I did not expect God to be teaching me so much about finances lately. It started a few weeks ago when I posted a financial prayer. I didn’t expect God to give me a scripture about finances a few weeks ago when I was washing my face either. God did not give me the exact scripture. I knew he said Deuteronomy 8 but that is all I heard. I knew there was another part with an 8 in it. I looked up Deuteronomy 8 and kind of read around the scripture to find it and that is when I found Deuteronomy 8:18. After reading it I knew this was the scripture to focus on in this teaching.
You see, God does not always give us specifics. It gets a little frustrating or confusing sometimes when we do not have clear instructions, but sometimes God wants us to look around something a little first. This way we can learn all that He wants us to learn before we find what we are looking for. I could just stop right there but there is more. Much more too as I am working on a book based off of this blog post because there is so much more I have to teach. The book will include more detailed instructions on how to gain wealth, including how to have faith and get rid of the spirit of poverty or poverty mindset. Having two toddlers and a teenager at home this post and the book are challenging but so worth it. It will probably take me several years to write a book but slowly but surely praise God. I have learned a lot and continue to learn a lot, and I am so glad to share what I have learned with you.
One thing I learned while searching for the scripture God gave me was that in Deuteronomy 8:14 Moses told the Israelites not to forget that God brought them out of Egypt from the “house of bondage.” Similarly, when we are born again and follow Christ, we can come out of the bondage of sin. We can take on the new nature which is “created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24). This new nature is “rooted and grounded in love” (Ephesians 3:17). We may have to go through wilderness but like the Israelites we can come up out of it too.
The purpose of the wilderness of 40 years was to humble and test the Israelites (Deuteronomy 8:2). The Israelites were not waiting on God idly. I plan to address the subject of waiting on God in my next blog post. The Israelites were moving toward and being prepared for the promised land. In relation to us, wilderness can mean a difficult situation in our lives that causes great distress. God can use our wilderness to prepare us for promises. The wilderness experience for the Israelites was not quite as bad as an experience as when they were slaves in Egypt.
The Israelites were in great distress in Egypt under Pharaoh’s rule. Sometimes God allows us to be in a place of poverty for a season for His glory. Alright I hope someone catches what I just wrote. To me poverty or lack doesn’t have to only mean financial. There is always something we can change in our lives so that we can be blessed to be a blessing! God desires for us to be blessed. In Matthew 7:11 (note that 7:11 part) Jesus tells us: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Again please know I am not just talking about finances, but it is certainly on God’s mind for me to be blessed financially. Blessed financially, not only because God wants to bless me because I am His child, but also because I can help others with the money.
Speaking of money, the promised land was full of gold and silver (Deuteronomy 8:13). As we can see in Deuteronomy 8:18 Moses explained to Israelites that it is the Lord who gives power to get wealth. So if the Lord can give us power to get wealth it must mean he wants some of us to have wealth. As some of us (I am believing for it for you) acquire wealth, we must remain humble. As Deuteronomy 8:17 shows us Moses warned the Israelites not to say “My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.” After the Lord blesses us He wants us to give Him some glory rather than be proud and say we did it on our own.
One reason to give God some glory is so that people will want to be saved and inherit the blessing. To be honest one reason I was serious about turning my life over to Jesus was because I was in poverty and I needed God’s help. It was at a time my car was repossessed and I was fed up with sin. I saw people who obeyed God being blessed and I wanted to surrender and be blessed too. Please believe me I am not just mentioning finances. The peace and love God gives far outweighs finances. When a nonbeliever or someone not born again sees you blessed they will want to be blessed as well. God is going to bless some people who seem to have no hope to gain wealth. And for the people who seem to have the ability to gain wealth or who have wealth, it may be on a grander scale than people expect.
God is “able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). Notice it is the power that works in us which is the same power that helps us gain wealth. Don’t be ashamed about the wealth or you may not receive it. We need to throw shame away so that we can have the faith to believe and receive the promises of God. As I wrote in Step into the New: Clear the Clutter, worry, doubt, fear, and shame can be clutter that gets in our way of entering a door God has opened for us. This door may be open in the spirit awaiting our belief to walk through it in the natural.
Speaking of natural there is such a lack in our society for the supernatural. In society we are taught to be super independent and to only see what we can do with out own hands. While we are supposed to do what we can God can help us supernaturally. Sure there are some people who partner with the devil or do things on their own but some of us would rather be sold out to the Lord and need his help. Some people who think they are doing things on their own have the help of God and don’t even realize it. Also it would not hurt for God’s people who are already wealthy to gain riches to be even more of a blessing to people who need their help. All of us who are saved can lean on and rely upon the Lord to give us the ability to obtain wealth.
As Deuteronomy 8:18 shows us, God gave the ability to get wealth to establish a covenant between him and his people. We hear people say how blessed the Jews are because they have this covenant since they are children of God. Did you know under the new covenant anyone can be a child of God. Well in Hebrews it says God will do away with the first covenant made to the Israelites (Hebrews 8:7-13). In the second covenant we are saved by grace through faith rather than by the obedience to the written law (Ephesians 2:8 and Hebrews 10:9-10). If you are born again in Jesus Christ than you are a heir of the new covenant.
In Ephesians 3:6 Paul wrote “that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel.” Whether you are a Jew or a Gentile you can be one in Christ because He is no respecter of persons (1 Corinthians 12:12-20). If you would like to accept all that God has for you including your blessings then start by saying this prayer:
Thank you God for sending your son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. Jesus I acknowledge you came to earth and died on the cross for my sins and that you rose again on the third day. I invite your Holy Spirit into my heart to guide me so that I can be born again and have the power of God in me. I love you and praise you Lord.
If you have not already I urge you to join a church and be baptized in water to demonstrate your submission to the Lord and His ways. Also you must confess your sins to the Lord and repent to be saved.