wanted, and Solomon told Him wisdom. God not only gave him wisdom but riches as well. If God sees money as evil, why would God give Solomon riches? Or Abraham? Or Job?
Money is not evil to God. He paved His streets in Heaven with gold (Revelation 21:21). Money is not evil or good. It is just the currency we use to buy and sell on Earth.
Yes, but money is the root of all evil, you might say. No, the love of money is the root of all evil (I Timothy 6:10). If we are in pursuit of money, and it influences every decision we make. If we are always in pursuit of making more money, we are in love with money. The love of money will cause our boundaries to blur. We will think it's okay to cheat on our taxes, use insider information, maybe even rob our companies of money. We would do anything to get more money. That is the root of all evil.
There are seven places where Jesus shed His blood, and one of them was to take our curse of poverty (Galatians 3:13). To say that God wants us to be poor is to say that Jesus' death only saved us and didn't pay the price for all of the curses put on us because of our sinful nature. Jesus' shed blood doesn't only save us, it heals us. It breaks every curse of the law that is listed in Deuteronomy 28. If it is listed, He took it, and that includes the curse of poverty.
God has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant (Psalm 35:27). The Lord teaches us to profit (Isaiah 48:17). The Lord wishes that we prosper and be in health as our souls prosper (III John 2). This is what God says about money in His Word. Who are we to argue with God?
Why would God want us to have money? Simple. So that we could be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:2).
Within us, God has placed dreams of something He wants us to accomplish with our lives (Jeremiah 29:11), but most dreams take money.
Now most of us are conditioned to think of Christians and people in the ministry as being poor. Most of us think of rich Christians as the evangelists on television who beg for money to buy Lear jets. No, God wants us to have enough provision to go with our vision. He wants to meet our needs "in abundance, to the full till it overflows" (John 10:10 AMP).
God doesn't want us to live poor because that isn't a good witness to others about our God. Who wants to serve a God who expects them to be poor? I wouldn't. I've lived poor where I didn't know if I was going to eat. I ate pork and beans every night because they were ten for one dollar. It wasn't much fun. I much prefer it when I can splurge by eating at a full-service restaurant once in a while.
God wants us to have and enjoy life in abundance, to the full till it overflows. He wants to bless us so that we can be a blessing to others, so that we can fulfill the dreams He has given us.
Money is the currency we use down here to accomplish our vision. God uses money to further His Kingdom. Therefore money is not bad. It is the way we use it that is the problem.
Instead we need to follow God's principles for money. What are they?
---> Give and it shall be given (Luke 6:38). The world believes that we have to save, save, save in order to have more, more, more. God says give and it shall be given, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. Give to who? Our church, the poor, ministries that have helped us, to people who are doing worthwhile work (Malachi 3:10). Should we expect God to bless us in return? Yes because He promises to. He says that we can expect more in return than we gave.
---> God teaches us to give Him ten percent of our income (Malachi 3:10). Does God need it? No. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalms 50:10). He is using the tithe as an avenue to get a blessing to us. If God wanted to be mean, He would demand the ninety percent. As long as we are tithing, God promises to rebuke the devour (Malachi 3:11) for us. He promises to open the windows of heaven to bless us (Malachi 3:10)..
---> God tells us to give Him the first fruits of our increase. What does that mean? God expects to receive the first portion of our paycheck, tax refunds or any money that comes into our lives. We don't pay all our bills first and then give God His portion. No, we give to God first as an act of worship. We trust that we will have enough because God will meet our needs (Philippians 4:19).
---> God advises us to owe no man nothing but to love him because when we borrow money from someone we become enslaved to them. Owing money to someone puts us at their beck and call.
---> Never secure a debt of another person (Proverbs 20:16). Proverbs calls that foolishness because if they don't pay, we end up doing so.
Money is a very important thing to God. He takes money matters seriously because if we won't honor Him with our money, then we won't honor Him in the other areas of our life. Honoring God with our money is an outward expression of our inward commitment to God.
We should give, tithe, honor Him the first fruits of our income and stay out of debt. What do we receive in return? We receive His blessing on our lives. We receive back more money than we sowed. Forty, sixty or one-hundred percent more (Mark 4:28). That's a better investment than at the bank.
If we follow God's principles for money, if we let Him teach us how to spend our money and how to profit, then we will have enough money to supply our needs in abundance, to the full till it overflows.
Annagail Lynes is a published author, pharmacy technician and starting her business as a life coach.
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