“There should be no poor among you, for the Lord your God will greatly bless you in the land he is giving you as a special possession” (Deuteronomy 15:4 NLT).
It is the will of God that you should not be poor. God wants you prosperous in every aspect of your life. This is the plan of God for you. God wants to see you enjoy His blessings and grace while you are here (temporarily) on the face the earth. He is a good God and He wants to share His goodness and grace to you.
Many church goers get offended when you tell them that God wants them to be rich. They have a negative connotation on the word “rich.” Many of them think that to be rich is materialistic and not spiritual. But in reality, they rather live in prosperity than in poverty. These people need to be freed from a twisted view of God’s character. They have difficulty balancing their spiritual understanding of financial and material prosperity. The truth is, money is not bad and being rich is not bad either.
“For the love money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:10 NIV).
We can all agree that the love of money is not good, and it is also bad to love money. People’s lives have been ruined because of the love of money. They steal, kill and destroy in the name money. One of the reasons the world is in the brink of economic collapse is the love of money. Millions of human beings are greedy. They cheat, lie and deceive others to gain more. They abuse the system.
One of the reasons God wants a believer to be rich is freedom. It is for freedom from begging money, freedom from debt, freedom from being dependent from human beings, freedom from the financial system of the world, and freedom from the accusations of the unbelievers that preachers should be poor and that they don’t deserved to be rich. The apostle Paul is screaming to the Galatians and repeatedly advising them that the gospel of Christ has delivered them from the yoke of bondage. They should live and enjoy the freedom in Christ – and the freedom from financial bondage.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1 NIV).
Praise God because there are men and women of God who are able to preach and teach the Gospel of Christ on a regular basis without worrying for financial support. They go out and proclaim the gospel for free without pressuring their listeners to give. No, no, no. They are independent from other people’s money. They don’t need people’s money to preach the good news. No denomination boards or board of elders to sign their paycheck. God is their Boss and He is their Source. They enjoy this freedom in Christ to the fullest. They shut up the devil for his accusations regarding money. They stand in the faithfulness of God. They knew that the moment God has called them to the ministry, God will also provide for everything they needed. They are more than conquerors in Christ.
Praise the Lord because never in their lives, as workers of God, have they asked for money from anyone. God has always been their source. You see, the Bible tells you that if God calls you to be a partner in His business, God will take care of you. Millions of believers fail in this area and misunderstand God’s ways. This blunder from the enemy makes the Gospel of Christ become a burden for them and to their listeners. I heard that some have declined the call of God and despised the call to preach because they fear they may become poor and beg for money. It’s a tragic.
I’ve never seen in the Scripture that Jesus was asking for money to support His ministry. I could not find any single incident where Jesus had to pass an offering plate after He finished preaching or teaching. As a matter of fact, I found the opposite. The Bible testifies that Jesus fed His listeners after his sermon, and this occurred twice during His ministry.
At one time Jesus had to compensate Peter for using Peter’s boat during preaching. Jesus paid him graciously, a boat with overflowing catch of fish. And where did Jesus get His financial support during His three and a half years of ministry? Well, you need to understand that not only Jesus is full of the power of the Spirit, but also full of the wisdom of God. He has the anointing and the wisdom of the Father. Jesus had to apply everything He learned from the Books of Wisdom (Proverbs and Ecclesiastes). He prepared Himself (spiritual, physical and financial) prior to launching out into the full-time ministry.
One of the wisdom that amazes many (believers and unbelievers) is in Ecclesiastes 10:19 NIV “… money is the answer for everything.”
It says that money is the answer for everything. Is this true? Well, the context of this verse is actually for meeting the material and physical needs of a person. It is a legitimate, lawful and moral use of cash. You need to face the truth that you cannot pay your rent if you don’t have a rent money. You cannot drive your car if you don’t have a gas money. You cannot buy food if you don’t have the money. You cannot give if you don’t have the money. You cannot enroll in a class if you don’t have the money. You cannot buy a house if you don’t have the money. You cannot pay your debt if you don’t have the money. To have cash in your pocket is absolutely a big help.
Jesus knew that “cash is king.” When Jesus’ critics and persecutors tested Him on the issue of paying taxes to the government, Jesus commanded Peter to get a cash from a nearby available fish and pay the tax for both of them. Jesus was obviously operating in the wisdom of financial freedom. Jesus was never a burden to anyone. His ministry was never a burden to anyone either. Jesus is not poor, but rich. As a matter of fact, Jesus had a treasurer. Judas was his designated treasurer. He keeps the money in a safe box and ensures that every penny is accounted for.
When Jesus attended a wedding party, the host ran out of wine. And where did they go for more wine? They went to Jesus. Jesus gave them what they needed – a good wine. Jesus is not cheap shot and He gives lavishly.
“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today” (Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV).
God gives us the ability to produce wealth. It did not say He will give us the wealth. It says God gives us the ability to produce it. There are millions of ways to gain wealth or riches in this material world. God’s infinite wisdom will put you over the top. God had proven this many, many times. One outstanding example was God’s dealing with Joseph. God gave Joseph the wisdom and was able to forecast a world economic meltdown at the time, and Joseph designed a perfect plan to survive the many years of famine.
You see, God will give you the ability to gain wealth. It is not your ability but His. It is His wisdom not yours. It is His opportunity not yours. God will guide you in every detail of your life as you travel in the faith walk. He will lead you and guide into all truth. He will teach you to prosper. But it takes faith and trust in His word to become rich.
“I will look favorably upon you, making you fertile and multiplying your people. And I will fulfill my covenant with you. You will have such a surplus of crops that you will need to clear out the old grain to make room for the new harvest” (Leviticus 26:9-10 NLT).
It is the will of God that his people live and enjoy the abundance of living. God supplies them with too much goods. God’s people expects surplus of goods and their storage is overflowing all the time. They are rich. Believers should be delivered from the “poverty mentality” that was so ingrained by religious traditions. It is not the will of God that His people live in poverty. Poverty is a curse (Read Deuteronomy 28:15-68).
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor …” (Luke 4:18 NIV).
The good news to the poor is not to be poor anymore. If you are not poor then you are rich. Understand this truth that Jesus did not come to give money to the poor. Jesus preached the good news and people have to receive the good news and put it to work. Jesus gives us the Gospel of Christ unto salvation. If they could only believe the gospel of Christ, which is the good news, the power of God to salvation, then miracles after miracles will occur in their lives.