proper motives for wealth and abundance

But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power (means) to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day Deuteronomy 8:18.

In spite of the abuses and misuses of some with regard toward material wealth, it does not diminish God’s faithfulness to His promises to us. He blesses us to make us a blessing. It is not about learning some magical formula or mechanical principle where people who do not love God with their whole heart try to manipulate God. No, it takes a relationship with God and obedience in service to God where everything we receive from Him is obtained on His terms and not ours (Job 36:11). The Old Testament speaks about wealth in terms of the blessings for faithfulness and also warns of the dangers of it leading to idolatry and acquiring it unjustly. The New Testament speaks of wealth in terms of the grace supplied for the Kingdom and provision for human needs but also warns about wealth being a stumbling block to our following as a competing object of devotion. We are warned to beware of covetousness and the deceitful power of desiring riches alone which can lead to all evil.

None of the warnings should keep us from renewing our minds with the Word of God so that we understand God’s purposes for wealth accumulation. Psalm 104:24 says, “O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.” The fullness of riches are attributed to God not the devil and his crowd. Psalm 112:1-3 adds that the man who fears the Lord and delights greatly in His commandments that, “Wealth and riches would be in his house: and his righteousness endureth forever.” That implies possession of wealth and riches and it not corrupting us because our righteousness endures. The wealth and riches didn’t change the man’s character who fears the Lord. There must be Biblical reasons for the accumulation of wealth for more than paying for more debts or living lavish high consumption lifestyles. Here are a few:

1. For Kingdom purposes Matt. 6:33.
2. Establish His covenant Deut. 8:18.
3. Evangelism, Discipleship, and Missions Mk. 16:15; Matt. 28:18-20.
4. For the good of others and the praise of God 2 Corinthians 9:9-15.
5. Support the local church Mal. 3:10; ministries; building & projects Ex. 25:1-8; 36:3-7; 1 Chr. 22:11-19.
6. Partnership with other ministries Phil. 4:14-19; 1 Cor. 9:7-14.
7. Provide for one’s family 1 Tim.5:7; 2 Cor. 9:10.
8. Compassion, mercy, and relief to the poor and suffering Pr. 19:17; Ps. 146:7,8; Is. 3:13-15; Mic. 6:8.
9. Create wealth providing employment, opportunity, and jobs for others 1 Kings 4:26-28; 1 Kings 10:4-9.

This list is not an exhaustive list but notice that the majority of these are for distribution not merely consumption. True prosperity is having for giving, being blessed so we can be a blessing, and being good stewards who seek first the Kingdom of God to advance the Gospel in the Earth.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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