Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Ability to Produce Wealth
When you have eaten and are satisfied praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery…. You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. (Deuteronomy 8:10-14; 17-18 NIV)
It is God who gives us the ability to make or produce wealth. The Holy Spirit is our Enabler all throughout our Christian experience. He causes us to succeed. It is the same in the business arena. God gives us the ability or power or anointing to produce wealth. We have the Lords favor; we have His supernatural ability. God desires to bless us, but His blessing does not come without His warning.
First, we are admonished to observe the Lord’s commands. We are to obey the words of Scripture. When we do this, God promises to bless the work of our hands. This does not mean that we live perfect lives - it simply means that our hearts desire is to serve the Lord. When we fall, He picks us up. He helps us to follow His decrees.
Secondly, we are told that when our Father gives us increased wealth, we are not to become proud. We must watch our hearts and always remember that it is the Lord who brings the blessing.
Thirdly, we must remember that finances are not only for ourselves. We have been blessed to be a blessing and to help carry out kingdom business (See Genesis 12:2-3). We are to give towards the work of our local church first and then to other Christian ministries as we are able. The more God increases our wealth, the more we should be giving towards the Lord’s purposes.
If we are diligent, if we make it our aim to obey the Bible, if we extend our faith in the area of scriptural prosperity, and give to the Lord’s work, God will bless us. Then it becomes our responsibility to remember that all the blessings we enjoy come from the hand of our Lord and Savior. He alone is to be worshiped and praised. Let’s thank the Lord for giving us the ability to produce wealth!