Wealth is Nothing to Fear
December 28, 2008
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Wealth is Nothing to Fear
The Next Spiritual Discipline – Multiplying finances and converting money to ministry is a spiritual discipline as important as prayer, prophecy and healing. Wealth is the engine that grows the Kingdom. Mentoring multiplication is natural part of our disciple-making process for Kings. As we’ve considered God’s direction for marketplace ministry, Releasing Kings, and the current season we’ve seen three over-arching goals or steps: 1) communicate the message, 2) make the money, and 3) convert the money into missions. We’ve also updated the vision graphic to show how those three areas are going to change the world. Take a look. I’m interested in your comments.
There is an emphasis in all three areas but I see the second (wealth creation) as a major focus for 2009. Breaking the yoke of poverty off God’s people starts with a correct theological foundation that is the theme of all our books and newsletters. Once the foundation is laid, we naturally move toward God’s favor and a fruit bearing season in our lives.
Solomon obviously felt prosperity was important! We’ve listed nine aspects of wealth creation from the book of Proverbs.
1. The Connection between Wealth and Wisdom – Wealth is the fruit of Godly wisdom.
Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Prov 3:16
2. Prosperity Is From God – Wealth is the blessing of God for the righteous, but it only comes to those with diligence, dreams and a plan to fulfill them.
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. 18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. 19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. 20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, 21 bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full. Prov 8:17-21 NIV
Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. Prov 10:4 NIV
The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it. Prov 10:22 NIV
Misfortune pursues the sinner, but prosperity is the reward of the righteous. Prov 13:21 NIV
He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. Prov 21:21 NIV
3. Desires of the Heart – Having strong desires is the healthy fuel that enables us to be diligent. Don’t be afraid of your desires. Discern the difference between Godly desires and vain fantasies and “work” to fulfill them. Have a purpose you care about and help others to value their own heart’s desires. Plans lead to profit!
The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath. Prov 11:23 NIV
The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Prov 13:4 NIV
He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment. Prov 12:11 NIV
The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. Prov 20:5 NIV
4. The Plans – We’re responsible to have a plan, not just wait for God to show us one. God’s guidance is quite often general. Servants wait for specifics that never come, while Kings fill in the blanks and build the Kingdom.
The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful. Prov 12:5 NIV
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Prov 21:5 NIV
5. Generosity – Wealth is a tool for ministry that blesses us in return. True generosity is not just giving men fish, but teaching them how to catch their own fish (buying and selling). Notice the “s” word is in the Bible!
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. 26 People curse the man who hoards grain, but blessing crowns him who is willing to sell. Prov 11:25-26 NIV
6. the Home – The home of a wealthy person has nice things in it that are “prized” and well cared for.
The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble. Prov 15:6 NIV
In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has. Prov 21:20 NIV
27 The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions. Prov 12:27 NIV
7. The Family – We’re not too spiritual or too worried about the rapture to have a plan to provide our children and grandchildren with an inheritance… including houses and wealth! Not too many Christians have that base covered. Do you?
A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children… Prov 13:22 NIV
Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD. Prov 19:14 NIV
8. The Goal – The goal isn’t wealth itself: it’s the ministry to others that wealth makes possible. Wealth is just a tool for ministry. If greed puts our focus on the wealth instead of the Kingdom, the wealth flies away like a bird. We have to enjoy the process of our work and the purpose of our ministry. It’s fun to multiply money and do ministry!
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. 5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. Prov 23:4-5 NIV
9. The Mindset – We have to convert from servants that can’t hear this new message to Kings that are comfortable with wealth and ministry who look for opportunities. It’s a new way of thinking that isn’t supported by our old “obedience” theology. It’s more “caught” than “taught”. We no longer servants (Jn 15:15).
A servant cannot be corrected by mere words; though he understands, he will not respond. Prov 29:19 NIV
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Prov 25:2 NIV
Bless your 2009,
John and Sue www.Releasing-kings.com
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.
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