A Nugget from New Life Network
(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)
Scripture for the Day – August 1, 2019
Timothy 6:10: For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Some people think the Bible teaches that money is evil and wealthy people are sinners. There’s nothing wrong with having money. It’s loving money, trusting in riches, and not using it to be a blessing to others that is wrong according to these two verses. God told Abraham in Genesis 12:2, “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” In fact, Deuteronomy 8:18 says, “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.”
God wants to bless you and give you the power to get wealth so you can glorify God by being a blessing to others. This is how we help establish His covenant. Psalm 35:27 says, “Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
I Timothy 6:17: Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy;
I believe that faith begins where the will of God is known. Well, let’s look at God’s Word (God’s will) in Deuteronomy and see that He wants to bless and prosper you and that being poor is not a sign of humility or holiness.
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 says, “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:”
The blessings continue through verse 14 of that chapter but verse 15 says, “But the curses will come on those who refuse to obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you.”
So poverty is a curse from not obeying the voice of the Lord, and it might not always be from disobedience. Rather, it can come from not knowing the truth of God’s Word. You can’t obey what you don’t know. That’s why we must share the Good News with everyone.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, to prosper you and to give you a future and a hope.”
III John 20: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
Philippians 2:4: Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
I choose to obey God in being a blessing to others in all things and allowing Him to prosper me!