Financial freedom for YOU!
Are you happy with your financial situation? Your debt? Mortgage? Do you want a better financial life? More financial peace? There is good news; God wants to help you!
This message is to invite you to actively believe that God is interested in you and he has a plan for your financial well-being.
Your biggest asset is not your house, not your business or your money – it is God’s grace. You are loved and highly favored!
“And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” [Galatians 3:29]
1. You are Christ’s. You are in Christ, and Christ is in you [Colossians 1:27].
2. You are Abraham’s seed. Christ is Abraham’s seed, but because we belong to Christ, we are Abraham’s seed by extension.
3. You are an heir to God’s promises to Abraham. To be an heir means that you have it now. An heir is a possessor.
God promised Abraham, “I will bless you…. And you shall be a blessing….” [Genesis 12:2 ]. What does that mean practically? Eleazar, Abraham’s servant described it like this:
”The Lord has blessed my Master greatly, and he has become great;…flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female servants, camels and donkeys” [Genesis 24:35-36].
Abraham was a person like us. If you read Genesis carefully, when Abraham first passed through the Promise Land, he missed it completely. That’s the way it is with many today. God has given us Abraham’s blessings, but we easily miss it. Still, God was adamant in his guarantee to Abraham [and to us]:
As for Me, I will bless you.
We may fail, but God never fails. He will do what He promised. Beloved there is a river of blessing for you. Get in that river. Don’t swim against the current. Flow with God’s provision for you.
Financial freedom isn’t really about money; it’s about God’s grace in your life. Money is only the byproduct. Here is how God’s grace works:
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich [2 Corinthians 8:9].
Rich means happy, prosperous, lacking nothing. Poor means to be reduced to a beggarly state, in need of everything.
At the cross, Jesus begged for water. He became poor for us. Then He conquered death and now in Christ, we enjoy the reality of Proverbs 10:22, “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and he adds no sorrow with it”.
The blessing that comes by grace has no sorrow.
Sorrow means pain [physical or emotional]. There are people who prosper without God, but often that wealth comes at a cost. You could lose your health, your friends and your future. Financial freedom from God “adds no sorrow to it”. There’s an ease, you prosper, even as you rest in Christ’s finished work for you.
The Hebrew definition of the word rich is wealthy in money, possessions and influence. Most Christians agree that is all right for Christians to have influence, but they question whether we should have finances. I suggest that no one is more capable of handling finances than someone who is dedicated to Jesus Christ and His gospel.
How do we respond to God’s grace?
1. Get in the river of God’s blessing. If you are going to swim, it is not sufficient to own a swimsuit. You must actually get into the water. Start practicing and soon you’ll be a good swimmer. It’s the same with financial freedom. Put God first. Give for the gospel. Expect God’s wisdom in your financial affairs.
2. Think God’s thoughts. Cut off negative input. Feed your spirit with the truth of what Jesus Christ has done for you. Expect God’s grace at work in whatever you set your hand to do. Rest in God’s love and know that you are highly favored.
3. Dream again and dream big. Open yourself to possibilities. Is God for you? If you can trust God to take you to heaven when you die, can you trust him for a better financial life?
4. Take faith steps, together with Christ, in your giving. I am a giver because of my respect for Scripture, my trust in God’s love for me, and the realization that the dream in my heart is so big that I need God to be involved in that dream, or it will fail.
Solomon, one of the richest men who ever lived, made an astute observation, ”He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the cloud will not reap” [Ecclesiastes 11:4]. He describes the person for whom timing is never right. At best they are sporadic givers, but they miss out on the rhythm of sowing and reaping.
The admonition from Solomon is to sow even in imperfect conditions. Sow your seed when things look impossible. Don’t let circumstances stop you. In the New Covenant, we understand this even better, because God promised that he would supply “seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness” [2 Corinthians 9:10].
Don’t reject the biblical teaching on financial freedom because of abuses. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. The message of financial freedom is not selfish or greedy. In fact, there is nothing greedy about biblical prosperity.
If you already have all you personally need, then you trust God for more so you can help others. It would be selfish to say, “I have everything, so I don’t need to trust God for prosperity”.
God told Abraham that he would be blessed and he would be a blessing. Because Abraham was blessed, he was in turn able to be a blessing, and the same holds true for us. We bless others!
Start where you’re at today and by the end of the year, you’ll be able to look back and say, I am Christ’s and because I’m Christ’s Abraham’s blessings are mine.