Have you ever gotten down on your knees and prayed, “God, I need a thousand dollars, send it to me, just send it to me.” And then you expected money to rain out of the sky. You may have heard stories of unmarked envelopes full of cash showing up in mailboxes. That does happen occasionally, but I’ve never seen a single dollar rain out of the sky in all my life.
Have you ever been digging in your backyard and found a treasure chest full of hundred dollar bills? Does a cash envelope show up every month to cover your bills? Of course not, because that’s not how God’s system works.
Christians bear the blame for not planning for wealth, for not discovering the principles that lead to the wealthy place. They don’t realize God put the power in us to get and create wealth.
The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
In other words, it should be fun for followers of Jesus to obtain wealth! There’s not going to be sorrow, struggle, overwork, and alienation from family. No gimmicks. No precarious schemes. Just sound management with a proper amount of risk.
I believe Christians ought to run the major television networks, grocery stores, and banks. It has always appalled me to see a church crawling to the bank and begging them for money.
I fully expect that someday, as the ministry of wealth grows within the church, banks will come to the church to borrow money! I’m looking forward to the day when bankers can’t find the money to loan to housing developers, and they come to the church to borrow from us. We’ll get to say, “Let me check your records here. Fill out this form and that form.”
For the LORD your God blesses you, as he promised you: and you shall lend unto many nations, but you shall not borrow, and you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.
The Bible talks so much about money and wealth, prosperity, abundance, and overflow that we can’t afford to overlook it if we hope to be all God has called us to be.
Sure, there are many things more important than money, but money is important. If it wasn’t, God wouldn’t have talked about it so much and made so many promises relating to wealth.
- Don’t you want to send your children to the best schools?
- Don’t you want a church facility you’re not ashamed to bring friends to?
- Don’t you want to help the orphanage and widow facilities?
- Don’t you want to help significantly those affected by floods and hurricanes?
- Don’t you want to drive a nice, dependable car?
- Don’t you want to take great family vacations?
It takes money
The Queen of Sheba saw the massive wealth Solomon had accumulated, and her breath was taken away.
She then declared God was the true God, and she decided to invest in Solomon, so she gave him over $80 million in gold, not counting the spices and everything else she brought with her.
Have you ever thought what would it be like to have $80 million? What would you do with it? You might say, “That was Solomon. That’s not for me.” But the new covenant didn’t erase the blessings of the old one!
You were meant to be like Solomon! How do I know this? In Matthew 6:29-30 Jesus said:
“And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”
Why do people worry? They don’t have money. Only when you don’t have money, do you worry about what to wear, where to live, what to drive, how to fix the water heater and the roof.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Seek to do things God’s way.
What things will be added to you? The same things Solomon had! But it’s not by direct pursuit. You don’t get wealthy by going after $80 million. Instead, as you go after the things of God, the $80 million comes after you!
This may sound like hocus pocus, but it’s not. And it’s not just theory. I’ve lived this way for many years now. I believed in prosperity when I was broke. I knew there was a wealthy place, a concierge level of life.
It shouldn’t be a secret to anyone. But the temptations to get off track are appealing and subtler than you may think.
In my experience, 96% of people fall for a trap and lose the key to the concierge level of living. You could become a millionaire overnight. The children of Israel were in bondage one day, and the next they were wealthy and leaving Egypt. It happened in one day with the favor of the Lord.
But typically, if you’ll simply obey the scriptures and the voice of the Holy Spirit, and get practical knowledge, in twenty years, it’s very easy to be a millionaire regardless of what your annual salary is, how much you earn, or where you work.
So get your mind on living on the concierge level, enjoying the view, the clean air up there. On the top floor, you can see more than anyone else, you can relax.
It’s where you belong, and you have within you the power to get there!