On the last Feast, we learnt to commit to pay all of our debts. This time, we will learn to cast away our doubt of God’s words and promises and exchange it with faith.
Also, every man to whom God has given riches and possessions, and the power to enjoy them and to accept his appointed lot and to rejoice in his toil--this is the gift of God (Ecclesiastes 5:18)
After reading above verse, then people often ask “What is God’s plan for me? Become a rich or poor man? On the above verses, clearly stated that God is willing to bless you with riches and possessions. Not only that, we are even given the power to enjoy it. In fact, in this world many rich men cannot enjoy their riches.
Wealth is created in Mind
Wealth is not based on what we do, because the truth is that what we do comes from minds. Like is written in Ephesians 4:23 “And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind”
Thus, we need to learn on how to reprogram our mind because mind power will affect our actions. Every human being has limitation but we also believe that God has no limitations. He is able to do impossible things. God’s words might not directly turn problems to solutions, instead it leads us to realize that we need to change our mindset. There are financial problems that comes from our mind and thus it might lead us to have the wrong mindset. These 2 wrong mindsets are:
1. We think that God wants us to be poor
And solemnly lifting up His eyes on His disciples, He said: Blessed are you poor and lowly and afflicted, for the kingdom of God is yours! (Luke 6:20)
The meaning of poor in the Greek is not poor financially, but poor in spirit. Because we have sinned, we became poor in spirit. Thus, we need God’s salvation. The fact is, everyman is destined to be blessings for others. It’s true that some people choose to be poor to love and bless people more. It’s not a wrong decision as long the main purpose is to love and bless others
2. Money is everything
Many people think, if they are rich they can do everything they want. Even, they can leave God.
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:24)
The parable was made based on what happened that time. A city was surrounded by fortress, and it was only open in the morning and afternoon for entrance and exit gate. In the evening, everybody would use the small door because the gate was closed. That’s is why when the riches ride a camel, they should come down from their camel and took down his belongings from the camel in order to enter the city. Nowadays, the riches must leave his status and power in order to come to the Lord, just as like the riches took down his belongings from the camel to enter the city.
For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute pangs. (I Timothy 6:10)
It’s not written that the root of all evils is become rich man or has possessions, but rather the root of the evil is to love money than God, family and others. Sometimes we think that others can be successful and doesn’t necessarily close to God. Just believe that God will differentiate those who seek Him and those who don’t. The question is, can we patiently wait God’s promises to be revealed in our lives?
To change the wrong mindsets, we must do 3 things like following:
1. Detach from your wealth, be a good steward
Don’t be attached to the possessions we have. Everything we have is God’s, and we only the borrower and the manager. When we learn to give since we were young, then when God entrusted us with a bigger blessing, we are still capable to give joyfully because we’ve already have generous hearts.
2. Humble yourself before the Lord
3. Acknowledge that God is the Master. Trust Him!
Let us keep doing our part, use every potentials, wisdoms and brightness that we have and let God do His part.
And my God will liberally supply your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
God will fulfill all of our needs not what we want. Sometimes, what we ask is what we want not what we need. Wants are never been satisfied, it keep asking for more.
The Lord shall open to you His good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. (Deuteronomy 28:12)
This is God’s promises what will save our lives. Logically, we might have been done everything we can to make it better, but there’s still things beyond human’s capability. So, let us learn to surrender our lives in God’s hand.
Translator & Editor: Mei Ling