HOW YOU CAN GROW RICH IN THE WAY OF GOD

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Making money and creating wealth is all part of God’s plan for your success. He wants you to be rich — that’s one of his promises.

Satan is the only one who does not want you to become rich. He utterly fears a wealthy Christian who is not afraid to declare the name of Jesus Christ.

As a result of this, Satan is spreading a lot of lies about money, hoping that you will believe them and undermine your efforts to create wealth. He is very deceitful, and he mostly uses half-truths to plant the seed of doubt in your mind.

God wants His people to live successful lives in all ramifications, and that includes the area of finances.

Financial stability is seen in the lives of those who love and follow God. We also see it in the lives of many of the faithful in the Bible, such as Abraham, Joseph, King David, Solomon, and so on. God blesses His men with material prosperity.

On the other hand, there are few of God’s faithful who are not rich, but are contented and well-provided for. A great example is that of the apostle Paul, who said, “… Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” (Philippians 4:11-12).

Paul was a man who worked while serving in the ministry. He headed several churches, and he provided for his companions. Despite these difficulties, Paul was happy and pleased with the blessings of God. What was his secret? “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13).

HALF-TRUTHS ABOUT MONEY

• Rich people are greedy; they got their money through greediness.

• When the Bible speaks of prosperity, it refers to other blessings besides “money.”

• All wealth belongs to God, and we are the stewards of it.

• It’s selfish to think of opportunities that make rich.

• God knows future events, and if you don’t have money, you were predestined to be poor.

• God isn’t a gumball machine where you can ask for money, and he’s forced to spit out money to you.

• If you’re rich, it’s impossible to get to heaven.

• If anyone wanted to be wealthy, it would have been the apostles, and yet they died pennilessly.

Each of the above statements is partly true and partly false. Satan needs you to believe the true part of it, and he wants you to get more money out of being evil. It’s very clever on his part.

HOW CAN YOU MAKE YOUR LIFE MORE PROSPEROUS?

First, you have to shine the light of the Gospel. It’s “biblical” that you should make profits. Since Satan is trying to deceive you about making money, you’re going to see passages in the Scriptures that say it’s OK to have money and create wealth. You can believe the Bible, can’t you?

You don’t need to be ashamed of making money. This is Satan’s desire. He plants the seed of jealousy in the hearts of the poor so that it develops and puts social pressure on those who want to make money.

When that happens, you’re going to make less effort to do things that make money and that results to penury. And your voice (when you proclaim the name of Jesus Christ) becomes diminished. Satan wins when you, as a Christian, feel afraid of making money. Money matters when it comes to spreading the Gospel – Satan knows this truth.

The second aim of this article is to point out the practical guidance that comes from the Bible about how to make money. The Bible is full of exceptional business ideas. It’s so down to earth that you’d think it’s coming from the Chamber of Commerce. You should not be afraid to follow the ideas you’ll find in this article. 

Almost everyone wants to get rich. But the world’s emphasis on having a lot of money and material possessions doesn’t contribute to actual prosperity. God wants every one of his followers to be rich in the most important things, like grace and joy.

If you follow the Bible’s principle, you will find that God will meet your material needs and allow you to live a fulfilled life.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN GROW RICH IN THE WAY OF GOD:

• Keep your treasures in heaven and not on earth. Ask yourself questions to determine your heart’s attitudes: “What do I think about most?” “What occupies most of my physical and emotional energy?” “How do I react emotionally when I’m faced with human needs?” “How do I react emotionally when I hear biblical messages about what God says my attitudes and actions should be about material possessions?”

• Use your material possessions wisely. Place your faith in God rather than your ability. Know that if you follow God’s will and use the gifts He has given you wisely, you will inspire unity and love among believers and draw non-Christians to Jesus Christ.

Have spiritual leaders guide you on how all Christians should use material possessions- with honesty, selflessness, and pure motives. Be ready to make sacrifices to respond to the special needs that arise among the people of God. Share your possessions to inspire others, and thank the people who share with you. Build an efficient program in your church to help meet other people’s material needs in your congregation and society.

Realize that having many material possessions will make it difficult for you to recognize and accept your need for God’s grace in salvation. Make sure your belongings don’t trap you in bondage. Tell God to help you use whatever surplus material resources you have creatively in the growth of His kingdom. Take care of your family members.

• Be grateful. Thank the Lord daily in prayer for all that He gives you. Decide to put God first in everything, realizing that if you do, He’s going to fulfill your needs. Remember that God has provided for you in the past, and trust Him to continue to do so in the present and the future. Learn to be happy no matter what the conditions are. Let your appreciation for all that God has done to motivate you to give to His kingdom work.

• Be generous. Give glory to God rather than to yourself. Assess your motives before you give. Bear in mind that your giving pleases God only when it is done in accordance to His will. Know that giving isn’t going make right a lifestyle contrary to God’s will. Confess your sins and iniquities before you give so that it be acceptable with God.

Be willing to help everyone that God is leading you to help, even your enemies. You must pay special attention to the needs of your fellow Christians. Know that God will reward you when you give faithfully, based on the degree of sacrifice you make. Evaluate your habits of giving, and ask yourself whether you give unselfishly, proportionately and generously.

Set aside some portions of your income to be spent on God’s work every time you are paid. Organize your finances in a way that you can plan to give generously and regularly. Make sure you support those who are ministering to you spiritually. Make it a priority to help your local church. Ensure you understand the lives of the people you are trying to support by giving and establishing relationships with them to bring them closer to Christ’s love. Besides giving money and resources to advance the kingdom of God, give your time, and offer your skills and abilities.

• Be ethical. Realize that being entrusted with the resources to be used for the operation of God’s kingdom is a great responsibility. Remember, a church isn’t just a company. Set up a framework for the church finances to ensure transparency. Don’t display favoritism to rich people or prejudice to poor people; treat all people fairly. When you prepare your finances, make it a priority to follow God’s will in every way. Ask God to help you conquer the temptations of being unjust, dishonest, self-indulgent, or selfish.

Work hard to earn your money instead of trying to make it by get-rich-quick schemes or gambling. Show responsibility in your work so that you can represent Christ well. Strive for excellence in all you do, realizing that God is your ultimate boss. Treat employees fairly in all respects, including paying fair wages. Be a responsible citizen by paying all government taxes and fees when they are due.

When you need financial support, be transparent and honest about your need while avoiding any manipulation. Be on alert against fake teachers who combine truth and error to deceive people. As a Christian living in a wealthy society, beware of self-deception and rationalization.

• Handle lending and borrowing well. Make sure you pay your bills in full and on time. Avoid customers’ debt, particularly if it hinders your ability to give the first fruits of your income to God. Never deliberately borrow money that you can’t pay back under a predetermined agreement. Before you borrow money for any reason, seek others’ advice that can help you analyze all aspects of the decision.

Show grace to people who borrowed from you with intentions to ay back but faced crises beyond their control that make it difficult to pay back their loans on time. Before you guarantee another person’s loan based on your assets, make sure that you can repay the entire loan yourself without defaulting on other financial obligations.

Why isn’t this taught in churches?

You will probably never hear about this from the preachers in churches. Why? Because making money is not their calling, so how would they know the most efficient methods of making money? Preachers are called to expose the sins in the lives of unbelievers so that the Holy Spirit will convict them to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. That’s a full-time job for them, and they base their reward in heaven on how many souls are saved in their churches.

No fault is directed at them for not knowing how to make money. We rejoice with them when every soul has been saved. But because that’s their passion, they don’t have the time to devote themselves to finding passages in the Bible that reveal how to make money and wealth.

SAVE YOUR WAY TO WEALTH?

What are the concepts that Preachers know about money? Well, that’s a good question. They know how to “save money.” And they’re very good at that. Why? Because most preachers are underpaid, they have to stretch every single dollar they get. They have become masters at stewardship. When they preach about money behind the pulpit, they almost always talk about what they know: being a good steward. There’s nothing wrong with a good savings plan.

But you were called to be more than a steward. Think about this — say, you hired a manager to invest your retirement money. At the end of the year, he returns and gives you all your money back without any interest at all. You would be angry with that steward and fire him, wouldn’t you?

You know, this situation sounds like a parable of the talents of the Bible, right? Well, it is. And that is how God sees your work here on earth. You’re to make money. It’s a command, not a suggestion.

CONCLUSION

Christians are usually on their own to find ways to make money. This article can only assist you by pointing out the formula that God has written in the Bible. The Bible is a map; this article is just a magnifying glass to help you read the fine print and help you orient this map to the real world. Learning how to make money is much easier when you have a guide to show you how it is done.

Notice the word “easier,” not “easy.” You’re not going to find a get-rich-overnight scheme here. It does not work that way. Getting rich overnight normally involves a lot of pre-work. It’s like a farmer planting his crops and watering them all summer long. He’s rich on the harvest day, but before that, it will take  several hard works. The job of the farmer is easier if he has a counselor telling him when to sow the seeds, when to use the fertilizer, and how much water to add. This is the purpose of this article. It can give you advice that will help you make your money easier.

We see God blessing people with great success all over the Bible and using that success to His glory. It is condemned only by God when that success is achieved in an unethical or disrespectful way. Therefore listen, church.

As Christians, since we are physically able, we are ordered to do things that make money to supply for our needs. We also have the freedom to do as much as we can. Since it is done respectfully and ethically, that is, under the law of love — love for our family, our community, and others!

Learn how to make money, the way of God. It’s part of his plan to make you prosper.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11.

You need to understand that what you are doing is honoring the Lord and laying a wonderful foundation for the Gospel.

More than just making money ensure you make heaven. Matthew 16:26 says that even if the whole world is yours, it cannot pay your soul’s price. Only Jesus can and has bought eternal salvation and has given it freely to all who would obey Him (Colossians 1:13-14).

Believe in God’s word and be baptized today to be saved and be added to the Church of the Lord (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38, 47). There, you will be nurtured for transformation into the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4).

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