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The Word For Today

God and your money 8

'The Word became flesh.' John 1:14 NKJV

Jesus came into the world for two reasons. First, to give you the greatest gift of all - eternal life. Second, to let you know he cares about every detail of your life. 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth' (John 1:14 NKJV). In The Message, Eugene Peterson paraphrases it: 'The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.'

Roughly 20 per cent of everything Jesus taught had to do with our finances, our job and our earthly needs. He cares! And when you can't make ends meet, the Bible says, 'God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory' (Philippians 4:19 NKJV). When your business is going under, his promise is 'I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit' (Isaiah 48:17 NKJV).

God cares about the burden you're carrying today, so if your needs aren't being met, re-evaluate your understanding of your heavenly Father. Have you even discussed your finances with him? How about the purchase of your home? Did you feel the inner confirmation of the Holy Spirit that the timing was right? Have you been tithing, sowing into God's Kingdom and expecting a harvest in return? Seed sown in good ground always produces a harvest, and faith is the magnet that pulls the harvest into your life. The word for you today is - God loves you and wants to bless every area of your life.

Soulfood: 1 Kings 1-2, Mark 11:12-26, Ps 45, Pro 12:7-9


God and your money 7

'That you...might become rich.' 2 Corinthians 8:9 NKJV

The Bible assures us that God isn't poor. '"The silver is mine, and the gold is mine," says the Lord' (Haggai 2:8 NKJV). 'Every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills' (Psalm 50:10 NKJV). Now ask yourself: if you were a billionaire, would you be happy seeing your children running around ragged and hungry? No? Well, neither is God! Paul writes, 'For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich' (2 Corinthians 8:9 NKJV).

Maybe you've read this Scripture and thought Paul was talking about being spiritually rich but not financially rich. Let's read the verse in that context and see if it makes sense: 'He who was spiritually rich, for our sakes became spiritually poor, that through his spiritual poverty, we might become spiritually rich.' That's not what it says! Question: when was Jesus ever spiritually poor? No, the verse says what it means and means what it says: 'That you...might become rich.'

Now, the word 'rich' means different things to different people. In some countries you're considered rich if you have a roof over your head, three square meals a day and a bicycle to ride to work. In fact, right now would be a good time to discuss the much-abused and widely-misunderstood Bible word 'prosperity'. Prosperity simply means 'having enough to do the will of God'. Does God have a will for your life? Yes. Does he want you to have enough money to fulfil his will for your life? Yes. That's God's plan for your life!

Soulfood: John 6:1-15, John 6:25-40, 1 Cor 11:23-24


God and your money 6

' you power to get wealth.' Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV

When it comes to God and your money:

(1) When you do what pleases him, he will bless you. Why? Because your actions prove that doing his will is more important to you than doing your own thing. 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things' (Matthew 25:23 NKJV). But there's another side to the coin. When you knowingly don't do what pleases God, he will stop blessing you. 'Take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away' (Matthew 25:28-29 NKJV).

(2) God will show you how to make more money. He taught Joseph how to prosper in the midst of a worldwide famine, and bless the needy nations around him. And when the fish weren't biting, Jesus showed the disciples where to find a boatload of them. On one occasion, they actually caught a fish with enough money in its mouth to pay their taxes (see Matthew 17:27)! God works through unlikely channels, and he wants you to depend on him as the source for everything you need. The Bible says, 'Remember the Lord you God: for it is he who gives you power to get wealth' (Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV). The word 'power' encompasses ideas, strategies, plans, relationships and investments. Yes, God can send you an unexpected cheque in the mail that will solve your problem temporarily, but you should believe him for a plan that'll solve your problem long term.

Soulfood: Heb 11:17 - 13:25, Mark 11:1-11, Ps 47, Pro 12:4-6

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