Daily Archives: January 30, 2014

Money Money Money $$$

Now that I have your attention!

       I read something today on a blog that got me thinking. It was a post, or rather an ad on a post, for a “Biblical system” to amass wealth and retire early. Hmmm…sounds interesting.

Money and religion have always made a controversial combination. Some equate poverty with Godliness referring to the humble birth and life of Jesus. Others use the commonly misquoted verse that money is the root of all evil as a way of accepting their lot in life while judging those more fortunate. In actuality the quote is found in 1Tim 6:10 – For the love of money is the root of all evil; and while some have coveted after it, they have erred from the faith. Yet it is true that Jesus overturned the table on the money changers in the temple it wasn’t just because of the money. But that’s a discussion for another time. Still others have taken the approach that wealth is our right as Children of the King and that God is just waiting to shower money down on us if we just exercise our faith and claim it. The pendulum swings too far both ways unfortunately and the truth is often found after it comes to rest.

Funny Money

There are many things said about money in both the old and the new testaments. Time does not allow me to list them all but I would like to share enough on the subject to kindle a fire in you to search the Word and find the truth for yourselves. God has no problem with a person being wealthy. From the beginning He gave great wealth graciously. To  Adam and Eve he gave dominion over the Garden and everything in it. To Noah He gave salvation from His judgement and the new world after the flood. To Abraham He gave the new land and the promise of children innumerable.

Moses records in Deuteronomy 8:18  “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” Wait! What? Did I read that right? Yes, you did. God gives us the power to get wealth and He does to confirm that we are His!
To Solomon, God gave treasures untold ( the Bible records that Solomon was and is and always will be the richest man in the world – move over Bill Gates!) 2 Chron 1:11-12 Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.” But, did you see the reason why? yes, Solomon was given all that wealth because he didn’t ask for it. God saw that his heart was more concerned with the responsibility of governing Gads people rather then personal gain. So, clearly God has no problem with a person being wealthy. It the why and what of it that concerns Him. Why do you want wealth? What will you do with it when you get it. For that matter what do you do with the money you have now?

The Word of God expresses God’s hatred of unequal scales (unfair trading), excessive usury (excessive interest rates on loans), and the covetousness of being dissatisfied with what you have now while wanting more money, cars, and stuff like that guy over there! I could go on and on but will bring this to a close by reminding us of the woman with two mites. She gave to God all that she had and she drew Jesus’ attention more then those who gave a small portion of their great wealth. So, it’s not the MONEY that concerns God, after all, its all His anyway its just passing threw our hands today. More importantly it’s how we feel about it (Jesus said you can not serve two masters [both God and money] because you will love one and hate the other). It’s what we do to gain the wealth – lie, cheat, steal, rob God and our families of our time with them, etc. It’s what we do with it once we have it. Do we give back to the church so that the ministry can continue and expand? Do we give to the poor and widows? Do we save for our children? If we do not consider the thoughts and intent of our hearts concerning money we will only deceive ourselves into thinking that we are in control of our finances.

Did you know that the only time God actually tells us to test Him is in the area of Money and giving? Read it for yourself – Malachi 3:10  Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

Looks like a challenge to me. What’s the matter – you chicken?!?!?

I never would have guessed!!

A couple of weeks ago I  accompanied my wife as she went looking at gyms in our immediate area. Bet was not happy with the place she had been going to and I wanted to be supportive of her finding one she might like. Before we met Betty was a fitness buff. I worked out last in High School a million years ago. So, we took the tour of several local gyms and even got a three day free pass to the one she liked the best. I insisted that I did not need the free pass even if my inflated mid-section said otherwise, but they handed me one nonetheless. In a continuing effort to be supportive I went with Bet on the day she first used that free pass and a surprising thing happened – I liked it! It really felt great to exercise, pump iron, stretch, run and push myself. As I mentioned, that was a few weeks ago and we both are going strong. I signed Betty up with a personal trainer as a birthday present and he is working with us both. I never would have guessed that I would enjoy working out – but I do.

St Stevens WC Lake

Which brings me to the thoughts that go thru my head as I aimlessly tread along – What does the Bible say about exercise? If anything at all? Well, I knew for a long time that Paul wrote – For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything (1Tim 4:8 Amp). I used this as my reasoning for being sedentary. Yes I am ashamed. But more to topic, we are encouraged to exercise our faith. Jesus told us to “Have Faith in God.” Jesus spoke of the Faithless and those that had little Faith. As well as those who had great Faith. Luke 17:6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. Paul records in his letter to the Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” But where do we get Faith from? Paul again tells us … faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

We all believe ( have Faith) in something. It’s just a matter of who we believe (have Faith in) and how we act on that belief. “I never win.” ” I could never do that.” ” I’m not smart enough” or “strong enough” or “_______________” you fill in the blank. When we think/believe/speak this way we are exercising our Faith – faith in failure and defeat! There’s an old expression that says it takes more muscle t frown then smile. True or not it makes a point. We can choose who or what we put our faith in. Its ours to do with as we see fit. We set the alarm at night to wake us up the next day – that’s an act of faith that we will be here tomorrow morning when it signals the call to a new day.

Set your alarm to wake you up to a new life. A life of Faith in God and love He has for you – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer 29:11 NKJV  Who knows you may surprise yourself and actually like it!!