Releasing Kings Newsletter-10-08-07Wealth-Creation

The Spiritual Realities of Wealth Creation
August 07, 2010

Hi

The Spiritual Realities of Wealth Creation

“The creation of wealth is deeply rooted in spiritual realities.” I first read that phrase in a great book entitled Money, Greed and God by Jay W. Richards. If those realities are spiritual, where do I find them in the Bible? I don’t really need another New Age gimmick!

We’ll list some Biblical ways to create wealth, but first we must dispel the notion of wealth transfer.

Wealth can be created – A very popular misconception in the church and in politics is that wealth is only transferred. It can’t be created because we only have so much money and it must be evenly distributed for fairness. Socialism and one stream of eschatology are premised on wealth transfer, “What great thing can I do with your money?” It’s not Biblical and it’s not practical.

John, are you saying God won’t transfer wealth to me? Could God give you a gold coin out of a fish’s mouth? Yes, he could. I’m simply suggesting that He usually doesn’t, and I’m suggesting that if we think He does, and try to live the miraculous life of faith, we end up with chronic financial issues. The Bible has quite a bit to say about creating wealth… nothing about a money tree and nothing about others paying your bills. Priests do live by tithes and offerings, Kings don’t.

Wealth is created through desires of our hearts – Ask any person with wealth, and he or she will tell you the first ingredient necessary to create wealth is passion. If you seek wealth, it will elude you. If you pursue the desire of your heart and God’s heart, wealth will flow toward you. We have to enjoy what we’re doing!

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt 6:33 NIV

This is foundational, yet foreign to many Christians. “Religion” is working against the desires of your heart to please others (like God). A relationship with Jesus is an adventure in pursuing the desires of your heart toward your destiny in building the Kingdom. Your destiny and ministry are intertwined with your ability to create wealth. Abundance is a key ingredient of your spiritual journey, even though many Christians pretend it’s not. (see Escaping Dualism for more details).

You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Ps 23:5 NASU

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Eph 3:20-21 NIV

Wealth is created by our words – Christians have a huge advantage in wealth creation, called faith. Once we get a direction from our heart and God’s heart, we can start the creative process. God “calls things that are not as though they were.“ (Rom 4:17) All of creation came into being with a simple phrase, “and God said…” We are created in His likeness, and our words have creative power. It’s not magic, but faith always begins with the right confessions and ends with the right actions. Use Your Words is a great prior newsletter on this topic.

Wealth is created by our work – Once our desires, goals and words are in place, “work” is the implementation of our dreams and the fruit of our faith. Do not skip this step pretending to be spiritual. We can’t assume everyone is equally motivated and wise. Some are lazy and foolish and money will always flow away from them.

Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. Prov 10:4 NIV

The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Prov 13:4 NIV

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us… For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”         2 Thess 3:6-10 NIV

Wealth is created by wisdom – Wealth and wisdom are often connected in scripture. People that can manage money are invariably wise, a key ingredient in spiritual maturity. If there is a lesson from the parable of the talents and minas, it is that we have each been given something from God and it’s our job to multiply it. Sitting on ability and money is not the way to please God. How do we get wisdom? We have to ask… in the context of perseverance!

The wealth of the wise is their crown…Prov 14:24 NIV

Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:4-5 NIV

Wealth is created by capitalism – I want to suggest that the enemy has tried to tarnish the image of capitalism as fueled by greed, competition, and corruption. In reality, the entrepreneurial spirit is the essence of Godly creativity, and cooperation and honesty are the norm in free markets. We need a legal system for the exceptions, but the exceptions don’t define or describe Kings functioning in business relationships. They are a delightful group who understand teamwork and know how to get things done.

Let me take this a step farther. We see God’s hand in the vastness of the galaxies and in the complexity of biology. As humans, we don’t even understand much of what God has created, and we can’t come close to duplicating it. The complexity of billions of people each voluntarily pursuing their dreams, creating products, and trading goods and services in free markets describes an equally complex, spontaneous economic system that is also a gift from God we call free market capitalism. Goods and services are freely traded in win/win transactions that actually produce wealth. In fact, people are the fundamental source of wealth creation. In God’s economy, people are the most precious resource.

However, men often presume that they can match God’s economy with central planning and control. Socialism, communism, and Nazism are recent attempts at such control… all produced serfs instead of Kings with disastrous consequences.

Our assignment – When we think of overcoming poverty, wealth creation through the list above is our only hope. Governments can play limited yet important supporting role; establish property rights, the rule of law and free markets. But, since bureaucrats can’t create wealth, they cannot ultimately offer a solution to either poverty or progress. Historically, government planners have more often sent unproductive elements of society to perpetual welfare programs, tenement houses, reservations, plantations, prisons, concentration camps, and ovens. They didn’t have a solution for the poor – we do. We know how to create wealth and manage multiplication… and bless the nations.

The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. Matt 25:16-17 NIV

“The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’  “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’ Luke 19:16-17 NIV

PS: You can view the video version of this newsletter on line.

We’re Dancing,

John and Sue

www.Releasing-kings.com

Desire to Destiny is available now at our store along with reviews. Not sure what your dream is? This book will help you pull the curtain back on your future.

Newsletter – If your newsletter comes incomplete (filtered), you can always catch the latest version in our archive along with nearly 200 others. 1400 people from around the world get Kingly encouragement from our weekly newsletter. Invite a friend to subscribe – they will be blessed.
How to Start a Small Group – Kings are increasingly getting involved in Bible study or mentoring groups to facilitate their “Release.” Here are some helpful suggestions www.Releasing-Kings.com/Starting-a-Group.html. We’ve also updated our Vision Brochure with graphics show how to become a King and how your can help Release Kings.

French Translation – Releasing Kings is now available in French thanks to the efforts of Cees Bakker and Support Ministries in the Netherlands. In France, copies can be obtained from Editions Menor or Librairie Chretienne CLC. The Title in French is  “Libération des Rois pour le ministère dans le monde du travail”. Cees is also the guy who made the Dutch translation possible – available through his website. He can be contacted for Releasing Kings conferences in France and throughout Europe.

Facebook – I’m starting to post more information on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/john.garfield1

PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.

Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of the open view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.

Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.

Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.

You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.

1.The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.

2.The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.

3.The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace and occupy the Seven mountains of: business, media, arts & entertainment, education, family and government in addition to the church. See video #1 and video #2

____________________________________________________________________

You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at

1-800-308-5837 (or)

www.releasing-kings.com

We’re Dancing,

John and Sue

www.Releasing-kings.com

Desire to Destiny is available now at our store along with reviews. Not sure what your dream is? This book will help you pull the curtain back on your future.

Newsletter – If your newsletter comes incomplete (filtered), you can always catch the latest version in our archive along with nearly 200 others. 1400 people from around the world get Kingly encouragement from our weekly newsletter. Invite a friend to subscribe – they will be blessed.
How to Start a Small Group – Kings are increasingly getting involved in Bible study or mentoring groups to facilitate their “Release.” Here are some helpful suggestions www.Releasing-Kings.com/Starting-a-Group.html. We’ve also updated our Vision Brochure with graphics show how to become a King and how your can help Release Kings.

French Translation – Releasing Kings is now available in French thanks to the efforts of Cees Bakker and Support Ministries in the Netherlands. In France, copies can be obtained from Editions Menor or Librairie Chretienne CLC. The Title in French is  “Libération des Rois pour le ministère dans le monde du travail”. Cees is also the guy who made the Dutch translation possible – available through his website. He can be contacted for Releasing Kings conferences in France and throughout Europe.

Facebook – I’m starting to post more information on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/john.garfield1

PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.

Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of the open view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.

Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.

Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.

You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.

1.The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.

2.The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.

3.The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace and occupy the Seven mountains of: business, media, arts & entertainment, education, family and government in addition to the church. See video #1 and video #2

____________________________________________________________________

You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at

1-800-308-5837 (or)

www.releasing-kings.com

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