God and your money 6
'He...gives 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