Now let’s look at another thing that causes so-called “money problems.”
You may not have a money problem; you may instead have an attitude problem.
Your attitude toward money will be money’s attitude toward you.
St. Paul encouraged believers to “…be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind – having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude.” – Ephesians 4:23
Jesus taught us that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. What are you speaking that reveals your attitude about money?
- “Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know!”
- “Well, that tithing and offering stuff may work for him or her, but not for me.”
- This seed and harvest theory is “just for preachers, not the common”
- “Money is not important.”
- “Money is the root of all evil.”
- “All the church wants is my money!”
Do you ever hear anyone say that about the casinos? How about the grocery store? Or even the gas station?
Years ago I sent a young pastoral candidate to our district to obtain credentials for ministry. A stern presbyter asked him if he believed in prosperity, to which the young candidate replied, “Yes, it’s in the Bible.” The presbyter snapped back, spouting off his devilish human wisdom, saying, “Everything in the Bible about wealth is only talking about spiritual wealth, not anything else!” He continued his tirade, bringing tears to the young minister, and denying credentials to him in our denomination.
Eventually, that presbyter lost his position, and later the young man did receive his credentials. Today he serves as pastor of a great church. That presbyter has an ungodly attitude about money. And of course, he was always broke.
Attitude is paramount to having a right relationship with money. Money is a tool to use, not a god to be worshiped.
The proper and biblical attitude toward wealth:
- Jesus Christ became poor by heaven’s standards so that I could become rich by earth’s standards. (2 Corinthians 8:9)
- “God has pleasure in my prosperity.” (Psalm 35:27)
Prosperity and radical wealth aren’t so much about accumulation as it is about revelation and your attitude toward that revelation.
The real problem believers experience is not really about money—that may be a symptom of a deeper issue. The real problem is either disobedience or an un-renewed attitude.
A Vision for Wealth
A vision problem can prevent a person from getting ahead financially, making it appear that he has financial problems.
You have to be wealthy on the inside before you can be wealthy on the outside.
As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
In the past few years, science has discovered that the human heart has brain neurons and can think at the deepest levels. Program your heart to God’s Word, God’s Promises, God’s Instructions, and God’s big dream for your life.
If you see the invisible, you can accomplish the impossible.
2 Corinthians 4:18
“While we look NOT at things which are seen, but the things which not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are unseen are eternal.”
“If you can see the invisible, you can accomplish the impossible.”
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
Read I Kings 10:1-10 about the Queen of Sheba visiting King Solomon and get a picture of it. Jesus promised that as we put His priorities first all these things shall be added unto us (Matthew 6:33)
The only limit on your wealth is the limit you put on it through your lack of obedience, lack of proper attitude, or lack of vision.
I’m convinced of this: Every one of God’s children could easily be a millionaire if only you obey God’s Word, stay connected to Christ’s Great Commission, develop the right attitude about money and generate a great vision.