Saturday, 3 May 2014

WHY ARE CHRISTIANS POOR FINANCIALLLY

 “PRAISE YE THE LORD. BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT FEARETH THE LORD, THAT DELIGHTETH GREATLY IN HIS COMMANDMENTS. HIS SEED SHALL BE MIGHTY UPON EARTH: THE GENERATION OF THE UPRIGHT SHALL BE BLESSED. WEALTH AND RICHES SHALL BE IN HIS HOUSE: AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS” Psalms 112:1-3
 

This is one great question many have been unable to answer. So many have been taught so many strategies of getting wealth and becoming financially buoyant. With all the teachings many are still struggling financially.
Giving has been over emphasized that many have become allergic to it. Sow seeds, pay tithes, give prophetic offerings, give firstfruits, give the giveables.
 

Many or should I say some have done these things but no tangible results. Due to this, many have been discouraged and stopped giving. There are others who now preach against some of these things.
 

Christians who are believers in the Lord Jesus and in the Finality and Authority of The Bible need to understand few mysteries surrounding the issues of riches and wealth from God's kingdom. Some of which are;
 

1. Riches or wealth is a covenant thing. DEUTERONOMY 8:18
 

” BUT THOU SHALT REMEMBER THE LORD THY GOD: FOR IT IS HE THAT GIVETH THEE POWER TO GET WEALTH, THAT HE MAY ESTABLISH HIS COVENANT WHICH HE SWARE UNTO THY FATHERS, AS IT IS THIS DAY.”

2. God blesses His covenant children but gives riches to the trustworthy. LUKE 16:10-11
 

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?”

3. Kingdom wealth is for Gospel expansion and not for personal aggrandizement only. MARK 10:29-30
 

"AND JESUS ANSWERED AND SAID, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THERE IS NO MAN THAT HATH LEFT HOUSE, OR BRETHREN, OR SISTERS, OR FATHER, OR MOTHER, OR WIFE, OR CHILDREN, OR LANDS, FOR MY SAKE, AND THE GOSPEL'S, BUT HE SHALL RECEIVE AN HUNDREDFOLD NOW IN THIS TIME, HOUSES, AND BRETHREN, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.”

4. Giving is a function of love but dangerous giving is a function of personal divine revelation. HEBREWS 11:17-19
 

“BY FAITH ABRAHAM, WHEN HE WAS TRIED, OFFERED UP ISAAC: AND HE THAT HAD RECEIVED THE PROMISES OFFERED UP HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, OF WHOM IT WAS SAID, THAT IN ISAAC SHALL THY SEED BE CALLED: ACCOUNTING THAT GOD WAS ABLE TO RAISE HIM UP, EVEN FROM THE DEAD; FROM WHENCE ALSO HE RECEIVED HIM IN A FIGURE.”

5. You don't give to be wealthy, you give to reposition your life in the direction of the flow of divine blessings of riches and wealth. Job 36:11
 

“IF THEY OBEY AND SERVE HIM, THEY SHALL SPEND THEIR DAYS IN PROSPERITY, AND THEIR YEARS IN PLEASURES.” 

 6. Riches is a reward to the faithful ones who have rendered sacrificial services to the course of God's kingdom and humanity. EXODUS 1:20-21, LUKE 16:11
 

“AND THE MIDWIVES SAID UNTO PHARAOH, BECAUSE THE HEBREW WOMEN ARE NOT AS THE EGYPTIAN WOMEN; FOR THEY ARE LIVELY, AND ARE DELIVERED ERE THE MIDWIVES COME IN UNTO THEM. THEREFORE GOD DEALT WELL WITH THE MIDWIVES: AND THE PEOPLE MULTIPLIED, AND WAXED VERY MIGHTY.”

7. Becoming rich or wealthy is a matter of personal choice anchored on one's purpose and visions in life. ISAIAH 1:19
 

“IF YE BE WILLING AND OBEDIENT, YE SHALL EAT THE GOOD OF THE LAND:”

8. God doesn't force riches or wealth on someone, you decide that by your level of obedience to both His Logo and Rhema. PSALM 81:13-16
 

“OH THAT MY PEOPLE HAD HEARKENED UNTO ME, AND ISRAEL HAD WALKED IN MY WAYS! 14 I SHOULD SOON HAVE SUBDUED THEIR ENEMIES, AND TURNED MY HAND AGAINST THEIR ADVERSARIES. THE HATERS OF THE LORD SHOULD HAVE SUBMITTED THEMSELVES UNTO HIM: BUT THEIR TIME SHOULD HAVE ENDURED FOR EVER. HE SHOULD HAVE FED THEM ALSO WITH THE FINEST OF THE WHEAT: AND WITH HONEY OUT OF THE ROCK SHOULD I HAVE SATISFIED THEE. “

9. You need divine power to acquire riches, enjoy it and sustain it. DEUTERONOMY 8:18
 

“BUT THOU SHALT REMEMBER THE LORD THY GOD: FOR IT IS HE THAT GIVETH THEE POWER TO GET WEALTH, THAT HE MAY ESTABLISH HIS COVENANT WHICH HE SWARE UNTO THY FATHERS, AS IT IS THIS DAY.”

10. If God blesses you and you eventually misbehave, you can lose His grace and fall down from riches to rags.1 SAMUEL 2:7
 

“THE LORD MAKETH POOR, AND MAKETH RICH: HE BRINGETH LOW, AND LIFTETH UP.”

All these apart, what are some of the basic truth that many givers who don't receive are ignorant about.
 


1. The secret of blessing is giving but the secret of receiving is GIVING CHEERFULLY. This is one area many miss 100%.I just went to pay my tithes this morning and I was excited doing it.
 

“EVERY MAN ACCORDING AS HE PURPOSETH IN HIS HEART, SO LET HIM GIVE; NOT GRUDGINGLY, OR OF NECESSITY: FOR GOD LOVETH A CHEERFUL GIVER.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

So many Christians don't give joyfully and excitedly. They give grudgingly, sadly, angrily, annoyingly, selfishly, greedily etc. Even when you are giving a painful seed, you should still do it with joy and hope in you.
 

Don't give because you are coerced, manipulated, psyched or begged to give. Do it out of a personal desire and conviction. Anything you don't do out of conviction and faith is sin.
Be an enthusiastic giver. The kingdom of God is the one of Joy. Rom.14:17 says,
 

“FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT MEAT AND DRINK; BUT RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND PEACE, AND JOY IN THE HOLY GHOST”

Change your mindset. Give out of joy even when giving dangerously which is the one I love most.
 

2. DISCERN YOUR LAND:
 

“AND THE LORD APPEARED UNTO HIM, AND SAID, GO NOT DOWN INTO EGYPT; DWELL IN THE LAND WHICH I SHALL TELL THEE OF: THEN ISAAC SOWED IN THAT LAND, AND RECEIVED IN THE SAME YEAR AN HUNDREDFOLD: AND THE LORD BLESSED HIM. 13 AND THE MAN WAXED GREAT, AND WENT FORWARD, AND GREW UNTIL HE BECAME VERY GREAT:” Genesis 26:2, 12-13
 

You don't just sow seed anyhow. Not all grounds are fertile soils. Not all pastors or prophets carry divine grace. Not all are called by God. There are many false ministers than genuine ones.
 

When you sow seeds into the lives or churches who lack the oil of grace, your giving is meaningless and will not yield anything. Also, if you sow into the occult ministers, you will only receive if you aren’t born again or you are a fireless believer. Through such, their demons can work for you easily. But if you are genuine, am sorry, such demons will stay clear. Light and darkness can never meet.
 

There are ministers and there are ministers. They are in different levels. The mistake many make today is to equate the anointing upon a minister with the size of his congregation or buildings. That is a big fallacy.
 

You need to discern the grace and anointing upon the minister or ministry you want to give to.
I met a young minister on the mountain last month. I discerned an apostolic grace upon him. A week later I went to look for him to sow seed into his life.
 

This is where The Holy Spirit should help you if you have a close fellowship with Him. Stop wasting your seed. Discern the fertile soil. It is not compulsory you must sow into your church alone.
 

“THERE IS THAT SCATTERETH, AND YET INCREASETH; AND THERE IS THAT WITHHOLDETH MORE THAN IS MEET, BUT IT TENDETH TO POVERTY.
THE LIBERAL SOUL SHALL BE MADE FAT: AND HE THAT WATERETH SHALL BE WATERED ALSO HIMSELF”
Proverbs 11:24-25


While it's good to do that, you will be wise to look for genuine servants of God to bless them especially if you are a business person. I have at least four prophets and a pastor I sow into their lives from time to time. I live by what I preach or teach.
3. BE HUMANITARIAN:
 

“LET BROTHERLY LOVE CONTINUE. 2 BE NOT FORGETFUL TO ENTERTAIN STRANGERS: FOR THEREBY SOME HAVE ENTERTAINED ANGELS UNAWARES” Hebrews 13:1-2
 

Learn and love to help the helpless or the poor. This is another area we miss it. Christians are so selfish and wicked. You don't have to be rich to help the poor. Give out of the little you have.
A hungry person comes to you for help and you are praying with her that God will provide while you can ease the burden with the little you have. This is how many have missed their angels of blessings.
 

Some believers don't know some of these poor helpless people are angels in disguise sent to bless them but they missed out due to lack of love and inability to make sacrifices.
 

There are many who pretend. There are those who are lazy and made begging a trade. To such be careful and don't give anyhow.
Discern and be sensitive to The Holy Spirit





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6. Riches is a reward to the faithful ones who have rendered sacrificial services to the course of God's kingdom and humanity. EXODUS 1:20-21, LUKE 16:11
“AND THE MIDWIVES SAID UNTO PHARAOH, BECAUSE THE HEBREW WOMEN ARE NOT AS THE EGYPTIAN WOMEN; FOR THEY ARE LIVELY, AND ARE DELIVERED ERE THE MIDWIVES COME IN UNTO THEM. THEREFORE GOD DEALT WELL WITH THE MIDWIVES: AND THE PEOPLE MULTIPLIED, AND WAXED VERY MIGHTY.”

7. Becoming rich or wealthy is a matter of personal choice anchored on one's purpose and visions in life. ISAIAH 1:19
“IF YE BE WILLING AND OBEDIENT, YE SHALL EAT THE GOOD OF THE LAND:”

8. God doesn't force riches or wealth on someone, you decide that by your level of obedience to both His Logo and Rhema. PSALM 81:13-16
“OH THAT MY PEOPLE HAD HEARKENED UNTO ME, AND ISRAEL HAD WALKED IN MY WAYS! 14 I SHOULD SOON HAVE SUBDUED THEIR ENEMIES, AND TURNED MY HAND AGAINST THEIR ADVERSARIES. THE HATERS OF THE LORD SHOULD HAVE SUBMITTED THEMSELVES UNTO HIM: BUT THEIR TIME SHOULD HAVE ENDURED FOR EVER. HE SHOULD HAVE FED THEM ALSO WITH THE FINEST OF THE WHEAT: AND WITH HONEY OUT OF THE ROCK SHOULD I HAVE SATISFIED THEE. “

9. You need divine power to acquire riches, enjoy it and sustain it. DEUTERONOMY 8:18
“BUT THOU SHALT REMEMBER THE LORD THY GOD: FOR IT IS HE THAT GIVETH THEE POWER TO GET WEALTH, THAT HE MAY ESTABLISH HIS COVENANT WHICH HE SWARE UNTO THY FATHERS, AS IT IS THIS DAY.”

10. If God blesses you and you eventually misbehave, you can lose His grace and fall down from riches to rags.1 SAMUEL 2:7
“THE LORD MAKETH POOR, AND MAKETH RICH: HE BRINGETH LOW, AND LIFTETH UP.”

All these apart, what are some of the basic truth that many givers who don't receive are ignorant about.
1. The secret of blessing is giving but the secret of receiving is GIVING CHEERFULLY. This is one area many miss 100%.I just went to pay my tithes this morning and I was excited doing it.
“EVERY MAN ACCORDING AS HE PURPOSETH IN HIS HEART, SO LET HIM GIVE; NOT GRUDGINGLY, OR OF NECESSITY: FOR GOD LOVETH A CHEERFUL GIVER.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

So many Christians don't give joyfully and excitedly. They give grudgingly, sadly, angrily, annoyingly, selfishly, greedily etc. Even when you are giving a painful seed, you should still do it with joy and hope in you.
Don't give because you are coerced, manipulated, psyched or begged to give. Do it out of a personal desire and conviction. Anything you don't do out of conviction and faith is sin.
Be an enthusiastic giver. The kingdom of God is the one of Joy. Rom.14:17 says,
“FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT MEAT AND DRINK; BUT RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND PEACE, AND JOY IN THE HOLY GHOST”

Change your mindset. Give out of joy even when giving dangerously which is the one I love most.
2. DISCERN YOUR LAND:
“AND THE LORD APPEARED UNTO HIM, AND SAID, GO NOT DOWN INTO EGYPT; DWELL IN THE LAND WHICH I SHALL TELL THEE OF: THEN ISAAC SOWED IN THAT LAND, AND RECEIVED IN THE SAME YEAR AN HUNDREDFOLD: AND THE LORD BLESSED HIM. 13 AND THE MAN WAXED GREAT, AND WENT FORWARD, AND GREW UNTIL HE BECAME VERY GREAT:” Genesis 26:2, 12-13
You don't just sow seed anyhow. Not all grounds are fertile soils. Not all pastors or prophets carry divine grace. Not all are called by God. There are many false ministers than genuine ones.
When you sow seeds into the lives or churches who lack the oil of grace, your giving is meaningless and will not yield anything. Also, if you sow into the occult ministers, you will only receive if you aren’t born again or you are a fireless believer. Through such, their demons can work for you easily. But if you are genuine, am sorry, such demons will stay clear. Light and darkness can never meet.
There are ministers and there are ministers. They are in different levels. The mistake many make today is to equate the anointing upon a minister with the size of his congregation or buildings. That is a big fallacy.
You need to discern the grace and anointing upon the minister or ministry you want to give to.
I met a young minister on the mountain last month. I discerned an apostolic grace upon him. A week later I went to look for him to sow seed into his life.
This is where The Holy Spirit should help you if you have a close fellowship with Him. Stop wasting your seed. Discern the fertile soil. It is not compulsory you must sow into your church alone.
“THERE IS THAT SCATTERETH, AND YET INCREASETH; AND THERE IS THAT WITHHOLDETH MORE THAN IS MEET, BUT IT TENDETH TO POVERTY.
THE LIBERAL SOUL SHALL BE MADE FAT: AND HE THAT WATERETH SHALL BE WATERED ALSO HIMSELF” Proverbs 11:24-25

While it's good to do that, you will be wise to look for genuine servants of God to bless them especially if you are a business person. I have at least four prophets and a pastor I sow into their lives from time to time. I live by what I preach or teach.
3. BE HUMANITARIAN:
“LET BROTHERLY LOVE CONTINUE. 2 BE NOT FORGETFUL TO ENTERTAIN STRANGERS: FOR THEREBY SOME HAVE ENTERTAINED ANGELS UNAWARES” Hebrews 13:1-2
Learn and love to help the helpless or the poor. This is another area we miss it. Christians are so selfish and wicked. You don't have to be rich to help the poor. Give out of the little you have.
A hungry person comes to you for help and you are praying with her that God will provide while you can ease the burden with the little you have. This is how many have missed their angels of blessings.
Some believers don't know some of these poor helpless people are angels in disguise sent to bless them but they missed out due to lack of love and inability to make sacrifices.
There are many who pretend. There are those who are lazy and made begging a trade. To such be careful and don't give anyhow.
Discern and be sensitive to The Holy Spirit.