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Faith for Wealth

21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity
Faith for Wealth
Fact: You never have to worry about money; since Jesus Christ is in you, you have riches, honor and enduring wealth (Matthew 6:25, Psalms 24:1, Proverbs 8:18).
Psalm 27:9-10 (The Message Bible) You’ve always been right there for me;…… you’ve always kept the door open. My father and mother walked out and left me, but God took me in.
Recognize Your Source
In a world that values unending resources, sometimes it’s easy to forget that the Lord takes care of us, and He is the only One that we should look to for provision. Bank accounts, jobs, men, women, degrees nor the economy are our source-only the Lord is (Isaiah 54:4).  The good news is that He wants to be our source.  It’s His pleasure!
Haggai 2:6-8 (The Message Bible)
This is what God-of-the-Angel-Armies said: “Before you know it, I will shake up sky and earth, ocean and fields. And I’ll shake down all the godless nations. They’ll bring bushels of wealth and I will fill this Temple with splendor.’ God-of-the-Angel-Armies says so.  I own the silver, I own the gold.” decrees the God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
Wisdom and Kingdom Wealth
Mature Christians understand that God is the creator and source of wealth (Genesis 13:1).  As we grow in Him, we should be developing our faith for kingdom wealth as well. Since God created wealth, He certainly doesn’t mind us having it as long as we keep our priorities straight.  It’s okay to have savings accounts and investments because that reflects wisdom and good stewardship over our money.  However, if the Lord calls for our money, we should be ready to give it to Him—with a willing and cheerful heart.  On the flip side, wealth is more than just monetary means; it comes in the form of gifts, talents, knowledge, resources and influence. The Lord has given us access to all of it!
Why Wealth?
Some people think that to desire wealth is selfish and excessive.  But if God gave us the ability to have it, then He has a well-designed plan for how we should use it.  Wealth is a tool that allows Christians to carry out the will of the Lord.  Additionally, it helps us complete the ministry vision of His church.  Finally, wealth was created for God’s people to enjoy it.  Poverty and “just enough” are not of the Lord.  Our God thinks in terms of abundance.  If all Christians were millionaire and billionaires, consider all that we could do for the Lord.  There would be no end to our influence, and the world could not ignore it.
How to Get the Wealth
Anything that we get from God begins with faith; but after that, we have some actions to complete.  We have to be delivered from the fear of releasing money (2 Peter 1:3).  When we obey the Lord in giving tithes, offerings, supporting the works of the church and blessing our godly leaders, that reflects what is inside of our hearts.  Our giving (and the way we do it) reveals if we really trust and honor the Lord.  Below is a wealth checklist to help prepare you for the overflow that the Lord wants to give you–only if you’re ready for it.
A.   Seek the kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 6:32)
B.    Simply as God! (Mark 11:24, Luke 11:9)
C.    Release your tithes without fear. (Malachi 3:10)
D.   Give offerings in addition to tithes.
E.    Get in the habit of obeying the Word of the Lord. (Luke 6:38, Deuteronomy 28:2,3)
F.     Work faithfully and diligently. (Proverbs 10:4, 1 Timothy 5:8, 2 Thessalonians 3:10)—everyone should have at least four streams of income.
G.   Have integrity. (Deuteronomy 25:16)
As a Christian, you have the complete salvation package, benefits included. Wealth is a powerful tool that God has authorized every Christian to have.  However, it is our faith and trust in Him that will limit or unlock our ability to get it.
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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